|Et voilà - the finished sock!|
Having made a half-dozen pairs of socks over recent months, I decided to go for these with variations. I used the stitch numbers as per the pattern with the sock wool (Lidl are great for enclosing patterns and sometimes needles with their knit-kits.)
|My Lidl Sock Stash - with first completed sock|
I have tried plain stocking stitch (Stockinette in US) and it is just too baggy for socks, unless you've very elasticky yarn, which I'm not sure this wool-mix is (75% pure wool, 25% Polyamide).
So I made it a K2P2 rib throughout, except for the sole and gusset which is in plain stocking stitch, and the heel flap which is nicely textured in a fancy rib.
(Use 4 DPN (Double-Pointed Needles -Size 3mm/ )
|Sock as in pattern|
N = Needle K or k = Knit; P or p = Purl; sl1,k1,psso = slip 1, knit 1, pass slip stitch over knit stitch (you can use ssk instead = slip1, slip1, knit 2 tog.)
Cast on 60 stitches and divide between 3 needles - 20 per needle (duh!)
K2 P2 rib for desired length - about 6-7 inches is fine for ankle boot socks
Knit back and forth on heel flap as follows:
|Heel & Gusset close-up|
- Row 1 (RS) - Slip 1, K1, *P1, K2 Repeat from * to end
- Row 2 (WS) -Slip 1, P1, *K1, P2 Repeat from * to end
- Repeat these 2 rows total of 15 times - you'll have 15 slip stitches along edge of heel flap.
- R1(RS) – Sl 1, k16, ssk, k1, turn.
- R2(WS) – Sl 1, p5, p2tog, p1, turn.
- R3 – Sl 1, k6, ssk, k1, turn.
- R4 – Sl 1, p7, p2tog, p1, turn.
- R5 – Sl 1, k8, ssk, k1, turn.
- R6 – Sl 1, p9, p2tog, p1, turn.
- R7 – Sl 1, k10, ssk, k1, turn.
- R8 – Sl 1, p11, p2tog, p1, turn.
- R9 – Sl 1, k12, ssk, k1, turn.
- R10 – Sl 1, p13, p2tog, p1, turn.
- R11 – Sl 1, k14, ssk, k1, turn.
- R12 – Sl 1, p15, p2tog, p1, turn. (18 sts. remain)
|Modelling the sock!|
(I copied and pasted this part from a Ravelry downloaded PDF pattern for SKYP Rib Socks by Adrienne Ku - here is the link)
Heel – gusset
- Needle 1 - knit remaining 9 stitches from heel turn, pick up and knit 15 stitches along heel edge flap plus 1 extra between flap and instep. (Total = 25 stitches)
- Needle 2 - transfer instep stitches from needle holder to needle and K2 P2 Rib across instep.
- Needle 3 - pick up and knit 1 stitch between instep and heel flap, pick up and knit 15 stitches along heel edge, K 9 from sole.
You will need to decrease 1 stitch at instep edge of alternate rows until you are back to 15, 30 and 15 stitches.
Do this as follows:
- Round 1 -N1 - K to last 3 stitches, k2 tog., k1. N 2 - Continue K2 P2 rib across instep. N 3 = k1, sl1,k1,psso, k to end
- Round 2 - Knit N 1 & 3, K2 P2 rib on instep
- Repeat these 2 rounds until you are left with 15, 30 and 15 stitches on each needle.
Continue sock foot in rounds until 2 ins/4cm shorter than length of foot (allow for some stretch)
N1: K to last 3 stitches - k2 tog. k1.
N2: k1, sl1,k1,psso, k to last 3 stitches, k2 tog. k1.
N3: k1, sl1,k1,psso, k to end.
Continue these 2 rounds until 16 stitches remain. (4, 8, 4). Put 4+4 on one needle = 2 needles of 8 stitches. Graft toe with Kitchener Stitch. This is a neat seamless finish for a toe.
Here's a video clip of how it's done
Finishing can also be done by casting off two stitches together (One stitch from each needle knitted as one, then knit next stitch from each needle as one and pass the 1st one over the last one. Repeat until all cast off, then weave in cut ends of yarn. I am sure there's a video for that method too but I haven't found it yet. I'll be back like Arnie when I do!
There are endless variations possible with these socks. You can use the SKYP Rib Socks I referenced above, or a simpler ribby pattern, liek K4 P2 or K2 P1. I hope you see it as a basic pattern, and I might make it a PDF to upload to Ravelry in the future, when the General Election's over and I get my life back to normal - this time next week all will be revealed - let's hope Labour will have a new woman TD from Waterford!