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  • Terrified a the thought of knitting socks? This pattern will calm your fears and warm your toes.
    From "Knitty Gritty"
    episode DKNG-803


    Cookie A., a San Jose–based knitwear designer who specializes in socks, shares a lacy pattern knit from the toe up. The benefit of knitting a sock from the toe up is that it's easier to orient yourself within the stitch pattern — and you can try them on as you go to figure out how long you want them.

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    PHOTO

    This lacy sock is knit from the toe up — a great technique for the sock novice.
     PDF
    Sock template: click to download.
    Materials:

    1 skein Blue Moon Fiber Arts™ Socks That Rock™ heavyweight
    1 set double-point needles, US size 4 (or size to obtain gauge)
    2 stitch markers
    tapestry needle

    Gauge: 24 sts and 36 rounds = 4" over stockinette

    Size: woman's medium

    Abbreviations:
    co
    cast on
    k knit
    k2tog knit 2 together
    m1 make 1
    p purl
    p2tog purl 2 together
    rs right side
    ssk (slip, slip, knit) slip a stitch as if to knit to right-hand needle, slip a second
    stitch as if to knit, slip both stitches back to left-hand needle and knit together through
    back loops
    sssk slip next 3 sts knitwise, one at a time, to right needle, insert left needle
    back into front of these 3 sts, knit them together
    st(s) stitch(es)
    w&t wrap and turn
    ws wrong side
    yo yarn over

    Toe:
    Using the figure-8 method, co 16 (8 sts on each of 2 needles) (figure A).
    Plain round: K all sts.
    Increase round: [K1, m1, k to 1 st before end of needle, m1, k1] twice.
    Divide 20 sts evenly among 4 needles (figure B). Work Increase round every other round until there are 48 sts.
    Photo

    Figure A

    Photo

    Figure B


    Next Cookie A. uses a chart to start the 6-row lace pattern, involving yarn-overs and right- and left-leaning decreases. To make yarn-overs smaller when needed, simply skip the yarn-over and pick up the yarn on the next row instead. She continues to work in the lace pattern until the sock measures 3-1/2" less than the length of the foot, and then she begins gusset increases.

    PHOTO

    Lace stitch
     PDF
    Lace chart: click to download.
     PDF
    Stitch key: click to download.
    PHOTO

    Shaping the heel
    Foot:
    K1, p2, work first row of lace pattern, p2, k to end of round.
    Continue in established pattern until the foot of the sock measures 3-1/2" less than the length of the foot:
    K1, p2, work next row of Lace Pattern, p2, k to end of round.
    Work the following two rounds 9 times, or until there are 66 stitches:
    Even Round: K1, p2, work next row of Lace Pattern, p2, k to end of round.
    Increase Round: K1, p2, work next row of Lace Pattern, p2, k1, m1, k to end of round, m1.
    K1, p2, work next row of Lace Pattern, p2, k1. Heel will be worked back and forth over remaining 42 sts in round.

    Fitting:
    Cookie A. begins short rows to knit the heel area, turning and wrapping and then going back and picking the wraps up. She continues to knit back and forth in this manner; then, to connect the heel flap to the gusset, she knits to the gap and then decreases. Finally, she creates a small ribbed cuff and does a sewn bind-off.

    Heel:
    Row 1 (RS): K 32, w&t (the remaining 10 sts will be worked into the heel flap later).
    Row 2 (WS): P 22, w&t (leaving 10 sts to be worked later).
    Row 3 (RS): K 21, w&t.
    Row 4 (WS): P 20, w&t.
    Row 5 (RS): K 19, w&t.
    Row 6 (WS): P 18, w&t.
    Row 7 (RS): K 17, w&t.
    Row 8 (WS): P 16, w&t.
    Row 9 (RS): K 15, w&t.
    Row 10 (WS): P 14, w&t.
    Row 11 (RS): K 13, w&t.
    Row 12 (WS): P 12, w&t.
    Row 13 (RS): K 11, w&t.

    Next row (WS): P 11; p next 5 sts, picking up each wrap (loop of yarn wrapped around base of stitch) and purling it together with the st it had wrapped; pick up next wrap and place on left needle, p3tog (wrap on left needle, st that it had wrapped, and next st, all purled together). Turn work (do not wrap st).
    Next row (RS): Slip 1, k 16, k next 6 sts, picking up each wrap and knitting it together with the st it had wrapped; pick up next wrap and place on left needle, sssk (wrap, st that it had wrapped, and next st, all worked together.) Turn work (do not wrap st).
    Next Row (WS): Slip 1, p 22, p2tog. Turn work.
    Next Row (RS): Slip 1, k 22, ssk. Turn work.
    Repeat last 2 rows 7 times more until all heel sts have been worked; do not turn work on last row. 24 heel sts remain.

    PHOTO

    Ribbing finishes off the top.
    Leg:
    The leg will be worked in the round over all 48 sts.
    [K1, p2, work next row of Lace Pattern, p2, k1] twice.
    Repeat round until leg is 6" from end of heel.

    Ribbing:
    Work 1x1 rib: k1, [p2, k2] to last st in round, k1.
    Repeat 2x2 rib round until ribbing measures 1". BO using sewn bind-off and weave in ends using tapestry needle.


    RESOURCES :

    Blue Moon Socks That Rock yarn
    Website: www.bluemoonfiberarts.com

    Traveling Stitches
    Self-published, 2007


    GUESTS :

    Cookie A.
    Website: www.cookiea.com

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