Purple Passion Socks
Ribbed socks are my absolute favourite! Purple is my favourite colour and merino is my favourite wool. So these socks are a match made in heaven, so to speak. :)
This pair is done in a nice shade of purple. The yarn is labelled as a dk, but it's really almost a worsted weight. They take a while to do, but are oh so comfy on the feet! The balls of yarn were 125 metres each, and I used all but one metre or so of each ball. So make sure you have at least 250 metres altogether.
Another design element I added was making part of the sole in garter st instead of stocking st. I know where I wear out my socks the fastest, and since garter is more dense than st st, I decided to go ahead and use it in those areas.
I used Swallow casein needles. They held the yarn just right.
- 100g (3 1/2 ounces) dk or worsted weight merino wool yarn, (at least 250 metres altogether - 225 yards), I used Zara Extrafine Merino.
- set of four double pointed needles - I used 4.00 mm, though I woiuld have used 3.50 mm had they been handy
- fits women's medium-large (about nine-ten inches - 23-25 cm - in length)
- Cast on 45 sts - 15/15/15.
- Work 40 rounds of k2 p1 ribbing. You can work fewer rounds if you feel you've barely got enough yarn to make these.
- Heel flap: K11, turn.
- Slip 1, k21, turn.
- Rep last row til 14 garter st ridges show on right side, ending ready to work a rs row.
- Turn heel: Sl1, k12, k2tog, turn (lvs 7 sts unworked).
- Sl1, k4, k2tog, turn (lvs 7 sts).
- Sl1, k5, k2tog, turn (lvs 5 sts).
- Sl1, k6, k2tog, turn (lvs 5 sts).
- Continue in same manner til no sts are left unworked and you're ready to work a rs row - 12 sts on ndls. Knit those 12 sts.
- Gusset: Onto same ndl, pick up and knit 15 sts along side of heel flap, pick up a st between first and second ndl.
- On next ndl, work in rib pattern as established across instep stitches (p1, k2, p1, k2, etc. ending w p1, k1).
- Pick up a st between ndl 2 and ndl 3, pick up and knit 15 sts along other side of heel flap.
- Knit 6 sts from ndl 1 onto ndl 3 - 22/23/22.
- Rearrange sts 21/24/22.
- Note: Sts under heel and ball of foot will be in garter st, the rest of the sole will be in stocking st. The first 8 sts and the last 8 sts of each round will be in garter st in these two areas. (If you decide to make the whole sole in stocking or garter st, adjust these instructions accordingly. Remember, garter st takes more yarn to cover the same area than stocking st does.)
- Work one round without decreasing, all heel and sole sts being in stocking st except last 8, which are in garter (purl sts). So knit across ndl 1, work in rib pattern across ndl 2 (adding knit or purl sts where needed at ends to continue the rib pattern), on ndl 3 knit to within last 8 sts, purl those last 8 sts.
- Next round, purl first 8 sts, then knit til within last 3 sts of ndl, k2tog, k1. Next ndl work across in rib pattern as established. Last ndl, k1, ssk (or k2tog tbl), knit to end of ndl including last 8 sts.
- Next round knit across first ndl without decreasing. Work across ndl 2 in rib pattern. On ndl 3, knit without decreasing to within last 8 sts of ndl, purl those last 8 sts.
- Repeat these two rounds til 16 sts remain on each of ndls 1 and 3. Work one more decrease round.
- Work one round without decreasing, ignoring all references to purling either the first 8 or last 8 sts of a round, and keeping ndl 2 in rib pattern.
- Work one decrease round, following previous decrease round instructions but again ignoring all references to purling either the first 8 or last 8 sts of a round, and keeping ndl 2 in rib pattern.
- Continue to work these two rounds til sts number 10/24/10.
- Work even, without decreases, til about 3 inches (7.5 cm) past the last garter st row on sole (under heel) - about 25 rows - but for ndl 3 of final round, knit 2 sts, then purl last 8 sts (for garter st).
- Next round, on ndl 1, purl 8, k2. Work across ndl 2 in rib pattern. Ndl 3, k10.
- Next round, knit across ndl 1. Work in rib pattern across ndl 2. On ndl 3, k2, p8.
- Repeat these last 2 rounds til there are 9 garter st ridges at the beginning of a round, complete that round.
- Shape toe: Rearrange sts to 11/22/11.
- 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 - 10/20/10.
- Knit one round without decreases.
- Continue thes two rounds til sts number 6/12/6, having just worked a decrease round.
- Knit 6 sts from ndl 1 to ndl 3.
- Do 3 needle bind off from wrong side (or graft toe).
- Make another one the same, of course! :)
- If you know for certain you will be short of yarn, make fewer rib rounds at the beginning rather than run out before you finish the foot portion.
- As an alternative, you could make the heel and toe in a coordinating colour, and / or possibly place a stripe at / near the top of the cuff.
- If the wearer has a wider or narrower foot, the garter st areas can be made narrower or wider as needed.
- If you'll find it difficult to keep track of whether the 8 purl sts come at the beginning or at the end of a round, there's an easier way to do it. Make all your purl sts (at both beginning and end of a round) on the same round, ie on a decrease round. The only difference is the resulting garter st ridges will not match up where they meet between ndl 3 and ndl 1, they'll be one row off.
- As noted above, if you decide to make the sole all garter or all stocking st, you'll have to adjust your yarn requirements accordingly.
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