Free Knitting Pattern: Sailing Socks

imageIf you like fairly mindless knitting but don’t want to do a plain stockinette sock, this is the pattern for you. There is an eight row repeat, six rows of which are just knit so it’s easy to remember. The pattern is called sailing because the holes remind me of portholes and the dashes remind me of waves.

This is a toe-up pattern, however you can just as easily knit it cuff-down – the pattern will be upsidedown but still be attractive.

The pattern calls for a stitch count in multiples of 4 plus 2. Any heel can be used meaning these socks can easily be adjusted for fit.

PATTERN

Toe
Cast on 24 stitches
Round 1
Needle 1: k1, m1, knit to 2 stitches before end, m1, k1
Needle 2: k1, m1, knit to 2 stitches before end, m1, k1
Round 2: Knit all stitches on both needles.
Repeat both rounds until you have 26 stitches on each needle (52 in total)

Foot
Note: The Bottom/Sole of the foot is worked on needle 2 and is stocking stitch (knit every round) until the heel increases.
Round 1:
Needle 1: *Slip 1 (as if to purl), p1*
Needle 2: Knit all stitches
Rounds 2, 3 and 4
Knit all stitches on both needles.
Round 5:
Needle 1: k1, *yo, k2tog, k2*. Repeat until 1 st remain, k.
Needle 2: Knit all stitches
Rounds 6, 7, and 8.
Knit all stitches on both needles.
Continue in this manner until the foot of the sock is 2.5 inches less than the total desired length.

Heel
Knit your favourite heel. I personally use the Fish Lips Kiss heel. Then continue knitting the pattern until you are around 2 inches away from your sock’s desired length. K2P2 rib for 2 inches. Cast off.

If you use this pattern, please consider making a donation to SOFT UK in memory of my daughter. You can donate online here: https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/softuk- Thank you.

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