Spring Fever

I have cold feet today.

It’s my fault, since I’m running around barefoot—but I can’t bear to put socks on. A few days of sunshine, a little birdsong, and talk of planting a garden have swept me into springtime.

Just in time for a March blizzard, of course.

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But that’s okay—spring fever is keeping me warm.

My German host family was always horrified to see my “nackte Füße” (naked feet) when I skipped socks. My own mother, however, is no longer surprised.

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Still, Mom is smarter—and since she appreciates warm feet, it’s always worthwhile to knit socks for her. I made this heavy pair to warm her feet this winter.

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I searched for a pattern to make thick, worsted-weight socks, but I couldn’t find a design that suited this yarn. So, I pulled out the pattern for Mom’s old favorite socks (from this book) and adapted its sizing for a stockinette design.

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This simple, smooth texture shows off the rugged colors in the yarn, which looks as warm as it feels. The stockinette pattern also isn’t disrupted by the rough striping.

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Simple Stockinette Socks

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Materials:

  • Worsted-weight yarn, about 250 yd (230 m)
  • Four size 5 (3.75 mm) double-pointed needles, or size to obtain gauge

Gauge: 22 sts and 30 rows = 4″ (10 cm)

CO 48 sts and distribute over 3 double-pointed needles.

Work k1, p1 ribbing in the round until cuff measures 1 ½” (4 cm).

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Then work stockinette st (knit every round) until piece measures 7 ½” (19 cm).

To begin the heel flap, k 12, then turn.

Row 1: Sl 1, p 23.

Row 2: Sl 1, k 23.

Repeat these 2 rows 7 times, or to desired height of heel flap.

To turn the heel, sl 1, p 14, p2tog.

Row 1: Sl 1, k 6, ssk.

Row 2: Sl 1, p 6, p2tog.

Repeat these 2 rows until all heel sts have been worked, ending with row 1 (8 sts).

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For the gusset, pick up and knit sts along edge of heel flap (pick up in sts from both the heel and instep in the row below to avoid a gap). Knit across instep, pick up and knit sts along other edge of heel flap, then 4 sts from the first needle.

Now all rounds begin at the center of the sole. Position all instep sts on one needle.

Row 1: K to last 3 sts on the first needle, ssk, k1. K to last needle, k1, k2tog, k to end of round.

Row 2: K around.

Repeat these 2 rows until 48 sts remain.

Continue knitting every round until within 2” of desired foot length. I knitted 4.75” (12 cm) from the pick up round.

To shape the toe, k to last 3 sts on the first needle, ssk, k1, k2tog, work to last 3 sts on second needle, ssk, k1, k2tog, k to end.

Then knit one round.

Repeat, decreasing every other round until 20 sts remain.

Graft the toe with Kitchener st and weave in ends. Block, if desired.

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This pattern is also a great template for improvisation. It’s equally simple to knit another stitch pattern over the leg and instep stitches.

And whether you’re ready for spring or not, these thick socks are a great way to stay warm until the cold earth thaws again.

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