Thursday, July 09, 2009

Hermione's Everyday Socks - A Free Pattern

Hermione's Everyday Socks
by Erica Lueder


Yarn: Fingering Weight - approx 350-400yds. Sample sock knit with Ruby Sapphire’s Sapphire Yarn in the Colleen Colorway.

Needles: US 1 (2.25mm) – set of 2 Circular Needles, or size needed to obtain gauge.

Gauge: 36 sts per 4 inches (10cm)

Texture Pattern

(Repeat from * to *)

Row 1: *k3, p1*

Row 2: knit

Row 3: *k1, p1, k2*

Row 4: knit

Slightly Modified Garter-Stitch Edged Eye of Partridge Heel

Row 1: k3, p to end

Row 2: p3, *k1, sl 1* to last 3 sts, k3

Row 3: k3, p to end

Row 4: p3, *sl 1, K1* to last 3 sts, k3



CO 64 sts, divide evenly over 2 circular needles (32 sts each needle). Join for knitting in the round.

Work 20 rows of ribbing: *k1, p1*


Knit 1 row. Begin the Stairway Pattern for a total of 18 pattern repeats or until you have reached your desired length ending with row 4 of pattern.

Heel Flap

The heel flap is worked using ndl 2; ndl 1 is holding the instep sts. Knit the Slightly Modified Garter-Stitch Edged Eye of Partridge Heel Pattern for a total of 8 pattern repeats (32 total rows) ending with Row 4 of the pattern. This leaves 16 edge sts for pick up after the heel is turned.

Heel Turn

With WS facing you,

Sl 1, p 16, p2tog, p1, turn

Next row: sl 1, k3, ssk, k1, turn

Next row: sl 1, p4, p2tog, p1, turn

Next row: sl 1, k5, ssk, k1, turn

Next row: sl 1, p6, p2tog, p1, turn

Next row: sl 1, k7, ssk, k1, turn

**continue in this manner until all sts are have been knit – there should be 18 heel sts left on the needle at this point.**

Pick up (pu) the heel flap sts.

Using the ndl holding the heel sts (now referred to as ndl 1): pu 16 sts along the heel flap, pu 1 extra st between the heel flap and the instep (to close the gap), pm, k across half of the instep sts (16 sts) in pattern. Switch to the other needle (now referred to as ndl 2).

Using ndl 2: continue across second half of the instep sts (16 sts) in pattern, pm, pu 1 extra st between instep and heel flap (to close gap), pu 16 heel flap sts, continue to knit across half of the heel sts (9 sts)

**at this point there should be 42 sts on each needle**


Set up row:

Ndl 1: k across the heel and heel flap sts until you reach 2 sts before the marker, ssk, sm, continue to knit across the instep sts in pattern.

Ndl 2: k across the instep sts in pattern, sm, k2tog, k to end

Now we’re ready to get going on the gusset.

Row 1: Ndl 1: k to 3 sts before marker, k2tog, k1, sm, knit instep sts in pattern

Ndl 2: k across instep sts in pattern, sm, k1, ssk, k to end

Row 2: Ndl 1: K to marker, sm, continue across instep sts in pattern

Ndl 2: k across instep sts in pattern, sm, k to end

**Repeat these 2 rows until there are 32 sts left on each needle (17 gusset rows total, not including the set-up row)**

Redistribute the sts so ndl 1 carries the instep sts and ndl 2 carries the sole sts.


Continue knitting in pattern (ndl 1: the Texture Pattern, ndl 2: St st) until you have reached your desired length ending with row 4 of the Texture Pattern.


Decrease rounds are knit as follows:

*k1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1*

Row 1: decrease (30 sts per ndl)

Row 2 & 3: knit

Row 4: decrease (28 sts per ndl)

Row 5 & 6: knit

Row 7: decrease (26 sts per ndl)

Row 8 & 9: knit

Row 10: decrease (24 sts per ndl)

Row 11: knit

Row 12: decrease (22 sts per ndl)

Row 13: knit

Row 14: decrease (20 sts per ndl)

Row 15: knit

Row 16: decrease (18 sts per ndl)

Row 17: decrease (16 sts per ndl)

Row 18: decrease (14 sts per ndl)

Row 19: decrease (12 sts per ndl)


Cut yarn leaving a 10 inch tail and weave through remaining sts using the Kitchener technique. Weave in all ends and congratulate yourself on knitting a beautiful sock. Now knit the other one if you haven’t already.


