Knitting Socks Top Down

Knitting Socks Top Down

Size: 8 men

Material: Fingering, Super Fine/ Lion Brand, 2.75mm dpn


CO: 56

Divide DPNS: 28, 14, 14 st each

R1-15: K1P1 ribbing



Heel Flap

On the 28sts DPN, work back and forth

Row 1 (RS): Sl1, K to end.
Row 2 (WS): *Sl1, p1* rep to end,

Repeat these 2 rows until finishing 28 rows, ending on WS. 


You will now begin to work in the round again.

K28 (heel DPN)

Pick up 14 sts along heel (downwards) For the first st, pick up one column to the right to prevent holes then the rest “V”s are the first V columns. After 14 sts, pick up 2 extra sts making it 16. This will be the 2 horizontal sts between current DPN and next DPN. This will prevent the next hole. 

K28 (14 sts x 2 DPNS)

Pick up 2 extra stitches before going up the gusset then 14 sts along the gusset


k2tog at beginning and end of instep to remove the 2 extra sts. K along instep.

Continue to k. Do the same k2tog when you get to the next instep. 

When you get back to the heel again, that is the beginning of your row.

Redistribute your DPNS. 1: half heel, left gusset, 3 half heel, right gusset, 2 the rest. A new row will start mid of heel 

Round 1: K all around

Round 2

First needle: k until 3 sts from end of needle, k2tog, k1
Second needle: k across
Third needle: k 1, ssk, k to end of needle

Rep rnds 1-2 until you have 28sts on heel DPN. This will decrease all the insteps and leave you with 56 sts total around entire sock


Knit 28 rows


DPN 1 has half of left heel, DPN 2 has upper foot, DPN 3 has right heel

Row 1

DPN1: K until last 3 sts, k2tog, k1

DPN2: Ssk, k1 // K until las 3 sts, k2tog, k1

DPN 3: SSk, k1, K the rest

Row 2

K all around

Repeat Rows 1-2 until you have a total of 28sts

Then repeat round 1 until you have a total of 12 sts

K to the end of Needle 1. Cut yarn and graft toe.

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