Monday, 30 June 2014

Leafy Garden Rib Socks

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Leafy Garden Rib Socks
On of my favourite yarns of all time is Zauberballs 'Floral Garden'.  I started crochetingsome flowers with it and .. well, it was love at first petal.

I have spent quite a bit of time quilting lately but a few days ago the urge to knit something was too powerful (and who am I to resist?) so I reached for the prettiest ball of wool I could find in my stash and set about designing a pair of socks that would do it justice.

The design had to have a 'garden' theme so .. here they are.  Leafy Rib Socks.

This sock is ideal to wear with boots.  The ribbing and the leaves create a really nice thickness.


K - Knit
P - Purl
YO - Yarn Over
Sl2k1P - Slip 2 stitches as if you were about to work a K2tog, Knit 1 then pass both slipped stitches over the knitted stitch
K2tog - Knit 2 stitches together
ssk - slip 1 stitch knitwise, then slip another stitch purlwise, place the LHS needle back through the front of these stitches and then knit them together.


2 x balls/skeins of Zauberball 'Floral Garden'
set of 2.5mm sock knitting DPNs
Pattern Designing


Cast on 80 stitches and divide evenly between 4 needles. (20 on each needle)

Establish a K1 P1 rib and, being careful not to twist, join in the round.

Continue until rib measures 6cm.
Row 1:
K1, P1, YO K1 YO, (P1 K1) twice, P1

Row 2: 
(and every even row) Knit all knit stitches and purl all purl stitches 
Yarn Overs are a knit stitch.

Row 3: 
K1, P1, YO K3 YO, (P1, K1) twice, P1
Taking Shape

Row 5:
K1, P1, YO K5 YO (P1, K1) twice, P1

Row: 7
K1, P1, ssk, K3, K2tog, (P1, K1) twice, P1

Row 9:
K1, P1, ssk, K1, K2tog, (P1, K1) twice,P1

Row 11:
K1, P1, Sl2k1P, (P1, K1) twice, P1

Row 13:
(K1, P1) 3 times, YO K1 YO, P1

Row 15:
(K1, P1) 3 times, YO K3 YO, P1

Row 17:
(K1, P1) 3 times, YO K5 YO, P1

Row 19:
(K1, P1) 3 times, ssk, K3, K2tog, P1

Row 21:
(K1, P1) 3 times, ssk, K1, K2tog, P1

Row 23:
(K1, P1) 3 times, Sl2k1P, P1

Row 24: as row 2

Rows 1-24 form the leaf pattern.

Repeat the pattern 2 more times (3 repeats in total) and then divide the stitches for the heel.

Heel Shaping

Row 1:   Slip 1, Knit 1 to the end of the turned row.
Row 2:   Slip 1 Purlwise, P 39 Stitches, turn

Repeat rows 1 & 2 a further 18 times.

Heel Turning

Row 1: Knit 22, slip 1, K1, PSSO, K1 turn
Row 2: Purl 5, P2tog, P1, turn
Row 3, Knit to the stitch before the 'gap'.  Close the gap by 'slip1, K1, PSSO, K1', turn
Row 4: Purl to the stitch before the gap.  Close the gap by 'P2tog, P1, turn'

Repeat rows 3 & 4 until all the stitches are used, ending on a purl row.


Row 1:  Knit across the stitches that are left from the heel turning and then pick up and knit 20 stitches.     By slipping the first stitch of the heel shaping rows, you will have created a chain edge.  Slip the needle through the chain to pick and knit the stitches.  Continue in the established rib pattern across the instep until you get to the other side of the heel shaping rows.  Using the same method, pick up each chain stitch and knit.  Knit to the end of the row.

Row 2:  Knit until there are 3 stitches left before the rib pattern begins, K2tog, K1.  Continue  the established pattern until you reach the gusset stitches.  K1, SSK, K to the end of the row.

Repeat these 2 rows until you have a total of 80 stitches again.

Continue in the established pattern minus any decreasing until the sock is approximately 6cm shorter than the foot that the sock is designed for.  The pattern should end on a row 11 or 23 to give a neat finish to the pattern and ensure you end up with the correct amount of stitches to start the decreasing for the toe.

Toe Shaping

Row 1: Knit to 3 stitches before the established pattern (last 3 stitches on the needle).  
K2tog, K1, K1, SSK. Knit all stitches across the pattern in plain stitch to the last 3.  The pattern has now ended and its plain stitch to the end. K2tog, K1, K1, SSK.
Row 2: Knit all stitches.

Repeat Rows 1 & 2 until you are left with 16 stitches.

Using the Kitchener Stitch, bind off and secure any loose ends.

Previous posts about socks can be found here.

Happy Sock Knitting,

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