Below are I've shared a couple of entries from my BoS, about my sister Sarah's sock patterns (with her permission, since there must be plenty of witches out there who knit their own socks and turn oddments into scrappy socks.
Sarah’s Vanilla Sock Pattern - the only sock pattern I’ll ever need…
Having knitted 30 pairs of socks using the pattern my lovely sis devised, it’s tattooed on my brain, but I’m writing it down for posterity in case I have a break that’s long enough to get rusty. It fits my size 39/40 feet.
Using 4-ply and a set of 5 No.12/2.5mm DPNs, cast on 56, holding 2 needles together on the left (rubber band helps keep the ends level) to ensure a good stretch round the cuff. K2P2 rib for 18 rounds. Turn inside out and sew the end in, putting the needle through the knot where you started casting on to avoid having a dip in the edge of the cuff. Mark this place with a stitch marker as the beginning of each round.
Continue in StSt till work measures 6”, then using a contrast (lary!) yarn, knit half a round, then purl back. No knots required. This marks where the Afterthought Heel is going to be. (You can remove the marker on the cuff now you’ve got this line as a guide). Carry on knitting with the proper yarn till work measures 6½“ from lary line, then shape toe. Mark the beginning and half-way point of the round with stitch markers. Join in toe yarn if it’s a contrast and K 1 round, then shape toe:
Round 2: K without shaping.
Rep these 2 rounds till there are 6 sts on each needle, then cut a 10” end, put the front and back of the toe on 2 needles and graft together with Kitchener Stitch using a tapestry needle, and sew the end in.
Now for the Afterthought Heel.
Pick up 28 sts either side of the lary line, from the up-stroke of each ‘v’ to avoid twisting stitches. Then remove the lary line by unpicking the first couple of stitches and then chopping through what’s left with scissors, taking great care not to cut any of your precious knitting. Join in yarn (contrast maybe) at start of round (use stitch markers again) and K 2 rounds, pulling up the corners as tight as possible. On the 3rd round, using a 2.5mm crochet hook, pick up the lower half of the middle stitch in the gap and pick up loops left, right and centre till you’ve reached the top, then slip the last loop onto the first needle. K2tog and continue knitting to other side. Pick up stitches again (there’ll be an extra loop at the top), and carry on same as first half to end of round. Now shape the heel using Rounds 1 and 2 of toe shaping and finish in the same way. Put the finished sock on a blocker, et voila! You have a wonderful sock!
Pattern © Sarah Scales 2021
Around the same time, I bought a skein of hand-dyed ‘4-ply’ lambswool with nylon from a seller. It was a real struggle to knit with on 2.5mm DPNs, so I had a light bulb moment and teamed it with the green merino, a set of 3mm DPNs and cast on 48 instead of 56. When knitting yompers, decrease down to 5 sts on each needle at toe and heel, not 6 like you'd do with 4-ply. The result is in the pic – my first pair of yompers. I’ve since ordered more 8-ply wool by mistake, and have found enough woolly DK in the garage to do the contrast bits. Happy days!
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