Our mothers (and their mothers) knew this sock by heart, with its vertical heel flap, turned heel, picked up gussets and grafted toe. For many of us, it’s the first sock we learned and our point of departure into the ever-widening world of socks. While we love some of the new approaches, we return again and again to this straightforward, comfy basic. Once you understand its simple structure, improvise to your heart’s content.
1 skein Cascade Heritage Handpaint (437 yds/400m). Or approx. 350 yds/320m of an equivalent fingering-weight yarn such as the amazingly long-wearing and lovely Regia 4-Ply.
Set of 4 double-point needles, US 1 (2.25mm) or 1 1⁄2 (2.5mm).
2 skeins Rowan Felted Tweed (191 yds/175m each); Or 2 skeins Louet Gems #2 Fine/Sport Weight (225 yds/205m each); Or approx. 275 yds/251m of an equivalent dk- or sport-weight yarn.
Set of 4 double-point needles, US 3(3.25mm).