Are you a sock knitter dying to learn how to design your own knitted socks? If your answer is “Yes!”, these sock design tutorials are the one-stop resource for you.
Welcome to the third part of the tutorial an sock knitting and design: Sock Design for Everybody! Today’s topic is all about knitting the foot section of your socks: sole and instep.
Sock Soles: Knit Them Plain!
Soles and heel are the parts of knitted socks that get the most wear and which your feet stand on when you wear them. It’s a good idea to chose stitch patterns that are as durable as smooth – no cables, no lace patterns, nothing that could create discomfort.
For the sole, the best and simplest pattern is stockinette stitch, or reverse stockinette stitch.
Stitch Patterns For The Upper Foot (Instep)
Any stitch pattern is usable for the instep as long as it fits into your stitch count. For people with high insteps wearing socks with texture on the upper foot might feel uncomfortable when worn in closed shoes. Better use a stitch pattern with only little texture in this case: if in doubt, stockinette stitch is always an option.
A Pattern Template
Assuming you are about to knit plain stockinette stitch socks and want to know how to knit the foot section – it’s the most simple part of the sock actually. Just knit in the round in stockinette stitch until your sock is long enough to start the toes (when working top-down) or the heel (when working toe-up).
How to find out when to start the heel (or toe) section and get the sizing right is a topic of its own – I’ll tell you more about sock sizing in part six of this series (to be published on January 30th).
Which way of knitting sock soles and instep is your number one? I’m curious to hear your story – please leave a comment below!
PS. The extended version of this series is available in book form and called Sock Knitting in Plain English – I’m sure you’ll like it!