The Husband Socks

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.

11 thoughts on “The Husband Socks”

  1. Thank you for the pattern.
    I’m knitting your socks but I think there is a problem with the Heel turn . If you knit 17sts then ssk and k1, the centre of the heel turn ends up being over to the left hand side and one the last row you end up with no sts remaining on the LHS but 2 sts remaining on the RHS when you come to finish the heel turn on the final purl row.
    I’m wondering if it should be knit 19 sts then SSK and k1 followed by slip, p5, p2tog, p1

  2. Also, in the Gussett and the Foot it says to “From the beginning marker to the second marker: *slip 1, knit1*” But if you keep doing this from round to round the slip stitch doesn’t get knitted. Should there be a knit row inserted after this row?

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