Back to Basics: Socks

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Worked in the round, Back to Basics: Socks contain both cuff-down and toe-up written directions. The pattern has instructions for an afterthought heel, but you may substitute whatever heel you enjoy using.

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.


Skill Level

Finished Measurements
(Measured around the ball of the foot.)
6 6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9”/ 15 16.5, 18, 19, 20.5, 21.5, 23 cm circumference. The sample shown was 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.

• Tapestry Needle
• Scrap yarn
• Stitch marker (optional)

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

Suggested Yarn
Fibrelya – Sock Star
80% Merino 20% Nylon
405 yds (370 m) / 3.8 oz (110 g)
Color: Sunset Beach

9 stitches by 11 rounds in stockinette = 1”/2.5 cm, after blocking. Gauge is crucial in obtaining the correct fit. Changes in gauge will result in size difference for your finished socks.

NOTE ABOUT LOW VISION FORMAT A large print/low visibility English version of this pattern is available in this download, with 22pt print in Arial. The large print/low visibility pattern contains written directions only; there are no charts or schematics. This document was accessibility checked by MS Word and works with the read-aloud function as well.

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