by Dilys Sutherland (c) 2007
NOTE: This pattern is for experienced sock knitters. You will enjoy this pattern more if you have already knit several different sock patterns and are familiar with sock constructiion
These socks actually have two twists. One in the form of the baby cable rib stitch, and the other in the fact that the soles are done last, and can be replaced when they wear out.
2.5 mm dpn's
Sweet Georgia Yarn in Dragon (MC)
SISU Maskinvaskbar yarn in light green (CC)
OR any suitable sock yarns
Gauge: 28 st / 4 inches (10 cm) in st st.
Baby Cable Rib pattern:
Rounds 1, 2 and 4: *K2, P2, rep from *
Round 3: *K2tog and leave stitches on needle, Knit 1st stitch and slide both stitches off needle, P2. Rep from *. (This will be referred to simply as "Twist 2")
In MC, cast on 64 st (16 st on needle #1, 32 st on needle #2, 16 st on needle #3)
Work leg in Baby Cable Rib pattern for 7 inches.
Slip 1 stitch from the end of needle #1 to the beginning of needle #2, and 1 stitch from the end of needle #2 to the beginning of needle #3. Knit to the end of needle #1, turn.
Sl 1, purl to end of needle #1, and purl all the stitches from needle #3 onto needle #1. Turn. We are now going to call this needle #3. You now have 32 stitches on this needle #3 for the heel flap (and the other 32 st on needle #2. These will be for the instep later.)
Row 1: *sl 1, K1. Rep from *
Row 2: sl 1, purl to end.
Repeat these two rows until heel flap measures 3". End with a row 1.
DO NOT turn the heel at this point. With a needle, pick up 26 st along the side of the heel flap. On needle #2, work in the established pattern across instep stitches. With another needle (#3), pick up 26 st along the other side of the heel flap. Turn work. Purl 7 st from end of needle #3. Transfer 7 st from the beginning of needle #1 to the end of the heel flap needle. Place these heel flap stitches onto a holder, placing markers on either side of the 32 heel flap stitches.
NOTE: You will be working the instep stitches in the established pattern. You must also slip the first stitch of every row as you work the instep and top of the foot.
With WS facing, [K2, P2] to the last 3 st of needle, P3. Work instep st in established pattern. Needle #1: P3, [P2, K2] to end of needle.
Next row: [P2, Twist 2] to last 3 st. K2topg, K1, pattern across instep, K1, ssk, [Twist 2, P2] to end.
Next row: Knit all the knit stitches, purl all the purl stitches.
Repeat the last two rows until 34 stitches remain. (Moving all the stitches to one needle when you're able.)
Continue on these 34 stitches until foot measured 6" from beginning of heel flap, and continuing to slip the first stitch of every row. Cut yarn and place these stitches on a holder.
With WS facing, and with CC, slip first 7 stitches from heel flap needle onto RH needle. Attach CC yarn, and ...
Turn the Heel: Row 1: sl 1, P16, P2tog, P1, turn
Row 2: sl 1, K3, K2tog, K1, turn
Row 3: sl 1, P to 1 st before gap, P2tog, P1, turn
Row 4: sl 1, K to 1 st before ga[, K2tog, K1, turn
Repeat rows 3 and 4 until all 32 heel stitches have been worked. (18 stitches remaining between markers) Continue working sole stitches back and forth in st st, picking up instep selvedge edge stiches as follows:
Each row, work to the last st, slip st to end of RH needle. Pick up selvedge edge st with LH needle. Move slipped stitch back to LH needle and work these 2 st together as 1.
When you get to the end of the instep...
Work the Toe: as follows: Transfer stitches from the holder to the needle, and divide the sole st onto 2 needles. You will now be working in the round again. Dec 2 st on instep needle only. (64st remain)
Round 1 (decrease round): Needle 1 - knit to last three stitches, k2tog, k1. Needle 2 - k1, ssk, knit to last three stitches, k2tog, k1. Needle 3 - k1, ssk, knit to end.
Round 2: knit.
Repeat these 2 rounds until 24 stitches remain. Graft the toe stitches with Kitchener Stitch.Graft toe stitches with Kitchener Stitch.