Flat Socks

Although socks knit in the round are practical and easy, you might want to knit a pair of socks flat, on two needles. Some knitters prefer to use straight needles rather than knit in the round, don't own circular or double-pointed needles, or just want to try something different. These basic flat socks have one seam that runs down the back of the leg and two more seams on the foot, one on either side. They are similar in construction to top-down socks knit in the round.

Cast On 88

Knit the Cuff and Leg 89

Knit the Instep 90

Shape the Upper Toe 91

Knit a Heel 92

Knit the Foot and Lower Toe 95

Sew Up the Socks 96

Close the Toe 99

Basic Flat Sock Pattern 100

Cast on for your flat sock with one of the methods on pages 22-25 using straight needles or knitting back and forth on circular needles.

Use the cast-on numbers according to the chart below. It is a modification of the chart for top-down socks found on p. 64. Keep in mind that you will use 2 stitches in the leg and 4 stitches in the foot for seaming. You might want to cast on for a larger size to compensate for these lost stitches.

1 Flat Socks: Sizes and Cast-On Numbers 1

Gauge/Size

Child M

Child L/W Sm

W Med

W Lrg/M Sm

M Med

M Lrg

Circumference (in.)

6.5

7.5

8

8.5

9

9.5

5

36

40

44

48

52

56

6

44

48

52

56

60

64

7

48

56

60

64

68

72

8

56

60

64

68

72

76

9

64

72

76

78

84

88

The entire cuff and leg is knit in one flat piece with edge stitches to seam at the end down the back of the leg.

Knit the cuff as you would for top-down socks (see p. 65), in ribbing or another stitch pattern, turning your work at the end of each row.

If you are following a pattern that is designed to be knit in the round, you need to convert the stitch patterns to flat knitting—on wrong-side rows, stitches that are knits will be purled, and vice versa (purls are knitted).

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tain 1 stitch at each end of the piece in inette stitch (knit on the right side, purl on /rong side) for easy seaming at the end.

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