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Year of the Sock: August

Year of the Sock AugustPattern: Side to Side Socks by Rohn Strong

Where to Find It: Annie’s #871510, New Methods for Crochet Socks

Ravelry Listing: Side to Side by Rohn Strong

Yarn: Aspen Sock Yarn in Boden from Western Sky Knits 

Skill Level: Easy

Size: Pattern includes instructions for foot lengths of 9, 10, and 11 inches

Special Pattern Features

Worked flat
Afterthought toe and heel
Stitch for foot: half-double crochet
Stitch for leg: half-double crochet

For the month of August I wanted to try something a little different, so I chose a sock pattern that is actually worked flat. It was surprisingly easy to do! Here’s how a sock is constructed using this method.

First you crochet the body as a long rectangular piece of fabric. This will be the top of the foot and the front of the leg. Next, you crochet the bottom of the foot by only crocheting into 1/3 of the body stitches, leaving the rest unworked. After this, you attach your yarn in one of those unworked stitches and crochet the same number of rows as the foot to create the leg. When you fold this so that the edges meet and sew it up, you get a tube with a hole for the heel. Pretty cool!

Then all you have to do is crochet around each opening to create the toe and the heel. The really neat thing about this pattern is that you use the same instructions for crocheting the heel and the toe.

My only concern with this construction is that the ankle is quite tight. Even in the pattern’s main photo the stitches at the ankle seem to be stretched. The heel could be a bit wider I suppose. It’s also important to note that unlike toe-up socks, with socks worked flat like this, you can’t make any adjustments as you go. Therefore it is highly recommended to make a gauge swatch before beginning these socks.

All in all, this was a fun pattern and I recommend it for anyone who would like to try something new.

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