I love to make socks for my husband. Yet, the most disappointing part after finishing a brand new pair of knit socks for him is when he comes to be a day or two later to show me the bottom of his socks and they has already worn through! His answer is always, “All I did was just wear them, you cant be angry at me for that.”
So finally, last year, I decided to start the adventure of designing socks that would give me a “few” extra days of not having to mend the bottom of his new knit socks. Since I am new to patterns, I decided to not charge for this even though it took lots of my time to design. Please feel free to leave comments or questions.
The Husband Socks
CAST ON | 68 stitches using the German twisted cast on.
CUFF | *K2P2* for 4 inches.
LEG | *K1P1* for 5 inches
HEEL FLAP | Separate the 68 stitches in half, with the first 34 stitches staying on the needles. Place the last 34 stitches on a stitch holder. Repeat the following 2 rows for a total of 26 rounds and ending with a purl row.
Row 1: *Slip 1, knit 1* across
Row 2: Slip 1, *purl* across
HEEL TURN | *Slip 1, knit 1* for 18 stitches, ending on a slip stitch. Then, ssk, k1, and turn. Slip 1, p5, p2tog, p1, and turn. Repeat the following two rows until this pattern has worked on all the stitches across:
Row 1: *Slip 1, knit 1* until 1 stitch before gap, then ssk, k1, and turn.
Row 2: Slip 1, *purl* until 1 stitch before gap, then p2tog, p1, and turn.
GUSSET | Continue *slip 1, knit 1* across needle. Then, place a marker, and pick up 12 knit stitches. (I usually pick up two more to cover the hole that usually gets created here), place stitch marker, then *k1,p1* across the 34 stitches being held on the stitch holder, place stitch marker, and pick up 12 knit stitches (usually pick up two more like before). I place one more stitch marker right before the heel turn stitches I just finished making. I consider this heel stitch marker the beginning of my rounds from now on.
Decrease round: From the beginning marker to the 2nd marker: *slip 1, knit1.*
From 2nd marker to 3rd marker: knit until the last three stitches, k2tog, and knit 1.
From the 3rd marker to the 4th marker: *k1,p1*.
From the 4th marker to the beginning marker: ssk the first two stitches, then knit until the beginning marker.
Constant round: From the beginning marker to the 2nd marker: *knit.*
From 2nd marker to 3rd marker: knit
From the 3rd marker to the 4th marker: *k1,p1.*
From the 4th marker to the beginning marker: knit
I repeat decrease round then constant round until I have my 68 stitches back.
FOOT | Repeat constant round from gusset until 2 inches before toes.
TOES I remove my first and second stitch markers and only use the third and fourth from now on. Using Joan’s favorite toe pattern:
Decrease round: Knit to 3 stitches before third marker, k2tog, knit 1, slip marker, knit 1, ssk, then K2,P2, until 3 stitches before fourth marker, k2tog, knit 1, slip marker, k1, ssk, and knit to the third marker.
Pattern round: Third marker to fourth marker, *K1P1* slip fourth marker, knit to the third marker.
Round 1: Work decrease round (see left)
Round 2-5. Knit 3 rows in pattern
Round 6: Work decrease round
Round 7-8: Knit 2 rows in pattern
Round 9: Work decrease round
Round 10-11: Knit 2 rows in pattern
Round 12: Work decrease round
Round 13: Knit in pattern
Continue round 12-13 three more times.
Then work only decrease round until you have 16 stitches on the needles.
BIND OFF | Use the kitchner’s stitch on the 16 stitches. Weave in the ends.