Life is better in flip flops, the sun shines brighter, the breeze feels a tad more refreshing, and toes are always ready for a spontaneous dip along the water’s edge. The only thing missing is a cosy pair of socks for sitting around the campfire or wearing on a chilly morning walk. Luckily, knitting offers many creative solutions to life’s little snags, and a pair of toeless socks could be the answer to stretching more mileage out of summer. Jump into flip flop season feet first with a pair of these handknit socks (minus the toes) in Crofter DK, a comfortable cotton blend from Sirdar. It’s our version of blue skies, vanilla ice cream, juicy watermelon, and a slice of key lime pie all rolled into one ball. To make things even more interesting, these socks are knit on ChiaoGoo mini circulars, an alternative to standard double point needles or the magic loop method.
Compared to double point needles, joining in the round is a cinch with these short circulars. Cast on stitches stay in position and do not twist over the needle. It may take awhile to find a comfortable way to hold the needle tips, longer circulars can be supported with all four fingers, whereas these mini ones have room for just your finger and thumb. Be patient and your knitting speed will increase.
Those dreaded ladders that mysteriously appear between double pointed needles are a thing of the past with these ChiaoGoo stainless steel nine inch circulars. Each round is worked smooth and evenly with less time wasted on sliding stitches and switching needles from hand-to-hand. You may find your tension will be a little firmer as there is less play between the stitches, they are worked right on the tips of the needles. How many times have you lost a sock needle, either between the deck boards or under the seat of a car? Mini circulars eliminate that problem too!
Shaping the heel does not require a stitch holder or extra needle. Stitches that are in holding position at this point will sit comfortably on the circular cord until the instep is shaped. Sock patterns that require toe shaping may need a secondary mini circular or double points as stitches are decreased.
Are you ready to try knitting on mini circulars? Leave a comment and let us know how you like them, we welcome your feedback!
FLIP FLOP SOCKS
Size: Women’s Medium
Needle: 3.25 mm/U.S. 3 ChiaoGoo Red Premium 23 cm/9 ins circular
Tension: 24 sts and 36 rows = 10 cm/4 ins over st st
Pm- place marker
Psso- pass slip stitch over
Sl1- slip one
Cast on 48 sts, join in round being careful not to twist sts. Place a marker on needle for start of rnd.
Work 8 rnds in K2/P2 ribbing.
Next Rnd- [K5, p1] rep [to]
Rep last rnd until work meas 15 cm/6 ins.
K across first 12 sts, turn, P across 24 sts. Cont on these 24 sts only for heel flap.
Row 1- [Sl1, k1], rep [to]
Row 2- Sl1, p to end
Rep last 2 rows until heel flap meas 6 cm/2 1/4 ins ending with Row 2.
Sl1, K12, sl1, k1, psso, k1, turn
Sl1, p3, p2tog, p1, turn
Sl1, k4, sl1, k1, psso, k1, turn
Sl1, p5, p2tog, p1, turn
Sl1, k6, sl1, k1, psso, k1, turn
Sl1, p7, p2tog, p1, turn
Sl1, k8, sl1, k1, psso, k1, turn
Sl1, p9, p2tog, p1, turn
Sl1, k10, sl1, k1, psso, k1, turn
Sl1, p11, p2tog, p1, turn = 14 sts
Pick up and k 14 sts along side of heel flap, pm, work in Pattern as set across rem 24 sts on needle, pm, pick up and k 14 sts along opposite side of heel flap, k7, pm (start of rnd).
Rnd 1- K to 3 sts before 1st marker, k2tog, k1, work in pattern as set until next marker, k1, sl1, k1, psso, k to end
Rnd 2- work in pattern as set
Rep these 2 rnds until 48 sts remain. Cont as set until work meas 15 cm/6 ins (or desired foot length) from pick up edge of heel. Work 5 rnds in K2/P2 ribbing. Cast off in ribbing. Sew top of ribbing together leaving a 3 cm/1 1/4 ins opening (or desired size) for big toe. Reverse opening on 2nd sock.
Design by: Michele Meadows