Pattern by @NoFrillsKnitting
Whilst we’re all spending more time at home, we hope to bring you lots of patterns and projects to keep you busy and your mind calm. If you’d like some DIY Christmas decoration ideas, check them out here, and if you’d like to get into the world of knitting wearables, you can check out our list of patterns perfect for beginners.
This week we’re collaborating with the wonderful Meg of @NoFrillsKnitting to bring you a free sock pattern perfect for using with our Wool Nylon sock yarn. Currently available in 17 beautiful colours, our nylon yarn range is strong and durable and the best choice of yarn for sock making. Made with 85% Merino Wool and 15% Denier Nylon, our sock yarn comes in 200g cones which is enough to make 2 pairs of socks and is only £5 per cone – who said knitting your own clothes has to be expensive?
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Now that it’s November, it feels a little more acceptable to mention the ‘C’ word – CHRISTMAS! This Christmas is sure be different, and what better way to show someone you’re thinking of them than to make them a handmade gift. With lots of colours to choose from in our Wool Nylon range, you’re sure to find the perfect shade to use for this sock pattern and knit up some socks for a loved one. And who doesn’t love socks for Christmas?
If you’d like to download or print a copy of this free sock pattern, Meg has created an amazing PDF that you can download at no cost, here.
We think that it’s more important than ever before to be surrounded by a strong community, and what’s better than a community of knitters? Make sure you’re sharing your sock progress (or other projects, completed or not) and chatting with the Woolyknit team and your fellow Woolyknitters on Instagram and Facebook. Be sure to tag us @Woolyknit and the brilliant Meg @NoFrillsKnitting as we’d love to see your socks, and if you need a bit of help (or just encouragement) – don’t hesitate to get in touch!
MEG’S TOP TIPS FOR SOCK KNITTING
– Always count your stitches twice at the start
– Use a marker when knitting in the round – I use a safety pin or a little loop of contrasting yarn
– Tuck your working knitting inside the cone – it’s a built in protector! Otherwise, use a pouch or a bag to save losing a needle
– When using double pointed needles, cast all the stitches onto one, then slip onto the others before joining in the round. It’s much less likely to get to get twisted this way
Woolyknit Socks Pattern
Size 36-41 (3-8 UK)
- 200g cone Woolyknit Wool Nylon
- Set of 5 2.5mm Double Pointed Needles
- Darning needle
K = knit
P = purl
M = make
S = slip
PSSO = pass slipped stitch over
YO = yarn over
K2tog = knit two stitches together
SSK2tog = slip two stitches, then knit them together
Cast on 64 stitches, spread evenly over 4 needles and join into round. Place marker.
TIP: Use the cable cast on method – it’s hard wearing and fairly stretchy.
Rib: *K2, P2. Repeat from * to end of round.
Repeat this row 14 more times to set rib pattern. Use the the last stitch of the 15th row to M1. (65)
Round 1: *P2, S1 purlwise, K2, PSSO. Repeat from * to end of round.
Round 2: *P2, K1, YO, K1. Repeat from * to end of round.
Round 3: *P2, K3. Repeat from * to end of round.
Round 4: *P2, K3. Repeat from * to end of round.
These four rounds make the mock cable pattern. Repeat rounds 1-4 11 more times, or until ankle is desired length.
Row 1: K 33 stitches onto one needle
Row 2: S1, P until 1 stitch remains, turn.
Row 3: S1, K until 1 stitch remains, turn.
Row 4: S1, P until 2 stitches remain, turn.
Row 5: S1, K until 2 stitches remain, turn.
Continue in this pattern with one more stitch remaining at each end side until 13 stitches are left in the middle of the heel. The last row is worked on the RS.
S1, P as many stitches as were knitted on previous row, pick up the adjoining yarn between the last stitch and next stitch, twist it, then P together with the next stitch, turn.
S1, K as many stitches as were purled on previous row, pick up the adjoining yarn between the last stitch and next stitch, twist it, then K together with the next stitch, turn.
Continue repeating these last two rows, each row you will have one more stitch before turning. The last row will be worked over all 33 stitches.
Note: heel can also be worked using flap method over the 33 stitches if that is what you usually do.
Return to working in round after last heel row, reestablish pattern as follows:
Round 1: On same needle as working heel stitches, K2 from next needle. Move onto next needle as normal and *P2, S1 purlwise, K2,
PSSO. Repeat from * five more times. On the same needle you are currently knitting onto, P2 from the start of the heel stitches. This is now
the start/end of your round. Move marker accordingly. You have shifted your round by two stitches to accommodate pattern continuation. (65)
Round 2: K33, *P2, K1, YO, K1. Repeat from *five more times. P2.
Round 3: K33 *P2, K3. Repeat from * five more times. P2.
Round 4: K33 *P2, K3. Repeat from * five more times. P2.
Round 5): K33, *P2, S1 purlwise, K2, PSSO.
Repeat from * five more times. P2.
Repeat rounds 2-5 until it is long enough to reach the base of the toes.
NOTE: Finish for toe on Round 4. (65)
Note: this is an anatomical toe. This means there will be a left and right foot as there will be more decreasing on one side. Check your 65 stitches are divided over four needles as follows:
Needle one = 17, Needle two = 16, Needle three = 16, Needle four = 16.
Round1: K to last 3 stitches of needle two, K2tog , K2, SSK2tog, K to end.
Round 2: K to end.
Round 3: K1, SS K2tog, K to last 3 stitches of needle two, K2tog, K2, SSK2tog, K to last three stitches of needle four, K2tog, K1.
Round 4: K to end.
Repeat rounds 1-6 four more times for shorter toes, five more for longer toes.
Slip the stitches on needles 1 and 2 onto one needle, then 3 and 4 onto another. Turn inside out and finish off using the three needle bind off. Weave in ends.
Round 1: K1, SSK2tog, K to last 3 stitches of needle four , K2tog K1.
Round 2: K to end.
Round 3: K1, SSK2tog, K to last 3 stitches of needle two, K2tog, K2, SSK2tog, K to last 3 stitches of needle four, K2tog, K1.
Round 4: K to end.
Repeat and finish the same as the right foot.
Download a PDF version of the pattern for free, here.
Remember to tag us @Woolyknit and Meg @NoFrillsKnitting on Instagram in any photos of your socks (both finished socks and work in progress socks), we’re so excited to see how yours turn out and what colours you choose!
If you have any questions about our sock yarn or this pattern, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us via social media or over the phone – we’re here to be your lifeline!
All images by @NoFrillsKnitting