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Antti socks

Antti is a very popular men’s name in Finland and these socks look like something my grandmother could have made for the men in our family. The inspiration for the colorwork motif comes from the traditional Finnish sweater pattern Jussi-paita.

These socks are knitted toe-up.

  • Cuff circumference : 8 (8.5, 9)″ [ 20 (21.5, 23) cm] around.
  • Yarn: light DK weight sock yarn 284 yards (260 meters) / 100g
DK weight mens colorwork socks toe-up knitting pattern.

Slip stitch heel for toe-up socks

DK weight mens colorwork socks toe-up knitting pattern.

Slip stitch heel for toe-up socks

Sizes

Selecting correct size

It is always best to choose size based on actual measurements but if you are not able to do that you can choose size based on the labels listed below.

Select size with approximately 0.8’’ [2cm] of negative ease. Measure the foot circumference around the ball of the foot.

Sizes

M, L, XL [56 (60, 64) sts]

Length of cuff and foot can be adjusted.

Cuff circumference unstretched approximately

8 (8.5, 9)″ [ 20 (21.5, 23) cm] around

Gauge, notions, needles

Gauge

With smaller needles 28 sts & 36 rows per 4 inches (10cm) in stockinette after
blocking.

With larger needles 28 sts & 36 rows per 4 inches (10cm) in stranded colorwork after blocking.

Needles

US 1.5 32″ [2.5mm 80cm] or longer circular needles. Adjust needle size to obtain the correct gauge.

For colorwork: US 3 32″ [3.25mm 80cm] or longer circular needles.

Adjust needle size to obtain the correct gauge.

Other

Tapestry needle

Yarn

Yarn used in the sample

Sample uses light DK-weight wool and nylon blend yarn Novita Nalle

C1: 1 skein (100g), 284 yards(260 meters)
C2: 1 skein (100g), 284 yards(260 meters)


Or similar amount of DK weight sock yarn 284 yards (260 meters) / 100g

Please note that the yardage may vary if your gauge differs.

Recommended yarns

Pattern

Knitting abbreviations used in this pattern can be found here.

1. Toe

With smaller needles and contrasting color CO 8 (8, 8) sts. Divide evenly over 2 needles: 4 (4, 4) sts each needle. The sample uses Turkish cast-on method.

Knit two rounds.

Increase round 1: *(k2, m1r) repeat from * to beginning of round.

A total of 12 sts.

Increase round 2:  *(k3, m1r) repeat from * to beginning of round.

A total of 16 sts.

Increase round 3: *(k4, m1r) repeat from * to beginning of round.

A total of 20 sts.

Increase round 4: *(k5, m1r) repeat from * to beginning of round.

A total of 24 sts.

Knit one round.

Now continue in a similar manner and increase 4 stitches evenly every other round 8 (9, 10) more times. A total of 56 (60, 64) sts. 

You can use my increase evenly calculator to help you with the math.

Knit 2 more rows.

2. Foot

2.1 Colorwork section

Change to bigger needles and work colorwork chart A according to your size starting from row 2. Break CC.

2.2 Gusset increases

Measure your row gauge of the stockinette section and if it is different than the 36 rows / 4″ / 10cm provided by this pattern use this calculator to determine when you should start your gusset increases. You can also replace the heel with german short row heel or afterthought heel. Otherwise continue as instructed below.

With smaller needles and MC work in stockinette until your sock measures 4.4 (4.9, 5.3)″ [11, (12, 13) cm] less than desired length.

Round 1:

Needle 1: k all

Needle 2: m1r, k to end, m1l

Round 2:

Needle 1: k all

Needle 2: k all

Repeat rounds 1 and 2 10 (11, 12) more times. 22 (24, 26) sts increased on needle 2.

3. Heel

You have now 11 (12, 13) gusset sts on each end of needle 2 and 28 (30, 32) sts in the middle. A total of 50 (54, 58) sts on needle 2. While working the short rows the gusset sts are on hold.

3.1 Short row shaping

K until you are at the beginning of needle 2. The following rows 1-3 are worked flat on needle 2 only. 

Slipped stitch pattern worked flat over two sts:

RS rows: k1, sl1 wyib

WS rows: p all

Row 1 (RS): k 13 (14, 15), work in slipped stitch pattern until 13 (14, 15) sts remain, k2, turn.

Row 2 (WS): mds, p until 11 (12, 13) sts remain, turn.

Row 3 (RS): mds, k2, work in slipped stitch pattern to 2 sts before double st, k2, turn (adjust sts so that they match the first row).

Row 4 (WS): mds, p to double st, turn.

Repeat rows 3 & 4 until the last row you worked was mds, k2, work 6 (6, 6) sts in slipped stitch pattern, k2. Do not turn your work.

On needle 2 you should now have 11 (12, 13) gusset sts, 9 (10, 11) double sts, 10 (10, 10) regular sts on the right needle and 9 (10, 11) double sts and 11 (12, 13)  gusset sts on the left needle.

3.2 Heel flap

K to last double st, ssk, turn (k together through the back loop the last double st with the first gusset st on hold.)

Row 5 (WS): sl1, p to last double st, p2tog, turn

Row 6 (RS): sl1, *(k1, sl1 wyib)  repeat from * to slipped stitch, ssk, turn

Row 7 (WS): sl1, p to slipped st, p2tog, turn

Repeat rows 6 & 7 until you have one gusset st left at each end of the needle 2 (a total of 30 (32, 34) sts on needle 2).

Next round (RS): sl1, *(k1, sl1 wyib)  repeat from * to slipped stitch, ssk, continue working in the round and k all sts on needle 1, k2tog the first two sts on needle 2, k to end of needle 2.

You should have a total of 56 (60, 64) sts (28 (30, 32)  sts on each needle).

The heel is now finished. Continue working in the round. 

4. Cuff

Work 3.5″ [9cm] or desired length in stockinette.

Change to bigger needles. Work colorwork chart A starting from row 1. Do not work the last row of the chart. Break MC. 

Change back to smaller needles. With CC  work 4 rows in stockinette and 3″ [8cm] rows (or desired length) of ribbing *(k1 tbl, p1) repeat from * to beginning of round. BO using some stretchy bind off method. Sample uses the russian bind off.

5. Finishing

Weave in ends and block your socks.

Enjoy your socks! Share your version with me on Instagram @knitgrammer #knitgrammer.

Do you need help with this pattern?

Please drop a comment below and I’ll try to help you with your project.

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