Toffee Delight Socks
Toffee Delight Socks – a knitting pattern by Vikki Bird Designs
In any box of chocolates, the toffee ones are always my favourites, which is how the Toffee Delight Socks got their name: I love a stitch pattern that is a simple and easy to memorise repeat that makes you say ‘just four more rows’. I knitted the second sample sock in just two days (in a UK size 14!) because I found the pattern so moreish.
The Toffee Delight 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, the top of the foot, and the toe. The sole of the sock is knitted in plain stocking stitch.
The Toffee Delight Socks are written in sizes to fit the whole family [ten sizes, in circumferences from 8.5 cm (3.5 in) to 28 cm (11.25 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, H, I // J)
Finished circumference 8.5 (10.5, 13 // 15, 17, 19.5 // 21.5, 23.5, 25.5 // 28) cm [3.5 (4.25, 5.25 // 6, 6.75, 7.75 // 8.5, 9.5, 10.25 // 11.25) 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.
28 sts and 40 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 (85, 125 // 165, 220, 290 // 335, 420, 495 // 575) m [65 (95, 140 // 185, 245, 320 // 370, 460, 545 // 630) 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, H, I // J). If only one number is given, it applies to all sizes.
The sample is knitted in Novita Nalle (DK, 260 m per 100 g ball, 75% wool, 25% nylon) in 044 Graphite. Alternative yarn suggestions can be found in this blog post: https://www.vikkibirddesigns.com/2021/11/dk-sock-yarn-suggestions.html
The sample is knitted in size I.
This pattern was tech edited by Jo Torr.