Acton Socks are simple socks with a slightly tailored finish. Easy enough for a beginner, the stockinette sock body is framed two purl columns. This pattern works well with solid, variegated, and even striping yarns, and looks just a touch more dressed up than plain sock.
These socks are worked from the top-down. The pattern is written with DPNs in mind, although knitters who prefer to use circulars or magic-loop should be able to follow it easily as well.
Yarn: 370yds/340m fingering-weight yarn (Sample uses Cherry Tree Hill Yarn Supersock Merino "Indian Summer")
Notions: yarn needle
Size: 9in/23cm foot circumference
Gauge: 7 stitches and 11 rows=1in/2.5cm
k2tog knit 2 together
ssk slip slip knit
Cast on 64sts. Join to work in the round, careful not to twist.
Begin Cuff: k1, *p2, k2* to last three stitches, p2, k1
Work as established until cuff measures 1in/2.5cm from cast-on edge
Begin Leg: k1, p2, k28, p2, k to end of round
Work as established until leg measures 6in/15.25cm or desired length from cast-on edge
Set up for heel: Work as established across first 32sts. Set these stitches aside for the instep. Shift remaining stitches to one needle, knit to end of round.
Row 1: Turn work, k3, p to end of row
Row 2: Turn work, p3, *k1, sl1*, to last 3sts, k3
Row 3: Turn work, k3, p to end of row
Row 4: Turn work, p3, *sl1, k1*, to last 3sts, k3
Repeat these four rows a total of 8 times-32 rows
With WS facing you,
Wrong Side: sl1, p16, p2tog, p1, turn
Right Side: sl1, k1, k2tog, k1, turn
Wrong Side: sl1, p2, p2tog, p1, turn
Right Side: sl1, k3, k2tog, k1, turn
Continue as established until all heel stitches are have been worked, ending with a right side row-16sts for heel
Pick up for Gusset:
At end of last heel turn row, rotate work and pick up 16sts along edge of heel flap-one for each garter ridge
Work all instep stitches as established
pick up 16sts along edge of heel flap, then knit 8 heel stitches. The beginning of the round is not in the middle of the bottom of the foot. There are now 32sts for the instep, and 40sts for the sole and gusset.
Round 1: k to 3sts before instep stitches, k2tog, k1, work instep stitches as established, k1, ssk, k to end of round
Round 2: work all stitches as established
Continue decreasing as established for a total of 16 repeats until all gusset stitches have been decreased-64sts total
Work all stitches as established for 5in/12.5cm or to desired foot length.
Round 1: k to 3 sts before instep, k2tog, k1, k1, ssk, k to last 3sts of instep, k2tog, k1, k1, ssk, k to end of round
Round 2: knit all sts
Repeat these two rounds a total of 8 times-32sts total
Final Decreases: k to 3 sts before instep, k2tog, k1, k1, ssk, k to last 3sts of instep, k2tog, k1, k1, ssk, k to end of round
Repeat this round a total of 4 times-16sts remain
Graft toe closed using kitchener stitch.
Weave in ends and block.
Make second sock to match.