It's hard to find a sock pattern for larger feet, especially one that will fit properly without sagging, and will be comfortable and warm. For Christmas 1999, I decided it was time to make up a pair for both my son and my SO.
It was a fun time! The socks were to be Christmas gifts. What I would do is work on a pair for one of them, telling them the project was a gift for the other. I'd then ask if they could please help me out with judging the size since they both wore the same shoe size, and what did they think of the colours, etc. I'm so sneaky. :)
Bear in mind that the yarn is always doubled, the greys being used together and the purples being used together. Otherwise, they wouldn't have been ready until the following Christmas. :) These socks are large.
- Approx. 300 g dk yarn in 4 colours - I used Bernat Country Garden DK Superwash Wool in Charcoal Heather, Grey Heather, Amethyst Heather and Dark Purple Heather - you'll need 100 g each of the greys, and 50 g each of the purples
- Set of 4 dpn's, 3.5 mm suggested
- Gauge: approx 17 sts per 4 inches
- Fits man's shoe size 12-13 (Canadian) - almost 12 inches (30 cm)
- With charcoal and grey, cast 36 sts loosely onto 3 dpns. 12/12/12
- Work 12 rounds of k2 p2 ribbing.
- Knit 24 rounds plain.
- Cut charcoal and grey, join amethyst and dark purple.
- On 20 sts, knit across. Turn, slip 1, and purl across the remaining 19 sts. Turn, slip 1, knit across. (I advise against using heel stitch or garter stitch here, it'll be plenty thick enough with the 2 strands of yarn). Repeat these last two rows 10 more times for heel flap. End right side facing.
- Working on these same 20 sts, k13, k2tog, turn. *Slip 1 st, p6, p2tog, turn. Slip 1 st, k6, k2tog, turn.* Repeat between *'s til all sts are worked and you have 8 sts left, right side facing.
- Cut purples, join greys.
- With needle 1, knit those 8 sts, pick up 12 sts along side of heel flap and 1 st between flap and instep. With ndl 2, knit 16 sts across instep. With ndl 3, pick up 1 st bet instep and flap, then pick up 12 sts along side of heel flap. Knit the first 4 sts from ndl 1 onto ndl 3. You should have 50 sts altogether. Rearrange them on the needles to 15/20/15.
- Knit one round plain.
- First decrease round - Knit to within 3 sts of end of ndl 1, k2tog, k1. Knit across ndl 2 without decreasing. Knit 1, k2tog tbl (or ssk), knit to end of ndl 3.
- Knit one round plain.
- Continue decrasing every second or third round (depending on the depth of the recipient's instep) til 40 stitches remain on the needles. Rearrange stitches to 13/14/13
- Continue to knit evenly for a generous 8.5 inches from the back of the heel.
- Cut greys and join purples. Knit one round even. Rearrange stitches to 10/20/10
- Knit to within the last 3 sts at end of ndl 1, k2tog, k1. On ndl 2, k1, k2tog tbl (or ssk), knit to within last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. On ndl 3, k1, k2tog tbl, knit to end of needle. Decrease round made.
- Knit one round even.
- Repeat these last two rounds til 20 sts remain, but do not work final decrease round.
- Knit the 5 sts from ndl 1 onto ndl 3. Graft toe closed.
- Give your hands a rest, then make another one to match.
- If you'd like to work with 3 strands of sock yarn instead of 2 of DK yarn, check out my Socksquatch Socks.
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