My BFF and I have been friends for about 21 years. (She
is not a knitter). During these 21 years she has talked
me into many crazy adventures. Midnight movies and holiday
shopping, “special” early morning sale events (not
for yarn), waiting in long lines for concert tickets and driving
around searching for certain, to remain nameless, small plush
toys that were popular collector items many years ago, just
to name a few.
We have co-chaired many school and community projects together
and been each other’s date at social events when our husbands
did not want to go. We have taken many road trips together.
Denise drives so I can knit.
There have been shared celebrations and
sadness. We are each other’s rock, cheerleader and
extended family, yet I don’t know if I have ever
told her how grateful I am for her friendship.
Gratitude was designed with friendship in mind. It’s
tessellations with twisted rib, lace and cables remind me how
interconnected we all are on our path through life, with a few
potholes along the way.
There is pattern every round to keep you
on your toes, but it is very intuitive.
It’s shown in a
very decadent cashmere/silk blend suitable
for lounging and a superwash wool for long wear.
We're giving away a kit to knit these socks, with
yarn generously supplied by Lisa Souza!
More details on our Contest page...
Circumference: 7 [7.5, 8, 8.5] inches, blocked but unstretched
Foot Length: Adjustable to fit.
version: Lisa Souza Knitwear and Dyeworks, Cashmere Silk Fingering;
[55% Bombyx Silk, 45% Cashmere, 400 yards per 2 oz. skein]; Marionberry;
1 skein Light
version: Lisa Souza Knitwear
and Dyeworks, Sock!; [75% Superwash
Wool, 25% Nylon, 450 yards per 4 oz.
skein]; Zazu; 1 skein
Recommended needle size [always use a needle size that gives
you the gauge listed below -- every knitter's
gauge is unique]
set US #0/2mm double-point needles
set US #1/2.25mm double-point needles OR
US #0/2mm circular needles for two-circulars
US #1/2.25mm circular needles for two-circulars method
36 sts/48 rounds = 4 inches in
stockinette stitch with smaller needle
PATTERN NOTES [Knitty's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here.]
The patterning on the foot is worked in a slightly unusual manner.
Instead of dividing the stitches evenly, there is one more stitch
in the instep than in the sole – this allows the patterning
on the foot to be symmetrical.
The leg is worked with the larger size needle. The heel flap,
gusset and sole stitches are worked with needles one size smaller.
This addresses the issue of the stitch pattern not being super
stretchy. For this reason, the sock needs to be worked on double-pointed
or two-circular needles; Magic Loop won’t work.
C6B: Slip next 3 sts
to cable needle and hold in back; k3,
then k3 from cn.
C6F: Slip next 3 sts to cable needle and hold
in front; k3, then k3 from cn.
C8B: Slip next 4 sts to cable needle and hold
in back; k4, then k4 from cn.
C8F: Slip next 4 sts to cable needle and hold
in front; k4, then k4 from cn.
Charts The charts for
this pattern are very large. Each fits
on a letter-sized page.
Click below and print each resulting
Loosely cast on 60[66, 72, 80] sts onto the larger needle(s). Distribute
stitches as you prefer and join, being careful not to twist. Note or mark
beginning of round.
Round 1: Work chart row 1 for appropriate size around
Work as established following appropriate size. Once 43[46,
49, 43] rounds are complete, continue repeating only chart rows
22-43[23-46, 24-49, 22-43], until leg is desired length, ending
with row 34[36, 38, 34]. The socks photographed have legs 7 inches
Turn so that WS is facing. Heel flap
is worked back and forth in rows on 29[32, 35, 39] sts following
the appropriate chart for your size. The pattern extends into
the heel flap. Repeat the last row 21[24, 27, 31] more times.
30[36, 38, 40] rows total.
17[20, 21, 23] sts remain after heel
Place a marker for start of first gusset. With
RS facing, using smaller needle, pick
up and knit 16[18, 20, 21] sts along
the side of the heel flap for right gusset.
Place marker for end of gusset/start
of instep sts. With larger needle, work
across 31[34, 37, 41] instep sts following
next row of appropriate chart and place
a marker for end of instep/start of second
gusset. With smaller needle, pick up
and knit 16[18, 20, 21] sts along the
side of the heel flap for left gusset.
Note: This round corresponds to the setup
round on the gusset charts, shown as
a guide to help you place the patterning.
Place a marker for end of gusset.
Continuing: knit the 8[10,11, 12] heel
sts, and place a marker for start of
round. 80[90, 98, 106] sts total. 31[34,
37, 41] on instep, 49[56, 61, 65] on
Start of round is at center of heel
The instep sts will be worked with the
larger needle, and the sole sts with
the smaller needle. Ensure your stitches
are distributed appropriately.
Follow the appropriate chart for the
gussets, repeating the patterning as
indicated across instep . 60[66, 72,
80] sts after decreases complete.
Work even as established, repeating patterning
across instep as per leg until the
foot length reaches the base of the
toes when measured from back of heel,
removing instep markers on final round.
Toe is worked with smaller needles only – change
the larger needle(s) for smaller needle(s)
Sizes S, M, L only Round 1: [K8[9, 10, -] k2tog]
to end of round. 54[60, 66, -] sts Round 2 and all even rounds:
Knit Round 3: [K7[8, 9, -] k2tog]
to end of round. 48[54, 60, -] sts Round 5: [K6[7, 8, -] k2tog]
to end of round. 42[48, 54 -] sts. Round 7: [K5[6, 7, -] k2tog]
to end of round. 36[42, 48, -] sts. Round 9: [K4[5, 6, -] k2tog]
to end of round. 30[36, 42, -] sts. Round 11: [K3[4, 5, -] k2tog]
to end of round. 24[30, 36, -] sts. Round 13: [K2[3, 4, -] k2tog]
to end of round. 18[24, 30] sts. Round 15: [K1[2, 3, -] k2tog]
to end of round. 12[18, 24] sts.
Size S only: Round 17: K2tog to end of
round. 6 sts.
Size M only: Round 17: [K1, k2tog] to end
of round. 12 sts. Round 19: K2tog to end of
round. 6 sts.
Size L only: Round 17: [K2, k2tog] to end
of round. 18 sts. Round 19: [K1, k2tog] to
end of round. 12 sts. Round 21: K2tog to end of
round. 6 sts.
Size XL only: Round 1: [K8, k2tog] to end
of round. 72 sts. Rounds 2 & 3; 5 & 6;
8 & 9; 11 & 12; 14 & 15;
17 & 18; 20 & 21; 23 & 24:
Knit Round 4: [K7, k2tog] to
end of round. 64 sts.
Round 7: [K6, k2tog] to end of round.
56 sts. Round 10: [K5, k2tog] to end
of round. 48 sts. Round 13: [K4, k2tog] to end
of round.40 sts.
Round 16: [K3, k2tog] to end of round.
32 sts. Round 19: [K2, k2tog] to end
of round. 24 sts. Round 22: [K1, k2tog] to end
of round. 16 sts. Round 25: K2tog to end of
round. 8 sts.
All sizes: Cut
yarn leaving a 6 inch tail. Use a tapestry
needle to pull yarn thru the remaining
stitches several times. Pull tight. Pull
tail to inside.
Weave in ends. Block.
Brenda’s designs are fueled by the creative
energy of the San Francisco Bay Area. Her artistic
vibe and desire to explore new techniques infuses
her various creative outlets of cooking, beading,
and most of all, knitting.