Knit Your Socks on Straight (Storey Publishing, 2013) by Alice Curtis is a step-by-step guide with visual instructions to knitting socks for beginners. Readers can learn how to knit socks without complicated patterns requiring two straight needles or the discomfort and unattractiveness of misplaced seams. By teaching readers to knit the socks from cuff to toe and connecting them with a crochet hook, the seam is carefully integrated into the design of each sock.
Need a quick gift for a new baby? Moms will appreciate these little booties that stay secure with a crocheted tie threaded through eyelets in the cuff. These are a good way to use up small amounts of yarn. Always keep a few pairs ready for new arrivals.
Cast on 37 stitches loosely.
Row 1 (RS) Slip 1, *p1, k1; repeat from * to end.
Rows 2-12 Slipping the first stitch of every row, work 11 more rows in established rib.
Eyelet Row (RS) Slip 1, *yo, k2tog; repeat from * to end.
Row 14 (WS) Slip 1, purl to end.
Row 15 Slip 1, k15, k2tog, knit to end —
Row 16 Slip 1, purl to end.
Row 1 (RS) Slip 1, k8, transfer these 9 stitches to waste yarn or a small stitch holder; [slip 1, k1] 9 times, turn; transfer remaining 9 stitches to waste yarn or another small stitch holder — 18 flap stitches.
Row 2 Slip 1, p17.
Working flap stitches only, repeat [Rows 1 and 2] 9 times — 18 flap rows.
Row 1 (RS) Slip 1, k10, ssk, k1, turn, leaving 4 stitches unworked.
Row 2 (WS) Slip 1, p5, p2tog, p1, turn, leaving 4 stitches unworked.
Row 3 Slip 1, knit to 1 stitch before gap formed on previous row, ssk [1 stitch from each side of gap], k1, turn.
Row 4 Slip 1, purl to 1 stitch before gap formed on previous row, p2tog [1 stitch from each side of gap], p1, turn.
Repeat Rows 3 and 4 once more —
Row 1 (RS) Knit to end of heel; pick up 9 stitches along the side of the flap, place marker; k9 stitches from holder.
Row 2 Slip 1, purl to end of heel; pick up and purl [from the back of the stitch] 9 stitches along the side of the flap, place marker; p9 stitches from holder — 46 stitches.
Row 3 Slip 1, knit to marker, k1, ssk, knit to 3 stitches before next marker, k2tog, k1, knit to end — 44 stitches.
Row 4 Slip 1, purl to end.
Repeat [Rows 3 and 4] 4 times —
Slipping the first stitch of every row, work even in stockinette stitch for 1",
(2-1/4" from back of heel) or about 3/4" shorter than desired length.
Row 1 (RS) Slip 1, k1, k2tog, *k2, k2tog; repeat from * to end — 27 stitches.
Rows 2–4 Work even.
Row 5 Slip 1, k2tog, *k1, k2tog, repeat
from * to end — 18 stitches.
Row 6 Work even.
Row 7 Slip 1, k1, *k2tog; repeat from * to end — 10 stitches.
Row 8 Slip 1, purl across.
Cut yarn, leaving an 18" tail. Using a yarn needle, thread tail through all stitches and pull tight. Don’t cut the yarn yet; the rest is used for seaming.
Fold the sock with wrong sides together. Match up the slipped edge stitches and pin in place. Using the crochet hook, slip stitch knitwise from the front into each corresponding set of stitches up to the top of the cuff to close the seam.
Fasten off. Weave in ends. Block as desired.
Using a crochet hook, chain two ties each about 18" long. Weave ends into chain. Thread ties through the eyelets, then tie in bows. Alternatively, you may use ribbon as ties.