The Henhouse socks are inspired by my love of, well, chickens. We have a small backyard flock and they bring us much entertainment (and eggs!).
S (M, L), to fit finished foot circumference 7 (8, 9)” or 17.8 (20.3, 22.9) cm
Miss Babs Hot Shot (80% superwash Merino wool, 20% nylon; 400 yards [365 meters]/ 115 grams): Oregon Mist (MC), 1 ball;
Miss Babs Hot Shot Toes (80% superwash Merino wool, 20% nylon; 133 yards [121 meters]/ 38 grams) Obsidian (CC), 1 ball
Size US 1 (2.25 mm) & US 2 (2.75 mm) dpns
removable markers; tapestry needle
28 sts and 40 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st after wet blocking.
Please see out standard abbreviations.
When more than one number is given, the 1st applies to size Small, the 2nd to Medium, and the 3rd to Large.
Colors are referred to as MC (main color) and CC (contrasting color)
The sock begins at the cuff. Stitches are cast on and distributed between 3 double pointed needles.
Needles 1&2 hold stitches for the back of leg, heel and sole. The third needle holds stitches used for the front of leg and instep. After the leg is worked, the heel is shaped with short rows; gusset stitches are picked up and the remainder of the foot and toe are worked.
Chart A – Sizes S and L
Chart B – Size M
With MC and smaller needles, CO 48 (56, 64) sts using a stretchy CO method. Divide between 3 dpns as follows: (12, 12, 24) [(14, 14, 28), (16, 16, 32)]. Join for working in the round, being careful not to twist sts. A locking stitch marker can be used to denote the beginning of the round.
Work in k2, p2 ribbing until piece measures 1”/2.5 cm.
With MC, k 1 rnd.
Switch to larger needles. Join CC, do not break MC.
Sizes S and L are worked using Chart A. Size medium is worked using Chart B.
Work Rnds 1-23 of chart A (B, A) one time, repeating 3 (4, 4) times around the leg.
Break CC. With MC, knit 8 rnds.
The heel flap is worked flat. Break MC. Join CC.
Set up Row: K across 24 (28, 32) sts. Turn work so WS is facing.
Row 1 (WS): K1, p to last st of heel flap, sl1 pwise wyif.
Row 2 (RS): K1, *sl1, K1; rep from * to last st, sl1 wyif.
Work Rows 1&2 11 (13, 15) more times.
Row 1 (WS): Sl1, p12 (14, 16), p2tog, p1, turn.
Row 2 (RS): Sl1, k3, ssk, k1, turn.
Row 3 (WS): Sl1, p to within 1 st of gap, p2tog, p1, turn.
Row 4 (RS): Sl1, k to within 1 st of gap, ssk k1, turn.
Rep Rows 3&4 until all heel sts have been worked; 14 (16, 18) sts rem.
Break CC. Join MC.
Knit across heel sts. With same needle, pick up and knit 12 (14, 16) sts along selvedge of heel flap. With 2nd dpn, work across instep sts. With 3rd dpn, pick up and knit 12 (14, 16) sts along other side of heel. Knit 7 (8, 9) heel sts onto this needle. Total sts: 62 (72, 82): 19 (22, 25) sts on needle 1, 24 (28, 32) sts on needle 2, 19 (22, 25) sts on needle 3.
Round now begins at center heel.
Rnd 1: Knit to last 3 sts on needle 1, k2tog, k1, work across instep sts on needle 2, at beginning of needle 3, k1, ssk, k to end. 2 sts decreased.
Rnd 2: K sts on needle 1, work instep sts in pattern on needle 2, k sts on needle 3.
Rep Rnds 1&2 until there are 48 (56,64) sts.
Work even in established patterns until foot measure 7.5-8″ (19-20.5 cm) from back of heel or about 2″ [5 cm] less than desired foot length.
Break MC. Join CC.
Rnd 1: On needle 1, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1; on needle 2, k1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1; on needle 3, k1,ssk, k to end. 4 sts decreased; 44 (52,60) sts rem.
Rnd 2: Knit.
Rep Rnds 1&2 until 24 (28,36) sts rem.
Rep Rnd 1 only until 12 (12,16) sts rem.
Use Kitchener stitch to graft the remaining toe sts together. Knit the second sock.
Weave in all ends. Soak the socks gently in lukewarm water for 5 to 10 minutes. Dry flat, using sock blockers if desired.
About the Designer: Pam Sluter
Pam Sluter is a knitting designer and teacher living in Rhode Island. When she isn’t knitting she enjoys hanging out with her husband, four kids, two dogs and five chickens. She is a member of the Hook and Needle Guild of Rhode Island.
You can find her on Ravelry.