Holiday & House Socks Free Knitting Pattern

Holiday & House Socks

If you are here for House MD Socks – I’ve included the House chart at the end of the Holiday Sock pattern, follow the Holiday Sock directions, and just substitute the House chart for the candy cane chart.

Our guild is having a one-sock exchange as part of our holiday calibrations. The theory is that it is easy to knit just one sock; it’s the second sock that takes the most effort. So an ingenious person came up with the idea that we each knit one sock, package it up in a bag with the instructions and yarn for the second sock then exchange it with someone else’s. It sounded like a fun challenge, all I had to do next was to find a sock pattern that wasn’t too difficult, but not too easy either. Problem was I couldn’t find anything that was just right.

It was Friday night and I was flipping through stitch dictionaries (Isn’t that want everyone does on a Friday night?), and I saw this stitch pattern in the Reader’s Digest, The Ultimate Sourcebook of Knitting and Crochet Stitches. It was called Fish Hooks, and I thought to myself, “Bird (because that is what I call myself), those look just like upside down candy canes, I wonder what they would look like in socks.”

So it began, I took the line by line instructions and turned them into a nice, easy to follow chart, adjusted it a little bit to be good for socks and to make them look more like candy canes and less like upside down hooks. I found some yarn at my LYS, brought it home, and cast on.

The first sock I made was too wide, so I frogged it and began again. The second time make a very narrow sock – now I like tight socks, but not everyone does. I think most people would like the larger size as it is slightly loose on a woman’s medium foot. For an in-between size, take the larger directions and go down one needle size, or take the smaller directions and go up one needle size. These are your socks so don’t be afraid to play around with them a little bit.

While watching “A Bit of Fry & Laurie” one night, I saw Steven Fry knitting (or a very close approximation of it) and I thought to myself, “Bird, why not make these House MD socks?” It seemed to me a good idea, so I’ve included a chart for a longer more cane like motif for all those House MD fans out there. Just substitute the House chart for the Candy Cane chart and follow the directions as you like.

As always, if you have any questions, comments, &c. just leave a comment here or contact me on Ravelry and I’ll do my best to help you out. I love hearing feed back, so feel free to let me know how it goes. Also, feel free to use this pattern for YOUR OWN PERSONAL USE ONLY. You can knit one for yourself, knit one for a gift for a friend, heck, knit one to give to all your friends if you like (best knit two for each friend though, it’s a safe assumption that the majority of people have two feet, but you need to judge that on a friend by friend basis). Please do not sell this pattern or socks made for it – it’s wrong, it’s disrespectful, and it’s also illegal is some parts. Please knit respectfully.

Holiday & House Socks:

2 skeins Sisu Superwash 80% wool, 20% nylon
2.5 mm needles (see above for using different needle sizes to obtain a sock in the middle size range)
blunt needle for weaving in the ends.

See above for sizes – I’ve written the pattern in two sizes (narrow sock, wider sock) and you can achieve a middle range by changing the needle size

Cast on (48, 56) stitches.
Knit 1x1 rib for 12 rounds (as in the 12 days of Christmas)
Knit stst for 6 rounds.
Begin chart.
Knit in stst until sock measures approximately 15cm (6”) from cast on.

The heel is worked on ½ of the total number of stitches. Put half the stitches on a stitch holder or the like, we will start working with them again once the heel is turned.
s1 (slip one stitch knitwise), k1 – repeat these two sts to end, turn.
s1 purl back.
repeat these two rows 15 times (more or less depending on your foot)
s1, knit to center + 5sts (17, 19 sts), ssk, turn
s1 p10, p2tog, turn
s1 k10, ssk, turn
repeat these last two rows until all heal sts are worked.

We go back to knitting in the round now. If you are not there already, knit to end of heal stitches. Pick up and knit 15 sts along the side of the heel flap. Place marker, knit sts for top of food (those are the ones you put on a stitch holder earlier), place marker. Pick up and knit 15 sts along the other side of the heel flap. K6 sts.
You should now be at the bottom center of the foot. This is where the round begins for the rest of the sock.
Knit the first round, where you picked up the sts, knit into the back loop.
Next round, knit until two sts before first marker, k2tog. Knit until past second marker, ssk. knit rest of round.
K one round
Repeat these two rounds until you have the original total number of sts left (45,56).
Knit stst until 2.5cm (1”) prior to desired length.

I did a spiral toe to keep with the candy cane motif. Feel free to use a different kind of toe if you like.
Arrange so that the stitches are distributed evenly over three needles (or close to it in the case of the larger size sock) and the beginning of the round and gap between two needles is at the bottom center of the foot.
On the first needle knit until two sts before end of needle, k2tog. Repeat this for each needle and keep going likewise until 6 (ish) sts remain. Break yarn and thread through the remaining sts.

Weave in ends, make another one, put on Christmas movie (or an episode of House, or even better a Christmas episode of House) and enjoy.

For both charts, do you see there is one vertical line that is darker than the rest? Further up the chart where it zigs in, this is to guide you for the first cane of each round only. For example when you come to line 13, you have just finished one round of stst. Instead of k2tog on what would normally be the first stitch of round 13, knit it simple stst, then at the line begin in pattern and continue as if nothing unusual had occurred until the end of the round. At the end of the round you will see that you have one too few sts to complete the pattern. Use the stitch that you knit in stst at the beginning of the round to complete the pattern. Confused yet? It makes a lot more sense while you are actually knitting it.

If you get too muddled up, drop me a line. If you think of a better way of explaining it, I would love to hear it.

Holiday Candy Cane Chart:

House MD Chart: