Updated: September 8, 2018
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.
Cannot wait to see your progress on Ravelry!
The Husband Socks
I use Addi Turbo 12″ Circular Needles size US 0.
CAST ON | 64 stitches using the German twisted cast on.
CUFF | *K2P2* for 4 inches.
LEG | *K1P1* for 5 inches
HEEL FLAP | Separate the 64 stitches in half, with the first 32 stitches staying on the needles. Place the last 32 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 16 knit stitches. (How not get gusset holes video), place stitch marker, then *k1,p1* across the 32 stitches being held on the stitch holder, place stitch marker, and pick up 16 knit stitches (Do as video shows … see previous how to not get gusset hole video link). 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 60 stitches.
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 2-4. Knit 3 rows in pattern
Round 5: Work decrease round
Round 6-7: Knit 2 rows in pattern
Round 8: Work decrease round
Round 9-10: Knit 2 rows in pattern
Round 11: Work decrease round
Round 12: Knit in pattern
Continue round 11-12 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. (Click here for a great video on how to do both!)