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.