CO: cast on

k: knit

k2tog: knit 2 stitches together

ndl: needle

p: purl

p2tog: purl 2 stitches together

pm: place marker

pu: pick up

sl 1: slip one stitch as if to purl

ssk: slip, slip, knit

St st: Stockinette Stitch

sts: stitches


Hermione, as described in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Series, is a rather smart and practical heroine. While she can dress up with the best of them, these socks remind me of something she might wear while practicing charms or transfiguration or reading up on Arithromancy in the Gryffindor Common Room.


Swords and Needles said...

Lovely pattern, and will be joining my Ravelry queue, but I thought you might like to know that her name is Hermione, not Hermoine.

Erica said...

Thanks for letting me know about the typo :)

Babben said...

Hi, I have just finished up my Hermione's Everyday Socks, and just love the pattern.
We are a knitting-group at Ravelry called "sokker 2010" and got Your pattern as the September-task.
Thanks for a lovely pattern :-)

Anne R said...

I am knitting these as I type (not literally, of course) and I love them! I only hope my nephew will love them as well, they're his Christmas present :) I won't tell him they have a girls' name... Although I think he rather fancies Hermione :D

Just wanted to say thank you!

Ginger said...

So this is my first set of socks and am enjoying them thus far. However I have a few couple of questions. First is the abbreviation SM stand for stitch marker? And second, on the heel turn, do I repeat the pattern or am I increasing the knit and purl stitches? Would appreciate help. Thank you. Ginger

Anonymous said...

Working on the gauge, is it done in the texture pattern?

Erica said...

If memory serves, I think I grabbed the gauge in the StSt portion of the foot.

April said...

Just a question - I may have missed it but how many stitches wide is the heel flap supposed to be. I can't figure out how many stitches to make it. Thanks!

Holly said...

Hi, this is my first attempt at making socks, I love the pattern but am having trouble understanding the heel turn part, I have watched videos to no avail, I get stuck at the **continue in this manner...** section, do I repeat the steps before that? How do I pick up the stitches that don't get worked?

Anonymous said...

I am preparing to knit these socks, but don't know what "sm" is under the gusset portion. Please help soon, I will be stuck.

Erica said...

sm: slip marker

kelli ann & lorie said...

Cast on a 44-st version of these for a faraway niece (who has just had her 2nd birthday!) And it's zooming along, am already abt halfway done the straight foot. Looking lovely!

Unknown said...

What yarn are you using for this sock?

Anonymous said...

Hi Erica,
I've just finished the gusset of my first sock and am having trouble figuring out how to redistribute the stitches so that needle 1 carries the instep sts and ndl 2 carries the sole sts. It's easy enough to move all the instep stitches onto one needle, but if I try moving the sole stitches over, my working yarn will be in the middle of a row. Am I just supposed to start knitting in the middle of the row? I'm sorry if this is a stupid question but this is the first sock I've knit and everything has gone smoothly until now and I don't want to start messing things up! If you could reply as soon as possible, I would greatly appreciate it.

Unknown said...

Erica, what is the size for this, I couldn't see what the size was for the sock? was it listed in the pattern on Ravelry? I will check again, but I want to be sure before I start this for my Mama.

Marcy O. :) said...

Hi Erica!
I'm loving this pattern - it's my first pair of socks so this is very manageable! I have a quick question - I did the modified garter stitch pattern for the heel as per your instructions, and I find that it doesn't have the same texture as your heel does in the picture - it looks like a plain garter stitch. Would making the stitch slipping in row 2 (*k1, sl 1*) the same as row 4 (which you have as *sl 1, K1*) change that? Or is it just looking right now like a regular garter stitch because I haven't finished the sock yet? (Full disclosure, I'm currently in the gusset!) Thanks!

Les bobines sans théine said...

