Knit by Bit: free chunky sock knitting pattern
This week, Angie is preparing to knock out her holiday gift list with her simple and fast, free chunky sock knitting pattern.
On my Instagram last week, I promised rainbow socks. You’ll notice that these are not, in fact rainbow socks. The fact of the matter is, my holiday gift list doesn’t contain anyone who would have quite the enthusiasm I would like for rainbow socks. It was back to the drawing board for me.
I did really want to design some new socks, though, and chunky ones at that. I thought, and I thought, and I read through my holiday gifting list over and over. Who would love some socks? The answer did come to me, but I can’t share the recipient of these socks for obvious reasons. Just know that my giftee isn’t particularly ostentatious, and prefers a more conservative sock.
I got to work designing the sock. I chose Cascade Pacific Chunky yarn in Charcoal (62) and Silver (61). Two fabulous grey shades, perfect for a conservative sock. (You could, of course, choose bright colors instead – after all, this yarn is available in a generous range of shades!)
2 balls of Cascade Pacific Chunky, one in each shade
I made these socks using 2 circular needles, but you could easily use DPNs if you are more comfortable with that.
Cast on 36 stitches, and join to work in the round. Place marker. Work in a K2, P2 rib for 9 rounds.
Round 10 – 13: Knit
Rounds 14 – 22: Work this color chart, knitting all the way across the entire round.
Divide your stitches in half (18 stitches). If you are using 2 circulars, you’ll have 18 on each needle; if you are using DPNs just be sure that you are only working 18 stitches for this section of the pattern. We’ll be creating a selvedge edge with slipped stitches that we will pick up for the gusset in the next section of the pattern.
Row 1: Slip one, knit one to end of row
Row 2: Slip one, purl across all stitches to end of row.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until you have 18 rows. You’ll have 9 selvedge stitches along the edges.
Row 19: Slip one, K10, SSK, K1, turn
Row 20 (wrong side): Slip one, purl 5, P2tog, P1, turn.
Row 21: Slip one, knit to one before the gap, SSK, K1.
Row 23: Purl to one stitch before the gap, P2tog, P1, turn.
Work in this manner, adding one stitch from the other side of the gap each row, until you have worked all of your stitches. You will see a cup forming as you work, to form the heel of the sock.
Now that you have your heel, we will rejoin it to the rest of the sock. The round counter resets here!
Round 1: Knit across heel stitches, place marker. Pick up your 9 selvedge stitches on the edge of the heel flap. (I recommend you pick up an extra stitch where it meets the instep of the sock, to avoid a hole, but be sure to do the same thing on the other side to make it equal.) Knit across your 18 instep stitches, and pick up the other 9 selvedge edge stitches on the other side of your heel flap. Place marker.
Round 2: Knit across heel stitches, SSK, knit to the last three stitches, K2tog, K1.
Round 3: Work this chart below, knitting across all stitches. **Note: repeat the chart across all stitches as shown, alternating colors every stitch.
Round 4: Repeat round 2
Round 5: Knit
Round 6: Repeat round 2
Round 7: Repeat round 3
Repeat rounds 2 and 3 until you have 36 stitches left, and then work the chart below, knitting across all stitches.
Knit 3 rounds.
Change color to Silver. You will be decreasing on either side of the heel flap as before. The rounds reset here.
Round 1: K8, SSK, knit to the last 3 stitches, K2tog, K1.
Round 2: Knit
Repeat rounds 1 and 2 twice, for a total of 6 rounds worked.
Round 7: repeat round 1
Repeat round 7 until you have 10 stitches left on the needles. Draw yarn through the stitches and tighten to close. Sew in ends.
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Last updated: November 16th, 2015.