free pattern | dotty socks

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I’m in the process of updating a few of my free patterns and moving them to live here on my blog rather than be hosted elsewhere and this lovely sock pattern was launched, and has been available since April 2018.

It’s a really simple pattern worked over eight rows and giving a lovely texture with lots of stretch. The pattern comes in three different sizes: small (medium, large) and you can use any sock yarn you like.

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I list the different sock yarns I used to make my three pairs and note the pattern works equally as well with self-striping sock yarn as it does with hand-dyed and you can use any 100g skein or ball of fingering weight sock yarn you like. I used:

  • Small socks are made with West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4ply self-striping sock yarn (75% wool, 25% nylon; 400m per 100g) in Rum Paradise (shade 822), with small amounts of Cascade Heritage Solids (75% wool, 25% nylon; 400m per 100g) in Plum (shade 5605) for cuffs, heels and toes.

  • Medium socks are made with Betsymakes Sock Yarn (75% superwash wool, 25% nylon; 425m per 100g) in Aegean Sea.

  • Large socks are made with Regia 4ply Uni 100g (75% virgin wool, 25% polyamide; 420m per 100g) in Hellgrau Meliert (shade 01991). 

You will also need a circular needle size: 2.25mm

The socks can be knit in small, medium or large to fit a child, average female and average male foot and the foot length is adjustable. Please note that this pattern is written using the magic loop sock knitting method.

Abbreviations:

K, knit; p, purl; st(s), stitch(es); s, slip, skk, slip the next 2 sts as if to purl, then insert left-hand needle into the front of these 2 sts and k them together (to decrease 1 st); p2tog, purl 2 sts together (to decrease 1 st); k2tog, knit 2 sts together (to decrease 1 st).

//PATTERN STARTS//

Cuff

Cast on 56 (64, 72) sts and divide evenly across both needles.

Work 10 (20, 20) rounds of 2 x 2 ribbing (or your preferred number of rows and/or your preferred ribbing stitch). 2 x 2 ribbing is: [k2, p2] to the end of the round.

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Leg

Rounds 1-3. K.

Round 4. *P1, k3; repeat from * to end.

Rounds 5-6. K.

Round 8. *K2, p1, k1; repeat from * to end

Rounds 1 to 8 form pattern. 

Repeat Rounds 1-8 another 5 (9, 9) times for leg or until your desired length is achieved.

Heel Flap, Turn and Gusset (alternatively work your preferred heel)

Heel Flap

Begin after finishing last round and with wrong side facing:

Row 1. S1, p all remaining sts on this needle, turn.

Row 2. *S1, k1; repeat from * to end, turn.

Repeat Rows 1-2 another 15 (17, 18) times, ending on a Row 2.

Heel Turn

Row 1. S1, p15 (17, 19), p2tog, p1, turn.

Row 2. S1, k5, ssk, k1, turn.

Row 3. S1, p to 1 st before the gap, p2tog, p1, turn.

Row 4. S1, k to 1 st before the gap, ssk, k1, turn.

Repeat Rows 3 and 4 until all stitches have been worked and noting that on the last 2 rows the past p1 or k1 will be omitted.

Heel Gusset

Pick up and knit 15 (17, 18) stitches along first heel edge, work front of sock in established pattern, pick up and knit 15 (17, 18) stitches along second heel edge, knit the remaining heel stitches.

Round 1. Place marker for beginning of round and knit the stitches picked up from first edge. At this point, move all heel stitches to back needle, leaving your 28 (32, 36) stitches for the front of sock on your front needle, knit front stitches in established pattern and knit heel stitches to marker.

Round 2. K to 3 sts from end, k2tog, k1, work front stitches in pattern, k1, ssk, knit to marker.

Round 3. K all stitches, working front stitches in pattern.

Repeat Rounds 2 and 3 until you have 28 (32, 36) stitches on back needle. Your gusset is complete. Remove marker.

Foot

Continue working in pattern across top stitches and knit plain across back stitches until you reach your desired length (this is usually approximately 1½ - 2 inches less than desired foot length).

Toe

This is my standard toe that I use on all my own socks. Please adjust as necessary to suit, noting that I work toes differently for Betsy (small socks) and Darren (large socks) and I show these alternatives below for interest.

Round 1. *K1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1; repeat from * on back stitches.

Round 2: K.

Round 3: K.

Repeat Rounds 1 - 3 once more, then repeat Rounds 1 and 2 until you have 18 sts on each needle. Then repeat Round 1 until you reach 12 sts (or 10 sts if you prefer) per needle. Cut yarn and graft toe sts together using the Kitchener Stitch technique (you can find this easily by searching for ‘Kitchener Stitch’ in your web browser).

For Betsy’s small toes I work Rounds 1 and 2 until I reach 18 sts on each needle and then Round 1 until I reach 10 sts on each needle.

For Darren’s wide (hobbit) toes I work Rounds 1-3 until I reach 14 sts on each needle and then finish with a Round 1.

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Happy knitting peaches.