Thanks for this pattern ! I used your Slightly Modified Garter to knit socks for my boyfriend in toes up.

I'm pretty sure a lot of people already told you but your yarn's lovely !

Thorne's said...

What is pm,pu please. Can this be done using done and is there a special cast technique used?

Jen White said...

Hi Erica. I'm knitting these socks for a men's Size 12. Has anyone figured out how many times to knit the pattern (ndl 1: the Texture Pattern, ndl 2: St st) so that size is reached? Thanks, Jen

Cilla said...

Hi is it possible to knit these socks using d p n ' s please?

Cilla said...

Hi is it possible to knit these socks using d p n ' s please?

Jezika said...

Yes. I'm doing it as we speak. I use two dpns per circular needle. If you look on ravelry there is a girl who details exactly how do it, I'm sorry but I don't remember who.

Unknown said...

I'm doing this pattern on two circs and have completely the heel flap. I did the first set of the heel turn pattern and found myself with 18 stitches when I turned my work. Assuming I had been distracted and done something wrong, I tore it out--back to the heel flap, and did it again. The first line of the heel turn pattern says Sl 1, p16, p2tog, p1, turn. This would require 20 stitches to simply be able to complete this first row.

I think I'm confused by the **continue in this manner...** part of the pattern. Am I to skip that first row? Please help! :)

Jessica said...

There should be 32 stitches on your needle when you start the heel flap.when you turn you only work 20 stitches with WS facing. Each row you either purl or knit incrementally more stitches (knit 3, purl 4, knit 5, purl 6, knit 7, purl 8, knit 9, purl 10, knit 11, purl 12, etc. before you either knit2tog or purl2tog.) until you've worked all the 32 stitches down to 18. You will end up with a triangle shape to this part of your work. Don't repeat those 4 lines. Keep adding the number of stitches worked like I mentioned. Hope this helped.

Jessica said...

Sorry I said knit2tog, I meant ssk

Unknown said...

Oh my goodness!!! Thank you so much. I was completely stymied by my sheer lack of understanding "continue in this manner"! I thought it meant I was to repeat the pattern from the beginning. I ripped it out, back to the heel flap--three times!!!! I counted each stitch as I put it in, one-by-one, and was getting so very upset, ready to give up on this pattern entirely. I knew something had to be not-quite right with what I was seeing, because this pattern has rave reviews.

Whew. I no longer feel like a complete moron!

Unknown said...

This may be a silly question but is it possible to do this on DPNs?

Unknown said...

Someone posted the adjustments here.

Cora said...

I love this pattern - thanks to such clear instructions I have successfully knitted my first pair of socks!

I did knit it on DPNS as it's the only way I know how to do it - the pattern was easy to adjust to this method. I love the texture to it kept me interested and excited about finishing my beautiful socks

Wendy6866 said...

Managed sock one now at heel flap w recipient at my feet quite lost I've eaten a gluten free eclair have a new tea and will read the b pattern again. Hugs WAH

Betsey said...


Christine said...

Problem: if you end the leg with a row4 of the pattern, then do the heel flap starting with row 1 and ending with row 4, how is it possible to be ready to start the heel turn with WS facing? I think my heel flap is now inside out....if the loopy side is supposed to be on the inside, then you would need to do an extra row of leg before starting the heel flap.
I think I'm going to have to unravel quite a lot.

Unknown said...

My question is: If I increase the size of the sock by casting on 72 sts., then when the heel turn is reached r1 would read what sl p 20 ...? I finished sock 1 successfully a couple of years ago correctly but do not remember what I did at this step. My heel turn ended up in the wrong location this time!

Juanita said...

I would like to knit these socks toe-up. Are there instructions for doing toe-up?

Unknown said...

I really love this pattern. Thank you. I'm knitting the heel in a different color. When do I switch yarn color for the end of the heel? The first one I did I carried the yarn all around?
Thanks again.

~melly said...

so, has no one else noticed that in the picture of the sock on this page, the slipped stitches are in a straight column up the heel flap, and not in alternate spacing as in eye of partridge? if you're trying to follow the eye of partridge instructions, it won't look like the heel on this page...

