I’m back into knitting socks big time and giving them as presents. I can whip up a pair in a few days (or a trip from Florida to New York.) I don’t make them fancy and I’m back to the point where I don’t need instructions.
A simple pair of toe up socks is more like a recipe than a pattern. It’s easily modified to go bigger, smaller or adjust to yarn weight.
For my latest socks, I’m using sock weight yarn on size two circular needles.
Using magic loop, cast on twenty stitches (10 each needle). Knit first row. Next row knit 1 make 1 knit to last two stitches on first needle make 1 knit 1. Repeat on second needle. So you’ve added four stitches. Knit the next row. Repeat this until you have 22-26 stitches on each needle or 48-52 stitches total. Continue knit to the ankle bone or about 7 inches for a woman’s size 8.5 foot.
Slip 1 knit
Slip 1 purl
Continue for half the number of stitches on food. (22-26 rows)
Start short rows
Row1: Knit half the rows stitches (11/13) knit 2 together, k1, turn
Row2: slip one, purl 2, purl 2 together, k1, turn
When you’ve knit all the stitches, pick up the heel rows (slipped stitches) usually 11-13 stitches on each side of the heel.
Row 2: knit 1, knit 2 together, knit to end of other side of heel, slip 2, knit together, knit rest or row
Repeat these two until you are back to 48-52 stitches (fewer of you have skinny ankles)
From here you can add ribbing, create a short ankle socks or add more design.
I’m trying to write this on my phone, so I’ll update it later.
It’s worked for the last six pairs of socks and I’ve added a different design feature into each, including ribbing and seed stitch.