I love stripped socks, in colour changing or plain yarn, but I really don’t like the way a heel flap interrupts the stripes. I have tried a short row heel, but the rows don’t line up neatly, so I developed this sock. It uses top down construction and an afterthought heel. There is a great tutorial for the afterthought heel here.
Materials: 25grams each of 2 different coloured sock weight yarns - a little more if you have big feet.
2.5mm x 5 double pointed needles
Small amount of waste yarn
Using colour 1: Cast on 60 stitches.
Divide stitches evenly over 4 needles. Join for knitting in the round, being careful not to twist. Place marker to indicate beginning of the round.
Knit 4 rows 1 x 1 ribbing in colour 1. Change to colour 2 and knit 4 rows 1x 1 ribbing. Returning to colour 1 knit 4 rows plain. The leg can be lengthened by knitting extra stripes here.
Place afterthought heel: Knit 30 stitches onto waste yarn, then reknit them with colour 2.
Foot: Continue knitting plain, changing colours every 4 rows. Measuring from the waste yarn and the FRONT of the ankle, knit until it is 5 centimetres shorter than your toes.
Toes: Round 1:
Needle 1: K1 SSK knit to end of needle. Needle 2: Knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog k1. Needle 3: k1 ssk knit to end of needle. Needle 4 : Knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog k1.
Round 2: Knit to end of round.
Repeat rounds 1 and 2 until 16 stitches remain.
Kitchener remaining stitches.
Heel: Remove waste yarn. Place live stitches on needles. Beginning with colour 1 follow the Toes instructions.
Wear and admire your perfect stripy socks.