Here's a quick knit perfect for both beginning sock knitters and short attention span knitters. These guys are all the fun parts of knitting socks, cutting right to the chase of heels and toes!
Pom Pom Peds - Materials:
- 2 skeins of Hand Jive's Nature's Palette 100% merino wool. These colors are Coral and Walnut. Please note that to make 2 pairs of socks you will probably need all 185 yards of these skeins, so be careful substituting...
- 1 set of US #2 double pointed needles. I used Crystal Palace's 6 inch bamboo needles.
- 1 Susan Bates Pom Pom Maker (Optional - you can also make pom poms with a handmade cardboard template.)
8 stitches = 1 inch in stockinette stitch (See our Circular Gauge Tutorial for tips on knitting an accurate gauge for in-the-round projects.)
Fit most women - 7 1/2 inches in circumference and adjustable length
With the Contrast Color, cast on 60 stitches to three double pointed needles.
Round 1: *K1, p1, repeat from * to end of round.
Repeat Round 1 five more times.
Change to the Main Color and knit 3 rounds.
Knit 15 stitches and turn the work so the purl side of the fabric is facing you.
Purl 30 stitches. (The 30 stitches that you just purled are the beginning of the heel flap. For this section, you will be working back and forth on just these 30 stitches.)
Arrange the stitches so that the 30 heel flap stitches are on one needle. Put the remaining stitches on hold on two needles (15 stitches each).
(Again, work the following rows back and forth, turning the work between each row.)
Row 1 (right side): *Slip 1 purlwise, k1, repeat from * to end of 30 stitches.
Row 2 (wrong side): Slip 1 purlwise, purl to end of 30 stitches.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 fifteen more times.
Turning the Heel
Still just working the heel flap stitches:
Row 1 (right side): K17, ssk, k1, turn the work so the wrong side is facing you and there are 19 stitches on the left needle and 10 stitches on the right needle.
Row 2 (wrong side): Slip 1 purlwise, p5, p2tog, p1, turn the work. (18 stitches on the left needle and 10 stitches on the right needle)
Row 3: Slip 1 purlwise, knit to 1 stitch before the gap, ssk (with the stitch before the gap and the stitch after the gap), k1, turn.
Here's the so-called "gap":
Row 4: Slip 1 purlwise, purl to 1 stitch before the gap, p2tog, p1, turn.
Repeat Rows 3 and 4 until all the heel stitches have been worked and 18 stitches remain on the needle.
Knit across the 18 heel stitches.
With the same needle (now called "needle #1"), pick up 17 stitches along the heel flap. (35 stitches)
With a new needle (needle #2), knit across the 30 stitches that have been on hold.
With a new needle (needle #3), pick up 17 stitches along the other side of the heel flap.
Still with needle #3, knit 9 stitches from needle #1.
Now there are 26 stitches on needle #1, 30 stitches on needle #2, and 26 stitches on needle #3. Needle #1 is the beginning of the round (at the middle of the heel).
Round 1: Needle #1 - knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1. Needle #2 - knit all the stitches. Needle #3 - k1, ssk, knit to end.
Round 2: Knit.
Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 until 60 total stitches remain.
Knit evenly until the piece measures 2 inches less than the desired final length, measuring from the back edge of the heel.
Here's a guideline for final sock lengths:
US size 6 shoe (European 37) = 9 inches
US size 7 shoe (38) = 9 1/4 inches
US size 8 shoe (39) = 9 5/8 inches
US size 9 shoe (40) = 10 inches
I'm making socks to fit a size 7 shoe, so I knit the foot until it measures 7 1/4 inches (9 1/4 inches - 2 inches).
Round 1: Needle #1 - knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1. Needle #2 - K1, ssk, knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1. Needle #3 - k1, ssk, knit to end.
Round 2: Knit.
Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 until 32 total stitches remain.
Then, repeat Round 1 until 12 total stitches remain.
With Needle #3, knit the 3 stitches from Needle #1 so that there are 6 stitches on each of two needles.
Use the Kitchener Stitch to close the toe.
I used the Susan Bates Pom Pom Maker to make the smallest size pom poms. (Please visit our Pom Pom Tutorial if you need help with your pom pom maker.)
When you tie the pom pom in half leave generous tails so that you can use them to sew the pom pom to the top back of the ped. Bring the tails to the inside of the ped, tie a knot (yes, a knot!), and very thoroughly weave the ends in to the cuff.
Now switch the colors and make another pair!