Port and Starboard Socks


My very first sock pattern design: MATERIALS

Two balls of Limbo Color 2539 (kolibri) or anything that knits up to DK weight
1 set 3mm DPNS (or size needed to get gauge)

These socks are knit top down with a heel flap and fit my size 8 (UK size) feet snuggly.

Cast on 48 sts

Knit 15 rounds in 3×3 rib

Start patterns:

Rnd 1 (and all odd rounds): knit

Rnd 2: *k3, salve p3 repeat from * to end

Rnd 4: p1 *k3, p3 repeat from * to last 2 st, p2

Rnd 6: p2 *k3, p3 repeat from * to last 1 st, p1

Rnd 8: *p3 k3 repeat from * to end

Rnd 10: k1 *p3 k3 repeat from * to last 2 st, k2

Rnd 12: k2 *p3 k3 repeat from * to last 1 st, k1

This 12 round repeat makes the pattern. Pattern for 51 rnds (your last rnd is a knit round)

Knit heel flap

Work over 24 stitches

Row 1 (and all odd rows) *slip 1, knit 1 repeat from * to end

Row 2 (and all even rows) slip 1, purl to end

Work 24 rows in pattern

Knit one row

Turn heel

Slip 1, purl 13, p2tog, p1, turn

sl1, knit 5, ssk, k1, turn

sl1, p6, p2tog, p1, turn

continue in this way until all heel flap stitches have been included. your last row is a right side row (ie knit rather than purl)

rejoin heel

pick up and knit 12 sts down side of heel flap, place marker.

work 24 st in pattern, place marker (if not already done so – this is the end of the round so I usually have a marker in anyway).

pick up 12 sts up other side of heel flap, knit remainder of round.

Heel decreases

Working pattern across top of foot, decrease as follows

Rnd 1: k1, ssk, k to 3 sts before marker, k2tog, k1, work rest of round in pattern

Rnd 2: knit

decrease until 48 sts remain.

Work foot

Work 36 rounds, patterning top of foot (you should end with a pattern row)


Round 1 (and alternative rounds): k1, ssk, knit to 3 st before marker, k2tog, k1 (marker) k1, ssk, knit to 3 sts before round marker, k2tog, k1

Round 2, knit

Decrease to 24 sts then Kitchener stitch the toe closed.

Wear with pride! And drop me a comment if you make them!

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  • Karla 18/07/2006 at 9:49 am

    Carie, thank you for commenting on my blog. Your perspective and creative story-telling had me chuckling! Come see my latest post dated July 17th!

  • Maggii 03/08/2006 at 2:56 pm

    Hey…just wanted to let you know I made some socks with your pattern and they turned out really cute..I’ll post pics on my blog soon and give you credit in my post! I’m alredy making a second pair with this pattern as well…

  • Zarzuela 13/08/2006 at 9:33 pm

    Great pattern! Thanks for putting it up for others to use. 🙂


  • Kate 15/11/2007 at 1:48 am

    Those were awesome, and this are on my to do list.Thank you very much for sharing.