Friday, 6 September 2013

Mock Cable Socks

Pin It A dear friend of mine has a significant birthday coming up.  We have never exchanged gifts before - just hearty best wishes on the day.  This is a very significant one though - 50!.  A well meaning Happy Birthday just won't be enough as far as I am concerned so it is time for my old stand by - hand knitted socks.


When I was holidaying down south and happened upon a spinning shop, I also used it as an excuse to add to my sock wool stash.  I came across some standard sock wool (4ply) in beautiful shades of pinks and greens with a slight touch of blue for good measure.  It was lovely and I knew instantly where this wool was destined.


Materials

100g ball of sock wool
5 x 2.75mm sock knitting needles/dpns

Abbreviations


MC - Mock cable

Knit into the back of the second stitch on the left needle, keep on the needle and then knit into the front of the first stitch on the left needle.  Slip both off at the same time.

Pattern

Right Foot
Cast on 64 stitches and divide evenly onto 4 needles.
Join in the round ensuring that the knitting is not twisted.

1st row:  K2, P2 to end
rpt until ribbing measures 4cm.

Pattern

1st row: K2, P2, MC, P2, MC, P2, Knit to end
2nd row: K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, knit to end
3rd row: as 2nd
4th row: as 2nd
5th row: as 2nd
6th row: as Row 1.

Continue in established pattern until the sock is 18cm long.


Divide for heel

Continue in pattern for 32 stitches.  Place the remaining 32 stitches on one needle.

1st row: slip one, (K1, slip one as if to purl), rpt to end
2nd row: Slip one, Purl to end
Repeat rows 1 & 2 a further 15 times.

Turning the heel


K18, Slip 1, K1, psso, K1, turn

Slip 1, P5, P2tog, P1, turn
Knit across to the stitch before the gap (this is where you turned your row) Slip the first stitch before the gap, Knit the stitch on the other side of the gap, psso, K1, turn
Slip 1, Purl to the stitch before the gap, P2tog (the stitches either side of the gap), P1, turn

Continue in the manner until all the heel stitches have been used up, finishing with P2 on the wrong side.



Picking up stitches for the gusset.


Turn the knitting to the right side, knit across all heel flap stitches, then pick up and knit 16 stitches (to avoid any loose stitches, knit into the back of each stitch), continue along the top of the foot keeping the mock cable pattern correct, pick up and knit 16 stitches.


Arrange the stitches on your needles in the following way, the 1st lot of picked up stitches, and half the heel flap stitches on needle 1.  The remaining half of the heel stitches and the second lot of picked up stitches on needle 2.  The middle of the heel flap now becomes the start of each row.  Place the remaining 32 stitches on one needle. (needle 3)



Decreasing the gusset.


The aim is to decrease along the gusset until you have 64 stitches.


Row 1:  Knit all stitches

Row 2:  knit to 3 stitches before needle 3, K2tog, K1, Knit across needle 3 keeping mock cable pattern correct, K1, Slip 1, K1, psso, Knit.
Row 3:  Knit all stitches
Row 4:  As row 2.

Continue until needles 2 & 3 contain 16 stitches each.


Continue knitting until the foot measures 3cm from the end of the toes (approx 7cm for a small/medium ladies size).



Decreasing for the toes


Knit one round plain.  (No ribbing)



Decrease round:



Needle 2—K to 3 sts from end  K2tog, K1. 


Needle 3—K first stitch, Sl1, psso, knit to 3 sts from end  K2tog, K1. 

Needle 1—K1, Sl1, psso, K to end.

Second row: Knit to end

Continue until 16 stitches remain.  8 on needle 2, and 4 on needles 1 & 3.
Combine needles 1 & 3 so you have 8 stitches on each needle and cast off using kitchener stitch.

If you have never tried kitchener stitch, it's a great way to finish a sock.  Nice and neat and strong.

Here is a great link for learning how to do it.  Kitchener Stitch Instructions.

Left Foot
Cast on 64 stitches and divide evenly onto 4 needles.
Join in the round ensuring that the knitting is not twisted.

1st row:  K2, P2 to end
rpt until ribbing measures 4cm.

Pattern

1st row: K6, P2 MC, P2, MC, P2, Knit to end
2nd row: K6, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, knit to end
3rd row: as 2nd row
4th row: as 2nd row
5th row: as 2nd row
6th row: as Row 1.

Continue as for Right foot.

Happy sock knitting,
Louise

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4 comments:

  1. Hi, this sock that you made is so pretty! I saw it on submarine sunday!
    Julie from julieslifestyle.blogspot.com

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  2. Love that yarn and the sock. Perfect :)

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  3. Gorgeous socks Louise! - the perfect gift!
    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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