Simple Toe-Up Socks
These socks are worked from the toe up. It uses a light circular cast-on to start. The gusset is created along the base of the foot rather than the side of the instep.
The heel is turned using a combination of a short-row heel triangle and a heel flap worked in the Eye of Partridge pattern that binds off the remaining sole and gusset stitches.
The leg is then worked in a simple wide rib pattern till it is long enough.
The pattern is written using five double pointed needles. It can also be worked on two circular needles or with the magic loop method. Stitches from needles 1+2 go onto one circular needle or the first side of the magic loop, and stitches from needles 3+4 go onto the second circular needle or the second side of the magic loop. To work the heel leave the stitches on the second circular needle or second side of the magic loop.
This pattern was originally created for a workshop on spinning for sock yarns given to the Guelph Guild of Handweavers and Spinners. It has been revised since that class.
Any fingering to sport weight yarn should work well for these socks.
The yarn shown in the gallery is my own handspun yarn. It is a 3-ply fingering weight yarn, made from 70% Blue Faced Leicester, 20% Mohair and 10% Bombyx Silk. All fibres were naturally dyed using Elderberries and then carded to blend them into batts for spinning.
Guelph Guild of Handweavers and Spinners for the opportunity to create a workshop on spinning for sock yarns.