Monday, December 5, 2011

Generic top-down worsted weight socks pattern, with short row heel

Since I did the top-down and toe-up fingering weight sock patterns, I figured I might as well add my generic worsted weight sock pattern as well. I usually use worsted weight for men's socks (these, for example) or if someone requests a pair of socks that I don't really have time to knit but agree to knit anyway because I can't say no for some reason. It goes a lot more quickly with worsted weight yarn. This is basically the same as my top-down socks pattern for fingering weight yarn, but the numbers are different and I use a short row heel in this pattern, just because I often do one main color and a contrast color for the cuffs, heels, and toes, which usually looks better in the short row heel in my opinion.

Materials:

Size 6 DPN's
Worsted weight yarn
Tapestry needle
Plenty of stitch markers (for marking beg of round and for short row heel)

Cuff:

(if using 2 colors, CO in contrast color)

CO 44 st and join in a round, being careful not to twist
Knit in K2P2 rib for about 1 inch

Ankle/Calf:

(change color here if desired, main color)

Change to st st and knit to desired leg length, allowing about 2" for the heel

Heel:

(change color here if desired, CC)

My favorite short row heel method is Cosmicpluto Knits' short-row heel.

For the heel, I use half of the total stitches on one needle (22 st). I'll call it needle one.

Row 1: On needle one, K to last stitch, wrap and turn, PM (I like to place stitch markers after every wrapped stitch so that I know where I turned my work. This leaves me with a ton of stitch markers in my knitting while doing the heel, but it also saves a lot of confusion.)
Row 2: P to last stitch, wrap and turn, PM

Row 3: K to marker, wrap and turn, PM
Row 4: P to marker, wrap and turn, PM

Repeat rows 3 and 4 until you have 8 st wrapped on each side and 6 st unwrapped in the middle.

For picking up the wraps and re-wrapping, see the more detailed instructions in the above link for Cosmicpluto Knits' short row heel.

Row 1: K to marker, remove marker, pick up and knit wrap, wrap next stitch a second time and turn. (Again, leave the marker after the re-wrapped stitch in place on each row to remind you where you turned your work/left off picking up wraps.)
Row 2: P to marker, remove marker, pick up and knit wrap, wrap next stitch a second time and turn, keep marker in place

Row 3: K to marker, remove marker, pick up and knit both wraps, wrap next stitch a second time and turn.
Row 4: P to marker, remove marker, pick up and knit both wraps, wrap next stitch a second time and turn, keep marker in place

Repeat rows 3 and 4 until you have no more wrapped st and all 22 heel st are again live. Proceed to foot.


Foot:

(change color here if desired, MC)

Resume knitting in the round on all 44 st in st st until sock measures about 2” less than desired length. I usually keep my work on 3 needles at this point, with the 22 heel st on needle 1 and the rest of the st split between needles 2 and 3.

Toe:

(change color here if desired, CC)

Round 1: (Needle 1 – K1, SSK, K to last 3 st, K2tog, K1); (needle 2 - K1, SSK); (needle 3 - K to last 3 st, K2tog, K1) – 4 st dec
Round 2: K all st

Repeat rounds 1 and 2, 4 more times (28 st rem)
Repeat round 1 another 3 times (12 st rem)

Transfer st from needle 2 to needle 3, 6 st on each needle.

Kitchener stitch toe and weave in ends to finish

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