Yarn: 100g sock/fingering weight.
Needles: 2-24” circulars US 1, 2.5mm. You can easily switch to double points or Magic Loop if desired.
Gauge: 8 stitches/inch, 10 rows/inch in stockinette stitch
The socks in the picture are knit with Opal Handpainted #14.
This pattern shows best with a solid or almost solid yarn or a variagated yarn with very short color repeats.
The socks in the picture were knit for a very tall, thin man. They are knit on the same 64 stitches as the pattern that follows, but the heel flap was lenghtened to three inches and 22 stitches were picked up on each side of the gusset.
k = knit
p = purl
m1 = make a new stitch by lifting loop between stitches with left needle and knitting into back of loop
slip = slip purlwise unless pattern specifies knitwise
ssk = slip knitwise, slip knitwise, knit two slipped stitches together
k2tog = knit two stitches together
p2tog - purl two stitches together
John's Basketweave Ribbing Stitch
(multiple of 8 stitches)
Round 1: k3,p,k3,p
Round 2: k3,p5
Round 3: k3,p,k3,p
Round 4: k3,p5
Round 5: k3,p,k3,p
Round 6: k3,p5
Round 7: k3,p,k3,p
Round 8: p4,k3,p
Round 9: k3,p,k3,p
Round 10: p4,k3,p
Round 11: k3,p,k3,p
Round 12: p4,k3,p
Cast on 64 stitches.
Split stitches between two circular needles, 32 stitches per needle.
Join is the beginning of a round and the left side of sock.
k1,p1 ribbing for two inches.
Knit John's Basketweave Ribbing Stitch until cuff measure desired length (usually 7-8 inches), ending after Round 6 or Round 12.
With the heel side facing you, move the left purl stitch onto the instep needle.
You now have 33 stitches on the instep needle and 31 stitches on the heel needle.
Set up Row: (slip 1, knit 1) 8 times, slip 1, m1, (slip 1, Knit 1) 7 times. 32 stitches on needle. Turn.
Row 1: slip 1, purl to end of row. Turn.
Row 2: (slip 1, knit 1) 16 times. Turn.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 17 times. (18 slip rows)
Row 1: slip 1, p 17, p2tog, p. Turn.
Row 2: slip 1, k5, ssk, k. Turn.
Row 3: slip 1, p6, p2tog, p. Turn.
Row 4: slip 1, k7, ssk, k. Turn.
Row 5: slip 1, p8, p2tog, p. Turn.
Row 6: slip 1, k9, ssk, k. Turn.
Row 7: slip 1, p10, p2tog, p. Turn.
Row 8: slip 1, k11, ssk, k. Turn.
Row 9: slip 1, p12, p2tog, p. Turn.
Row 10: slip 1, k13, ssk, k. Turn.
Row 11: slip 1, p14, p2tog, p. Turn.
Row 12: slip 1, k15, ssk, k. Turn.
Row 13: slip 1, p16, p2tog. Turn.
Row 14: slip 1, k16, ssk.
18 stitches left on needle.
Pick up Gusset Stitches:
Pick up 19 stitches along right edge of heel.
Knit across instep using Instep Rib Pattern.
Instep Rib Pattern:
k4,p,k3,p,k3,p,k7,p,k3,p,k3,p,k4 (33 stitches)
Pick up 19 stitches along left edge of heel.
Knit a round, ending at center back of heel.
For gusset decreases, round starts at center of heel needle.
Round 1: knit to last 3 stitches before instep, k2tog, k1, knit Instep Rib Pattern across instep, k, ssk, knit to center of heel needle.
Round 2: knit to instep needle, knit Instep Rib Pattern across instep, knit to center of heel needle.
Repeat rounds 1 and 2 until 31 stitches remain on heel needle.
Continue knitting around keeping the 33 instep stitches in the Instep Rib Pattern.
Start on instep needle 2 inches before desired length of sock.
Round 1: (k, ssk, k to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k) twice, once on instep needle, once on sole needle.
Round 2: knit
Repeat rounds 1 and 2 until 17 stitches remain on instep needle and 15 stitches remain on sole needle.
Repeat round 1 until 9 stitches remain on each needle.
Kitchener toe and weave in ends.
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