Back to Basics: Socks

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Whether you’re a first-time sock knitter, or just looking for a vanilla sock pattern, Back to Basics: Socks is a wonderful jump-off point, and a FREE resource to get you started into the addictive world of sock knitting.

Back to Basics: Socks and every sock pattern from rhyFlower Knits have helpful links to not only achieve a proper fit but give you some insight into what to look for in a sock yarn!

This sock pattern shines well with solid, semi-solid, stripes, or variegated/speckled yarns as this is a basic vanilla sock. Pick a colorway that will make you happy!

Description

Back to Basics: Socks – Worked in the round, Back to Basics socks 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).

SKILL LEVEL

Beginner

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

(Measured around the ball of the foot.) 

6 [6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5. 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11]” / 15 [16.5, 18, 19, 20.5, 21.5, 23, 24.5, 25.5, 27, 28] cm circumference – intended to be worn with 1” / 2.5 cm of negative ease.  The samples shown were knit using the toe-up version of this pattern on 64-sts.

SUGGESTED NEEDLES

US1 (2.25 mm) 32-40” (82-102 cm) circular needles, or size required to obtain gauge.

NOTIONS

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

YARN REQUIREMENTS

200-500 yds / 183-458 m fingering weight yarn (depending on the length of your foot and leg)

SUGGESTED YARN

Turtlepurl Yarns – Striped Turtle Toes
75% SW Merino 25% Nylon
450 yds (411 m) / 3.5 oz (100 g)
Heel Flap & Gusset Sample: Bruised
Peasant Heel Sample: On the Beach
Short Row Heel: Imposters

GAUGE

8 stitches by 10 rounds in stockinette = 1” / 2.5 cm, after blocking. Gauge is crucial in obtaining the correct fit. Changes in gauge will result in a size difference for your finished socks.


LOW-VISIBILITY & SCREEN READER FORMAT

A low-visibility and a screen-reader accessible version of this pattern are available. The low-visibility format is 24pt print in Arial, black font, no italics, and contains written directions (there are no charts to work from). The screen reader format has all the items mentioned above, contains no abbreviations, and accessibility was checked by read-aloud function on both a Windows PC and Android device.

Additional information

Skill Level

Beginner

Language

English, French

Type of Instructions

Charts, Low Visibilty, Screen Reader Access, Written Directions

Sock Techniques

Afterthought Heel, Cuff-Down, Toe-Up, Wide Toe

Construction

Kitchener / Grafting, Worked in the Round

Fabric Characteristics

Ribbed / Ribbing

Format

Digital Download, PDF