betsy hodgson wrote:
I wrote out a simple tube sock pattern that I made up. You can adjust the size for anyone's foot. I have also posted adjustments for gauge and size of needles, and type of needles. You just need to read through the posts to find them. They should be on the beginning pages. Good luck with this.
I have decided to copy and paste them into this topic posting. Here is the link if you wish to read what the conversations were about them. http://www.knittingparadise.com/t-31863-1.html
For all those who are struggling to knit socks with those dreaded heels!! A tube sock is very simple. I can write one out here from my head so there is no copyright enfringement in case anyone is interested in that.
Using worsted weight yarn or #4 weight and using a needle size of 3.5mm or 4mm or what ever needle size needed for getting 5 stitches per inch of stocking stitch. Using dpns, cast on 40 stitches (fits a leg 8 inches around) or 44 or 48 stitches.
Knit in ribbing stitch of k1 p1 for 2 inches. Then knit another 8 to 10 inches in stocking stitch or until the sock is long enough to fit your foot and give you some length up your leg. Yes, you go ahead and try on the sock being careful not to let the stitches slide off your dpns. (Use elastic bands around the ends of the needles if needed).
When you have reached the beginning of where your toes are you will begin to decrease for the toes. I am going to assume here that your stitches are evenly placed on 3 dpns and you are knitting with the fourth needle. On needle 1 you have 10 stitches (11, 12) on needle 2 you have 20 stitches (22, 24), and on needle 3 you have 10 stitches (11, 12).
Round One Needle 1: knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1. Needle 2: k1, ssk, knit to the last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1. Needle 3, k1 ssk, knit to the end. Four stitches decreased all together.
Round Two Knit.
Repeat these two rounds until you have 20 stitches remaining (20, 24). Then repeat Round One until you will have 8 stitches (10) remaining. Knit the stitches from the Needle 1 onto Needle 3. You will have a total of 4 stitches on each needle (5) Kitchener off.
This will make a thick sock and from there you can go to #3 weight yarn and smaller needles once you are comfortable with the dpns. The decreasing for the toes is basic and more or less the same for all socks. The same decrease pattern is also used for mittens. Enjoy. You can use Christmas varigated colors to knit up these for quick Christmas gifts! To make smaller or larger socks, you just measure around the leg and multiply this number by 5 to get the correct number of stitches to cast on.