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Jean Socks

by Linda

I'm really liking these knit and purl stitch striped socks. They're easy to knit and keep track of both pattern stitches and rows.

I used a hand dyed, heavy worsted weight pure wool yarn. The colour variations reminded me of the different shades denim goes through as it wears out, hence the name.

[Jean Socks]

  1. Cast on 42 sts.
  2. Work 2 rows of k1 p1 rib (worked flat).
  3. Divide onto 3 ndls - 14-14-14 - and join into a circle.
  4. Work 21 rounds of k1 p1 ribbing altogether.
  5. On each ndl, k7, m1, k7 - 15-15-15
  6. Knit 2 more rounds.
  7. Purl 1 round.
  8. Knit 5 rounds.
  9. Purl 1 round.
  10. Knit 3 rounds.
  11. Repeat these last 10 rounds 4 times altogether, ending with 5 knit rounds then a purl stitch round (skipping the last repeat of knitting 3 rounds).
  12. K11, turn, slip 1, k10, k11, turn (leaves 4 sts at far ends of ndls 1 and 3 to put onto remaining instep ndl to be worked later)
  13. Slip 1, k 21, turn.
  14. Rep previous row til 14 purl st ridges show on right side and you're ready to work a right side row.
  15. Work 15 sts, k2tog (leaves 5 unworked), turn.
  16. Slip 1, k8, k2tog (leaves 5 unworked), turn.
  17. Rep last row til 10 sts on ndl.
  18. K2tog, k6, k2tog - 8 sts on ndl.
  19. With same ndl, pick up about 15 sts along side of heel flap.
  20. With ndl 2, pick up a st between ndls 1 and 2, knit across ndl 2, pick up a st between ndls 2 and 3.
  21. Onto ndl 3, pick up and knit about 15 sts along other side of heel flap, then knit first 4 sts from ndl 1 onto ndl 3. Your sts should number about 19/25/19.
  22. Rearrange sts to 21-21-21.
  23. Knit to within last 3 sts of ndl 1, k2tog, k1. On next ndl, knit across. On last ndl, k1, ssk, knit to end of ndl.
  24. Knit one round even.
  25. Continue to decrease by two sts every second round, while working in pattern as established across ndl 2, til stitches number 9-21-9.
  26. Continue without decreasing til 9 purl st ridges have been completed on foot section, the last one being worked after a 5 knit row stripe.
  27. Knit 2 rounds even, without decreasing (no purl sts).
  28. 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 - 8/19/8.
  29. Knit one round without decreases.
  30. Repeat these two rounds til sts number 5/12/5.
  31. Next round, work first ndl without decreasing, work decreases on second ndl as usual, work last ndl without decreasing - 5/10/5.
  32. Knit 5 sts from ndl 1 to ndl 3.
  33. Do 3 needle bind off from right side (or graft toe).
  34. Make another one the same. One ball makes a pair.
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