Sunday, January 16, 2011

The Perfect Fit : A Sock Recipe

I had posted this sock pattern on my old blog, but wanted to make it available here so it would be easier to find. This isn't really a pattern more than a recipe, as it is just the different numbers and techinques that I use for all of my simple socks. I call it the perfect fit, because it fits me (with my super chunky legs and size 8 feet), both my mom and nana (with their skinny legs and size 6 feet) and I have even used this pattern for my Dad.

Here it is!

- Cast on 72 sts with 4 DPN needles (18 sts on each needle) size US 1.

- 2x2 rib for 1 1/2"

- Decrease down to 64 stitches and switch to stockinette. Decrease 2 stitches on every needle, I k2tog at the spot where there is k2 in the ribbing.

-Continue in stockinette until the entire leg (including cuff) measures 6 1/2". Feel free to make your leg longer, but I find that there is no difference between 6 1/2" and 8". I once tried on both lengths at the same time and they hit the exact same spot on my leg.

- Work HEEL FLAP over half stitches in just plain stockinette, slipping the first stitch purlwise on every row. Continue heel flap for 28 rows or until you have 14 loops running up the sides.

- TURN HEEL- K17, ssk, k1. TURN. sl1, p5, p2tog. TURN. sl1, k to the stitch before the gap, ssk, k1. TURN. sl1, p to the stitche before the space, p2tog, p1. Continue this way until there are no more spaces/gaps.

-Now work in the round again and pick up and knit 16 stitches (14 loops and 2 extra stitches to avoid holes)

- DECREASE by k1, ssk, knit rest of sts on needle 1, NEEDLE 2: knit to last 3 stitches on needle then k2tog, k1. Knit next round. Repeat these 2 rows until 64 stitches remain.

-Continue stockinette for foot until the socks hits the base of your toes when you try it on.

- TOE DECREASE: *k1, ssk, knit to rest of sts on needle 1. K to last 3 sts on needle 2 and k2tog, k1*. Repeat from * Knit all of stitches for the next round. Repeat these 2 rows until you have a total of 24 sts left (6 on each needle).

- Place 12 stitches on each of 2 needles. Graft stitches.

There you go! My recipe for the perfect fit socks. You may have a pattern or a special little trick for your perfect fitting socks, so please feel free to post a comment about it, I would love to hear some ideas!