I hope you enjoy knitting these cozy knee socks!
Adult M (L), foot circumference 7.5 (9.25) inches
Paton's Kroy Sock Yarn, 166 yards/50g, 75% wool, 25% nylon
Main Color Grey Marl, 2 (3) skeins
Contrast Color Muslin, 1 skein
26 sts and 30 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch on size US 2 1/2 needles
One set US 2 double pointed needles
One set US 2 1/2 double pointed needles
2 yards of waste yarn of the same weight as the sock yarn
These socks are knit from the top down on double pointed needles
Using contrast color and smaller needles, cast on 60 (72) sts. Being careful not to twist stitches, begin working in the round.
Needle 1: 16 (20) sts, Needle 2: 16 (20) sts, Needle 3: 28 (32) sts
Work in k2, p2 rib for 3 inches
Next round: decrease 4 stitches evenly across next round by working p2tog on purl stitches of ribbing, 56 (68) sts remain.
After this row, rearrange stitches as follows:
Needle 1: 14 (17) sts, Needle 2: 14 (17) sts, Needle 3: 28 (34) sts.
Switch to larger needles and main color yarn and work straight in stockinette stitch (knit every round) for 3 inches.
Needle 1: k1, ssk, knit to end of needle
Needle 2: knit across to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1
Needle 3: k1, ssk, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1
4 stitches decreased. 52 (64) sts remain, Needle 1: 13 (16) sts, Needle 2: 13 (16) sts, Needle 3: 26 (32) sts.
Work straight in stockinette stitch until sock measures 8 (9) inches from cast on edge.
Repeat decrease round again, 4 sts decreased. 48 (60) sts remain, Needle 1: 12 (15) sts, Needle 2: 12 (15) sts, Needle 3: 24 (30) sts
Continue knitting straight in stockinette stitch until the sock measures 12 (14) inches from the cast on edge, or desired length from cuff to ankle bone.
Needle 1: knit, Needle 2: knit, Needle 3, with waste yarn, knit across needle. With empty needle, knit all of the stitches on needle 3 once more, using the main color yarn.
Knit straight in stockinette stitch in the round until the foot measures (starting with row of waste yarn) 3 inches less than the final desired length of the sock.
Change to contrast color.
Work decrease round as above, 4 sts decreased. 44 (56) sts.
Knit one round.
Repeat these two round until there are 16 (20) sts remaining.
Graft toe using kitchener stitch.
Pick up stitches on one side of the waste yarn as follows:
Needle 1: 12 (15) sts, Needle 2: 12 (15) sts.
On the other side of the waste yarn, pick up with Needle 3: 24 (30) sts. 48 (60) sts.
Carefully pick out the waste yarn, and now you have an secure opening to work the heel.
With contrast color, work 2 rounds straight.