Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Mildly Liquorice Socks (Part 2 of the Sock Commission)

Pin It The second pair of socks for my sock commission (you can read about it here) are a pair of very simple cabled socks.  Actually, they were meant to be the first pair but I caught a dose of 'second sock syndrome' and ended up finishing the other pair first.

When I first started knitting with the wool, the self striping colours were quite pastel but then, every now again, came a hit of black and it reminded me of a liquorice allsort - albeit not as brightly coloured as the candy.



If you are new to sock knitting and would like some detailed instructions on how it is done, we have put together a free 'how to' leaflet that walks you through how to knit your first pair of socks.


Materials

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

Abbreviations
C4F - Place 2 stitches on a cable needle and hold at the front of your work.  K2, then K2 from cable needle.

This is an ideal project to knit the cables without the use of a cable needle.  I find that using a cable needle when you are already using 5 just doesn't feel comfortable.
If you would like to learn how to knit without using a cable needle here is a link to a little picture tutorial that we put together to show you how it is done.  For these socks, it is just a case of using 4 stitches instead of the 6 in the tutorial.

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: P2, C4F, P2, Knit to end
2nd row: P2, K4, 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 1 needles and continue as follows:-

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 cable pattern correct, pick up and knit 16 stitches.


Arrange the stitches on your needles in the following way, Half of the heel stitches (9) and the 1st lot of picked up stitches (16) on needle 1 - 25 stitches in total.  The remaining half of the heel stitches and the second lot of picked up stitches on needle 2 - 25 stitches.  The middle of the heel flap now becomes the start of each row.  Place the remaining 32 stitches on one needle. (needle 3).  This makes at total of 82 stitches.



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 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.  (the cable pattern has now finished)

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.  It's 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: K24, P2, C4F, P2, Knit to end
2nd row: K24, P2, K4, 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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