Short-Row Touring Sock Using Plucky Knitter Feet
Short-Row Touring Sock Using Plucky Knitter Feet
These ankle socks are cleverly made for comfort—and easy knitting! A free pattern designed for the 2019 Puget Sound LYS Tour, the Short-Row Touring Socks are started at the toe with a provisional cast-on (hooray, seamlessness!). Shaped with German short-rows, both toe and heel have a nice, smooth finish. With an ankle-length cuff, these socks are a quick knit—a great project to bring on tour!
For the Short-Row Touring Socks, we couldn’t resist the hand-dyed, speckled whimsey of Feet, from The Plucky Knitter. A bouncy, fingering-weight blend of 90% extra fine Italian merino superwash and 10% nylon, Feet is soft and sturdy. Perfect for… well, your feet! And that palette of playful speckles, variegations, and flashes of bright color is sure to inspire a happy dance!
To fit a medium adult with 3"/7.5cm cuff. Finished sock length should be 1/2"/1.25cm shorter than measured foot length from back of heel to tip of toe.
1 skein Plucky Knitter Feet (425 yds/388m each). Or approx. 245 yds/224m of an equivalent fingering-weight sock yarn per pair. Yardage yields up to 10"/25cm foot. Add or subtract 7 yds/m per knitted 1/4"/.5cm per pair.
Note: Choose a yarn with some nylon and high twist for long lasting hard-wearing socks.
Shown in Small Batch 26 and 14.
NEEDLES & NOTIONS
US 1 (2.25mm) set of 5 double-point needles, or size to obtain gauge.
US D/3 (3.25mm) crochet hook for provisional cast-on.
1 locking marker.
1 yd/m smooth fingering-weight waste yarn for provisional cast-on.
Blunt darning needle to finish.
Approx. 32 sts = 4"/10cm in stockinette stitch, after blocking.
See the "Basic Details" tab for size, yarn, needle, and gauge information.
Ch = chain; K = knit; K2Tog = knit 2 sts together; KDS = knit ‘double-stitch’; MDS = make ‘double-stitch’; P = purl; PDS = purl ‘double-stitch’; RS = right side; St(s) = stitch(es); St St = stockinette stitch (K on RS, P on WS); TBL = through back loop; WS = wrong side. Note: For KDS, MDS, and PDS see Special Technique, below.
Provisional cast on:
Starting at base of toe-sole with a provisional cast-on, you will work flat (back and forth) using German short-rows to shape toe-sole then toe-top. Provisional cast-on will be picked up and work will be joined in the round, doubling the number of sts to work the foot and instep.
With waste yarn and crochet hook, Ch 35 (this allows a few extras); slip locking marker into last chain, and tighten yarn around marker.
With working yarn and one double-point needle, leaving 8"/20cm tail to weave in later, begin at last st chained and knit into back bumps of your chain 32 times. [32 sts cast on]
Set-up row 1 (RS): Knit to end.
Set-up row 2 (WS): Purl to end. [32 sts]
Row 1 (RS): Knit to last st, turn.
Row 2 (WS): MDS (see Special Technique, above), purl to last st; turn.
Row 3 (RS): MDS (see Special Technique, above), knit to ‘double-stitch’; turn.
Row 4 (WS): MDS, purl to ‘double-stitch’; turn.
Repeat Rows 3 and 4, 7 more times. Note: With RS facing, you will have nine ‘double-stitches’ on left end of work and eight ‘double-stitches’ on right end.
Next row (RS): MDS, knit to ‘double-stitch’, KDS twice (see Special Technique, above); turn.
Next row (WS): MDS, purl to ‘double-stitch’, PDS twice (see Special Technique, above); turn.
Repeat last 2 rows 7 more times. Note: With RS facing, you will have one ‘double-stitch’ on left end of work and none on right end.
Next row (RS): MDS, knit to last ‘double-stitch’; KDS, K1. Don’t turn. Sl last 16 sts onto second needle. Note: Newly made ‘double-stitch’ at beginning of row will be worked on first round after picking up provisional cast-on sts.
Remove locking marker and carefully unzip provisional cast-on chain, picking up 32 live sts evenly onto 2 more needles (be sure to pick up final partial stitch!). Check each st is sitting with correct orientation on needle (i.e., right leg in front). [64 sts; 16/16/16/16]
Join to work in the round and knit 16 sts. Clip locking marker into first st on next needle (Needle 1) to designate beginning of round. Note: Beginning of round is located at the center bottom of foot. Move marker up as work progresses.
Round 1 (RS): K16; K1, KDS, K to end of round. Note: All ‘double-stitches’ have been worked. At this point, double check you still have 64 sts.
Work straight in the round until sock measures approx. 2"/5cm shorter than desired finished sock length (approx. 1⁄2"/1.25cm shorter than measured foot length) from tip of toe, ending with Needle 4. Note: Heel will add approx. 2"/5cm.
Heel is worked with German short-rows similar to toe (see Special Technique, above). You will work short-rows across 32 sts on Needles 4 & 1 (ignore beginning of round marker for now).
Row 1 (RS): K15, turn.
Row 2 (WS): MDS, P29, turn.
Row 3 (RS): MDS, knit to ‘double-stitch’, turn.
Row 4 (WS): MDS, purl to ‘double-stitch’, turn.
Repeat Rows 3 and 4, 7 more times. Note: With RS facing, you will have nine ‘double-stitches’ on left end of your work and eight ‘double-stitches’ on the right end.
Next row (RS): MDS, knit to ‘double-stitch’, KDS twice, turn.
Next row (WS): MDS, purl to ‘double-stitch’, PDS twice, turn.
Repeat last 2 rows 7 more times. Note: With RS facing, you will have one ‘double-stitch’ on the left end of your work and none on the right end.
Next row (RS): MDS, knit to end of Needle 4.
Begin working straight in the round again as follows:
Next round (RS): K14, KDS, knit around to ‘double-stitch’ on Needle 4, KDS, knit to end.
Work straight in the round for 2"/5cm, or to desired length.
Round 1 (RS): *K2, P2*; repeat between * * to end of round.
Repeat Round 1 until K2/P2 ribbing measures 1"/2.5cm.
Bind off loosely in pattern (you may prefer to use a needle one or two sizes larger for a more elastic edge).
Make second sock!
Weave in all ends as invisibly as possible on WS.
Soak socks for 20 minutes in tepid water with a little no-rinse wool soap. Gently squeeze out as much water as possible. Roll in towel and gently squeeze out more moisture. Lay flat on blocking board or other moisture-safe surface. Or if you prefer, you can use sock blockers. Allow to dry thoroughly.
Free digital Short-Row Touring Socks pattern. (Download)
COLOR: Small Batch 14. Cream spotted with pastel blues, reds, and oranges.
COLOR: Small Batch 16. The colors of spring!
COLOR: Small Batch 26. Cream spotted with soothing forest greens.
COLOR: Small Batch 28. Hot pink with variegations of purples, blues, and greens.
COLOR: Small Batch 30. Reminds one of buttered popcorn.
COLOR: Small Batch 35. Bright peaches, corals, pinks, and purples.
COLOR: Small Batch 36. Looks like a birthday cake, but probably doesn't taste like one!
COLOR: Small Batch 37. Dark blues and greens; a lake at night.