Traveller’s Socks

Traveller’s Socks

Need a pair of cosy socks to match a Traveller’s hat? A quick & easy pair of socks, suitable for either men or women, plain yarn or multi coloured. The leg is worked in garter rib & the foot is worked in stocking stitch, although the garter rib could be continued on the foot if preferred. They can be knitted using double or single garter rib.

To knit the socks using double garter rib:

Cast on 64 stitches using a stretchy cast on ( I use a doubled long tailed cast on, which is ideal) on four double pointed needles, 16 stitches per needle. Join carefully.

Work 12 rows (or whatever length you prefer) in Knit 2, Purl 2.

Then work double garter rib until the sock measures 6 inches or your preferred length.

To work garter rib:

Row One: Knit all stitches.

Row Two: Knit 2, Purl 2 to the end

To work the heel:

Knit sts. from needle 1 onto needle 4 [28, (30, 32) stitches on needle 4] Ignore stitches on Needles 2 & 3
Row 1: Sl 1 stitch purlwise, p27, (29, 31)
Row 2: *Sl 1 stitch knitwise, k1* repeat until end of row
Repeat these 2 rows for a total of 13, (14, 15) times
Last Row: Repeat Row 1 [27, (29, 31) rows total in heel]

K16, (17, 18), ssk, k1, turn.
Wrong Side: Sl 1 purlwise, p5, p2tog, p1, turn.
Right Side: Sl 1 purlwise, k6, ssk, k1, turn.
Next Row: Sl 1 purlwise, knit or purl to 1 stitch before the gap, SSK closing gap, k1

Continue this last row until there is not a gap. [16, (18, 18) stitches left on needle]

K sts on needle 4.
Row 1: Pick up and knit 15, (16, 17) sts from slipped stitches on left side of heel flap. M1 between needles 1 & 2 and add to needle 1. [16, (17, 18) stitches on Needle 1] Knit across needles 2 & 3. M1 between needle 3 and right heel flap and add to soon to be needle 4. Pick up and knit 15, (16, 17) sts from slipped stitches on right side of heel flap. Knit 8, (9, 9) stitches from needle 5 (old needle 4) onto new needle 4. Slip the rest of the stitches from needle 5 onto needle 1.
Row 2: Knit until 3 stitches are left on needle 1, k2tog, k1, knit across needle 2 & 3, k1 on needle 4, ssk, knit the rest of stitches on needle 4.
Row 3: Knit all stitches
Repeat the last 2 rows until there are 14, (15, 16) stitches once again on Needles 1 & 4.

Knit until sock measures 2 inches less than the length of your foot. For Size 8- 8 1/2 this is 7- 71/2 inches from back of heel.

For Rows 1,2,3,5,6,8,9,11,13,15 knit all stitches
For Rows 4, 7, 10, 12, 14, 16 Needle 1: knit until 3 stitches before end, k2tog, k1. Needle 2: k1, ssk, knit to end of needle. Needle 3: Repeat Needle 1. Needle 4: Repeat Needle 2.
After Row 16 Continue the decreasing row until there are 16 stitches left. Knit stitches from needle 1 onto needle 4. Slip stitches from needle 2 onto needle 3. Graft remaining stitches together.

Rib the top using K1, P1*Single Garter Rib version

Garter Rib:

Row 1: Knit all stitches

Row 2: K1. P1 to the end


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