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This is my favorite recipe for simple knitted summer socks that I love to wear with sneakers. I have written the pattern for fingering weight yarn but it can easily be adapted to different yarn weights.
The pattern is available for free below.
Select size with approximately 0.8″ [2cm] of negative ease. Measure your foot circumference around the ball of the foot.
56 (60, 64, 68, 72) sts. Length of foot can be adjusted.
Foot circumference (unstretched)
7 (7.5, 8, 8.5, 9)″ [17.5 (19, 20, 21, 22.5) cm] around
32 sts and 40 rows per 4″ (10cm) in stockinette after blocking.
Measuring tape, scissors, piece of scrap yarn, tapestry needle
Sample uses fingering cotton sock yarn Regia Cotton Tutti Frutti (420m (459 yds) / 100 g). The yarn has plenty of delicious self-striping color options. You can purchase the yarn from Lovecrafts and Etsy.
Other suitable yarns
Reagia Cotton Tutti Frutti
Or a similar amount of fingering weight sock yarn (420m (459 yds) / 100 g)
This pair of summer socks is knitted toe-up in one piece. The pattern is written for the magic loop method (for 2 needles) but can easily be adjusted for double-pointed needles (4 or 5 needles) as well.
This pattern is suitable for self-striping yarn because the heel construction does not break the striping pattern.
CO 20 sts (10 sts / needle). Sample uses the Turkish cast-on method.
Divide the stitches evenly on two needles. Knit one round.
A total of 4 sts increased.
Increase every other round until you have a total of 56 (60, 64, 68, 72) sts (or until you reach the desired circumference).
Measure the length of your toe and write it down. This measurement is used for calculating the heel placement.
Knit in the round until your work measures
Desired lenght of socks foot - the length of your toe after increases
I recommend making the sock 0.5″ (1 cm) shorter than the foot you are knitting it for.
Decrease every other round until you have a total of 20 sts (10 sts / needle) remaining.
Unravel the scrap yarn and place the stitches evenly on two needles. You should have now a total of 56 (60, 64, 68, 72) sts (or a similar amount as you had for the body of your slipper).
In order to improve the fit of the slippers, we are going to make the back of the heel a little bit higher by knitting a few extra rows.
With the back of the heel and RS facing you attach the yarn to the work.
Repeat rows 1 & 2 twice more. A total of 62 (66, 70, 74, 78) sts.
Turn your work and k one round.
Bind-off using the i-cord bind-off method as follows:
CO 3 sts (sample uses knitted cast-on method).
*(k2, k2tog tbl, slip the sts from the right needle back to the left needle), repeat from * to BOR.
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