Basic Socks in 2 ply Philosopher's Wool



These socks are simple to knit and great for using up left over bits of yarn from your Philosophers's Wool Sweater Kit. Or, for a plain pair of wonderfully coordinating socks to go with your Philosopher's Wool Sweater, use 2 skeins of 2 ply, worsted weight Philosopher's Wool yarn in a colour matching one of the colours in your kit.











Using a set of four 3.25 dpns and a gauge of 6 sts/inch, cast on 54 sts (for adult medium). Join without twisting. K1 and P1, then rib (K2,P1) around until leg measures 11 inches or desired length ending with K1.

To Make Heel:
Change to contrasting colour if desired for a different coloured heel.
Turn work and P27 sts on 1 needle. Divide the remaining stitches on 2 needles (14 and 13). Do not work these sts.
Working on the needle with 27 sts, turn.
Row 1: K1,Sl1 across row, ending in K st. Turn.
Row 2: Purl across row. Turn.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until work measures 3" ending with a purl row.

To Turn Heel:
Row 1: K1,Sl1, for 17 sts. Then Sl1, K1, PSSO. Turn.
Row 2: Sl1, P7, P2 tog. Turn.
Row 3: (Sl1,K1) 4 times, Sl1,K1,PSSO. Turn.
Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until 9 stitches remain. Turn.

To Make Instep:
If using contrasting colour, change back to main colour. Knit across 9 sts, then pick up and K15 sts along side of heel. Place 27 sts divided at start of heel on one needle (front of sock) and rib (K2,P1) as before. With other needle pick up and knit 15 sts from other side of heel. K5 sts from heel needle on this needle, making 20 sts on 1st needle, 27 sts on second or front needle, and 19 sts on 3rd needle.
Row 1: Knit 1st needle, Rib 2nd needle, Knit 3rd needle.
Row 2: 1st needle: Knit to last 3 sts, Ktog, K1.
2nd needle: Rib.
3rd needle: K1,Sl1,K1,PSSO, Knit to end of needle
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until 13 sts remain on 1st needle and 12 sts remain on 3rd needle.
Continue knitting , keeping Rib on 2nd or front needle, until foot measures 8 inches (or 1½ inches less than desired foot length) from back of heel, ending on 3rd needle.

To Shape Toe:
Change colour again , if desired for different coloured toe.
Sl1 from front needle to 3rd needle making 13 sts on each side needle and 28 sts on front needle.
Row 1: 1st needle: Knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1.
2nd needle: (Do not rib when shaping toe) K1,Sl1,K1,PSSO, Knit to last 3 sts, K2tog,K1.
3rd needle: K1,Sl1,K1.PSSO, Knit to end of needle.
Row 2 : Knit around all 3 needles.
Repeat Row 1 and 2 until 4 sts remain on 1st needle, 8 sts remain on 2nd needle and 4 sts on 3rd needle (16 sts in total).
With 3rd needle, Knit the 4 sts from1st needle, leaving 8 sts on each of 2 needles. Break off yarn about 18 inches long and thread through darning needle to weave or graft toe.


To Wash: Hand wash in a large sink with Sunlight Liquid detergent in hand warm water. Allow to soak for 2 or 3 minutes, drain and rinse in several sinks of warm water. Squeeze gently and spin out excess in washer. Lay out flat on a towel, by wood stove or radiator until dry. Our wool washes easily and beautifully.

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