Use a ready made double stranded sock blank and just two colors of dye to produce your own personalized yarn to knit socks with. The result will be one of a kind!
Time: 2 Hours to dye then Weekend Project to knit
Skill Level: Easy
To fit mid foot circumference of approx
Small: 7” (17.5cm)
Medium: 8” (20cm)
Large: 9” (22.5cm)
Gauge: 34 sts and 46 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st after wet blocking
Yarn: Knit Picks Bare Stroll Fingering (75% fine superwash Merino wool, 25% nylon; 462 yards [423 meters]/100 grams): 1 blank
Needles: US size 1 (2.25 mm) long circular for magic loop or DPNs as preferred
Notions: Markers, tapestry needle
For closely matching socks use a double stranded sock blank. For more variation, a single stranded blank can be used and the socks knit consecutively. Non-superwash yarns are not suitable. Jacquard Acid Dyes that are safe for home use have been used for the dyeing and only basic equipment is needed.
This pattern is worked in the round from the cuff down.
Instructions are given for knitting one sock at a time, adjust these for your own knitting preferences for TAAT or concurrent knitting. You may prefer to wind the yarn off the blank into two cakes before knitting.
CO 56 (64, 72) sts using a cable cast on or your own preferred stretchy cast on. Join in the round being careful not to twist.
Rnd 1: *K2, p2; rep from * around.
Rep last rnd for 20 rnds or your desired cuff length.
Rnds 1-2: *P2, k2; rep from * around.
Rnds 3-4: *K2, p2; rep from * around.
Rnds 5-6: *P2, k2; rep from * around.
Rnds 7-8: *K2, p2; rep from * around.
Rnds 9-10: *P2, k2; rep from * around.
Rnds 11-20: *K2, p2; rep from * around.
Rep Rnds 1-20 once more.
The first 26 (30, 34) sts are the instep and the rem 30 (34, 38) sts form the heel. The instep sts continue in the full leg pattern rnds 1-20 while the heel sts work Rnds 11-20 repeatedly.
Work gusset increases as follows:
Rnd 1: Work 26 (30, 34) sts cont leg pattern as established; k1, m1r, k1, p2, [k2, p2] to last 2 sts, k1, m1l, k1. (2 sts increased)
Rnd 2: Work instep sts in pattern as established, work heel sts in rib as established.
Rep Rnds 1-2, expanding the k2, p2 rib on the heel as new sts are added but always working the first and last sts as knit until there are 54 (62, 70) heel sts, finishing with Rnd 2.
Turn work so that WS is facing
Row 1 (WS): Sl 1 pwise wyif, p28[32, 36] sts on heel, p2tog, p1, turn. (1 st decreased)
Row 2 (RS): S1 1 pwise wyib, k5, ssk, k1, turn. (1 st decreased)
Row 3: Sl 1 pwise wyif, p to 1 st before gap, p2tog, p1, turn. (1 st decreased)
Row 4: Sl 1 pwise wyib, k to 1 st before gap, ssk, k1, turn. (1 st decreased)
Rep Rows 3-4 until you have 32 (36, 40) heel sts total, including 2 unworked sts each side of the heel. Do not turn at the end of the last RS row.
Set up: K 2 sts to beginning.
Rnd 1: Work across instep sts in pattern; k1, k2tog, k to 3 sts before end of rnd, ssk, k1. (2 sts decreased)
Rnd 2: Work across instep sts in pattern; k to end.
Rnd 3: Work across instep sts in pattern; k2tog, k to 2 sts before end of rnd, ssk. (54 (62, 70) sts total)
Work patt as established for instep sts and k sole sts until 1.75 (2, 2.25)” [4.5 (5, 5.5) cm] short of desired foot length.
Rnd 1: K1, ssk, k to 3 sts before end of instep, k2tog, k1; k1, ssk, k to 3 sts before end of rnd, k2tog, k1. (4 sts decreased)
Rnd 2: Knit.
Rep last 2 rnds until 32 (36, 40) sts rem.
Rep Rnd 1 until 12 (16, 20) sts rem.
Arrange sts so there are 6 (8, 10) sts on each of 2 needles and graft toe closed.
Weave in all ends. Wash and block to even out stitches.