Monday, June 8, 2009

Men's hunting socks

Ok, so living in Maine, I have a lot of hunters/fishermen in my family. And those who do so, also have friends that do. Hunting camp, fishing camp, etc. I came up with these socks for them, and offer it to you to make for the men in your life. The picture is sized for a size 13 shoe. No, he isn't a Yeti, but pretty close to it. You may gift these socks to the people in your life, but may not sell them unless you get written permission from me. Enjoy! (sorry for the bad pic; this was before I got my new camera!)

Man's sock

Man's Hunting Sock

Materials: 2 skeins Christopher Sheep Farm 2 ply Sport Weight (350 yds. each skein) One skein may be enough depending on what size you need to make.

Set of 5 size 3 DPN (or set of 4, or circs, whichever you prefer)

Stitch markers

Gauge: 28 sts=4". Row gauge is not important.




pm=place marker



ssk=slip, slip knit

p2tog=purl 2 together

N(#)=needle number

C/O 72 sts. Distribute evenly over 4 needles; join being careful not to twist. PM for beginning of the round Work K1, P2, *K2, P2*. Repeat between * around to last st, K1. Repeat this row until sock is 7", or desired length. K1 round even.

Heel is worked over 36 sts; instep is not worked.

Row 1 (rs): Sl 1 pwise w/yarn in back, k1. Repeat across.

Row 2 (ws): Sl 1 pwise w/yarn in front, p across.

Repeat rows 1 & 2 13 times (or until heel measures approx. 3.2"), end ws row.

Turn the heel:

Row 1 (rs): Sl 1 pwise w/yarn in back, k 22, ssk, k1. Turn.

Row 2(ws): Sl 1 pwise w/yarn in front, p 11, p2tog, p1. Turn.

Row 3(rs): Sl 1 pwise w/yarn in back, k 12, ssk, k1. Turn.

Repeat rows 2 & 3, increasing the number of stitches worked by one on each side until there are 24 stitches left on the needle.

Round 1: N1-K 12 stitches, pm for new beginning of the round, k 12, p/u 16 sts along side of heel flap for gussett. N 2 & 3-k across instep sts. N4- p/u 16 along next edge, k 12. (You should now be at the beg. row marker with 92 sts. on your needles.) Work 1 round even.

Decrease Gussett:

Round 1: N1-k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. N2&3-k across. N4-k1, ssk, k to end.

Round 2: K around.

Repeat rounds 1 & 2 until you have 72 sts. Continue to work even on 72 sts. until you are 2 1/2 " from desired lenght.


Round 1: N1-k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. N2-k1, ssk, k to end. N3-k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. N4-k1, ssk, k to end.

Round 2: K

Repeat until you have 36 sts total, and then work round 1 only until you have 20 sts. Cut yarn long enough to graft toe closed, weave in ends, and work 2nd sock the same as the first.


  1. I can not even begin to tell you how thankful I am that you posted this pattern!! I am 3 inches in and I just had to stop to thank you. My husband is 6'7" and has size 13 feet. He is also determined to only wear over the calf socks. Grr enter knitter conundrum. It took me ages of searching to find this pattern and I have bookmarked it like crazy!!! Thank You Thank You from the bottom of my heart! :)

  2. Thank you so much! Please share pictures of your finished socks!

  3. Hi Caryn
    My (adult) son think he wants cotton socks. I really like the look of these and the pattern, but I wondered if you have ever done them in cotton, and if so what kind of cotton yarn you would use.

    1. Cotton will stretch out a lot; I'd use Berroco comfort or cascade fixation (this has elastic in it). I'd really try to find something he likes with wool in it instead of cotton.

  4. I am having a problem turning the heel. Are the directions correct?

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