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For the past few years, I have been knitting socks rather obsessively. I have been dutifully using reinforced yarn for the heels and toes, only to find that I don’t wear out my socks there. I wear out the ball of the foot and underneath the heel, past the reinforcing yarn in the “round and round” part of the foot. I tried darning and found that not only don’t I enjoy doing it, and it is often lumpy for the first dozen wearings or so. I’ve often been intrigued by Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Moccasin Socks and thought I would like to try something like that, but with a more conventional construction. This pattern is what I came up with to solve my sock problems.
In addition to not having to darn any more, there are some other benefits to knitting re-sole-able socks. The instep is knitted separately with a separate strand of yarn, so any lace or texture pattern you use for the instep will not be disturbed or need to be re-knitted. If you are hard on your socks or would like to use a more delicate yarn, you may knit the heel, toe, and sole out of a thicker, more durable yarn. You may also choose to reinforce the entire sole. Also, if you have a stash of “orphan” sock yarn, you can make a pair of ankle socks using one skein for the legs and insteps, and another skein of contrasting or coordinating yarn for the soles.
This pattern contains complete, line by line instructions for knitting the socks pictured, as well as suggestions for making other patterns re-sole-able and instructions for repairing and re-sole-ing your socks. Each step is illustrated with a photograph.

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ReSoleAble Sock Knitting Pattern - pdf file via email


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