Men’s Basic Sock Pattern for any 4 Ply Fingering Sock Yarn
Gauge: 7.5 st/inch on 2mm, 2.25mm or 2.5 mm needles
Size: to fit an 10 “ ankle approx
Cuff: Cast on 72 stitches and do K2 P2 ribbing for 2 to 3"(18, 18, 18, 18)
Leg: Switch to stockinette stitch (knit every round) and continue to desired length (usually 7 to 9 inches).
Heel: Leaving 36 instep stitches on needles 2 and 3 (18 & 18) put remaining 36 stitches on 1 needle and work heel flap back and forth over this needle.
Regular heel stitch:
Row 1: sl1, *k1, sl1* repeat from * across ending with k1
Row 2: sl 1, purl across
Work even in heel stitches for 36 rows.
Working over heel flap stitches:
Row 1: Knit across 20 sts’ ssk, K1 turn work
Row 2: Sl 1 pwise, p5, p2tog p 1, turn
Row 3: sl1 K to 1 st before gap, ssk, k1, turn
Row 4:Sl 1, p to 1 st before gap, p2tog, p1, turn
Repeat Rows 3 & 4 until all heel sts have been worked, ending with a wrong side row. (20 sts remaining)
Knit first 10 stitches. Rounds now start in the middle of heel flap. Knit remaining 10 stitches with new needle (needle 1 ), pick up one stitch in each of the slipped edge stitches along the heel flap,(approx 18) and 1 additional stitch where heel flap and instep join. Work across instep (needles 2 & 3) . Pick up and knit one stitch where instep and heel flap join and one stitch in each slipped stitch along the edge of the other side of the heel flap(18) work remaining 10 stitches onto the end of this needle (needle 4). Needles 1 and 4 should have the same number of stitches, these are for the foot. Knit one row.
*Next row: Knit to last 2 stitches on needle 1, K2tog. Work instep stitches on needles 2 & 3. On needle 4 ssk, knit to end. Work 2 rounds in plain knitting. Repeat from *until there are 18 stitches on each needle. 72 stitches total.
Foot: Continue in plain knitting on these 72 stitches until foot is desired length (allow approx. 2.5" for toe decrease) average man’s foot, from back of heel, 8 to 9"
Toe: Round 1
Needle 1: work to last 3 stitches, K2tog, K1
Needle 2: K1, ssk, knit to end.
Needle 3: Work to last 3 stitches K2tog, K1
Needle 4: K1, ssk, knit to end
Round 2: Knit
Repeat rounds 1 and 2 until there remain 8 sts (2 sts on each needle)
Graft toe sts together.
***ssk: Slip stitch as if to knit, slip stitch as if to knit, insert left needle into the front of these 2 slipped stitches from left to right and K2tog.
Pattern from Have a Yarn, Mahone Bay. NS B0J 2E0 902-624-0569