> AGSAS Soldiers Sock Pattern
Guard Soldiers Aid Society
- Use four size
5 double ended needles (also called sock
Approximately 6 stitches to the inch
- Use Worsted
Weight, wool or cotton yarn
- 8 oz. (400
yards) for sock color
- 4 oz. (200
yards) for heel, cuff and toe color
Tip: Do not ever knot your yarnleave the ends loose and
weave them in later. Knots can become uncomfortable bumps over time
Cast on 48
stitches of cuff color and divide the stitches16 on each of
three needles. For the cuff, knit two, purl two around until you feel
the cuff is long enough. (On a period sock studied by AGSAS the cuff
was 4 inches!)
Change yarn to
sock color. Knit around until sock is about 7 inches long or desired
length to top of heel.
Double Thick Heel
(the soldiers preference):
stitches on a needle and switch to heel color yarn.
Row 1With wrong side facing, *slip one, purl one and repeat
from * to end of row.
Row 2Turn. With right side facing, slip first stitch and knit
all other stitches.
Repeat these rows until the heel measures 2.5 inches.
To Turn the Heel:
Using the same
color as the heel, with wrong side facing:
Row 1Slip 1, purl 11, purl 2 together, purl 1, turn
Row 2Slip 1, knit 2, knit 2 together, knit 1, turn
Row 3Slip 1, purl 3, purl 2 together, purl 1, turn
Row 4Slip 1, knit 4, knit 2 together, knit 1, turn
Row 5Slip 1, purl 5, purl 2 together, purl 1, turn
Row 6Slip 1, knit 6
Get the idea? Continue in this way, working one more stitch before
the decrease in each row, until a total of 12 stitches remain on the
heel needle. End with a knit row.
heel color to sock color. With correct facing, use a crochet hook and
make about 14 or 15 stitches on the edge of left side of heel. (Tip:
Be sure to make some stitches close to the top of the heel near the
sock ankle to prevent holes.) Knit across the 12 instep stitches from
the bottom of the heel. Create 14 or 15 more stitches down the other
edge of the heel.
Now distribute your stitches on your three needles like this:
Needle Afrom middle of heel up side of heel
Needle BInstep needle (24 stitches)
Needle CDown the other side to middle of heel
Decrease like this:
Row 1knit stitches on A, B and C.
Row 2On A, knit to within three stitches of end, knit two
together, knit 1.
On B, knit across.
On CKnit 1, slip 1, pass slipped stitch over knitted stitch,
knit to end.
Repeat until 11 stitches remain on each A and C. (22 stitches total
Your sock should look like
this at this point:
Needle A11 stitches, Needle B24 stitches, Needle
C11 stitches = 46 stitches total
Continue foot until it
measures 5 ½ inches from center back of heel. Then on needle B,
knit two together twice to leave 22 stitches on the
Work 2 more inches or so,
or to within 2 ½ inches of desired length. (It is a good idea to
get your soldier to trace his foot on a piece of paper and use it as
a pattern to determine the length of the foot.)
sock color to heel color.
Needle AKnit to within three stitches of end, knit 2 together,
Needle BKnit 1, Slip 1, Knit 1, pass slipped stitch over
knitted stitch, knit to within 3 stitches of end, knit 2 together,
Needle CKnit 1, Slip 1, pass slipped stitch over knitted
stitch, knit to end.
Row 2: Knit.
Keep repeating rows and decrease this way until 12 total stitches
remain. Move stitches to two needles, six stitches on each needle.
Break off the yarn leaving about a foot. Cast off, or using a blunt
needle or your crochet hook, pull the yarn through the remaining
stitches. Pull yarn through sock at end and knot well.