SLOUCH SOCKS

Knit Today Magazine - - Stocking Fillers -

There’s a say­ing that once you’ve tried knit­ted socks you won’t ever go back to shop bought and we cer­tainly agree. Th­ese quick and easy slouch socks by Katya Frankel are su­per soft and should knit up in a few days, giv­ing you enough time to make a set for the whole fam­ily by Christ­mas!

CUFF Cast on 40 ( 44: 48) stitches. Be­gin rib: Work k2, p2 rib for 4 rows. Join for work­ing in the round. Dis­trib­ute stitches over four dou­ble­pointed nee­dles as fol­lows: 10 ( 11: 12) stitches on each nee­dle. Bring the ends of the knit­ting to­gether forming a round and con­tinue work­ing in the round from here on. Take care not to twist your knit­ting.

Con­tinue work­ing in rib pat­tern as es­tab­lished un­til rib­bing mea­sures 4.5cm (1¾in) from cast on. Change to st st and knit ev­ery round un­til sock mea­sures 35.5cm (14in) from cast on.

TOE This toe is worked by de­creas­ing one stitch at the end of each nee­dle, on ev­ery other round at first and then on ev­ery round un­til there are two stitches left on each nee­dle. This creates a dome-shaped toe that is com­fort­able to wear and easy to make. The toe adds about 5cm (2in) to the length of the sock, so keep this in mind if you would like to ad­just the length of the sock.

De­crease round: Knit to 2 stitches be­fore the end of nee­dle 1, k2­tog (knit 2 stitches to­gether); re­peat this step across nee­dle 2, nee­dle 3, and nee­dle 4. 4 stitches de­creased. Knit one round. Socks are the per­fect project for us­ing up odd balls in your stash, from 4ply to chunky

Re­peat th­ese two rounds three more times. 24 ( 28: 32) stitches re­main­ing. Now work the de­crease round on ev­ery round un­til there two stitches left on each nee­dle. Eight stitches re­main­ing in to­tal.

MAKING UP 1 Cut yarn, leav­ing a long tail. Us­ing a darn­ing nee­dle pull this tail through re­main­ing stitches and se­cure on the wrong side of knit­ting. 2 Sew the top of the rib­bing to­gether. Weave in all ends. 3 To block, wet the socks thor­oughly and squeeze the wa­ter out by rolling the socks in a towel. Lay flat to dry.

To wash, leave socks in a wool wash so­lu­tion for 10 min­utes; wash gen­tly with­out ag­i­tat­ing too much; rinse and fol­low the block­ing in­struc­tions above to com­plete the wash­ing.

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