What can we do when that massive swirl of teeth-chattering cold weather known as the Polar Vortex, continues to drop in on us unannounced? For starters, put on the kettle, make a pot of tea, and wait it out with a cosy pair of hand knit socks, the thicker the better. This season, the knitting world has seen a remarkable shift towards bulky weight yarns, and no wonder, with this winter being one of the coldest in recent history. Sirdar has hit a home run with a little fifty gram ball of awesomeness called KIKO, a bulky yarn scoring high points with an incredibly soft twist, and a pleasing palette of eight smudgy-printed colours.
These socks will rock your winter, as slippers to pull on when you come in the front door or a thermal layer to wear inside heavy boots to keep your feet extra warm while shoveling snow. They are quick to knit, and an ideal project for first-time sock knitters.
Cast on 20 sts loosely, divide sts evenly onto 3 needles.
Join in round, place a marker on first st.
Work 6 rounds of K1/P1 ribbing.
Knit 20 rounds.
K 5, turn, P 10 = Heel Flap
Leave rem 10 sts on 2 spare needles.
Work back and forth on Heel Flap sts as follows-
Row 1- [Slip 1 knitways, k1] rep [to]
Row 2- Slip 1 purlways, p to end
Rep these 2 rows until heel flap meas 6 cm/ 2 1/2 ins ending with a Row 2.
Row 1- K3, k2tog tbl (through back loop), k5
Row 2- P3, p2tog, p2, turn
Row 3- K1, k2tog tbl, k1, turn
Row 4- P1, p2tog, p2, turn
Row 5- K2, k2tog tbl, k2, do not turn.
Pick up and k 8 sts along side of heel, place a marker, k 10 sts from spare needles onto 1 needle, place a marker, pick up and k 8 sts along opposite side of heel, k 3 sts from top of heel onto same needle (this will now be start of each round), slip next 2 sts onto 1st needle = 31 sts.
Rnd 1- K until 3 sts from 1st marker, k2tog, k1, k to next marker, k1, sl1, k1, psso, k to end
Rnd 2- Knit
Rep these 2 rnds until 19 sts remain.
Continue in Knit rounds until work meas 17.5 cm/ 7 ins from pick up row.
K 1 rnd, dec 1 st at centre of 2nd needle = 18 sts.
Rnd 1- K until 2 sts before 1st marker, [k2tog, k2tog tbl], k until 2 sts before next marker, rep [to], k to end
Rnd 2- Knit
Rep these 2 rnds until 10 sts remain.
Cut yarn and graft toe sts together.
Sew in ends.