“Our code word, my dear lady, is Nemesis.” ~Agatha
These socks came into being while watching the Agatha
Christie mystery Nemesis during a knitting weekend
Now don’t let the name
fool you; there’s nothing really sinister about these
socks. Increases and decreases cause the garter ribbing
to take twists and turns, just like the plot of a good
mystery. The ribbing on the leg sneakily snakes its
way onto the heel flap and down the top of the foot. And
just like the last chapter of a mystery novel, the toe
is neatly resolved in the end.
Knit these socks
for the Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot in your
Women’s M [Women’s L/Men’s S] Shown in both
Leg circumference: 8  inches, slightly stretched
Foot length: adjustable to fit
Yarn As shown on smaller feet:
Farm “Denali” Hand-dyed
sock yarn [80% Merino/ 20% Nylon; 450
yd/411 m per 113g skein]; color: Really Red; 1 skein
As shown on larger feet
Pagewood Farm “Denali” Hand-dyed sock
yarn [80% Merino/ 20% Nylon; 450 yd/411 m per 113g skein]; color: Mocha;
Recommended needle size [always use a needle
size that gives you the gauge
listed below -- every knitter's
gauge is unique]
set US #1.5/2.5mm double-point needles OR
1 32 inch or longer US #1.5/2.5 mm circular needle for working magic loop
2 short US #1.5/2.5 mm circular needles for working two-circulars method
32 sts/46 rounds = 4 inches in stockinette
stitch in the round
PATTERN NOTES [Knitty's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here.]
Garter Rib (worked in the round) Round 1: [K2, p2] to end of
round. Round 2: Knit.
M1: With left-hand needle, coming in
from the front, lift strand between sts
and knit through the back.
M1-p: With left-hand needle, coming
in from the front, lift strand between sts and purl through
the back of it.
The charts for this pattern are very large. Each fits on a letter-sized
Click the chart name below and print the resulting page.
CO 64 sts, and distribute on your needles as you prefer. Join to work
in the round, being careful not to twist. Note or mark beginning
Work 12 rounds of Garter Rib pattern.
Leg round: Work Chart for appropriate size twice across
round, starting with Row 1.
Work rounds 1-44 of chart,
then rounds 1-21 once more.
Turn so that WS is facing.
Heel flap is worked flat on the last
34 sts of the round. Rem 30 will be held for
instep, to be worked later.
Row 1 [WS]: Work row 22 of chart (working sts
as written for WS) over 32 sts, p2.
Row 2 [RS]: P2, work row 23
Row 3 [WS]: Work next row
of chart over 32 sts, p2.
Row 4 [RS]: P2, work next
row of chart over 32 sts.
Continue as established, until chart
row 44 is completed, and work chart rows 43 & 44 4
more times, then row 43 once more. WS will be facing
for next row. Note: To make a longer heel flap, work more
repeats of chart rows 43 and 44.
With RS facing and using a new needle,
pick up and knit 18 sts along heel flap
(placing a marker for start of instep before last 2 picked-up
you worked additional rows in the heel
flap, you will need to adjust the number of picked up
Work across 30 held sts as per round 22
of chart as established, pick up 18 sts
along heel flap (placing a marker after
first 2 picked-up sts for end of instep),
k 10 to center
is now the start of the round. Rearrange
sts if you need to. 86 sts, 34
sts between markers for the instep.
Round 1: Knit to 2 sts before marker at start
of instep, k2tog; sl marker, p2, work instep in chart pattern
as established; sl marker, ssk, k to end of round. 2 sts
decreased. Round 2: Knit.
Repeat Rounds 1 & 2 10 more times until 64 sts
Continue in pattern as established, working
through chart round 44, then work rounds
1-38 once more. Check foot length at this point. Sock
needs to measure 1.75 inches less than full length
for foot from back of heel to toe. If needed, work rounds
39 and 40 until foot is long enough, ending after a round
Toe Round 1: Knit to 3 sts
before instep, k2tog, k1; p2, k1, ssk,
work in pattern as established to last
5 sts of instep, k2tog, k1, p2; k1,
ssk, knit to end of round. 4
Round 2: Knit.
Rep Rounds 1 & 2 6  more times – 36
Next round: Rep Round 1.
Next round: K to 3 sts before instep, k2tog, k1; k3, ssk, k
to last 5 sts of instep, k2tog, k3; k1, ssk, k to end of round.
Rep last 2 rounds until 16 total sts rem.
K4 so you’re in position to graft.
Cut yarn and use tail to graft toe. Sew in all ends and
block if desired.
ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Susan lives in Pittsburgh, PA, with her
husband (who now has his very own pair of Nemesis socks). She
does most of her knitting in coffee shops. She is the founder
of the Shadyside Stitch ‘n