Making socks can seem daunting, but this simple ribbed pattern will take you through the basic steps of sock knitting, including the heel flap and turned heel. Once you've made a pair or two, you'll be so pleased with your comfy new socks, you'll just want to make more!
Please note: The instructions that appeared in the original print and online editions of this pattern had a typo which may have caused you difficulties when turning the heel of your socks. The typo has since been corrected; we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience (and headaches) this may have caused.
Women's knitted socks
Socks are worked in the round. The pattern is written for women size S; larger sizes follow in brackets. If there is only one figure, it applies to all sizes. Standard abbreviations are used (see glossary on page 3). Recommended for knitters with some experience.
15(19,23) cm/6(7-1/2,9) inches foot/ankle circumference, corresponding to women's sizes S(M,L) or women’s shoe sizes 5-6(7-8,9-10), approximately.
If in doubt, knit size that corresponds to ankle circumference. If desired, knit foot of sock to different length: trace foot on piece of paper and measure from base of heel to tip of longest toe to determine total length; subtract 5 cm (2 inches) to determine length to knit prior to starting toe shaping.
• Worsted-weight yarn (for amount, see note on quantities below)
• Set of four 3.5 mm double-pointed needles (DPN) or needles required to produce tension given below
• Stitch markers
• Tapestry needle
Check out a large photo of the finished socks here.
If you have multiple colours of yarn in your yarn stash that you'd like to use up, try working the heel and toe in a separate colour or working in stripes.
Note on quantities
The socks shown in the photo were made with Louet Gems Light Worsted in Golden Rod, but we also made samples with Patons Classic Wool and Mission Falls 1824. Suggested quantities are as follows for S(M,L):
• 1(2,2) skeins (100 g/160 m each) Louet Gems Light Worsted,100% merino machine-washable wool
• 1(1,2) balls (100 g/205 m each) Patons Classic Wool, 100% wool
• 3(3,4) balls (50 g/78 m each) Mission Falls 1824, 100% merino superwash wool
24 sts and 34 rows = 10 cm/4 inches in stocking stitch using 3.5 mm needles. Work to exact tension with specified yarn to obtain satisfatory results.
To save time, take time to check tensions.