Only in pure merino would I ever use solid pink, and it would have to be a deep shade. It's just not my colour. :)
These socks are the first of my knit and purl stitch stripe socks. Since alternating rows of stocking st and reverse stocking st tend to curl under each other and shorten the length of fabric, they're kinda funny looking when off the foot, but comfy nonetheless. The other unusual feature is that there is no turning of the heel.
I used a heavy dk, so you could use a dk or a worsted.
The name? Well, if you haven't yet, have a look at the image below, and you'll see where I got my inspiration. :)
- 100g (3 1/2 ounces) dk or worsted weight merino wool yarn, (about 250 metres altogether - 280 yards), I used Zara Extrafine Merino.
- set of four double pointed needles - I used 4.00 mm, but would have used 3.50 mm if they'd been available at the time
- fits women's medium-large (about nine-ten inches - 23-25 cm - in length)
- Cast on 38 sts - 12/14/12.
- Work 20 rounds of k1 p1 ribbing. You can work more or fewer rounds if you like.
- Knit 1 round.
- Purl 2 rounds.
- Knit 3 rounds.
- Repeat these last 5 rounds 8 times altogether.
- Purl 2 more rounds, you'll have 9 reverse stocking stitch ridges altogether.
- Heel flap: *slip 1, knit 1* across first 10 sts, place last 2 sts onto ndl 2, turn.
- *Slip 1, knit 1* across 20 sts, place last 2 sts onto ndl 2, turn.
- Repeat *slip 1, knit 1* across every row til 40 rows worked altogether (yes, 40, this st is very compressed in both directions). 20 garter st ridges will show on right side, end ready to work a rs row.
- Knit across those 20 sts. With same ndl, pick up about 18 sts along side of heel flap.
- With ndl 2, pick up a st between ndls 1 and 2, knit across, pick up a st between ndls 2 and 3.
- Onto another ndl, pick up and knit about 18 sts along other side of heel flap, then knit first 10 sts from ndl 1 onto ndl 3. Your sts should number about 28/20/28.
- Knit 1 round plain.
- Knit to within last 3 sts of ndl 1 (27 sts), k2tog, k1. On next ndl, knit across. On last ndl, k1, ssk, knit to end of ndl (27 sts).
- Knit across ndl 1. Work in pattern across ndl 2 (3 rounds knit followed by 2 rounds purl), this time it's purl across ndl 2. Knit across ndl 3.
- Continue decreasing every second round as above, and maintaining the pattern on ndl 2, til 8 garter st ridges have been completed, or your sts number 10/20/10. This should be at the same point. If not, work another decrease round or a couple of rounds without decreasing, til ready to work the toe.
- Knit one round even (without decreasing, all knit sts, no purl).
- Knit to within last 3 sts of ndl 1, k2tog, k1. K1, ssk, knit to within last 3 sts of ndl 2, k2tog, k1. K1, ssk, k to end of ndl 3 - 9/18/9.
- Knit one round without decreases.
- Repeat these two rounds til sts number 6/12/6.
- Begin working decreases on every round til sts number 4/8/4.
- Knit 4 sts from ndl 1 to ndl 3.
- Do 3 needle bind off from right side (or graft toe).
- Make another one the same.
- If the wearer has a wider or narrower foot, the patterned area can be made narrower or wider as needed so as not to be uncomfortable against the side or top of a shoe, or inadvertantly show plain knitting.
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