This is an easy sock pattern, with a simple slip stitch rib design that effectively showcases variegated yarn. The socks knit up quickly, and are perfect for beginners. The socks pictured are knitted in a pure cashmere sock yarn.
100g sock yarn, 4 x 2.75mm (US 2) needles.
26 stitches & 42 rows, measured over 10cm, in stocking stitch. (This knits up as a fairly loose fitting sock, especially if you choose the pure cashmere yarn. If you prefer a snugger fitting sock, you may want to drop down a needle size.)
Cast on 60 stitches and divide between 3 needles. Commence pattern in the round, being careful not to twist stitches on first round:
Round 1: K3, P3, repeat.
Round 2: K3, P3, repeat.
Round 3: K3, P3, repeat.
Round 4: Slip1, K1, yfwd, K1, Psso, P3, repeat.
Continue in pattern for 7 inches.
Divide for the Heel:
Divide the stitches, leaving half for the heel, and setting the other half temporarily on hold for the instep. Continue in stocking stitch for 30 rows, slipping the first stitch in each row. Finish with a purl row.
Shape the Heel:
Row 1: K17, Sl1, K1, Psso, K1 (turn)
Row 2: Slip 1, P5, P2tog, P1 (turn)
Row 3: Slip1, knit across to gap, Slip1 before gap, K1, Psso, K1 (turn)
Row 4: Slip 1, P to gap, P2tog, P1 (turn)
Repeat until all the heel stitches have been used.
Pick up 15 stitches along the right side of the heel; knit across the 30 stitches of the instep. Pick up 15 stitches along the left side of the heel. Arrange the stitches on 3 needles as follows.
Needle 1: 24 stitches (left of centre heel)
Needle 2: 30 instep stitches
Needle 3: 24 stitches (right of centre heel)
Row 1: Knit the stitches on needles 1 & 3, and work the instep stitches on needle 2 in pattern.
Row 2: Knit the stitches on needle 1 up to the last 3 stitches, then K2tog, K1. Work all the stitches on needle 2 in pattern. On needle 3, K1, Sl1, K1, Psso, then knit the remaining stitches on the needle.
Repeat these 2 rows, until you have 60 stitches again. Work until the sock is 2/12" less than the desired length.
Shape the Toe:
Knit the stitches on needle 1 up to the last 3 stitches, then K2tog, K1. On needle 2, K1, S1, K1, Psso, knit up to the last 3 stitches then K2tog, K1. On needle 3, K1, S1, K1, Psso, then knit the remaining stitches. Knit one round plain. Continue alternating decrease rounds with plain rounds until there are 40 stitches left, then decrease on each round until there are 3 stitches left on both needles 1 and 3, and 6 stitches remain on needle 2. Graft the toe. Wear and enjoy!