My family knows I knit a lot. My grandma requested some bed socks, and couldn’t find a pattern I liked, so I made my own. I’ve added the pattern to Crafterways, in case you want to knit any! It’s also apparently wool week, so it seemed to fit in quite well, especially as I made the socks with 100% British Wool.
- Approx. 100g / 190yards / 174m of aran yarn (these are for ~size UK Women’s 5). I used Erika Knight Vintage Wool which is 100% British wool, soft, squishy and warm. Any aran should work though. I used two colours but you can use one.
- 5.0mm / US 8 needles. I used magic loop for these so that’s what the instructions reference, but pick your favourite method
- Needle to sew in ends
Guage: 26 rows and 20 stitches ~ 4 inches
Using Judy’s Magic Cast-On, cast on 12 stitches (6 on each needle)
Knit 1 row
Next row: *Kfb, k4, Kfb*. Repeat from * for second needle
Next row: K
Repeat until 16 stitches on each needle / 32 stitches over all
Knit 5 rounds or until desired toe length.
Next row: Swap to colour B. *K1, k2tog, yo, k1, ssk, k1*. Repeat from * across needle 1. K across needle 2
Next row: K.
Next row: *K2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk*. Repeat from * across needle 1. K across needle 2.
Next row: K.
Repeat last 4 rows until approx. 2inches/5cm less than desired foot length.
Work in pattern across needle 1.
Change to colour A and work short row heel (guide here) on needle 2 as follows:
Row 1: K to last stitch, w&t.
Row 2: P to last stitch, w&t.
Row 3: K to last wrapped stitch, w&t.
Row 4: P to last wrapped stitch, w&t.
Repeat rows 3 and 4 until 4 unwrapped stitches remain.
Row 1: K to first wrapped stitch. Pick up wrap and knit. w&t next stitch.
Row 2: P to first wrapped stitch. Pick up wrap and purl. w&t next stitch.
Row 3: K to first double wrapped stitch. Pick up wraps and knit. w&t next stitch.
Row 4: K to first double wrapped stitch. Pick up wraps and purl. w&t next stitch.
Repeat rows 3 and 4 until all wrapped stitches worked.
Knit across heel.
In colour A resume pattern this time across both needles.
When 2 inches / 5cm from desired cuff length, change to colour B.
Work in 2×2 rib for 12 rounds.
Bind off using Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-off.
Sew in ends and you’re done! One pair of knitted bed socks that take a surprisingly short amount of time to make.