Wool-Ease Basic Socks by Emily Ivey

Wool-Ease Basic Socks

October 2003
Aran (8 wpi) ?
5 stitches = 1 inch
in stockinette
US 3 - 3.25 mm
400 yards (366 m)
women's, men's
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This pattern is available for free: wooleasebasic.pdf

“This is a great first sock pattern. You’ll need additional instructions for grafting (kitchener) stitch at the end.” - econtrady

They are written for me-size and Michael-size. The only feet I had available at the time! Since I wrote it in 2003 mostly to see if I could, I am sure there are many fun typos to amuse you! I’m a little afraid to look at it (kind of like re-reading the poetry you wrote back in high school), but I am glad to see that folks browse my free patterns page every now and then!

Incidentally, one of the fun typos is the incorrect gauge in the pattern itself. The correct gauge is: 5 sts to 1 inch.

This great for a ‘choose-your-own-adventure’ on the legs. Just do a little math to make sure the selected stitch pattern comes out evenly.

In my youth, I assumed a certain level of “done this before”, so the heel turn isn’t written out all the way. I only provided three rows to give you the idea of how to turn the heel (Row 4 would be: S1, P6, P1, TURN - increase the stitches on each row until all of them are over on the working needle). In my defense, a lot of patterns were like that back in the day and I did not have pattern writing experience yet.

I wrote out the heel turn to the very last row in this pattern if you’d like to take a look:

I dug out a couple pairs for pictures - the pattern is written for plain legs, these are (obviously) fancier! But you get the idea.