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heartBEAUTY

Tangy

When I first saw this yarn in my LYS, I knew it had to become something outrageous. The riotous combination of colors evokes memories of a particular breed of circus where fantastical creatures, obnoxious clowns and acrobatic performers unite to entrance the mind and enthrall the spirit.

Here, rivulets of cables flow from the top of the leg, gently curving themselves around the heel and toe. The channels of smaller cables are actually twisted stitches; these simple embellishments make a stunning detail when carried down the edges of the foot and around the toe. A clever twist on the three-needle bindoff finishes these socks in style, and is flatter and more comfortable than might first appear.

Wild colors just not your thing? These look equally beautiful in a solid color!

SIZE

Women’s small [shoe size 5-7] (large [shoe size 8-10]). Blue variegated sock shown in size small, green sock in size large.
Instructions are given for smaller size, with larger size in parentheses. When only 1 number is given, it applies to both sizes.

 
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

Circumference: 8 [9] inches – will stretch to fit 11 [12] inches comfortably.
Foot length: 9 [10] inches

 
MATERIALS
spacer Regia Design Line Kaffe Fassett  [75% Superwash Wool, 25% Nylon, 210 m per 50 gram ball] color: 4260; 2 balls
also shown in
spacer Knit Picks Essential [75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon, 231 yards per 50 gram ball] color: Grasshopper; 2 balls

Recommended needle size:
spacer Set of 5 US #1/2.25 mm double pointed needles
OR
spacer 32 inch US #1/2.25 mm circular needle
[always use a needle size that gives you the gauge listed below -- every knitter's gauge is unique]

spacer Cable Needle (optional for working cables)
spacer Stitch Marker
spacer Tapestry Needle

 
GAUGE

32 sts/48 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch

 
PATTERN NOTES
[Knitty's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here.]

N1, N2, N3, N4: Needle 1, Needle 2, Needle 3, Needle 4

3-Stitch Right Purl Cable (3RPC): Slip next st to cable needle and hold to back of work; k2, p1 from cable needle.

3-Stitch Left Purl Cable (3LPC): Slip next 2 sts to cable needle and hold to front of work; p1, k2 from cable needle.

4-Stitch Right Purl Cable (4RPC): Slip next to sts to cable needle and hold to back of work; k2, p2 from cable needle.

4-Stitch Left Purl Cable (4LPC): Slip next 2 sts to cable needle and hold to front of work; p2, k2 from cable needle.

4-Stitch Right Cable (4RC): Slip next 2 sts to cable needle and hold to back of work; k2, k2 from cable needle.

Twist (TW): Skip next st, knitting into second st; knit first st, slipping both sts from needle.

Rounded Decrease (RNDD), worked on RS, over 4 sts: Sl1 with yarn in back, k2, pass slipped st over both knit sts; slip the 2 sts back to LH needle; pass 3rd st on LH needle over the 2 sts; slip 2 sts to RH needle – 2 sts decreased.

Rounded Decrease (RNDD), worked on WS, over 4 sts: Sl1 with yarn  in front, p2, pass slipped st over both purled sts; slip the 2 sts back to LH needle; pass 3rd st on LH needle over the 2 sts; slip the 2 sts back to RH needle – 2 sts decreased.

Twisted Three-Needle Bindoff:
Knit through the next stitch on both LH needles at the same time, slipping both stitches off the needles – 1 st on RH needle. *Place stitch on front LH needle; k2tog from front needle, placing resulting loop on back LH needle. Lift second st on back LH needle over first st and off needle; place remaining st on RH needle. Knit through the next st on both LH needles at the same time, slipping both sts off the needles – 2 sts on RH needle. Lift second st on RH needle over first stitch and off needle – 1 st on RH needle; rep from * across. Cut yarn, slipping end through last rem st to close.

Size Small Cirque Stitch Pattern (Multiple of 18 sts):
Round 1: TW, p1, k1, p1, k2, p6, k2, p1, k1, p1.
Round 2: K2, p1, k1, p1, k2, p6, k2, p1, k1, p1.
Round 3: TW, p1, k1, 3LPC, p4, 3RPC, p1, k1, p1.
Round 4: K2, p1, k1, p2, k2, p4, k2, p2, k1, p1.
Round 5: TW, p1, k1, p2, 4LPC, 4RPC, p2, k1, p1.
Round 6: K2, p1, k1, p4, k4, p4, k1, p1.
Round 7: TW, p1, k1, p4, 4RC, p4, k1, p1.
Round 8: Repeat Round 6.
Round 9: TW, p1, k1, p4, k4, p4, k1, p1.
Round 10: Repeat Round 6.
Round 11: Repeat Round 7.
Round 12: Repeat Round 6.
Round 13: TW, p1, k1, p2, 4RPC, 4LPC, p2, k1, p1.
Round 14: Repeat Round 4.
Round 15: TW, p1, k1, p1, 3RPC, p4, 3LPC, p1, k1, p1.
Round 16: Repeat Round 2.
Repeat Rounds 1-16 for pattern. When worked flat, all odd rows are worked by knitting the knit sts and purling the purl sts.