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cyber_wench said...

Thanks for that. I thought I was doing something wrong.

cyber_wench said...

I am stuck in the same place Anonymous was. I need some help and redistributing the stitches. I’m working on two circulars. I don’t see an answer to her question.

Unknown said...

I’ve casted a pair with 72 stitches. Anyone know how many for the heel turn in short rows? I really appreciate it!

Joanna said...

Is there any way I can do this on a single circular needle using the magic loop method?
I've done the heel turn and tried to pick the instep needles up and tried to distribute them but I'm unsure how to get to the gusset.
I did the heel by putting the remaining stitches through some scrap yarn.
Although I'm confident in knitting in the round this is the first time I've done a 'proper' pair of socks that involve a heel turn.

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Mary Canada in Kenya said...

I am looking forward to knitting these socks!
But, I am very keen on knitting a gauge for my projects... it is not clear here what pattern you got the gauge from. What stitch should I knit, the pattern? Stockinette?
Thank you for clarifying.

RRM said...

Can I get instructions for knitting Magic Loop instead of 2 circular needles.
I am getting ready to do Heel Flap and instructions says to start on a wrong side row but my stitches are right side?

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Unknown said...

I am also confused at this point and don't see that anyone replied to either of the above comments. Can someone please explain how to go from the leg, ending on row 4 of the texture pattern, to row 1 of the heel flap?

Anonymous said...

I,m with unknown above, this is my first attempt at socks and I chose the pattern for the rave reviews but it seems to lack simple instructions like how many stitches for the flap and I too have knitted this having seen that someone else said 32 on the wrong side. I’m going to get another pattern for guidance. Lovely looking tho and I love the texture.

Anonymous said...

In response to the comments above, I am knitting this using one short circular and I also found the pattern confusing at the point where you start the heel flap. For those knitting this with one circular or DPNS - when you finish the last row of the final pattern repeat on the leg, consider those last 32 stitches you just knit as the heel flap stitches. Ignore the 32 stitches "beginning" your round after your stitch marker (or DPN #1), those will go on a stitch holder/extra needle. In most socks I knit, you keep going in a circle to start the heel flap, I think that's where people are getting tripped up. Instead you're gonna turn your work, short row style.

Your working yarn should still be on the last stitch of the last pattern row. Turn your work, so you're working from the purl side (i.e. inside the sock) and start with Row 1 of the "modified garter stitch edge partridge heel" pattern. The first three stitches are making the garter edge, but the rest will be purls on the purl sides or an alternating K1 S1 on the right side. (I got confused here and worked it from the wrong side at first which made a big mess.) You'll know you're on the track because it will resemble a denser stockinette, with a narrow garter edge on each side.

For those working with a short circular, when it's time to pick up your heel flap stitches, either switch to DPNs for a bit, or place stitch markers to mark where each "needle" would have stitches so you know where to do your decreases.

I'm not really sure what the point of the garter edge is - it seems to make the edge quite messy and difficult to see where to pick-up stitches. It might be worth experimenting with starting every row off with a slipped stitch to make a neater edge for the pick-ups later. I wish the rationale for the garter edge was explained in the pattern.

Hope this helps!

Anonymous said...

I know this was a while ago, but I believe you simply turn the work to go back on yourself (working straight on the 32sts of the heel rather than in the round) - this means you are working on what would've been your 2nd ndl

Unknown said...

I am working on the toe section and am not clear on the instructions. Most instructions on youtube show a decrease on each side of the foot. Is this sock knitted with a decrease on one side of the toe only? Is the decrease 2 stitches every 3rd round then? thank you for your help.

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Unknown said...

This is a sock pattern and is worked in the round. Why then are the instruction written for rows - which are back and forth, turned at the end of each?

Shad said...

I just added the extra stitches across the heel and it's working really well.

Anonymous said...

Reply to unknown 10/10/2019
I believe the instructions for turning rows is for the heel.

Diane M. Roth said...

I wonder if there is a version of this pattern for dpns.?

k.carson said...

Yes this! :)

Jill said...

Please give instructions as to how to redistribute the stitches after the gusset. I find the working yarn is in the middle???