Basic Sock Pattern using Magic Loop
This sock pattern provides simplified instructions regarding cast-on and a basic boomerang heel and is perfect for your first sock! This pattern uses magic loop to knit in the round, if you prefer to use DPN's check out our DPN sock pattern here. Using larger needles to start with allows for a looser, even, and more comfortable cast-on.To knit either of Regia’s fun coloured Pairfect or Designline socks please follow these additional instructons. Regia PAIRFECT’s ‘Easy Start’- The yellow yarn end from the inside of the ball is tucked under the ball band and easy to find. Unravel the yellow yarn, cut it off and start casting-on as given. Once the first sock has been finished, unravel the yarn until the end of the second yellow thread appears, cut it off and start the second sock. You will end up with two identical socks.
Regia’s DESIGN LINE -Knit your first sock. Before starting the second sock, unravel as much yarn as to get to the same pattern repeat as where you have started the first sock.
Sizes: Ladies M (L, Men L, XL)
- 1 ball of Regia PAIRFECT or DESIGN LINE 4ply (100g / 420m)
- 1 pair of 3.50mm straight knitting needles
- 2.50mm circular needle 80cm long
- Wool needle
- 3 markers (2 colours)
Tension: 30sts x 42rds = 10cm x 10cm
- stst - stocking stitch
- RS - right side
- WS - wrong side
- pm - place marker
- sm - slip marker
- rm - remove marker
- cc - contrast colour
- k2tog - knit 2sts together
- ssk - slip, slip, knit (slip two stitches as if to knit, insert left-hand needle through both sts and ktog)
- rep - repeat
- rem - remaining
- sl - slip
- M1 - make 1 (insert left-hand needle from the front under bar between last and next stitch, knit through back loop avoiding a hole)
- wyif - with yarn in front
- wyb - with yarn back
- w&t - wrap & turn (on RS, sl1 purlwise wyf, replace st back to left-hand needle, turn - on WS, sl1 purlwise wyb, replace st back to left-hand needle, turn)
Using 3.50mm straight needles, cast on 60 (64, 68, 72) sts (avoids twisting the stitches before joining the work into the round).
Change to 2.50mm circular needle and cont in k1, p1 rib pattern.
Work 1 row in rib pattern - pm, cont in Magic Loop technique.
Rd 1: join work into the round, working in rib pattern, slipping marker at start of rd.
Cont in rib pattern until yarn section for cuff has been worked (PAIRFECT - refer to image on ball band as a guide) approx. 5.5cm (5cm, 4.8cm, 4.5cm) or as desired using DESIGN LINE.
Leg: Cont in stocking st until yarn section for leg part has been worked (PAIRFECT - refer to image on ball band as a guide) approx. 24cm (22cm, 20.5cm, 20cm) from cast-on or length desired for DESIGN LINE.
Next rd: k15 (16, 17, 18), pm (cc), k30 (32, 34, 36), pm (cc), k15 (16, 17, 18)
Boomerang Heel Part 1: Decreasing The heel is worked over 30 (32, 34, 36) sts only, with the beg of the rd in the centre. Cont working in ROWS, k on RS and p on WS, always slipping first st either knitwise, wyb or purlwise, wyif.
Next row: k to 2sts before heel marker, ssk, turn.
Next row: sl1, p until 2sts before heel marker, p2tog, turn.
Rep last 2 rows until 6 (8, 8, 8) sts rem, ending with a WS row.
Next row: k3 (4, 4, 4) – centre of heel, sm Next rd: k rem heel sts, knit up 11 (11, 12, 13) sts along heel flap, inserting needle through centre of BOTH sts of the decreases OMITTING first dec and work a M1 just before heel marker, sm, k to next heel marker, M1 and knit up 11 (11, 12, 13) sts along heel flap as before, omitting last dec, knit rem 3 (4, 4, 4) sts, sm – 60 (64, 68, 72) sts – centre of heel and end of rd, sm
Heel Part 2: Short Rows Reverse Shaping Next rd: knit
The next section of short rows is worked over the same heel sts as for part 1; k on RS, p on WS Short row turnings:
Next row: k3 (4, 4, 4), w&t
Next row: p6 (8,8,8), w&t Next row: k6 (8,8,8) to wrapped st, knit st tog with wrap (thus avoiding a hole), w&t
Next row: p7 (9, 9, 9) to wrapped st, p st tog with wrap, w&t
Continue in this manner, until all sts up to the heel markers have been wrapped, ending with a WS row.
Next row: knit to centre of heel, sm, cont working in rds.
Next rd: knit all sts while knitting tog wrapped sts and wraps at heel markers and remove these markers. Marker at centre of heel and beg of rd rem.
Foot: Cont in stst until foot measures approx. 20cm (21cm, 22cm, 22.5cm), or according to PAIRFECT pattern, measured from beg of heel when placed flat on a surface.
Next rd: k15 (16, 17,18), pm (cc), k30 (32, 34, 36), pm (cc), k15 (16, 17,18), sm
Banded Toe: Decreases are worked alongside toes.
Dec rd: k to 3sts before first marker, k2tog, k1, sm, k1, ssk, k to 3sts before next marker, k2tog, k1, sm, k1, ssk, k12 (13, 14, 15), sm – end of rd.
Decreases for toes after 1st decrease rd are as follows with even rds in between:
Every fourth rd: once (once, once, once)
Every third rd: twice (twice, twice, twice)
Every second rd: 3 (3, 4, 4) times
Every rd: 6 (7, 7, 8) times – 8sts rem all sizes – cut yarn leaving 20cm tail.
Finishing: Using wool needle, thread tail and run through rem sts, pull tight, run through all sts once again, stitch through centre to WS and sew in. Thread tail at beg of work and stitch through cast-on stitches to straighten edge, sew in on WS.