Porthleven Trainer Socks

These cute gansey trainer socks are easy so easy to knit. They are worked from the top downwards to the toe. I have used a Channel Island Knotted Cast on for the cuff and you can find details of how to master it on my Tutorials page. You could also use your own preferred cast on method which will work just as well, although the socks will lack the picot beaded edge.

Materials: 100g of 5ply Guernsey wool

4 x 2.75 mm dpns or circular needles if you prefer to use the Magic Loop method

stitch marker

Tension: 7sts to 1 in/2.5cm

Finished Size: pattern gives instructions to adjust to different foot sizes.


Sl1 pw     slip the next stitch purlwise

k2tog          decrease by knitting2 sts together

ssk decrease by slipping the next 2 stitches knitwise, placing them back onto the right hand needle and knitting them together

p2tog decrease by purling 2 stitches togetherInstructions


Cuff: Cast on 62 stitches using either the Channel Island Knotted Cast on or your own preferred method.

Divide evenly across 3 needles and join taking care not to twist the stitches. Place a stitch marker at the beginning of the round.

Rnd 1:(RS) knit

Rnd 2:(WS) pur

lRep Rnd 1 and 2 twice more.

Work 3 rounds in stocking stitch ie: knit every round.

Heel Flap: 

Knit 15 sts , turn and purl 29 sts, p2tog. These are the 30 stitches you will be working on for the heel flap. Leave the remaining 31sts on a spare needle.

Working flat ie: back and forth across the knitting

R1:(RS) (sl1 pw, k1) rep to end of row

R2:(WS) sl1 pw, p to end of row

Rep these 2 rows a further 15 times.

Turning the Heel:

R1:(RS) k17, ssk, k1, turn 19 sts on RH needle/10 sts on LH needle

R2: (WS) sl1 pw, p5, p2tog, p1 turn 18 sts on RH needle/ 10 sts on LH needle

R3: sl1 pw, k to 1st before gap, ssk, k1, turn

R4: sl1pw, p to 1 st before gap, p2tog, p1, turn

Rep Rows 3 and 4 until all the stitches have been incorporated and 18 sts remain ending on WS row.

Work the Instep:

Knit across the 18 sts increasing 1 stitch in the middle of the row (19sts). Using the same needle, PUK 17 sts along the side of the first heel flap. Using a second needle, work Rnd 1 of the Porthleven pattern (below) across the 31 sts of the spare needle. Using the third needle, PUK 17 sts along the remaining side of the heel flap, knit across 9 sts of the first needle.

Rnd 1: Needle 1: knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1, Needle 2: Work the next row of the Porthleven pattern, Needle 3, k1, ssk, knit to end

Rnd 2: Needle 1: knit, Needle 2: Work the next row of the Porthleven pattern, Needle 3: knit to end

Porthleven pattern

Round 1: (P3, k3, p3, k1, p1, k9, p1, k1, p3, k3, p3). (31 sts)

Round 2: (K11, p1, k7, p1, k11).

Round 3: ((P3, k3) x 2, p1, k5, p1, (k3, p3) x 2).

Round 4: (K13, p1, k3, p1, k13).

Round 5: (P3, k3, p3, k5, p1, k1, p1, k5, p3, k3, p3).

Round 6: (K15, p1, k15).

Rep Rounds 1 and 2 and also the 6 rows of the pattern repeat until you have 16 sts on needle 1, 31 sts on needle 2 and 15 sts on needle 3 (62 sts)

Work Round 2 until foot length from back of heel measures 2in/5cm less than your own total foot length.

Work Toe:

Put the stitches of Needles 2 and 3 onto a single needle so you now have 31 sts on two needles.

Rnd 1:Needle 1: k1, k2tog, (sl1 pw, k1) rep to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1, Needle 2: k1, k2tog, (sl1 pw, k1) rep to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1

Rnd 2 and all alt rnds: purl

Rep these 2 rounds until 22 sts remain.


Graft toe by using Kitchener stitch or join with a three needle cast off. Darn in loose yarn ends and block.

(c) The Cornish Gansey Company

This pattern is for personal use only and not for resale or public distribution. Thank you.

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