Basic Top Down Sock Pattern

This basic pattern is for a top-down sock in fingering weight yarn and employs the gusset heel and basic toe.

Specifications

SIZE

Child M (Child Lrg/W Sm, W Med, W Lrg/M Sm, M Med, M Lrg) MATERIALS

200 (250, 300, 350, 400, 450) yards of fingering weight yarn

US 1 (2.25mm) double-pointed, two circulars, or one long circular needle, or size to obtain gauge

GAUGE

8 sts and 10 rounds = 4 inches square in St st

Pattern Stitch

1 x 1 RIBBING

Round 1: * K1, p1 *, rep from * to * around. Rep round 1 for patt.

Directions for Basic Top-Down Sock (Make 2)

1 Cast on 52 (56, 60, 64, 68, 72) sts using the desired cast-on. Join, being careful not to twist.

2 Work 1 x 1 ribbing until piece measures 1 inch from beg.

3 Continue even in St st until piece measures 5.5 (6, 6.5, 7, 7.5, 8) inches from beg or desired length to top of heel.

WORK THE HEEL

The heel is worked over 26 (28, 30, 32, 34, 36) sts.

1 Next row (RS): K 13 (14, 15, 16, 17, 18) sts, turn.

3 Row 1 (RS): * K1, sl 1 *, rep from * to * across.

5 Rep rows 1 and 2 until you have worked 26 (28, 30, 32, 34, 36) rows in total. TURN THE HEEL

1 Row 1: K across 15 (16, 17, 18, 19, 20) sts, ssk, k1, turn.

3 Row 3: Sl 1, k to 1 st before gap, ssk (1 st from each side of gap), k1, turn.

4 Row 4: Sl 1, p to 1 st before gap, p2tog (1 st from each side of gap), p1, turn.

5 Rep rows 3 and 4 until you have worked all heel sts, ending if necessary on the last rep with k2tog and p2tog. 16 (16, 18, 18, 20, 20) sts remain.

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