Knit some 2 Needle Socks

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Here is a two needle sock pattern I wrote a while ago, because I dislike double pointeds. This pattern has a seam that runs down the back of the leg, and under the foot. You should use a flat seam technique, such as Kitchener stitch, to close this. This pattern is for a womans foot (mine!), size seven. You will see as you knit this, that the size and style can easily be changed according to your whim. I like thick ankle socks with a fold down top, so that what this basic pattern will make.

You can see a picture of a beautifully knit pair by Marie Greene here.

BONUS: Knit a matching pair for your Barbie, pattern by Judy Gibson.


size 5 needles,

Sport or worsted weight yarn, around 4 oz.


* Cast on 41 sts, loosely,

* work in1x1, or 2x2 rib for 7-8 inches for a fold down top,


Knit 11 sts, work back and forth on these 11 sts in stockinette for 16 rows, ending with a purl row. Turn this half of the heel as follows:

Row 1:-K2, k2tog, k1, turn, slip1, P3, turn.

Row 3:-K3, K2tog, K1, turn, slip1, P4, turn.

Row 5:-K4, K2tog, K1, turn, slip1, P5, turn.

Row 7:-K5, k2tog, K1. (7 sts on needle.)

Using left needle pick up 10 sts on the side of the heel, and knit them. Knit across the 19 instep sts. (36 sts on needle). Work back and forth in stockinette on the remaining 11 sts for 17 rows ending with a knit row. Now turn the other half heel as follows:

Row1:- P2, P2tog, P1, turn, slip1, K3, turn.

Row3:- P3, P2tog, P1, turn, slip1, K4, turn.

Row5:- P4, P2tog, P1, turn, slip1, K5, turn.

Row7:- P5, P2tog, P1, (7 sts on needle).

Pick up 10 sts on side of heel, and purl them. Continue purling across the whole sock.(53 sts on needle).


Row1:- K15, K2tog, K19, slip1, K1, PSSO, K15.

Row2:- and all even # rows, purl.

Row3:- K14, K2tog, K19, slip1, K1, PSSO, K14.

Row5:- K13, K2tog, K19, slip1, K1, PSSO, K13.

Row7:- K12, K2tog, K19, slip1, K1, PSSO, K12.

Row9:- K11, K2tog, K19, slip1, K1, PSSO, K11.

Row11:-K10, K2tog, K19, slip1, K1, PSSO, K10.

You should have 41 sts remaining.

* Now work straight in stockinette for 30 rows for a size 7 foot. For a longer or shorter foot, go until this section measures about 1"3/4 shorter than the full length of your foot. Measure from the back of the heel, and end with a purl row.


Row1:-K8, K2tog,K2, slip1, K1, PSSO, K13, K2tog, K2,

slip1, k1, PSSO, K8.

Row 2 and all even rows:- purl.

Row 3:- K7, K2tog, K2, slip1, K1, PSSO, K11, K2tog, K2,

slip1, K1, PSSO, K7.

Row5:- K6, K2tog, K2, slip1, K1, PSSO, K9, K2tog, K2,

slip1, K1, PSSO, K6.

Continue decreasing as above until 17 sts remain on the needle. Put these sts on a holder, I use a colored piece of wool.


Using a flat seam technique,(very important!), sew the back and underside of the sock. If you are planning to turn down the cuff, don't forget to reverse the seam at the turn down point so it is inside the cuff. Graft, or weave the toe, and weave in loose ends.


1) I like to use a wool that can be SLIGHTLY felted for ultimate warmth. I wash the socks by hand, a little roughly, and then put them in the dryer for 3 minutes at a time, monitoring them so they don't felt too much. You can only do this procedure once, then hand-wash them when they need it, and air dry.
2) This pattern lends itself to 2 color, or texture patterns very well, because of the back and forth knitting. Just be aware of the pattern meeting at the seam, and plan accordingly.

Happy Knitting!

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