Plain old vanilla socks may sound boring, but traditional, cuff-down, heel-flap socks are an excellent first sock project, an ideal choice for on-the-go knitting, and a great way to connect to knitters of yore (although sock yarn is WAY more fun now than it used to be!). Use double-pointed needles to knit a sock from the cuff down. Start with a ribbed cuff, turn a perfect heel (without that pesky hole at the corner!), and finish with a round toe. You’ll make a mini sock in class, but you’ll leave with the information needed to make your own custom-fit cuff-down socks!
Techniques to be covered
- Counting rows
- Heel flap
- Turning the heel
- Gusset shaping
- Taking foot measurements
- Adding a stitch pattern to a sock
- Round toe
- 50 gms smooth, light-colored, worsted-weight yarn
- Four US 6 (4 mm) double-pointed needles
- Safety pins
- Flexible measuring tape
- Blunt darning needle
Cast on 24 stitches. Divide onto 3 double-pointed needles and join to work in the round, being careful not to twist. Work ½” of k1, p1 rib. Do not bind off. Do not cut yarn.