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Published on December 12th, 2016 | by Laura Strutt

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Chunky Aran Socks

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Crafting expert Laura Strutt from the impeccable Made Peachy blog shows you how to knit up a pair of chunky aran socks. Couple them with stylish boots to keep you warm when you’re out and about.

These chunky Aran socks are just the thing to keep your toes cosy whether you are weathering them with your winter boots or are snuggled up in front of the fire! Worked from the toes upwards, you can customise the length of the sock to accommodate your own feet and legs, making these perfect for guys and girls!

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Materials

Yarn: Patons Wool Blend Aran, 100g, 185m, in shade 89, 2 balls
Needles: 4.5mm, 100cm circular needle, (plus, double pointed needles [optional])
Yarn Needle
Stitch Marker

Pattern notes

These socks are knitted from in the round using a long circular needle to work using the magic loop technique, if you prefer you can switch to double pointed needles to work in the round.

KFB = increase by knitting into the front and then the back of the same stitch.

WT = wrap the stitch and turn the work.

YF = yarn forward – bring the yarn to the front of the work between the two needles.

YB = yarn back – take the yarn to the back of the work, between the two needles.

Sl = slip the stitch.

SSK = decrease by slipping two stitches in turn then knitting them together.

Pattern

Using 80-100cm long, circular needles and the Magic Cast on method, cast on 16 stitches – 8 stitches on each needle.

Rnd 1: k all sts
Rnd 2, K1, kfb, k to last 2 sts, on the needle, kfb, k1. Repeat on second needle.

Repeat Rounds 1 & 2 until there are 32sts- 16 sts on each needle – ending after rnd 2.

With the yarn tail on the right-hand side, place the stitch marker to indicate the start of the round, the stitches on this needle will become the sole of the sock.

Working in the round, k all sts until the sock measures 11cm from the heel of your for – slip the sock on to be sure of the measurements.

Gusset

Rnd 1: With RS of work facing, k1, kfb, k to last 2 sts on needle, kfb, k1. K all sts on needle 2.
Rnd 2: k all sts.
Repeat Rounds 1 & 2 until there are 48sts – 32sts on needle 1 and 16sts on needle 2.

Heel

Row 1: Start with Needle 1 working in rows, k22sts, sl 1 to right hand needle, yf, sl st back to left hand needle, yb to create wrap, turn the work – here a stitch had been wrapped and the work turned – WT.

Row 2: p12, sl 1, yf, sl st back to left hand needle, yb to wrap and turn.

Row 3: k11, sl 1, yf, sl st back to left hand needle, yb to wrap and turn.

Row 4: p10, sl 1, yf, sl st back to left hand needle, yb to wrap and turn.

Row 5: k9, sl 1, yf, sl st back to left hand needle, yb to wrap and turn.

Row 6: p8, sl 1, yf, sl st back to left hand needle, yb to wrap and turn.

Row 7: k7, sl 1, yf, sl st back to left hand needle, yb to wrap and turn.

Row 8: p6, sl 1, yf, sl st back to left hand needle, yb to wrap and turn.

Row 9: k5, sl 1, yf, sl st back to left hand needle, yb to wrap and turn.

Row 9: p4, sl 1, yf, sl st back to left hand needle, yb to wrap and turn.

Pick up Wraps

Row 1 (RS): K to wrapped st. Pick up wrap and work together with st. Wrap the next st and turn.

Row 2 (WS): P to wrapped st. Pick up wrap and work together with st. Wrap the next st and turn.

Row 3: K to double-wrapped st. Pick up both wraps and work together with st. Wrap the next st and turn.

Row 4: P to double-wrapped st. Pick up both wraps and work together with st. Wrap the next st and turn.

Rows 3 and 4 until you have worked all double wrapped sts.

Heel Flap

Row 1: with wight side facing, s1k, k 12sts, ssk

Row 2: s1p, p 12sts, p2tog

Repeat Rows 1 & 2 until 16 sts remain the heel is now complete – complete this round back to the marker.

Leg

Continue working in the round to work the leg increasing as follows:

k 20 rows.
Increase row: k1, kfb, k to last 2 sts on needle, kfb, k1, repeat on next needle.

k 15 rows.
Increase row: k1, kfb, k to last 2 sts on needle, kfb, k1, repeat on next needle.

k 15 rows.
Increase row: k1, kfb, k to last 2 sts on needle, kfb, k1, repeat on next needle.

k 10 rows.
Increase row: k1, kfb, k to last 2 sts on needle, kfb, k1, repeat on next needle.

k 10 rows.
Increase row: k1, kfb, k to last 2 sts on needle, kfb, k1, repeat on next needle.

k 10 rows.
Increase row: k1, kfb, k to last 2 sts on needle, kfb, k1, repeat on next needle.

Cuff

k1, p1 rib for 12 rows.
cast off.

Weave in all ends.

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About the Author

Laura loves to knit, crochet and sew, she believes her dog, Waffle, is the most handsome dog on Instagram and hopes to one day be in a Ukulele band with her husband.


Last updated: January 4th, 2017.

4 Responses to Chunky Aran Socks

  1. Sheila Rowley says:

    Thank you I have some nice big balls of pale pink that will look great made into these socks,

  2. Heather says:

    These look just the thing as I suffer from cold feet in the winter.

    Just one thing … there appear to be two row 9s in the Heel part of the pattern. Am I safe in assuming the second one should be row 10?

  3. Shannon says:

    Can’t wait to make these! But….Gauge?

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