This is another one of those patterns that involves yarn-overs between other than two knit stitches. If that is new to you, you might want to refer to an earlier blog post.
I used Skacel CoBaSi yarn for this sock pattern. This yarn is 55% cotton, 16% bamboo, 8% silk, and 21% elastic nylon. This is a great yarn for summer socks. I’ve made several pairs of socks from this yarn, so for this sock pattern, I used leftover bits (deep turquoise, kiwi, gold crest, ripe raspberry, butter cream). If you use just one color, it’ll take 2 skeins (220 yards, 50 grams per skein).
I got my gauge (7 ½ sts per inch) using US size 1 (2.25 mm) needles in the “Thistle” stitch pattern. I got 25 rounds per 2 inches in st st.
Cuff (This is a short 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 20 sts on Needle 1, 20 sts on Needle 2, and 20 sts on Needle 3.
Round 1: knit.
Round 2: purl.Round 3: knit.
Round 4: purl.
Round 5: knit.
Round 6: *yo, k2tog; rep from * around.
Leg:A couple of notes about this stitch pattern:
1) I changed color after each 16-round repeat of this pattern.2) If you work this sock on double points, there will be two rounds (6 and 11) where the last stitch on each needle is a yarn-over. It’s easy to forget the last yo of the needle.
3) The s2kp may be new to you. Here is how it’s done: slip 2 stitches as if to k2tog, k1, pass 2 slipped sts over.
Round 1: knit.Round 2: purl.
Round 3: knit.
Round 4: purl.
Round 5: knit.
Round 6: *k1, yo, k3, s2kp, k3, yo; rep from * around.
Round 7: *k2, yo, k2, s2kp, k2, yo, k1; rep from * around.
Round 8: *k3, yo, k1, s2kp, k1, yo, k2: rep from * around.
Round 9: *k4, yo, s2kp, yo,k3; rep from * around.
Round 10: *k2, p2, k3, p2, k1; rep from * around.
Round 11: *k1, yo, ssk, p1, yo, s2kp, yo, p1, k2tog, yo; rep from * around.
Round 12: *k3, p1, k3, p1, k2; rep from * around.
Round 13: *k2, yo, ssk, yo, s2kp, yo, k2tog, yo, k1; rep from * around.
Round 14: *k2, p1, k5, p1, k1; rep from * around.
Round 15: *k2, p1, k1, yo, s2kp, yo, k1, p1, k1; rep from * around.
Round 16: *k2, p1, k5, p1, k1; rep from * around.
Here is the pattern charted:
Work these 16 rounds five times, or until desired length, end having finished a Round 16. Leg measures approximately 6 ½ inches.
Heel Flap:(I used the deep turquoise for the heel flap and heel turn.)
Knit the first 15 stitches on Needle 1. Place the next 30 sts onto 2 needles. Slip the last 15 stitches from Needle 3 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 to end.Row 2: *s1, k1; rep from * to end.
Repeat Rows 1 & 2 until heel flap is approximately 2 inches long, end having finished a Row 1.
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.
(My colors for the foot: kiwi, then gold crest, then ripe raspberry, then butter cream, leaving turquoise for the remainder.)
Pick up and knit 19 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 19 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 instep pattern (see below).
Pick up and knit 19 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 28 sts on Needle 1, 30 sts on Needle 2, and 28 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 instep 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 both Needles 1 and 3 (60 sts total).
Instep Stitch Pattern (worked on Needle 2):
I worked Rounds 1-5 of the Thistle pattern all the way across the instep, but I worked rounds 6-16 only on the middle 20 stitches of the instep. I used stitch markers to help keep track (thus the “place marker” that is in Round 1).
Round 1: k5; place marker, k20, place marker; k5.Round 2: purl.
Round 3: knit.
Round 4: purl.
Round 5: knit.
Round 6: k5; (k1, yo, k3, s2kp, k3, yo) twice; k5.
Round 7: k5; (k2, yo, k2, s2kp, k2, yo, k1) twice; k5.
Round 8: k5; (k3, yo, k1, s2kp, k1, yo, k2) twice; k5.
Round 9: k5; (k4, yo, s2kp, yo,k3) twice; k5.
Round 10: k5; (k2, p2, k3, p2, k1) twice; k5.
Round 11: k5; (k1, yo, ssk, p1, yo, s2kp, yo, p1, k2tog, yo) twice; k5.
Round 12: k5; (k3, p1, k3, p1, k2) twice; k5.
Round 13: k5; (k2, yo, ssk, yo, s2kp, yo, k2tog, yo, k1) twice; k5.
Round 14: k5; (k2, p1, k5, p1, k1) twice; k5.
Round 15: k5; (k2, p1, k1, yo, s2kp, yo, k1, p1, k1) twice; k5.
Round 16: k5; (k2, p1, k5, p1, k1) twice; k5.
Foot:After completing all the gusset decreases, continue working even, and continue repeating the instep pattern for as long as you want. I worked four repeats of the pattern, then Rounds 1-5 again. Then I continued in st st. Work until foot is 2 ½ inches shorter than desired 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.
At this point, there will be 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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