Spiral Ribbed No Heel Socks --
May 1992, Revised July 2001
pattern is my version of a traditional pattern. These are heavy, tall
socks designed for winter wear in hiking or ski boots or ice skates. The
spiral rib makes them fit quite well even without heel shaping, and the
sock may wear better than a heeled sock because your heel isnít in the
same place every time you put it on. Iíve been making these socks for
years, because I have never seemed to get the foot size right on the more
fitted heeled socks. These are socks that you can make for anyone, by
using just an estimated size - and they always fit! One Christmas I made
more than 20 pairs for everyone on my list, including big-footed guys,
women, and children down to toddler size. The photograph shows both the
largest and smallest socks.
From toddler to menís extra large.
to intermediate. Must be able to knit circularly on double point needles.
- YARN: Worsted
weight yarn. I recommend a warm animal fiber Ė wool, alpaca, llama,
even dog hair. Animal fiber is particularly warm. And machine washable
animal fiber yarns are easily cared for. Yardage estimates range from
150 yards (toddler) to 410 yards (men's extra large size). This
is a good project to use up partial skeins of yarns if you want to
make striped socks.
- NEEDLES: One set each of size 5 and
size 7 double point needles or size to achieve gauge.
- Darning needle to weave in ends.
- End of round stitch marker
of the elasticity of this pattern stitch, gauge is not too critical, but if
you knit exceptionally loosely or tightly you should adjust your needle size
accordingly. My gauge for the size 7 portion of the sock is approximately 3
rib pairs (18 sts of K 3, P 3 patt) for 2 inches (unstretched).
top of stocking, as it looks while knitting
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