These toe-up socks have an easy-to-remember 8 row repeat and can be adapted to your own gauge and heel. The pattern produces two little columns of butterflies on each foot. The stitch guide I have given throughout the notes is what fits perfectly for my feet – I am a UK size 3.5 and I knit on 2.5mm circulars. You may need to adjust the pattern to fit your own foot size/gauge.
Fingering weight yarn
Circular needles. I recommend either 2.5mm or 2.25mm
1 stitch marker (optional – for using the Fleegle heel)
Cast on 24.
Round 1, Needle 1: K1, KFB, K20, KFB, K1
Round 1, Needle 2: K1, KFB, K20, KFB, K1
Round 2, Needle 1: K
Round 2, Needle 2: K
Continue with this pattern until you have 52 sts in total
Butterfly Pattern *
You will be knitting needle 2 (the back needle) straight on every round – the pattern below relates to needle 1 (the front needle) only
Rounds 1,2,3,4,5: K3, yf, sl5, yb, knit until 8 stitches before end of first needle, yf, sl5, yb, k3
Round 6: K5, pick up the 5 slipped stitches with your left hand needle and knit through the back loop along with the live stitch, knit until 6 stitches before the end of the needle, pick up the 5 slipped stitches with your left needle and knit through the back loop along with the live stitch, k3
Rounds 7 & 8: Knit all stitches
Continue on with the pattern until you are ready to start the heel. I tend to use the Fleegle heel which you can find instructions for here, however you can substitute for whatever heel fits you best.
Gusset needle: K2, Inc1, knit to second-to-last stitch, Inc1, K2.
Instep needle: K.
Repeat these two rounds until the heel/gusset needle contains 50 stitches (Or two less than your total number of stitches).
Place a stitch marker at the centre point of the needle holding your heel. There should be 25 stitches either side.
Knit to 2 stitches beyond the marker. K2tog, K1, turn.
Slip 1 purlwise. Purl to 2 stitches beyond the marker, P2tog, P1, turn.
*Slip 1, knit to the gap, knit the stitch before and after the gap to close it, K1. Turn
Slip 1, purl to the gap, purl the stitch before and after the gap to close it, P1. Turn*
Repeat these two rows until you have one stitch left on each side
Resume knitting around both needles, remembering to continue with the pattern on the top needle, and decrease away the excess stitches to bring the total back to 52 stitches
K2P2 rib around until cuff is approximately 1 inch long.
Cast off. I recommend Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off.
* Can’t understand my instructions? I modified the butterfly stitch pattern that I found at Paton’s Stitch Gallery and you may find their annotations easier to follow.
** I haven’t had this pattern test knitted so please do let me know if you find any errors in my pattern! Thank you 🙂 **