Width Socks

I have very large feet. They’re wide. I don’t do a lot of sock knitting as a result. When I make socks I go toe up with a recipe that I’ve memorized. These are a variable width sock. The motif needs no alteration in order to expand or contract the circumference. There’s no math to work out to fit the width to your foot. I provided the motif in both chart and written form. Enjoy.

New pfd!

Yarn: 100 g Reynolds Soft Sea Wool

Needles: 5 US1 dpn, or size necessary to obtain gauge

Gauge: 8sts/1” unblocked

Toe: Using figure-8 cast on CO 16 sts onto two dpns.

Round 1: Work across first needle, divide evenly between two needles, work across second needle.

Round 2: (K1, yo, k 6, yo, k1) twice

Round 3: K all stitches, working YOs through back loop (TBL) to avoid making a hole.

Round 4 and all even rounds: (k1, yo, work to one st before end, yo, k1)

Work round four until the toe fits over 1/2 of toe area of the foot. Alternate increase rounds with round 3 until the toe fits snugly over 4/5ths of the toe area. It’s best to have a bit of negative ease.

Foot: Work across two smaller needles. Center lace chart on larger needle (instep) by subtracting 16 from the total number of stitches, working half of those, working the first row of the lace chart, and working to the end.

Work until sock measures about 2” less than foot, ending after a row 1 of the lace pattern

Shortrow heel: I work the heel using CosmicPluto’s genius method. I debated writing it out but nothing I could explain could match her clarity.

Leg: Center a lace motif over the heel as previous. Work until leg measures length desired, or until you’re nearly out of yarn. Switch to working all sts in rib. I worked p2, k2tbl rib. Use a very stretchy bind off.

\ 0 | | | | | | | | | | 0 / 12
\ 0 | | | | | | | | 0 / 10
\ 0 | | | | | | 0 / 8
\ | 0 | | | | 0 | / 6
\ | | 0 0 | | / 4
| | | | k/p | | | | 3
\ | | | 0 | | | / 2
| | 1

| knit

– Purl

/ K2tog

\ Ssk

0 Yo

k/p knit and purl into the yarn over

Written lace instructions:

1: k1, p 14, k1

2: k3, k2tog, k3, yo, k3, ssk, 3

3: p3, k4, k1 p1 into yo, k 4, p3

4: p3, k2tog, k2, yo, k2, yo, k2, ssk, p3

Odd rows 5 – 11: k k sts and yo’s, p p sts

6: p3, k2tog, k 1, yo, k4, yo, k1, ssk, p3

8: p3, k2tog, yo, k6, yo, ssk, p3

10: p2, k2tog, yo, k8, yo, ssk, p2

12: p1, k2tog, yo, k10, yo, ssk, p1


3 Responses to “Width Socks”

  1. Claudia Maheux Says:

    Thanks so much for sharing your pattern! I have VERY WIDE feet too & most sock patterns don’t work for me.
    If you come up with more, I would love to see them.

  2. choperena Says:

    You’re right, that is a wonderful tutorial!

    I also like how you increase on every round for the toes, and then every other round for the ball of the foot. I should look into that. And finally knit socks for myself, for that matter.

  3. jane davis Says:

    very impressed. My son has a very serious leg problem and his calf is 26″
    and sometimes more. He is a size 15 shoe. Would this pattern work for that as well. by the way The other leg is normal so it will be odd sock.

    One leg from top to bottom is double the size of the other.

    would the pattern work, for that.

    look forward to hearing from you, given me a glimmer of hope.

    kind regards

    #Jane Davis

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