Recently, I knit a couple of pairs of women’s winter socks. These are the warmest socks I’ve ever worn.
The secret is the thrums which are the white, fuzzy things inside the sock. Thrums are pieces of wool roving that are folded & knit into the sock. They provide an extra cushiony layer of warmth. Thrummed socks aren’t more difficult to knit than regular tube socks, but they do take more time.
To make your own pair of warm winter socks you will need:
- Worsted weight wool yarn
- Set of #3 double point needles
- Set of #5 double point needles
- Wool roving
- Large eye needle
Gauge – 20 stitches on #5 needles = 4 inches
Using #3 needles, cast on 48 stitches. Distribute stitches evenly so there are 16 stitches on each needle. Mark the beginning of the first round & join. Work 20 rounds in *twisted rib.
Change to #5 needles & knit 3 rows.
You will now begin to add the **thrums. I added one thrum into every 3rd stitch with 3 plain rounds between every thrummed row. For a sock that comes about mid-calf, I repeated this pattern until the entire sock measured 12″ & then began decreasing for the toe. My foot is 9″ long. If your foot is longer or shorter, just add/subtract an inch or two.
Shaping the toe
Needle 1: K to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1.
Needle 2: k1, sl 1, k1, pass slip stitch over, knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1.
Needle 3: k1, sl 1, k1, pass slip stitch over.
Round 2: Knit even.
Repeat the above pattern until you have 24 stitches on your needles. Leave a 12″ tail to graft the toe.
Graft the Toe
Place 12 stitches on each of two needles. Using a large-eyed needle:
1. Place the needle into first the stitch on the front needle as if to knit and slip the stitch off needle.
2. Put the needle in the next stitch on the needle as if to purl and leave on the needle, let yarn go under the first needle and working on the back needle, insert needle into the first stitch on the back needle as if to purl and remove from the needle.
3. Insert the needle into the next stitch as if to knit and leave on the needle. Go under the needles and back to the front.
Repeat from these steps until you have one stitch left and secure in place.
*Twisted Rib – K1, P1. Knit into the back of each knit stitch.
**How to make thrums & knit them into the socks http://www.yarnharlot.ca/blog/thrumfaq.html
For extra warmth, add more thrums to the toes.
Even though these are thick winter socks, the bottoms will wear thin if you walk around in stocking feet like I do. Put a pair of footlets/Peds over the socks when walking around without shoes/slippers on.
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