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Happy Socktober!

I don't know about you but I am super excited for this crisp weather. I just love to watch the light change along with the leaves while I sit with a cup of tea and my knitting.

To celebrate Socktober I was planning on having a free pattern for you all...and I do with one condition. I am not done knitting mine as life got crazy but please join in a knit a pair of these classic toe-up vanilla socks with contrasting toe and cuff. Feel free to add stripes or cables, what ever makes you happy.

So join me this month for an easy sock knit along and a chance to win some prizes. Make sure to tag me in your instagram posts. Hope on over to Instagram for all the KAL deails.

I will update with pics as I go :)

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Comfort Socks by Ashley Ratnam (ravelry pattern to come)

That simple yet satisfying sock perfect for everyday wear


One skein (approx 355 yards/100g) of fingering weight yarn for the main colour and one mini skeins (approx 88 yards/25g) in a contrasting colour.

Sample uses: 1 skein of the Fiber Co Amble, 70% Wool, 20% Alpaca, 10% Nylon, plus 1 x 25g skein in a contrasting colour

MC – Catbells

CC – Eden Valley


9 stitches and 13 rnds = 1” (2.5 cm) in stockinette stitch after blocking


US 1.5 (2.5 mm), or size needed to obtain gauge

Finished Measurements

Small (Medium, Large)

7 (8, 9) inches/ 17.8 (20.5, 23) cm


Removable stitch markers, tapestry needle

Skill Level



CC - contrast colour k - knit

kfb - knit into the front & back of the st MC - main colour

p - purl p2tog - purl 2 sts together

pfb - purl into the front & back of the st pm - place marker

RS - right side sl - slip the stitch (purlwise)

sm - slip marker ssk- slip, slip, Knit

st(sts) - stitch(es) w&t - wrap & turn

WS- wrong side



With CC and 2 needles, use Judy’s Magic Cast-On and cast on 24 (32, 36) - 12 (16, 18) sts on each needle. Knit across the stitches on each needle once.

On the next round, increase four stitches as follows:

Needle 1: kfb, knit until the last two sts, kfb, k1

Needle 2: kfb, knit until the last two sts, kfb, k1

Then knit one plain round (no increases).

Repeat these two rnds until you have a total of 56 (64, 72) sts.


Join MC and continue working in stockinette (knit all sts) until the foot of the sock measures approximately 2 (2.25, 2.5)" shy of the total length of foot.

Create the Gusset

Rnd 1: knit across instep, pm, kfb, knit until the last two sts, kfb, k1

Rnd 2: knit across rnd

Rnd 3: k to sm, kfb, knit until the last two sts, kfb, k1

Rnd 4: knit across rnd

Repeat rnds 3 and 4 until you have 48 (54, 60) heel sts. On the last round, increase one st in the center of the gusset for a total of 49 (55, 61) sts. Knit across the instep stitches, remove marker.

Turn the Heel

You will now begin working flat across the heel stitches and will not be working the instep stitches while turning the heel.

Turn the heel as follows:

Row 1 (RS): k33 (37, 41), kfb, k1, w&t

Row 2 (WS): p20 (22, 24), pfb, p1, w&t

Row 3: k18 (20, 22), kfb, k1, w&t

Row 4: p16 (18, 20), pfb, p1, w&t

Row 5: k14 (16, 18), kfb, k1, w&t

Row 6: p12 (14, 16), pfb, p1, w&t

Row 7: k10 (12, 14), kfb, k1, w&t

Row 8: p8 (10, 12), pfb, p1, w&t.

You now have 57 (63, 69) heel sts, having just completed a WS row. On the RS, knit to the end of rnd knitting each wrap together with the stitch it wraps. Knit across the instep stitches, slip marker.

Heel Flap

Work flat on the heel sts:

Row 1 (RS): k42 (47, 52) (knitting each wrap together with the st it wraps), ssk, turn

Row 2 (WS): sl1, p27 (31, 35), p2tog, turn

Row 3: *sl1, k1: repeat from * to 1 st before the gap, ssk, turn

Row 4: sl1, p to 1 st before gap, p2tog, turn

Repeat rows 3 and 4 until all side stitches have been worked, ending with row 4.

You will now have 29 (33, 37) heel sts. On the next RS row, knit to the end of round, decreasing 1 st in the center of the row. The heel now has 28 (32, 36) sts.


Continue knitting in the round until the leg of your sock measures 1.25" (3 cm) shy of your desired total length.

Cuff and finishing

Join CC, work in k1, p1 ribbing for 1.25” (3 cm). Bind off loosely.

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