My next endeavor is to photograph and write down how I make socks. I have been asked so many times "how do you knit socks". It does take a little time, more time that I usually have to show someone in one sitting. So my thinking is, if I have it all documented somewhere I can help people when we are together but I can give them my blog resource to look at when they are home. Just writing down directions doesn't always help. Sorry if the following pattern doesn't make sense. Maybe after I document how I make socks, the changes for a men's sock will make more sense.
Anyway here are the changes I have made to my women's sock pattern to create a men's sock.
I use a size 000 double pointed needles, and a fingering weight yarn.
-cast on 68 stitches
-2-3 inches of k2-p2 ribbing in the round.
-then continue with straight K stitch in the round for a total of 4 inches.
-Start decreasing 1 stitch next round, then knit 4 rounds (4 times) so a total of 4 stitches decreased with 64 stitches remaining.
-Continue knitting until sock measures 9 inches.
-knit 15 stitches from your first needle onto your 4th (empty needle) then slip 15 stitches of your 3rd needle onto your 4th needle. So you have a total of 30 stitches on your 4th needle.
-slip the rest (34) of your stitches onto a needle holder, or piece of yarn.
-work heel for 2 1/2 inches
-work heel cup
-Pick up 19 stitches on each side of the heel cup
-Divide stitches on your heel cup and put those with the two sides (gusset) so you are back working on three needles, in the round.
-Knit to last 3 stitches of needle 1, knit 2 together knit 1; knit second needle; knit 1 on 3rd needle, SSK (decrease 1) then knit the rest of the stitches on third needle (do this step twice)
-then start alternating one knit row and one decrease row (as above) and work until you have 19 stitches on needle 1, 34 stitches on needle 2 and 19 stitches on needle 3. (end of gusset)
-work in the round until foot is 2 inches shorter than your foot, even stitches out for toe so you have 18 stitches on needle 1, 36 stitches on needle 2 and 18 stitches on needle 3.
-Start toe decrease and decrease 4 stitches every other row until you have 5 stitches on needle 1, 10 stitches on needle 2, and 5 stitches on needle 3.
-knit needle 1 stitches onto needle 3 and bind off toe.