The heel-less sock pattern has arrived!!
I have been in love with the idea of knitting socks without a heel ever since I saw a pattern of this type in Knitting Vintage Socks. I tried that pattern, but the resulting sock was very narrow and tight (a pitfall of vintage patterns) and the stitch pattern was hard to keep track of when simply sneaking in a row here and there when I had a few spare minutes. Still, the idea was great - a sock knit with a foot-hugging stitch so that a new heel is formed whenever you put it on and just some easy shaping at the toe.
I have made this pattern to fit an average woman's foot and calf (my foot and calf in particular). If you know that you usually need a larger sock or that you need more room around the calf to feel comfortable it is really easy to modify - simply add extra stitches when you cast on and then work a few extra decreases at the toe.
To make these socks you will need a 100 gram skein of sock yarn and a set of 4 double pointed needles in size US2/2.75mm. You'll also need a stitch marker, tape measure, scissors, and a yarn needle.
The sock is worked in 2x2 ribbing, which means that you knit 2 stitches, then purl 2 stitches, repeating that pattern to the end of the round.
Cast on 60 stitches using your double pointed needles. Divide the stitches evenly onto 3 needles (20 stitches on each needle). Join for working in the round, being careful not to twist the stitches, and place a stitch marker at the beginning of the round.
Work in 2x2 ribbing for 14.5 inches (37 cm).
Decrease for the toe:
Round 1: *knit 10, k2tog; repeat from * to the end of the round (55 stitches remain).
Rounds 2-5: knit
Round 6: *knit 9, k2tog; repeat from * to the end of the round (50 stitches remain).
Rounds 7-10: knit
Round 11: *knit 8, k2tog; repeat from * to the end of the round (45 stitches remain).
Rounds 12-15: knit
Round 16: *knit 7, k2tog; repeat from * to the end of the round (40 stitches remain).
Rounds 17-19: knit
Round 20: *knit 6, k2tog; repeat from * to the end of the round (35 stitches remain).
Rounds 21-23: knit
Round 24: *knit 5, k2tog; repeat from * to the end of the round (30 stitches remain).
Round 25: knit
Round 26: *knit 4, k2tog; repeat from * to the end of the round (25 stitches remain).
Round 27: *knit 3, k2tog; repeat from * to the end of the round (20 stitches remain).
Round 28: *knit 2, k2tog; repeat from * to the end of the round (15 stitches remain).
Round 29: k2tog across all stitches.
Cut the yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread the tail through your yarn needle and draw it through all remaining stitches. Pull tight and knot off to close the toe.
Weave in your loose ends.
Repeat for second sock!