Also known as Sasquatch Socks. Try saying that three times fast. :)
For Christmas 1999, I decided it was about time I made some socks for my son and my SO. Both wear shoes at the larger end of the male spectrum, so I had to start from scratch and try them on the recipients as I went. Difficult, but not impossible, even though it was a surprise.
The name for this pattern was suggested by my son. After he heard I called the other pair of large socks I'd made Bigfoot Socks, he suggested it as a play on the word Sasquatch. I love a kid with sharp wit. :)
Bear in mind that three strands of sock yarn are used throughout the body of the sock, and two strands for the ribbing. Otherwise, you'll be lucky if they fit a large child's foot. :)
If you prefer working with 2 strands of DK yarn instead of 3 of sock yarn, check out my Bigfoot Socks.
- Approx. 300 g sock yarn in 3 colours - I used Kroy 3 ply in both red and taupe, and Kroy 4 ply in dark beige (3 or 4 ply will make little difference, use whatever you have)
- Set of 4 dpn's, 3.25 mm suggested
- Gauge: approx 16 sts per 4 inches
- Fits man's shoe size 12-13 (Canadian) - almost 12 inches (30 cm)
- With burgundy and beige held together, cast 36 sts loosely onto 3 dpns. 12/12/12
- Work 12 rounds of k2 p2 ribbing.
- Add red. You're now using 3 strands of yarn at once. Knit 24 rounds plain.
- Knit 10 sts. Turn, slip 1, and purl across 19 sts. Turn, *sl1 k1* across the 20 sts. Turn, slip firsr st, purl across. Repeat these last 2 rows 10 more times for heel flap. End right side facing.
- Working on these same 20 sts, work 12 sts in pattern established, k2tog, turn. *Slip 1 st, purl 4 sts, p2tog, turn. Slip 1 st, work 4, k2tog, turn.* Repeat between *'s til all sts are worked and you have 6 sts left, right side facing.
- With needle 1, knit those 6 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 3 sts from ndl 1 onto ndl 3. You should have 48 sts altogether. 16/16/16
- Knit three rounds even.
- 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 two rounds even.
- Knit another decrease round.
- Continue knitting, decrasing every second round til 36 stitches remain on the needles. Rearrange stitches to 12/12/12
- Continue to knit evenly for about 6.5 inches from where you picked up the gusset sts at the side of the heel flap.
- Knit one more round even for good measure. 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 16 sts remain, knit 4 sts from ndl 1 onto ndl 3.
- Do a 3 needle bind off or graft toe closed.
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