It may seem unseasonal to feature thick woolley socks in May but it's been the wettest April for many decades apparently, so it seemed appropriate.
This is a useful pattern for a couple of reasons. One is that it's knitted in Aran weight yarn - though you need several balls so not exactly good for using up scraps; the other is that they are perfect socks for Wellingtons (see the photo - try not to be frightened by the model's excessive yet manly body hair!).
They should be hard wearing as they are knitted to a firm tension, and I have knitted a couple of highly successful pairs in the past (now given away as gifts, so not illustrated).
Cast on 60 sts, 20 on each of three needles.
Next round: *
p3, k1, p1; repeat from * to end of
1st round: Pattern 10, p2tog; pattern
8, p2tog; pattern to end of round. [58 sts]
Next round: Pattern 5, p2tog; pattern
16, p2tog; pattern to end of round. [56 sts]
Slip the first 28 stitches on the first needle for the heel, and continue to work with these for the heel.
Divide remaining stitches on two needles and leave for instep.
1st row: k27, turn.
Continue thus, working one stitch less on every row until the row p10, turn has been worked.
Next row: k10; pick up the loop which
lies immediately below the next stitch and knit it together with the next
Continue thus working one stitch more on every row until all the stitches are worked onto one needle again. [28 sts]
Next row: k14, thus completing heel.
Slip the instep stitches back onto one needle again, so you have the
stitches distributed over the 3 needles 14/28/14, and you are ready to
start he next round.
1st round (1st needle): knit to
the last 3 sts; k2tog, k1.
Graft or cast off the stitches from two needles together.
7 x 50g balls Aran weight yarn.
One set of four No 9 (3¾mm) needles, pointed at both ends.
21sts x 29 rows to 4ins over stocking stitches.
Length of foot: 11 inches (adjustable).
k2tog: work 2 sts together to decrease.
k2tog tbl: knit 2 together through back loops (also known as "ssk"; or slip1, knit1, pass the slipped stitch over).