Monday, February 26, 2007


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By Monika Steinbauer

This is a cuff down sock pattern with a slip stitch pattern looking a little like cables, but so much easier to knit. The pattern goes down the heel, which makes these socks look good in open shoes. The stitch pattern pulls together while knitting, but stretches with blocking or wearing. It's best to use solid or almost solid yarn for it.

The instructions are for women size 9, but with a different needle size and/or heavier weight yarn you can make them larger (or smaller).

Material: fingering weight yarn (sock yarn) 100g; 5 double point needles 2.25mm, stitch marker.
Gauge: 7 sts = 1 inch; 10 rows high = 1 inch

eor: end of row
s1wyib: slip 1 as if to knit with yarn in back
s1wyif: slip one as if to purl with yarn in front

Stitch pattern: multiples of 6
for knitting in the round:
rows 1-4: P2, K4 repeat all around.
Row 5: [P2, YO, s1wyib, K3, psso3sts] repeat all around.

For knitting back and forth:
Row 1 & 3: (RS) P2, K4 repeat to end of row.
Row 2 & 4: (WS) K2, P4, repeat to end of row.
Row 5: this row will be knitted on a RS row and a WS row as well. The first time it’s
[P2, YO, s1wyib, K3, psso3sts] to end of row. When the next 5th row comes around it will be on a WS and knitted as follows:
[K2, P3, but these 3 sts back on left needle, pull 4th sts over 3 purled sts, put them back on right needle, YO] repeat to the end of row.

Cast on 64 sts, join for knitting in the round, take care not to twist stitches. Place marker = eor. 16 sts for each needle (1,2,3 & 4)
K2, P2 all around for 18 rounds (or desired length of ribbing).
Next round: decrease 4 sts evenly. = 60 sts.
Next round: Knit
Next round start slip stitch pattern. Repeat 5 row pattern 8 times.

Heel Flap:
Note: for heel flap we will borrow 2 sts from needle one.
The marker should be at the beginning of needle one, and the end of needle four.
Now we are going to knit back and forth on needles 3 & 4. We will be working over 32 sts (including the 2 borrowed sts from needle one).

Every row: slip the first stitch, knit or purl the last sts of the row depending on RS or WS.

Knit 4 repeats of slip stitch pattern (one repeat is 5 rows) for back and forth. Knit one more pattern repeat but only 4 rows. The last row should be a completed RS row.

Heel turn:

Row 1: slwyif, P19, P2tog, P1, turn.
Row 2: slwyib, K 8, ssk, K1, turn.
Row 3: slwyif, P 9, P2tog, P1, turn.
Row4: slwyib, K10, ssk, K1, turn.
Continue in this manner until all sts. are used up (completed RS row). Do NOT turn. (20sts) Arrange sts. on the 2 needles (10 sts. each).

Pick up 12 sts. Make 1 sts. between needle 4 and 1. After picking up and knitting 12 sts plus 1, put 2 sts. back on needle 1 (this are the two borrowed sts).
Knit needle 1 & 2 in slip stitch pattern.
Make 1 sts between needle 2 & 3. Pick up and knit 12 sts.
There should be 44 sts on needles 3 & 4.
Knit to one sts before last. K1tbl.
Arrange sts on needle 3 & 4, so there are 22 sts. on each needle.

Gusset decrease:
Row 1: work needle 1 & 2 in slip stitch pattern, K1tbl, K2 tog, K to 3 sts before eor, ssk, k1tbl.
Row 2: work needle 1 & 2 in slip stitch pattern, k1tbl, knit to 1 sts before eor, k1tbl.

Repeat these 2 rows until there are 15 sts on each needle.

Foot: Continue to knit slip stitch pattern on top of foot and knit on the sole, until there are 21 pattern repeats from cuff (or 2”, measured from back of heel, before desired foot length).

Knit all rounds. Decrease as follows:
Row 1: K1, ssk, k to 3 sts before end of needle 2, k2tog, k2, ssk, k to 3 sts before eor marker, k2tog. K1. (4 sts decreased)
Row 2: Knit.
Repeat these two rows 5 times. Repeat Row 1 one more time.
Repeat row 1 until there are 16 sts left.

Join remaining toe sts with Kitchener stitch. Weave in ends. Make a second sock. Enjoy!