Sole as in a Linen Stitch sole. If your anything like me, the thought of getting holes in the bottoms of your precious hand-knit socks is almost too much to bear. I've been toying around with different ideas, from double-knit souls to thick stitch patterns. I'm working on a pair of socks right now with a linen stitch sole and love it. Very simple to do and it look cool to boot!
You can do this on any of your favorite pairs of socks (as long as the sole of the sock has no shaping or stitch pattern).
On the bottom half of your stitches, sole only (top down, toe-up, both work):
Round 1: k1, *wyif sl 1, k1; repeat from * across (if you have an odd # of stitches, just knit the last stitch).
Round 2: Knit across.
Round 3: K2, *wyif sl1, k1; repeat across * to last 2 sts, end k2.
Round 4: Knit across.
Linen stitch does end up having shorter rows than regular stitch, so you will want to make up the difference with a short row every so often. So, hold up your work and if your sole looks about 2 rows shorter than the top, work a short row as follows. You'll want to do this starting with round 1 or 3 of the linen stitch.
Work in pattern across to last stitch, turn.
Backward yo onto right needle, purl across to last stitch, turn.
Backward yo onto right needle, work in pattern to previously worked yo, knit yo together with the next st.
Work in your sock's pattern across the top of the foot.
Ssk the next stitch together with the loop.
Repeat the short row directions as needed to keep the bottom of the sock level with the top.
Next I'm going to try a sort of double knit sole...