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EMC2 (Easy Mini Cabled Multi Coloured) Socks

by Linda

[EMC2 Socks]

Cables and multiple colours -- I always wanted to try it out in a pair of socks. For this pair, you have cables which change colours every few rounds and the purl stitches in between are always a different colour than the cables on the same row, also changing every few rounds. Yes, it is as confusing as it sounds. :)

In order to carry both colours around the sole of the foot, I used a salt and pepper type stitch (knit one with first colour, then second, then first, etc.). This same stitch was used on the heel. This made things a whole lot easier!

Okay, they're only easy once you understand the concept, but I liked the EMC2 name, so I'm sticking by it! :)

  1. Loosely cast on a multiple of 3 sts with A (I used 39)
    Note: Be sure to cast on 10-20 percent more sts than you normally would for the yarn weight you're using. This sock may work up narrower than you'd expect.
  2. *k2 p1* around for two rounds
  3. *cr p1* around
    CR:knit into front of second st on ndl without dropping st off ndl, knit into front of first st on ndl, drop both stitches off ndl together - CROSS made
  4. *k2 p1* around for one more round
  5. These 4 rounds make one pattern repeat
  6. Work another pattern repeat with A
  7. Join colour B. Work one pattern repeat using A for the knit and B for the purl stitches.
    Note: Perfectionists may want to work all sts in the colour change round as knit stitches so it looks nicer. I didn't bother.
  8. Break A, join C and work one pattern repeat using C for the knit sts and B for the purl sts.
  9. Important: At this point, you must remove your work from the needle(s) and place it on a extra strand of yarn and try it on! With the cables and colour changes, your gauge may be quite different from what you'd expect. Make sure it will pass over your heel. If all is well, continue...
  10. Break B, join D and work one pattern repeat using C for knit and D for purl.
  11. Break C, join E and work two patt reps using E for knit, D for purl.
  12. Okay, so far we have:
    D E E D E E
    D ExE D ExE CR round
    D E E D E E
    D E E D E E 
    
    D E E D E E
    D ExE D ExE CR round
    D E E D E E
    D E E D E E break C, join E
    
    D C C D C C
    D CxC D CxC CR round
    D C C D C C
    D C C D C C break B, join D
    
    B C C B C C
    B CxC B CxC CR round
    B C C B C C
    B C C B C C break A, join C
    
    B A A B A A
    B AxA B AxA CR round
    B A A B A A
    B A A B A A add B
    
    A A A A A A 
    A AxA A AxA CR round 
    A A A A A A 
    A A A A A A 
    
    A A A A A A 
    A AxA A AxA first CR round
    A A A A A A 
    A A A A A A begin
    
    p k k p k k (k=knit p=purl column)
    
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