Easy Boot Socks – a Pattern

I’ve been flirting with knitting socks for quite a while. I’ve even bought some hand-dyed sock yarn for the purpose. Of course, life intervened on my dreams of cables and lace entwined in knitting harmony. I have four pairs of feet at home which are crying out for loving woolly care whilst wearing wellies. And of course, living in the UK, that’s been happening a lot. So I set down with some chunky stash-busting yarn to put together this very easy pattern which is perfect for first time knitters of socks.

Boot Socks as WIP

Boot Socks as WIP

Easy Boot Socks

100g of bulky yarn (they need to be the non-fluffy hard-wearing variety).

If you are making it multi-coloured, you will need about 100g in total.

Size 4.5 mm circular or double pointed needles OR size needed for gauge.

N.B. By using smaller needles on bulky yarn, your item will be quite thick.

Gauge: 15 sts to 23 rows = 10″

Sock size – about 8″ foot circumference and 11″ calf circumference

Cast-on 12 stitches.

Divide over 4 needles or on circulars and join. Place market by join. Knit all stitches.

K1, m1, k4, m1, k2, m1, k4, m1, k1. (16 stitches).

Repeat this 4 more times increasing the stitches in between the m1 by 1 each time i.e. k5, k6, k7, k8. Total 32 stitches.

If you like change colours as you are now done with the toe.

Knit until sock is 2″ less than foot.

From beginning of round knit 16 stitches and place on holder or just ignore.

Change colours if you want a coloured heel.

Knit 15 stitches, wrap and turn.

Purl 14 stitches, wrap and turn.

Knit 13 stitches, wrap and turn.

Purl 12 stitches, wrap and turn.

Knit 11 stitches, wrap and turn.

Purl 10 stitches, wrap and turn.

Knit 9 stitches, wrap and turn.

Purl 8 stitches wrap and turn.

Knit 7 stitches, wrap and turn.

Purl 6 stitches, wrap and turn.

Knit 4 stitches, wrap and turn.

Purl 5 stitches, wrap and turn.

Knit 6 stitches, wrap and turn.

Purl 7 stitches, wrap and turn.

Knit 8 stitches, wrap and turn.

Purl 9 stitches, wrap and turn.

Knit 10 stitches, wrap and turn.

Purl 11 stitches, wrap and turn.

Knit 12 stitches, wrap and turn.

Purl 13 stitches, wrap and turn.

Knit 14 stitches, wrap and turn.

Purl 15 stitches, wrap and turn.

Knit 16 stitches.

Go back to using previous coloured yarn and knit 16 stitches from those left on the holder/ignored.

Heel of Boot Sock

Heel of Boot Sock

Knit until work is 5.5″ from narrowest short row on heel – on photo above measure from where you can see the wrapped stitches.

From beginning of round, k7, m1, k2, m1, knit rest of stitches.

Knit until work is 6.5″ from narrowest short row on heel.

From beginning of round, k8, m1, k2, m1, knit rest of stitches.

Knit until work is 7.5″ from narrowest short row on heel.

From beginning of round, k9, m1, k2, m1, knit rest of stitches.

Knit until work is 8,5″ from narrowest short row on heel.

From beginning of round, k10, m1, k2, m1, knit rest of stitches.

Knit sock until it is long enough to reach top of boot that it will be worn with.

Boot-socks - turn-downs

Boot-socks – turn-downs

You can now get creative with the turn-downs. The idea is to do 1 x 1 rib. I knitted into the back of the loop for each k1 to give the ribbing extra s-t-r-e-t-c-h. I also alternated two colours to give it a stripy effect. Knit about 4″ of a turn down so that it comfortably hugs the top of the boot. Use lace cast off (k2tog, put back on left needle, repeat) to give a pretty, but also stretchy finish.

Boot socks

Boot socks

I have to be honest and say, that as I’m writing this, I’m still desperately trying to finish off the turn-downs for the second sock.However, it will be done this weekend.

Thank you all for your opinions on my next aspirational project. By popular demand, I will be casting on “Freia”!

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About monsteryarns

I am a yarn enthusiast and knitter.
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6 Responses to Easy Boot Socks – a Pattern

  1. lollyknits says:

    I love cozy slipper socks! these look like they would be great for using up leftovers too.

    • You’re absolutely right – these were a stash-buster. But I made them as an extra pair of socks to wear inside rubber boots. It has been so wet here in the UK for so long that the boys live in their rubber boots but their feet are alway so cold afterwards. These should help keep their feet warm!

  2. Susan Mann says:

    Those are super cute x

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  4. 1994Royale@gmail.com says:

    I really like the look of your socks but am confused and need some clarification before I can begin:

    – Regarding gauge: 15 sts to 23 rows = 10″ In essence 3 stitches = apx 2 inches and 2 rows = apx an inch on 4.5 mm needles?

    – Regarding the initial count on the toe: K1, m1, , m1, k2, m1, , m1, k1. (16 stitches). If I knit this row 4 times, only increasing where your initial count of 4 (as noted between above), my count doesn’t come out to 32 stitches. Should I increase the number of rows to achieve your count of 32 stitches? Or reduce your count of 32 through out the pattern?

    – When working the heel-
    Knit 7 stitches, wrap and turn.
    Purl 6 stitches, wrap and turn. Did you forget a k5 row?
    Knit 4 stitches, wrap and turn.
    Purl 5 stitches, wrap and turn.
    Knit 6 stitches, wrap and turn.
    Purl 7 stitches, wrap and turn.
    Should I knit 5 and purl 4 then begin increasing the heal back up? Thus reversing the knit/purl stitch row style?

    -Sock leg – I knit 5.5″ then begin increasing. Does that increase occur on all rows or just once until the next increase occurs an inch further up the leg of the sock?

    Your pattern mentions using bulky yarn. I know yarn classifications are different. Your socks look like they are made with a US “worsted” weight vs. a sock yarn. Is that correct or is it a truly bulky yarn?

    I really like your socks, but am so glad my grandma always taught me to read a pattern through, completely before beginning or I’d be pulling my hair out trying to figure this out.

    I’m looking forward to hearing back from you so I can begin this project ASAP.

    Shelly

    • monsteryarns says:

      Hi Shelly,
      Gauge – for a 2″ swatch the gauge is 3 stitches by 4.6 rows. Good luck with working out 4.6 rows!
      The needle size should be governed by the yarn you use – I used 4.5mm needles and bulky yarn (more on that later)
      Increases – you are increasing 4 stitches four times. That is 16 stitches plus the original 16 stitches = 32. I wouldn’t carry on knitting to make up the stitch count as your toe will be too large.
      Heel turn – I knitted the sock as I wrote the pattern. Can’t really add to that comment.
      Increases – just the once as written. The rest of the time just knit the stitches.
      Yarn weight – the yarn is most definitely bulky and not worsted. The needles used would normally be a 7 or 8mm.
      Hope you enjoy your socks.

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