Rose Opal Knits Recipe for DK Weight Socks for Magic Loop

This is a cuff down sock and comes in adult sizes small, medium, and large.

  • Yarn: DK weight or fingering weight held double
  • Needles: US 2.5/3mm or US 3/3.25mm or needle to get gauge
  • Gauge: 6 -7 sts per inch


  • k – knit
  • p – purl
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • rnd(s) – round(s)
  • sl1 – slip 1 st purlwise with the yarn held in back
  • sl1wyif – slip 1st purlwise with yarn held in front
  • k2tog – k 2 sts together
  • p2tog – p 2 sts together
  • ssk – slip, slip, knit: slip 1 st knitwise, slip another st knitwise, insert left needle into the front of the 2 slipped sts, knit them together

DK Weight Sock Recipe

Cast on 40(48,56)sts using long tail cast on or preferred method. Separate sts evenly between the two needles. Number of sts on needles: 20(24,28).

Ribbing Knit preferred ribbing for 12 to 18 rnds. 

  • 1×1 rib – *(k1, p1), repeat from * to end of rnd. 
  • 2×2 rib- *(k2, p2), repeat to end of rnd.

Leg of Sock Knit stockinette st to desired length.

Heel Flap Set-UP Knit across the sts on the front needle. Heel flap is knitted flat across the sts on the back needle. 

Heel Flap Pattern

  • row 1 (rs): (sl1, k1) across row. 
  • row 2 (ws): sl1wyif, p sts to end of row.

Repeat these 2 rows a total of 9(11,13) times. Knit row 1 one more time.

Heel Turn

  • row 1 (ws): sl1wyif, p11(13, 15), p2tog, p1, turn.
  • row 2 (rs): sl1, k5, k2tog, k1, turn. 
  • row 3: sl1wyif, p to one st before gap, p2tog across gap, p1, turn.
  • row 4: sl1, k to one st before gap, k2tog across gap, k1, turn.

Repeat rows 3 and 4 until there are 14(16, 18) sts left on the needle. Knit the next two rows.

  • next row (ws): sl1wyif, p to last 2 sts, p2tog. 
  • last row (rs): sl1, k to last 2 sts, k2tog.

Now there are 12(14, 16) sts on the back needle.

Gusset Set-Up and Decrease Section

First, pick up 10(12, 14) sts along the slipped st edge (these sts should remain on the back needle). Next, knit across the front needle sts. Finally, pick up 10(12, 14) sts along the last slipped st edge. These sts will need to be on the back needle to complete the gusset decreases as written below, so adjust your needle and cable to accommodate them. Knit across the rest of the back needle sts, including the first set of sts that you picked up first.

Proper orientation of sts on the needles should be as follows: original 20(24, 28) sts on the front needle, and the 20(24, 28) sts  that were picked up along the slipped st sides plus the 12(14, 16) sts that were left after completing the heel turn for a total of 32(38, 44) sts on the back needle. 

Knit a Decrease Round as follows: 

  • Front needle – knit. 
  • Back needle – k1, ssk, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.

Alternate between knit rnds and decrease rnds until you have 20(24, 28) sts on both the front and back needles.   

Visit our channel to view the Gusset Set-Up and Decrease Section Demonstration video.                                       

Foot of Sock and Toe 

Knit stockinette stitch until you are 1.5 to 2 inches away from the tip of your longest toe. Start your toe decreases in your preferred way (star toe, round toe, barn toe). Cinch or graft the remaining sts together. Weave in the ends. 

Tips for the Perfect Fit offers a couple of suggestions for knitting a perfectly fitting toe.

This recipe is for personal use only. Do not distribute Rose Opal Knits’ Recipe for DK Weight Socks for free or for profit.

Here is a downloadable PDF of the DK Weight Sock Recipe for Magic Loop. Happy Knitting!

We would love to see the socks that you knit from our recipe. Please tag us on Instagram.

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