Number Nine. Number Nine. Number Nine…The series of 60 stitch socks continues. Today’s offering is the ninth sock pattern in My Year of Being 60. This sock has a stitch pattern with a repeat of 6 stitches. Ten repeats of a 6-stitch pattern equals 60 stitches total. I’ve used a pattern from Barbara G. Walker’s A Treasury of Knitting Patterns, “Dewdrop Pattern”. I made one minor modification; I used a different double decrease than the one in her pattern. This sweet little eyelet pattern creates holes that seem to be a perfect match for the “dotted” yarn that I used.
I kept the cuff and heel quite simple. The cuff on this sock is long, so that it can be folded over to wear the socks as anklets.
The yarn was one that I’d wanted to knit with for quite some time. I love the colors and it was delightfully smooth and soft slipping through my fingers and onto the needles: “TY-DY Socks Dots” by Knit One Crochet Too. This yarn is 80% superwash wool and 20% nylon, with approximately 436 yards per skein. The color was #6555, “celery.” The label suggests “machine wash, cold water, dry flat." I only needed 1 skein for a pair of socks. I got my gauge (7 ½ sts per inch) using US size 1 (2.25 mm) needles in the dewdrop pattern, slightly stretched.
Cuff:Loosely CO 60 sts. I used a long tail cast on, with US size 3 (3.25 mm), then changed to US size 1 (2.25mm) for the sock. I used a set of 4 double pointed needles and distributed the stitches so that there were 18 sts on Needle 1, 18 sts on Needle 2, and 24 sts on Needle 3.
Round 1: *k1, p1; rep from * around.
Repeat Round 1 until cuff measures 3 ¼ inches.
Here is the modified dewdrop pattern in written instructions:
Rounds 1, 2, 3: *k3, p3; rep from * around.Round 4: *yo, cdd, yo, k3; rep from * around.
Rounds 5, 6, 7: *p3, k3; rep from * around.
Round 8: *k3, yo, cdd, yo; rep from * around.
cdd = center double decrease; sl2 sts tog knitwise, k1, pass the 2 slipped stitches over the k1.
Here is the pattern charted:
Repeat these 8 rounds until sock measures ~6 ¼ inches, end having finished a Round 8.
Heel Flap:Knit 18 stitches on Needle 1. Place the next 30 sts onto 2 needles. Slip the last 12 stitches onto Needle 1. The heel flap is worked flat on the 30 sts on Needle 1. The 30 sts on the other two needles constitute the instep.
Row 1 (WS): sl1, purl across.Row 2: *sl1, k1; rep from * to end.
Repeat Rows 1 & 2 until heel flap is approximately 2 inches long, end having finished a Row 1.
Heel Turn:The turned heel is made up of “short rows” with decreases. This process shapes the heel. As a result, for each row you will work a different number of stitches, and you will end up with fewer total stitches than you started with.
Row 1 (RS): sl1, k16, ssk, k1, turn work.Row 2: sl1, p5, p2tog, p1, turn work.
Row 3: sl1, k to 1 st before “gap”, ssk, K1, turn work.
Row 4: sl1, p to 1 st before “gap”, p2tog, P1, turn work.
Repeat Rows 3 and 4 until 18 sts remain, having finished a row 4.
Next row: sl1, knit across.
Gusset:Pick up and knit 18 sts along the right side of the heel flap. To do this, insert right needle under the first edge stitch (under both strands of the stitch), wrap the working yarn around the needle, and pull a stitch through (one stitch has now been picked up and knitted). Repeat this process until 18 stitches have been picked up.
Slip the following 30 sts onto one needle. These stitches constitute the instep of the sock. Work these 30 sts following Round 1 of the dewdrop pattern (see above).
Pick up and knit 18 sts along the left side of the heel flap.
Onto this same needle, knit the next 9 stitches (from the remaining heel stitches). Slip the remaining 9 heel stitches onto Needle 1 (with the right side gusset).
You now have 27 sts on Needle 1, 30 sts on Needle 2, and 27 sts on Needle 3. The middle of the heel falls between Needle 3 and Needle 1. Consider this point to be the beginning of the round.
Round 1: On Needle 1, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. On Needle 2, work Round 2 of dewdrop pattern. On Needle 3, k1, ssk, k to end.
Round 2: On Needle 1, knit. On Needle 2, continue working instep pattern as established. On Needle 3, knit.
Rep Rounds 1 & 2 until there are 15 sts on Needle 1 and 15 sts on Needle 3 (60 sts total).
Foot:After completing all the gusset decreases, continue working even, and continue repeating the instep pattern for as long as you want, end having finished either a Round 4 or a Round 8. I worked 8 1/2 repeats of the pattern. Then I continued in st st. Begin the toe when foot of sock measures 2 ½ inches short of foot length.
Toe:The toe is 30 Rounds total.
This toe is shaped so that it gradually narrows. To achieve this effect, you will work a “Decrease Round” more frequently as the toe progresses.
Perform a Decrease Round on Rounds 1, 6, 10, 14, 17, 20, 23, 25, 27, 29, and 30. On all other rounds, work even.
Decrease Round: On Needle 1, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. On Needle 2, k1, ssk, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. On Needle 3, k1, ssk, k to end.
After all decreases, there will be 16 sts rem: 4 sts on Needle 1, 8 sts on Needle 2, and 4 sts on Needle 3. Now, knit the next 4 sts onto Needle 3, leaving 8 sts on Needle 2 and 8 sts on Needle 3.
Graft the toe using the Kitchener stitch:Cut the working yarn, leaving a 20 inch or longer tail. Thread this tail through a darning needle. Orient the sock so that the 2 needles are horizontal, the instep side of the sock is facing you, and the working yarn is coming off the right side of the needle in the back.
Step 1: Insert darning needle into the first stitch on the front needle as if to knit, pull the yarn through and slip this stitch off the needle. Insert darning needle into the next stitch on the front needle as if to purl, pull the yarn through and leave this stitch on the needle.
Step 2: Insert darning needle into the first stitch on the back needle as if to purl, pull the yarn through and slip this stitch off the needle. Insert darning needle into the next stitch on the back needle as if to knit, pull the yarn through and leave this stitch on the needle.
Repeat Steps 1 and 2 until all stitches have been worked and slipped off the needles.
Weave in all ends.
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