Foggy Sunset

Foggy Sunset
Photo by Aisling Doonan

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Inside Outside Socks - Pattern

Good afternoon! I'm delighted to be able to share a pattern for some delicious socks with you today. The socks are identical yet you can wear them either inside out or outside in, depending on your preference! Or one of each, the choice is yours. I had initially thought about calling them four days wear socks, but I am not for one minute condoning not changing your smalls for that length of time, eek...

The socks are knit on 2.25mm needles and I used Opal 4ply Sock Yarn in Tom the Bard colourway. I'm really loving the blues and greens together, every time I see them I find myself humming 'blue and green, should never be seen, except upon an Irish colleen'. 

Both socks are exactly the same, but when you turn them inside out the pattern is just as pretty on the other side, so I thought to myself, why not wear them this way? They feel no less comfortable and if you take care and be neat with your yarn tails, weaving them in discreetly, you can't even tell which side is which!

Overall, I'm very pleased with them, feel free to adjust the pattern to your own taste, the pattern is a multiple of 4 stitches, so if you usually cast on 56 or 60 or 68 etc with 2.25mm needles to get the perfect fit, feel free to do so here. The length of the leg and foot is up to you, so you can have the best fitting sock going if you try on as you knit them up.

The ribbing and the heel flap are both knit in a twisted rib which is pretty and worth the extra effort. 

So without further ado, here's the important details, please knit and enjoy...

Yarn: Opal 4ply sock yarn, Tom the Bard 7472 colourway used, 1 x 100g ball (my socks used 70g or 326yards approx.
Needles: 2.25mm (US 1) double pointed needles/circulars for magic loop method
Darning needle
two contrasting stitch markers


Ribbing -
  • Cast on 64 stitches and join for knitting in the round, taking care not to twist stitches. Cast on loosely so that the ribbing isn't too tight to wear comfortably. Mark the beginning of the round with either a stitch marker or arrange your needles so that it is at the beginning and the cast on tail will be your visual marker.
  • Begin with k1tbl, p1tbl, repeat to the end of the round
  • Continue in twisted rib for 20 rounds
Leg - 
  • Next row, k2 *p1, k3* to last stitch, k1
  • Repeat this pattern until the leg measures desired length from cast on edge, I like to knit my sock legs for 8 inches before beginning the heel section
Heel Flap
  • Knit across the first 16 stitches and turn work, slip first stitch as if to purl and k1tbl, p1tbl across the next 31 stitches (these 32 stitches are now the heel flap stitches). You will now probably want to distribute your stitches evenly across your dpn's to make working the heel flap back and forth using two needles.
  • Continue the twisted rib pattern on the 32 heel flap stitches for 32 rows, slipping the first stitch purl wise every row
  • If you have a high instep, you may want to add a few more rows to accommodate your foot size. I like to add 4 to 6 extra rows to make a comfortable sock for my foot.
  • With the wrong side facing, slip the first stitch purl wise, and purl across 16 stitches, p2tog, p1, turn work
  • Slip the first stitch purl wise, k5, ssk, k1,  turn work
  • Slip the first stitch purl wise, p6, p2tog, p1, turn work
  • Slip the first stitch purl wise, k7, ssk, k1, turn work
  • Repeat the last two rows until all the stitches from the heel flap have been included, you will now have 18 stitches in total on your needle.
Gusset - 
  • Pick up and knit 16 stitches down the side of the heel flap, using the loops from the slipped first stitches, for a neat seam. To avoid a hole at the end, you can use the side of one stitch and it's neighbour knit together to make an extra stitch, you can k2tog on the following round to keep your stitch count correct. Here's a video link to show you how!
  • Place marker, k2, *p1, k3* to last stitch, k1, place marker
  • Now pick up and knit 16 stitches on the other side of the heel flap, or 17 is you used the extra stitch on the first side
  • You should now have 82 stitches
  • Knit to 3 stitches before first marker, k2tog, k1, slip marker, k2, *p1, k3* to last stitch before marker, k1, slip marker, k1, ssk2, k to next marker
  • Next row, slip marker, k2, *p1, k3* to last stitch before marker, k1, slip marker, knit to next marker
  • Repeat last two rounds until you have 64 stitches in total
Foot - 
  • Knit & keep pattern correct until the foot is 2 inches shorter than it needs to be
Toe - 
  • *Knit to 3 stitches before first marker, k2tog, k1, slip marker, k1, ssk*, repeat **
  • Knit every stitch slipping markers as you go
  • Repeat these two rows until you have 24 stitches in total
  • Graft toe stitches, secure and darn in ends as invisibly as you can. Here is a video link for grafting. I noticed that sewing ends down vertically rather than horizontally makes for a more invisible finish in this case. 
Abbreviations - 
  • k - knit
  • p - purl
  • ktbl - knit through back loop
  • ptbl - purl through back loop
  • k2tog - knit 2 together
  • p2tog - purl 2 together
  • ssk - slip, slip, knit two stitches together

I hope that you have enjoyed this pattern, if you have any queries or find any errors, please do not hesitate to contact me (through the contact form on the sidebar) and I will get back to you as soon as I can. This design and pattern is my own, please do not copy, sell or use any of my personal photo's without permission.

Happy knitting


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