How to Make Wool Socks

By Allana Early
Wool socks are an interesting project to take on as a knitter.

Wool socks are a must in the cold winter months. Whether indoors or outside, wool socks are sure to keep your feet toasty. As a project, wool socks are most frequently created by knitting. Knitting your own wool socks gives you the freedom to personalize and coordinate your socks. As a gift or for yourself, knitted wool socks are an excellent choice.

Cast 52 stitches onto double pointed needles to stitch the cuff. Join in the round, then alternately knit one stitch and purl one stitch until the cuff has reached your desired length.

Move 26 of the stitches to one of the double pointed needles to begin making the heel flap. Alternately slip one stitch and knit one stitch for every odd row; purl all stitches in the even rows. Continue until the piece measures 2.5-inches.

Stitch the next row with a slip stitch, then knit to the middle of the row to begin to turn the heel. Slip one stitch, then knit one stitch. Pass the slip stitch over the knitted stitch. Knit to the end, then turn the piece to begin working on the wrong side. On the wrong side, slip stitch the first stitch, then purl five stitches. Purl two stitches together, then purl to the end. Repeat this process until the heel piece reached the appropriate length.

Pick up 13 stitches on either side of the heel to begin to incorporate the flap into the sock. Begin knitting on the left side, then knit on the right side. Redistribute the stitches so that there are an even number of stitches on three needles.

Begin knitting on the needle immediately after the center. This needle will be referred to as needle number one. Knit until there are only three stitches remaining. Knit two together, then knit one stitch. On the needle facing the instep of the sock, knit all the way across. This needle will be referred to as needle number two. On the needle that follows the instep and ends at the center of the heel, knit one stitch. This needle will be referred to as needle number three. Slip one stitch, then knit one stitch. Slip the stitch over the knitted stitch. Knit to the end of the row. Continue until only eight stitches remain on the first and third needles.

Knit stitch on each needle to begin forming the foot portion of the sock. Continue until the piece measures two inches.

Begin knitting on needle number one until only three stitches remain. Knit two stitches together, then knit the remaining stitch. On the second needle, knit one stitch, slip stitch one stitch, then knit one stitch. Slip the slip stitch over the knit stitch. Knit two stitches together, then knit the remaining stitch. On the third needle, knit one stitch, slip stitch one stitch, then knit one stitch. Slip the slip stitch over the knit stitch. Knit until the end. Continue until the toe piece measures about 1.5-inches wide.

Cast off and cut the yarn. Sew the end of the toe together.