I received a request for the basic/simple sock pattern that I use:
gauge: 7 sts/inch (I typically use size 3 dpns with fingering weight yarn)
for most women’s/teen girls, cast on 64 stitches
Knit in a rib pattern (2×2, 1×1) for 1.5 inches or so
knit the leg in plain stockinette stitch. About 1 -2 inches for ankle socks, 6-8 inches for typical socks, longer if you like!)
knit the first 32 stitches onto a single needle for the heal flap. Leave the other stitches alone for now. I use one of two heal flap methods, just depending on how I feel about it…
Either plain stockinette stitch, back and forth for 2 inches…
On the knit side, slip every other stitch, starting with the first stitch. Purl every stitch on the other side.
Turn the heal:
knit 18, turn and purl 5
turn and knit to just before the “gap”~ close the gap by knitting 2 together (or you can ssk)
turn and purl to just before the “gap” ~ close the gap by purling 2 together.
Continue this until all of the stitches are used up. You should have 18 stitches on your needle.
Pick up and knit 18 stitches along the side of your heal flap, knit across the “old” stitches, pick up and knit 18 stitches along the other side of your heal flap.
I divide the 18 (turned) heal stitches between the first and the last needles. You should have a total of 86 stitches (32 on the top of the foot and 27 on each gusset side.)
Now you reduce the gusset on every other row.
Knit to the last three stitches on the first needle, k2tog, k1.
Knit across the second needle.
K1, ssk, knit to the end of the third needle.
Continue alternating plain knit and reducing rows until you have 64 stitches total again.
Knit around until about 2 inches from the end of your sock.
For the to, reduce 4 stitches every other round as such:
Needle 1, knit to the last three, k2tog, k1,
Needle 2: k1, ssk, knit the the last three stitches, k2tog, k1,
Needle 3: k1, ssk, knit to the end of the round. I continue this until about 12 stitches are left.
I close with the kitchener stitch. You can see an excellent video on the kitchener stitch on knittinghelp.com
Pattern not written in a typical manner… sorry! 😉