Back to Basics: Socks (DK)


Back to Basics: Socks (DK)For every newbie out there who dares to take up the challenge, this beginner-friendly sock pattern has got you covered with toe-up and cuff-down constructions, multiple sizes, fingering and DK weight options, and helpful resources. 

Discover your favorite heel—whether it’s a traditional flap and gusset or something more elaborate—you’ll find options for both! Back to Basics: Socks include 3 heels, allowing you to explore different constructions and determine what best fits your unique foot.

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Worked in the round, Back to Basics: Socks (DK) contains both cuff-down and toe-up written instructions. There are 3 heels included with our Back to Basics Sock pattern; a peasant heel, a short row heel, and a heel flap & gusset. The pattern is also formatted in a way that you can swap the foot and leg directions from your favorite rhyFlower Sock pattern to use a different heel without having to do all that tedious math yourself. Bonus!

The pattern is written for the magic loop method for knitting socks; however, the design could be worked on double-pointed needles or mini-circulars instead should you prefer (ensure you denote your instep stitches with extra markers – so you don’t miss the placement of the heel or toe shaping).

🦄 This pattern is also available in Fingering weight found here;


Skill Level



Finished Measurements

(Measured around the ball of the foot.)
6 [6.5, 7, 7.75, 8.25, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.75, 11.25]” / 15 [16.5, 18, 19.5, 21.5, 22.5, 24, 25.5, 27, 28.5] cm circumference – choose a size that will give you 1-1.5” / 2.5-4 cm of negative ease. The finished measurements do not factor in negative ease, these are the actual measurements for the finished item. 


Suggested Needles

US3 (3.25 mm) 40” (100 cm) circular needles, or the size required to obtain gauge



Tapestry needle, scrap yarn (peasant heel), stitch markers (1)


Yarn Requirements

MC: 100-245 yds / 91-224 m of DK weight yarn (depending on the length of your foot and leg)
CC: 37 [43, 48, 54, 60, 66, 72, 79, 86, 93] yds / 34 [39, 44, 49, 55, 60, 66, 72, 79, 85] m of DK weight yarn


Sample Yarns for Back To Basics: Socks (DK)

Turtlepurl Yarns – DK Striped Turtle Toes
75% SW Merino 25% Nylon
245 yds (224 m) / 3.5 oz (100 g)
Heel Flap & Gusset Sample: Diamond Dungarees
Peasant Heel Sample: Tickled Pink

Short Row Heel: Trenchcoat



27 stitches by 36 rounds in stockinette = 4” / 10 cm, after blocking. Gauge is crucial in obtaining the correct fit. Changes in gauge will result in a size difference for your finished socks.t, Whatsapp, Tumblr, Reddit, Email”]

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Additional information



Type of Instructions

Written Directions

Sock Techniques

Afterthought Heel, Cuff-Down, Heel Flap & Gusset, Short Row Heel, Toe-Up, Wide Toe


Kitchener / Grafting, Worked in the Round

Fabric Characteristics

Ribbed / Ribbing


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