Canadian Work Socks

In celebration of Canada's 150th birthday in 2017, KnitTraders is proud to present this free pattern:  Canadian Work Sock.
SIZE: Fits most adults by adjusting the foot length.

MATERIALS: -100g of main colour worsted weight sock yarn (grey)

-50g ea of 2 contrast colours of worsted weight sock yarn. (white, red)

  • 3.5mm double pointed needles.

TENSION: 24sts = 4” in St st .


Cuff & Leg. Using white, cast on 48 sts loosely and arrange on 3 needles. Join in the round being careful not to twist the stitches around the needle. Note that this join marks the beginning of each round.

Work 5 rounds in K2, P2 rib.

Using red, Purl 1 round. (note that this will look odd but we are making a tidy switch to the next colour on the Wrong Side of the work as this cuff will be turned down over the leg of the sock.

Using red, work 5 rounds in K2, P2 rib. Cut the red yarn.

Using white, Purl 1 round. (See note above).

Using white, work 5 rounds in K2. P2 rib. The cuff ends here.

The rib pattern for the rest of the sock will be K3, P1.

Using white, work 10 rounds in K3 P1 rib. Cut the white yarn.

Using grey, Knit 1 round.

Using grey, work for 4 ½ inches in K3 P1 rib.

Heel. Starting at the beginning of the round divide the stitches so that there are 12 on each of the 4 needles. The working yarn will be at the end of the 4th needle. Using the 4th needle, knit across the stitches from the 1st needle so that there are now 2 needles with 12 sts each (for the top of the foot), and 1 needle with 24 sts (for the heel flap). Do not cut grey yarn.

-Reattach red yarn and working back and forth on the needle with 24 sts ONLY, proceed as follows:

Row 1: Turn work, Slip 1, P to end of needle.

Row 2: Turn work, *Slip 1, K1. Repeat from * to the end of the needle. You should end with a K1.

Repeat these 2 rows for a total of 24 rows.

-Next row: P14, P2tog, P1 TURN work.

Next row: Slip 1, K5, Slip 1, K1, Pass the slipped stitch over the knitted one as if casting off (This will now be referred to as PSSO). K1 more stitch. TURN work. (22sts on needle)

Next row: Slip 1, Purl to 1 stitch before the space created by the turn in the last row. P2tog, closing the space on the previous row. P1 more stitch. TURN work.

Next row: Slip 1, Knit to 1 stitch before the space created by the turn in the last row. Slip 1, K1, PSSO. K 1 more stitch. TURN work. (20 sts)

Repeat These last 2 rows until there are 14 stitches left . Leave these stitches on this needle and proceed:

Gusset: With the right side of the heel flap facing you (the side where the working yarn is), using the red working yarn and an empty needle, pick up and knit (PU&K) 12 stitches along the side of the heel flap. Cut the red yarn.

-Slide the stitches from the next 2 needles onto one single needle now holding 24 sts. Using the grey yarn and the empty needle, work across these 24 stitches. (From now on continue using grey yarn for the foot.)

-PU&K 12 stitches along the left side of the heel flap.

-Knit the first 7 stitches from the 14 stitches held at the bottom of the heel flap.

-Slide the next 7 stitches from the bottom of the heel flap onto the needle with picked up stitches from the right side of the flap.

You will now have the working yarn at the beginning of the round. Needle 1 will have 19 stitches on it. Needle 2 will have 24 stitches, and needle 3 will also have 19 stitches. (62 sts)

1st Gusset round: Knit needle 1. Following the K3 P1 pattern established in the leg, work across the 24 stitches of needle 2. Knit needle 3.

2nd Gusset round: Knit needle 1 to the last 3 sts. K2tog, K1. Work across needle 2 in established pattern. Knit 1 from needle 3, Slip 1, K1, PSSO, Knit to end of needle 3. (60 sts)

Work the last 2 rounds until needles 1 and 3 have 12 stitches each and needle 2 will have its original 24 sts. (48 sts.)

Foot: Continue knitting needles 1 and 3 and working needle 2 in the established K3 P1 rib until the foot measures 2 inches less than the required length.

Cut the grey yarn.

1st toe round: Using red yarn Knit 1 round.

2nd toe round: Needle 1: Knit to the last 3 sts. K2tog, K1

Needle 2: K1, Slip 1, K1, PSSO, knit to the last 3 sts, K2tog, K1.

Needle 3: K1 Slip 1, K1, PSSO, Knit to the end

Continue working these 2 toe rounds until there are a total of 24 stitches left in the round. (6-12-6)

Close the toe with Kitchener stitch or 3 needle cast off. Sew in all ends.

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