Free Pattern: Quick Socks

Quick Socks
Pattern by Haley Waxberg

Notes
This is a quick, bulky weight sock that works up fast. I used a basic short row toe and heel, which I learned years ago from Wendy’s Generic Toe Up Sock pattern. To make a child size cast on 12 sts and make 2 less W&T rows, to make a men’s size cast on 16 sts and make 2 more W&T rows.  This pattern is written with the expectation your you are already familiar with working short-rows (W&T), Otherwise links to good tutorials are offered below in Techniques. we also offer classes in store at Knit-O-Matic.

Size
Women

Materials
100m/109yds Bulky Yarn, ie. 1 skein of Dream in Color Groovy (we used collour Punky Fuchsia), Sweet Georgia Yarns Superwash Chunky, or Berroco Vintage Chunky (with 5.5mm needles)
6mm/US10 double pointed needles
scrap yarn
5mm/H crochet hook (for provisional cast on)
2 locking stitch markers

Gauge
3.5 sts & 5 rows = 1″ in stocking stitch knitting in the round

Techniques
Provisional Cast On – Chained Cast On
This is the easiest provisional cast-on I’ve ever come across, it goes on fast and pops out like a zipper!  Be sure to leave the tail longer on the end you finish with so you know which end to start unraveling.  www.stitchdiva.com/tutorials/knitting/provisional-cast-on

Short Rows
I really like this particular tutorial because it shows you how to make the stitches pretty:
www.cosmicpluto.com/blog/as-promised-a-short-row-heel-tutorial/
Otherwise, check out this article about the fundamentals of Short Rows on Knitty:
www.knitty.com/ISSUEsummer03/FEATbonnetric.html

Abbreviations
K         Knit
P         Purl
PM      Place marker on right needle
R         Row or Round
Rem    Remains
Sl        Slip stitch from Left to Right needle purlwise
SLM Slip Marker
St/s Stitch/esW&T   Wrap and turn (see Short Rows in Techniques)

Directions
Toe
With scrap yarn and crochet hook provisionally cast on (see techniques above) 14 sts.
R1: Purl.
R2: Sl1, K until 1 st rem, W&T.
R3: P until 1 st rem, W&T.
R4: K until 2 sts rem, W&T.
R5: P until 2 sts rem, W&T.
R6: K until 3 sts rem, W&T.
R7: P until 3 sts rem, W&T.
R8: K until 4 sts rem, W&T.
R9: P until 4 sts rem, W&T.
R10: K until 4sts rem, pick up wrap & knit it with the stitch (see techniques above), W&T.
R11: P until 4 sts rem, pick up wrap & purl it with the stitch (see techniques above), W&T.
R12: K until 3 sts rem, pick up wraps & knit them with the stitch, W&T.
R13: P until 3 sts rem, pick up wraps & purl them with the stitch, W&T.
R14: K until 2 sts rem, pick up wraps & knit them with the stitch, W&T.
R15: P until 2 sts rem, pick up wraps & purl them with the stitch, W&T.
R16: K until 1 sts rem, pick up wraps & knit them with the stitch, turn, slip 1 st stitch.
R17: P until 1sts rem, pick up wraps & purl them with the stitch, turn.

Next Round: Sl1, K to end of row. (If you are going to have a gap or hole where the 2 sides meet, pick up 1 stitch and decrease it out on the next round). One stitch at a time, remove the scrap yarn and pick up the provisional stitches. Knit these stitches. (Again, if you are going to have a gap or hole pick up 1 stitch and decrease it out on the next round). (28 sts)

Foot
Knit in the round until piece measures 6” from toe (You can make them longer, but the superwash yarn seems to have a lot of stretch and may still fit longer feet).

Heel
Slip 14 sts onto one needle, and 14 on another. You will be working on the second set of sts.
Repeat rows 2 to 17.

Instep
Redistribute sts on 4 needles
R1: Sl1, knit to end of needle, PM, pick up & knit 2 sts in gap, K sts that were on hold, PM, pick up & knit 2 sts in gap, knit 7 sts. Place marker, this is now the beginning of the round.
R2, 4: knit.
R3, 5: K to 1st marker,  SLM, k2tog, k to next marker, SLM, ssk, k to end. At end of R5,
Leave 1 marker in the last st.

Leg
Knit until piece measures 5” from stitch marker.
Next 2 rounds: *K1, P1; rep from * to end of round.
Cast off loosely in k1p1 rib.
Weave in ends.

© 2012 Haley Waxberg and Knit-o-Matic, all rights reserved. No pattern or other material may be reproduced or distributed – mechanically, electronically, or by other means, including photocopying – without written permission of Knit-O-Matic. Pattern is for personal use only and not to be used to create items for commercial sale.