Dads, and guys in general, seem to be the hardest to find gifts for, and likewise there's not a lot of great, masculine sock patterns that aren’t super boring to knit. I designed these socks when I came up against the problem of finding a pleasing yet not-too-busy pattern for my father's yuletide socks. He likes cars and likes to put his feet up, so I created a racing-stripe-like fading rib pattern that continues up the front of the sock only. It combines a toe made with Judy's Magic Cast-On and a simple Fleegle heel that doesn't require any picking up of stitches or grafting, making it a quick, easy, and satisfying knit.
Dad Joke Socks
If you wish to knit these socks with a magic loop instead of DPN’s, simply treat needles 1 and 2 as the front needle and needles 3 and 4 as the back needle.
400 yards (about 100g) of fingering weight sock yarn
US Size 1.5 DPN’s, or size needed to obtain gauge
7 stitches per inch in stockinette
Measure foot circumference around the arch:
Small 7” (Medium 8”, Large 9”)
K - Knit
P - Purl
Kfb - Knit front and back
SSK - Slip, slip, knit
P2tog - Purl 2 together
Slip - Slip stitch purlwise
Stockinette - Knit all stitches around
Cast-On: Using Judy’s Magic Cast-On (http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring06/FEATmagiccaston.html), cast on 32 stitches (16 stitches per needle). Knit the first round as shown in the tutorial to untwist the twisted stitches on the back needle. Knit one more round.
Round 1: *K1, kfb, knit until 2 stitches remain on front needle, kfb, K1; repeat from * on back needle. Round 2: Knit all stitches.
Repeat these two rounds until the total number of stitches on both needles equals 52 (56, 64) stitches. (26 (28, 32) on each needle.)
Place marker for beginning of round. Knit half the stitches on the first needle onto one DPN, then add another for the second half of the stitches. Repeat with the second needle. You’ll now have 4 needles holding all your stitches, and one free needle.
Start the fading rib racing stripe chart: The chart below illustrates the rib patterns for each size. Rounds 1-9 are for size Large, 11-19 is Medium, and 21-30 is small. The chart is worked across needles 1 and 2 only, with stockinette worked across needles 3 and 4, throughout the entire sock.
Work the foot in the round, following established chart pattern on needles 1 and 2 and knitting all stitches on needles 3 and 4, until from tip of toe the sock measures 2.5 inches short of entire foot measurement (measure your sole from center back of heel to tip of big toe).
Round 1: On needles 1 and 2, continue to work in established chart pattern.
On needle 3, K1, kfb, knit to end.
On needle 4, knit until 2 stitches remain, kfb, K1.
Round 2: On needles 1 and 2, continue to work in established chart pattern.
On needles 3 and 4, knit all stitches.
Repeat rounds 1 and 2 until there are 44 (48, 56) stitches collectively on needles 3 and 4 (22 (24, 28) per needle).
The heel is worked flat across needles 3 and 4 only.
Row 1 (RS): K 25 (27, 31), SSK, K1, turn.
Row 2 (WS): Slip 1, P7, P2tog, P1, turn.
Row 3: Slip 1, K8, SSK, K1, turn.
Row 4: Slip 1, P9, P2tog, P1, turn.
Row 5: Slip 1, K10, SSK, K1, turn.
Row 6: Slip 1, P11, P2tog, P1, turn.
Continue working in this manner, knitting or purling the stitch before the turning gap together with the stitch on the other side of the gap, until all the stitches are worked and you again have 26 (28, 32) stitches collectively between needles 3 and 4 (13 (14, 16) per needle).
Leg & Cuff:
Resume working in the round, following established chart pattern on needles 1 and 2 and knitting all stitches on needles 3 and 4. Work the leg until it measures 6 inches.
Knit an inch of K1, P1 ribbing, and bind off either very loosely in pattern or using a stretchy bind off of your choice.