I love a good sock pattern. Especially when it’s easy and effective. These socks have no heel, the clever use of vertical and horizontal ribs allow the socks to hug the foot, heel and leg superbly.
I found this pattern on Ravelry. It’s more a recipe than pattern. A traditionally oral pattern now written. The pattern has no numbers and references a German size chart.
I’ve calculated numbers for an 8ply version, knitted in Patons Sierra yarn. I’m sure these will get a lot of use in a Clare winter! The numbers I used 52 sts allows for the sock not to be over stretched but still hug a wide variety of adult feet.
My version is knit from the toe up, featuring a spiral toe.
Toe up banana socks 8ply
Yarn: 8ply 150gms
Needles: 3.5mm needles 80cm needles to knit in the round using magic loop method.
- K – knit
- P – Purl
- Kfb – knit front and back
- St/s – stitch/es
Cast on 8sts using Judy’s magic cast on
Rnd 1 and odd rnds knit
Rnd 2 ( k1, kfb) (12 sts)
Rnd 4 ( k2, kfb) (16 sts)
Rnd 6 (3, kfb) (20 sts)
Continue increasing in the same manner until there are 52 sts
Rnd 1 – 4 (k2,p2) 6 times k2, p26
Rnd 5 – 8 (k2,p2) 6 times, k28
Repeat rnds 1-8 until socks measures ……
Rnd 1 -10 (k1,p1)
Cast off / Bind Off
The Icelandic bind off can be a good choice for socks, particularly if you want a strong and durable edge that won’t stretch out over time. To make Icelandic cast off /bind off more stretchy cast off with a larger needle.