Hey Sock Knitters! It’s been awhile. I just created these Fitted Slipper Socks with my favorite new sock technique and had to share. It’s a different way to decrease the stitches after the heel flap of a top down sock – creating the gusset on the bottom of the foot. Christi H. Payne, (turtlegirl76 on Ravelry), created the Basic Sock with a Double Gusset Heel pattern and shares it free on Ravelry, along with a tutorial on her blog.
What’s so wonderful about it is it shapes your sock in exactly the right place – in the arch of the foot, making a comfy little cup that hugs your heel and fits like a second skin with no back of the heel slippage.
For my Fitted Slipper Socks, I followed her basic sock pattern, using size US 3 needles and some lovely sport weight handspun I’ve been wanting to work with. You’ll want to check the pattern to determine the appropriate needle size for your project, based on your gauge. I started off with only 8 rows of a 2 x 2 rib before starting the heel flap and decreased the toe down to 8 stitches front and back before grafting it closed. I do believe these are going to become my go-to slippers this winter.
These are a quick and satisfying project. I may even have mercy on my cold country dwelling offspring and knit another dozen pairs to tuck in their holiday boxes!