Cookies n Cream Socks
Cookies n Cream Socks got their name from my son's comment when he saw the particular yarn I used worked up into the beginnings of this sock. I much prefer this name to a Salt and Pepper based one I'd been trying to come up with. :)
Working every second round through the back loops produces a wonderful texture. All knit sts in the ribbing are also worked through the back loops making it a lot more stable than it would be otherwise.
These socks are cotton, so you should knit as tightly as possible, taking frequent breaks so your hands don't get too tired. I used a Dutch (square) heel on this pair so there's little chance of feeling a ridge underfoot where the decreases sit under the heel area.
- 150 grams (5 1/2 oz) soft cotton worsted salt and pepper yarn (like
Sugar'nCream Cotton Yarn
- 3 or 4 balls)
- Set of 4 dpn's, 3.5 mm suggested
- Gauge is the usual for worsted - 5 sts per inch (20 sts per 10 cm)
- Fits woman's shoe size 9 (Canadian)
- Cast on 36 sts, arrange stitches 12/12/12.
- Work 18 rounds of k1tbl, p1 ribbing.
- Next rnd, ktbl of every st while evenly increasing number of stitches to 40, ie k6, m1, k9, m1, k9, m1, k9, m1, k3. Sts now number 13/14/13.
- Work one round plain knitting (not tbl).
- Work one round knitting tbl.
- Repeat these last two rounds 13 times (26 rounds total), ending with a non tbl round.
- Rearrange sts to 10/20/10 in preparation to work heel flap.
- Heel Flap - Knit tbl across 10 sts on ndl 1, turn.
- Slip first st, purl across remaining 9 sts, purl across another 10 sts. Leave remaining (instep) sts from round on spare ndl or st holder to be worked later.
- Slip first st, knit tbl across the other 19 sts, turn.
- Slip first st, purl across the other 19 sts, turn.
- Repeat these two rows 22 times altogether, end right side facing.
- Knit 14 tbl, k2tog, k1tbl turn.
- Slip first st, purl 9 sts, p2tog, p1, turn.
- Slip first st, knit 9 tbl, k2tog, k1tbl, turn.
- Repeat last two rows til you've reduced the number of sts to 12.
- K2tog, knit next 8 sts tbl, k2tog (10 sts).
- Onto same ndl, pick up and knit 13 sts along side of heel flap, pick up a st in space between ndl 1 and ndl 2. On ndl 2, knit the 20 instep sts tbl. On ndl 3, pick up a st in the space between ndl 2 and ndl 3, pick up 13 sts along other side of heel flap. Also onto ndl 3, knit the first 5 sts from ndl 1. Sts now number 19/20/19.
- Knitting through front loops as usual, knit to within last 3 sts on first needle, knit 2 tog, k1. Knit across 2nd ndl. On 3rd ndl, k1, k2tog tbl (or ssk), knit to end of needle. Stitches will number 18/20/18.
- Knit one round through back loops without decreasing.
- Continue working these two rounds til sts number 10/20/10.
- Continue to ork without any further decreases til you're a generous six inches (15.5 cm) from the edge of the heel flap, ending with a round which was worked tbl.
- Toe - Decreases are worked on the plain knitted rounds, just as before.
- Knit to within last 3 sts on first needle, knit 2 tog, k1. Knit across 2nd ndl. 3rd ndl, k1, k2tog, knit to end of ndl. Stitches will number 9/18/9.
- Knit one round tbl.
- Repeat these two rounds (decreasing every second round) til sts number 5/10/5.
- Knit 5 sts from ndl 1 onto ndl 3. Graft toe closed.
- These socks would look great in just about any variegated yarn. The colours would be broken up quite well due to the working through back loops every second round.
- 5 1/2 oz just barely makes one pair of socks. You may need to use a little bit from a second ball, or use a bit of a coordinating colour for the cuff, heel and toe, especially if making them larger.
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