picture of slipper sock

Slipper Socks

These socks are knit on two circular needles instead of double pointed needles. The pattern is mainly from Socks Soar on Circular Needles, with some modifications. I switched to dpn's for the toe because I didn't have 2 #5 circulars. And I didn't do the kitchener stitch because it annoys me sometimes and I really wanted to get these socks finished. If you use a kitchener stitch bind off for the toe, I would continue the foot for a few extra rows before starting the toe decreases, and end the toe with 16 stitches on the needles instead of 8.

Needles: 2 circular #6, 1 circular #5, 4-5 #5 dpn (or a second circular #5)
Gauge: 5 st/in (#5 circulars)
Yarn: 1 skein of Mountain Colors 4/8's wool, 100% wool, 100g/250y per skein
Size: Men's medium (size 10)

Cast on 48 stitches (cable cast on) on a #6 circular needle
Transfer half the stitches to the second #6 needle
Cross over the end stitches with each other to join
Knit 2x2 ribbing 2 inches (14 rows)
Knit the heel flap as follows:
Using a #5 circular needle, sl1, (k1,sl1) across 22 stitches, k1
Continue using the #5 for the entire heel flap, sl1,p across 22 stitches, k1
Knit above two rows until you have 12 loops on the edges
Turn Heel:
K16, sl1, k1, psso (skp)
s1, p8, p2tog
s1, k8, skp
End by knitting all the way across (10 st total)

With the #5 needle, pick up 12 stitches through back loop, knit normal
Pick up an additional stitch at the junction of the two needles and knit through the back loop
With the #6 needle, knit 2x2 ribbing across 24 stitches
With the #5 needle, pick up a stitch at the junction of the two needles and knit through the back loop
Pick up 12 stitches through back loop, knit normal to the middle of the #5 needle

The rest of the sock (except for the toe) will be knit with the #6 on the top (ribbing) and the #5 on the bottom (sole of the foot)

*Knit one round plain
Decrease round: #5: knit to 3 stitches, k2tog, k1; #6: 2x2 rib all 24 st; #5: k1, ssk, knit to middle
Repeat from * until 24 st left on #5 needle (48 st total)
knit plain until foot is long enough (~8" from back of heel)

Tranfer all stitches to 3 #5 dpn's, with needle #1 starting with the last 12 stitches on the #5 circular
*Decrease round: #1: knit to 3 stitches, k2tog, k1; #2: k1, SSK, knit to 3 stitches, k2tog, k1; #3: k1, SSK, knit to end (44 stitches total)
Knit 1 round plain
Repeat from * once until 28 stitches are on the needles
Continue the same decrease, omitting the plain round in between
When 8 stitches remain on the needles, take a tapestry needle and run through all the stitches
Pull tight and weave in yarn (rosebud toe)

Repeat for the second sock


The people who sold me the yarn said one skein would make a pair of men's socks, barely. Because these are slipper socks, the ankle is much shorter than normal. I had plenty of yarn left (about 60 yards), and easily could have made the ankles an inch or two longer.

This pattern is copyright 2003 by Jennifer A. Griffin
It may be copied for personal use only
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