Here’s a quick and easy pattern for some very warm house-socks for your favorite guy (I say guy because they are sized for a man’s foot – US size 10 1/2 – 12). They only take a few hours to knit, so are perfect for a last minute gift!  I used Encore worsted (doubled) to ensure that they could take some abuse (or at least washing).  They’re worked from the toe up and are a quick way to try out Judy’s magic cast on (my favorite for toe-up socks) and a toe up heel flap.

I’ve also worked out a little trick to eliminate the hole at the gusset/heel flap join.  I can’t guarantee that this method is original, only that my pictures are!  If you give it a try, let me know what you think and if it worked for you.  To set up the join, leave the final gusset stitch unworked until you have begun working in the round.  This method decreases the last gusset stitch backwards, so that you are knitting in the round and can close up the final gap between gusset and heel flap.  [If this doesn’t make sense, it might help to take a look at the pattern]

One: after knitting the last gusset stitch, pick up one leg of horizontal stitch from previous row

Two: twist picked up stitch and place on left needle

Three: place previously knitted stitch on left needle

Four: pass picked up stitch and last heel flap stitch over knitted stitch

As far as the pattern goes – it hasn’t been tech edited and has only been knitted by me, so please let me know if you find any mistakes!