Chocolate Fudge Socks
Have you ever knitted handmade socks for someone, and they’ve looked at them sceptically? Then, once they’ve tried them on and worn them a couple of times, they come back, looking a little sheepish and declare that the socks are the best they’ve ever worn? It’s happened to me a few times, and when it does, that person gets socks for every future birthday and Christmas! When I’m knitting gift socks, I often turn to DK weight yarn: it’s quicker to knit, the socks it makes are really cosy, and they’re great for wearing with walking boots and wellies, or while cosying up by the fireside. Knitting in DK weight yarn also frees up more knitting time for you to knit something for yourself (maybe a pair of socks in your size!).
The Chocolate Fudge Socks are knitted from the top down, with a heel-flap and gusset construction. They have an all-over ribbed pattern on the leg, with the ribbed pattern continuing into the heel flap and the top of the foot. The sole of the sock is knitted in plain stocking stitch.
If socks are your TV knitting project, the Chocolate Fudge Socks are a great choice: the ribbed pattern is only worked on every other row, so you can knit them while concentrating on important plot points. The garter ridges in the ribbed pattern make it easier for you to count the rounds as you knit as well!
The Chocolate Fudge Socks are written in sizes to fit the whole family (seven sizes, in circumferences from 9 cm (3.75 in) to 27.5 cm (11 in) – if you have an especially knitworthy family to knit for, you could make a full set of matching socks! The ribbed texture means the socks pull in slightly, resulting in an even better fit.
The socks are knitted in a wool blend DK with 25% nylon, which makes the yarn stronger and increases its lifespan. If you’re knitting for someone extra-special, why not see if your favourite indie dyer has a wool/nylon DK weight yarn that you could try as a treat to yourself?
A (B, C // D, E, F // G)
Finished circumference 9 (12.5, 15.5 // 18.5, 21.5, 24.5 // 27.5) cm [3.75 (5, 6.25 // 7.5, 8.5, 9.75 // 11) in]
Designed to be worn with approximately 10% negative ease. Choose a sock with a finished circumference approximately 10% smaller than the measured circumference of your foot around the widest part.
26 sts and 36 rnds = 10 cm (4 in) in stocking stitch worked in the round on 3 mm (US 2.5) needles after wet blocking, or size needed to obtain correct tension.
55 (95, 145 // 215, 285, 370 // 465) m [65 (105, 160 // 240, 315, 405 // 510) yds] of DK-weight yarn (yardages are approximate as the amount of yarn used will depend on the length of the foot, which is adjustable).
I would recommend using a dedicated sock yarn that is tightly plied wool and has some nylon content for durability.
This pattern is written to be needle-neutral. You can use your preferred method for knitting in the round.
3 mm (US 2.5) DPNs, 15 cm (6 in), set of 5; or 3 mm (US 2.5) circular needle, at least 80 cm (32 in) in length to work magic loop; or 3 mm (US 2.5) circular needle, 22.5 cm [9 in] in length (note that if you are using a short circular, you will need to switch to DPNs or magic loop to work the toe)
Fixed/removable stitch markers x 5; Sock blockers (optional)
The instructions are for the smallest size, with larger sizes in parentheses: A (B, C // D, E, F // G). If only one number is given, it applies to all sizes.
The sample is knitted in West Yorkshire Spinners Aire Valley DK (DK, 230 m per 100 g ball, 75% wool, 25% nylon) in 753 Purple. This yarn is discontinued. Alternative yarn suggestions can be found in this blog post.
This pattern was tech edited by Jo Torr.