Basic Socks (Top Down)
Hi everyone! Today's free pattern is for basic ankle socks! These simple socks are knit from the top down and are 100% seamless! While I used DPNs for the socks, You could also knit them with circular needles (I personally prefer DPNs for socks, but that is just my opinion). The socks are available in three adult sizes and are also unisex. They are the perfect pattern for weekends and the socks make great gifts.
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36 sts and 48 rows= 4”/10cm over Stockinette Stitch in the round
Women’s S/Men’s XS (Women’s M/Men’s S, Women’s L/Men’s M). The size shown is a Women’s large. For reference, the model generally wears a Women’s US 10 (EU 41) shoe size.
With long tail or elastic cast on method, cast on 64 (68, 72) sts; divide evenly between 4 DPNs with 16 (17, 18) sts on each needle. Join in the round, being careful not to twist sts. Place marker for beginning of round.
Rnd 1: *k2, p2; repeat from * to end of rnd.
Work the established pattern until ribbing measures 1.5 in. (4cm) from cast on edge.
Rnd 1: Knit all sts.
Work in Stockinette stitch until sock measures 6.75 in. (17.1cm) from cast on edge.
Heel Flap Setup Row: Continue with St st across to needle 4. Working across needle 4 and 1, begin heel flap as follows: *sl1, k1; repeat from * to end of row. Turn.
You will now continue working in rows for the Dutch heel flap. Redistribute the sts of Needles 1 and 4 onto one needle.
Row 1 (WS): Sl1, p31 (p33, p35).
Row 2 (RS): *Sl1, k1; repeat from * to end of row.
Repeat Rows 1-2 29 (31, 33) more times for a total of 32 (34, 36) rows. There will be 16 (17, 18) sts along the side of the heel flap. End with a WS row.
Divide the heel flap stitches evenly into sections. There will be twelve sts in the center group of sts, and 10 (11, 12) on either side. Place marker to designate central sts.
Row 1(RS): Knit across to last st in central group; ssk. Turn.
Row 2 (WS): Sl 1, p to last st in central group; p2tog. Turn.
Repeat Rows 1-2 until only central 12 sts remain. End after a WS row.
Gusset Decrease Setup Rnd: Pick up an knit 16 (17, 18) sts from side of heel flap plus 1 extra st between heel flap and instep. Continue in St st across Needles 2 and 3. Pick up 1 extra st between instep and heel flap along with 16 (17, 18) sts from side of heel flap, knit 6 sts from heel. Place marker for new beginning of round. The needle numbers will remain the same. There should be 23 (24, 25) sts on Needles 1 and 4, 16 (17, 18) sts on Needles 2 and 3.
Continue in St st across needles 2 and 3. Work the gusset decrease for all sizes across needles 1 and 4 as follows:
Rnd 2: Knit alls sts.
Rnd 3: Knit to last 2 sts on Needle 1; k2tog. Continue in St st over Needles 2 and 3. Ssk, knit to end of rnd.
Repeat Rnds 2 and 3 until there are 16 (17, 18) sts remaining on both Needles 1 and 4 32 (34, 36) sts total.
Continue in Stockinette stitch until sock measures 8.25 in. (20.9cm) or desired length minus 2 in. (5cm) from back of heel.
Rnd 1: Needle 1: Knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. Needle 2: K1, ssk, knit across remaining sts. Needle 3: Knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. Needle 4: K1, ssk, knit across remaining sts.
Rnd 2: Knit all sts.
Repeat Rnds 1-2 until 5 sts remain on each needle.
Knit across Needle 1, then combine the sts of Needle 1 and Needle 4 onto one needle, then the sts of Needle 2 and Needle 3 onto another. Cut yarn, leaving about 15 in. (38cm). Graft toe closed using the Kitchener Stitch. Fasten off, secure toe and thread remaining ends to the inside of the sock.
Repeat the pattern instructions for second sock.
Weave in remaining ends. Block socks using a sock blocker if desired.
I hope you enjoyed these socks! If you have any questions or concerns regarding the pattern, please feel free to contact me here. While I work extensively to make sure patterns are free of errors, no one is a perfect machine, and mistakes happen from time to time. I will gladly make an update or post an errata link if needed.
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