I’m back from the Maryland Sheep and Wool festival with another round of selfless knitting for man feet! I was un-lazy enough to swatch the yarn, so they actually fit the recipient (I like to think I learn from my mistakes).
I drafted the sock until the chevron detail. That pattern is from Lacey Volk– she might be my new favorite knitwear designer. She hasn’t been very active online in the past couple of years, but her patterns are still available. I used the Flying Geese pattern (available for free on Knitty) to create the chevrons at the top of each sock. The triangles are worked in short-rows; for being such a tricky pattern, the designer’s descriptions are thorough and easy to follow (as long as you actually read the instructions and don’t just forge ahead like I did the first time around).
Yarn: Brown yarn is Stroll Tweed Sock Yarn from Knit Picks- I used less than one skein. This yarn was thinner than I expected when it arrived in the mail but worked fine with the thicker blue yarn (Verdant Gryphon Bugga). The white yarn is some undyed yarn from my stash.
Pattern: Self drafted (below) and Flying Geese
Needle size: US 1.5 circular needle, gauge 7 sts per inch
Quick pattern instructions (more in depth instructions can be found here):
CO 28 sts with JMCO. Knit around. Alternate rows of increasing and knitting until you have increased the toe to 64 sts around.
Toe stripes: Knit 16 sts, break yarn (so the color breaks are on the bottom of the foot. Pick up and knit:
- 1 row with the white yarn
- 2 rows with the brown yarn
- 1 white row
- 2 brown rows
- 1 white row
Knit the foot: Break yarn and pick up the blue yarn again. Knit around until the sock measures 3″ less than the foot.
Gusset: Begin gusset increases on the first side of the needle, increase the gusset until you have increased 22 sts (86 sts around)
Turn the heel: knit and purl across the first side of the needle in short rows, wrapping and turning at the end of each row until you have a trapezoid with 10 wrapped sts on each side of the heel.
Knit the heel flap: Knit across the heel and down the wrapped sts, then pick up one gusset st and knit it together with the last wrapped st. Turn and purl across the heel to the other side, pick up the gusset st and purl it together with the last wrapped st. Continue like this until all of the gusset sts have been used up and the heel flap is formed. Alternate every two rows between brown and blue yarn to make stripes.
Knit the ankle: Knit around until the sock is 3.5 inches shorter than the desired height.
Increases for the chevrons: increase to 68 sts around so you have 34 sts on each side of the needle.
Chevrons: Consult the Flying Geese pattern to make the chevrons. Begin under the heading: First Main Color Triangle. Knit the first two main color triangles in blue and the first two contrasting triangles in brown. Then knit another two main color triangles in brown and the second two contrasting triangles in blue.
Form the cuff: Knit 1 row around in blue. Then K2tbl, P2 around until you have 1.5 inches of ribbing at the top of the sock. Cast off with a stretchy cast-off method.