Sock Progress Sunday: Basic Vanilla Sock Recipe

My day job is taking up a lot of my time right now, so I haven’t actually been able to knit very much.  As such, today’s sock progress update would have been sadly short on progress.  Instead, I thought I would take the time to sketch out my basic sock recipe I use.

DPNs, Magic Loop, or 2 Circs – I like the Magic Loop method for socks, but I also will sometimes use DPNs, as well.

Toe up v. Top Down – 95% of the time, I am going to choose a toe up sock.  I like having the flexibility to use as much or as little yarn as I want, so working toe up gives me the flexibility to use every last bit of yarn without worrying if I am going to run out of yarn in the middle of my cuff.  When working toe up, I always start my sock with Judy’s Magic Cast On.

Toe Increases – I typically start with 16 stitches on each needles with the cast on, for a total number of 32.  Then I work toe increases up until I have a total of 68 stitches.  I know a lot of people do 64 stitches for their total, but I have huge Fred Flintstone feet, so I need 68.  I do increases every other round, with just a basic round of knit stitches between them.  The pattern I follow is K1, M1L, knit to the last two stitches, M1R, K1, then I do the same on the back needle.

Foot length – How long you knit your foot is dependent on your heel treatment.  I always use the same heel, so I knit until I am 1.75″ inches shorter than the length of my foot.  My foot is 10 inches (I told you they were Fred Flintstone sized!) so I knit until my foot length is 8.25″

Heel – I love the Fish Lips Kiss Heel.  It’s pretty much the only one I ever use.

Leg – This is where I go up a needle size.  Otherwise I feel like my sock is just too tight around the ankles.  If I am using a US1, then I now switch to a US2 or a US1 1/2 depending on how tight my gauge is with the yarn I am working with.  Then I just knit until my leg is almost as long as my foot.  This is usually around 8″.

Cuff – I usually do 15 rows of either 1×1 or 2×2 rib.

Bind Off – To give that little extra stretch on the bind off, my preferred bind off is Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretch Bind-off.


And that’s it – my basic sock recipe.


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  1. Pingback: FO Friday: Trenchcoat Socks | the applejack blog

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