Forest Socks | Free Sock Pattern

These gorgeous socks were designed in collaboration with Southern Twist Yarns and feature Life In The Long Grass Moon Sock hand-dyed sock yarn, but they would be beautiful in any sock yarn and any colorway. I hope you enjoy knitting these textured socks!



Materials

  • 100 grams of any sock yarn. Sample uses Life In The Long Grass in Treebark

  • Size 1(2.25 mm) needles, suitable for the method of your choice

  • Scissors

  • Yarn needle

  • Ruler to check gauge

  • Stitch markers (optional)

Gauge

In order to ensure that the socks will fit their intended recipient, I suggest checking gauge.


32 stitches and 40 rounds = 4 inches in stockinette stitch, worked in the round


Abbreviations

CO: cast on

k: knit

p: purl

ea: each

sl: slip

n1: needle 1 (or the first ½ of the sts)

n2: needle 2 (or the second ½ of the sts)

k2tog: knit two stitches together

ssk: slip, slip, k the two sts together

st(s): stitch(es)

*...*: repeat the instructions in the asterisks the designated number of times


Sizing Notes

  • This sock ruler is extremely helpful for knitting socks in any size.

  • This pattern is written for sizes small(medium, large) and are designed to fit a 7(8, 9) inch foot circumference. Please note that sock fabric has a lot of stretch, and each size will realistically fit 6-8(7-9, 8-10) inch feet. I suggest choosing the size that best suits the amount of negative/positive ease you prefer for socks.


Pattern Notes

  • Find the yarn used for this pattern here with Southern Twist Yarns.

  • These are my favorite sock blockers.

  • This pattern is written for using the magic loop method, and the rows will be divided into n1 and n2. If you’d like to use a different method, such as DPNs or 9” circs, simply treat n1 and n2 as the first ½ of the sts and the second ½. I recommend placing 2 different markers: one to mark the ½ way point, and one to mark the beginning of the round.

  • This pattern provides instructions for an afterthought heel. If you would like to substitute a different heel, simply omit the heel instructions, and substitute your chosen heel after completing the leg.

  • When slipping stitches, always slip purl-wise with the yarn in back


Helpful Tutorials


Afterthought Heel: https://youtu.be/EBxA3hbV7FE


Kitchener Stitch: https://youtu.be/6EGMGpZAvo4


Cuff

CO 56(64, 72) sts. Set up to work in the round, and divide the sts in half. You should have 28(32, 36) sts on ea needle if working magic loop, or 28(32, 36) sts in between ea marker if using another method.

Round 1

n1 and n2: *k1, p1* across

Round 2

n1 and n2: k all sts

Rounds 3-20

Repeat Rounds 1-2


Proceed to Leg Instructions


Leg

Round 1

n1 and n2: *sl1, p1* across

Round 2

n1 and n2: k all sts

Round 3

n1 and n2: *sl1, k1* across

Round 4

n1 and n2: k all sts


Repeat Rounds 1-4 until you’ve worked 40 rounds, or until the leg is your desired length. End on a Round 4 repeat.


On the final round, work across n1 sts ONLY.

Proceed to Heel Setup Instructions


Heel Setup

If you are substituting a different heel, omit these instructions and follow the instructions for your chosen heel.

Working on n2 only, using scrap yarn

Row 1: k all sts. 28(32, 36) sts

Row 2: p all sts. 28(32, 36) sts

Row 3: k all sts. 28(32, 36) sts


After working Row 3, sl all the sts back to the left hand needle, then drop and cut the scrap yarn, and pick up the main yarn again. Knit across all the sts on n2.


Proceed to Foot Instructions


Foot

Round 1

n1: *sl1, p1* across

n2: k all sts

Round 2

n1 and n2: k all sts

Round 3

n1: *sl1, k1* across

n2: k all sts

Round 4

n1 and n2: k all sts


For Afterthought heel

Repeat Rounds 1-4 until the foot measures 4.25(4.5, 4.75) inches from your desired length, measured from Row 3 of the heel setup.

For substituted heel

Repeat Rounds 1-4 until the foot measures 2 inches from your desired length, measured from the base of the heel.


Proceed to Toe Instructions


Toe

If you have chosen a method other than magic loop, I recommend switching to magic loop or DPNs now.

Round 1

n1 and n2: k all sts.

Round 2

n1 and n2: k1, ssk, k until three sts remain, k2tog, k1. (4 sts dec)

Rounds 3-20

Repeat Rounds 1 and 2. You will have 16(24, 32) total sts remaining.


Bind off using the kitchener stitch (see Helpful Tutorials)


Proceed to Afterthought Heel Instructions


Afterthought Heel

If you have chosen a method other than magic loop, I recommend switching to magic loop or DPNs now. Refer to this tutorial if needed.

Setup

From right to left with the toe pointed down, pick up the right leg only of the 28(32, 36) sts on the rows directly above and below waste yarn. Start on the sts above the waste yarn(leg), then take the second needle and pick up the sts below(foot). Cut and remove the waste yarn in between the needles.

Round 1(beginning with the leg sts)

n1 and n2: k all sts, then pick up two extra sts at the ends to prevent gaps.

Round 2

n1 and n2: k until 4 sts remain, k2tog, k2tog.

Round(s) 3(3-5, 3-7)

n1 and n2: k all sts.

Rounds 4(6, 8) - 23(26, 28)

Repeat Rounds 1-20 of Toe Instructions


Bind off using the kitchener stitch (see Helpful Tutorials)


Proceed to Finishing Instructions


Finishing

Cut any attached yarn, and weave in your ends.


My favorite way to finish a pair of socks is to wet block them. Fill a sink or small tub with lukewarm water and add some wool wash if desired. Insert the socks into the water, and let sit for about 5 minutes. Place the socks on sock blockers appropriate to your size, and let them air dry.


Lastly, enjoy and show off your beautiful handmade socks, or gift them to someone special. If desired, share them on Instagram using the #forestsocks and #thegracefultangle and tag @thegracefultangle!


I hope you enjoyed following this pattern! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to send an email to thegracefultangle@gmail.com. Don't forget to follow along on Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook and to stay in the loop!


Until next time,

Amy Kate


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