Size Large Cirque Stitch Pattern (Multiple of 20 sts):
Round 1: K2, p1, k1, p1, k2, p8, k2, p1, k1, p1.
Round 2: TW, p1, k1, p1, 3LPC, p6, 3RPC, p1, k1, p1.
Round 3: K2, p1, k1, p2, k2, p6, k2, p2, k1, p1.
Round 4: TW, p1, k1, p2, 3LPC, p4, 3RPC, p2, k1, p1.
Round 5: K2, p1, k1, p3, k2, p4, k2, p3, k1, p1.
Round 6: TW, p1, k1, p3, 4LPC, 4RPC, p3, k1, p1.
Round 7: K2, p1, k1, p5, k4, p5, k1, p1.
Round 8: TW, p1, k1, p5, 4RC, p5, k1, p1.
Round 9: Repeat Round 7.
Round 10: TW, p1, k1, p5, k4, p5, k1, p1.
Round 11: Repeat Round 7.
Round 12: Repeat Round 8.
Round 13: Repeat Round 7.
Round 14: TW, p1, k1, p3, 4RPC, 4LPC, p3, k1, p1.
Round 15: K2, p1, k1, p3, k2, p4, k2, p3, k1, p1.
Round 16: TW, p1, k1, p2, 3RPC, p4, 3LPC, p2, k1, p1.
Round 17: Repeat Round 3.
Round 18: TW, p1, k1, p1, 3RPC, p6, 3LPC, p1, k1, p1.
Repeat Rounds 1-18 for pattern. When worked flat, all even rows are worked by knitting the knit sts and purling the purl sts.

chart

Cirque
DIRECTIONS
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Leg
CO 72 [80] sts.

Divide sts between needles as follows: N1 & N2: 18 [20]; N3: 20 [22]; N4; 16 [18].
(NOTE: if you are using a circular needle, place 34 [38] on front needle and 38 [42] sts on back needle, placing stitch marker after 16th [18th] st on the front needle to mark the beg of round.)
Dividing sts in this way will help you avoid having to rearrange sts later in the pattern.

Round 1: [K1 tbl, p1] rep to end of round.

Repeat this round until work measures one inch.

Work 4 repeats of appropriate Cirque Stitch Pattern, ending with Round 8 [9] on 4th rep.

Next row (working only across sts on N1) [RS]: Slip 2 with yarn in back (wyib), p1, sl1 wyib, p4[5], sl4 wyib, p4[5], sl1 wyib, p1, turn.

Heel Flap
Heel flap will now be worked flat across 34 [38] sts on N1 & N4, starting with a WS row. Directions are given as though for one needle.

Continuing in patt as established, work 28 [32] rows.  Note: Remember that when working flat, all patterning is done on the RS rows -- on WS  rows, just knit the knits and purl the purls.

Next Row (WS): K1, p1, k4 [5], RNDD, k4 [5], p1, k1, p2, k1, p1, k4 [5], RNDD, k4 [5], p1, k1. 30 [34] sts.
Second Row [RS]: P12 [14], k1, p1, TW, p1, k1, p12 [14].
Third Row [WS]: K12 [14], p1, k1, p2, k1, p1, k12 [14].

Repeat the last two rows once more.

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Turn Heel
Row 1 [RS]:
K18 [20], ssk, k1, turn.

Row 2 [WS]: Sl1, p7, p2tog, p1, turn.

Row 3 [RS]: Sl1, k8, ssk, k1, turn.

Row 4 [WS]: Sl1, p9, p2tog, p1, turn.

Row 5 [RS]: Sl1, k10, ssk, k1, turn.

Row 6 [WS]: Sl1, p11, p2tog, p1, turn.

Row 7 [RS]: Sl1, k12, ssk, k1, turn.

Row 8 [WS]: Sl1, p13, p2tog, p1, turn.

Row 9 [RS]: Sl1, k14, ssk, k1, turn.

Row 10 [WS]: Sl1, p15, p2tog, p1, turn.

Row 11 [RS]: Sl1, k16 ssk, k -[1], turn.

Row 12 [WS]: Sl1, p16 [17], p2tog, p -[1], turn.

Small Size: Proceed to gusset – 18 sts remain.

Large Size Only
RS - Row 13:
Sl1, k18, ssk, turn.

WS - Row 14: p19, p2tog, turn - 20 sts remain.

Gusset
Knit first 9 [10] heel sts. This point (center of heel) will now
mark the beginning of the round.
Using a new needle (now N1), k remaining 9 [10] sts of heel flap, then pick up 17 [19] sts along adjacent edge of heel flap.
Using next needle (N2), work across next 18 [20] sts in patt as established.
Using next needle (N3), work across next 20 [22] sts in patt as established.
Using remaining needle (N4), pick up 17 [19] sts along edge of heel flap, k last 9 [10] sts on heel flap – 90  [100] sts: N1 & N4: 26 [29]; N2: 18 [20]; N3: 20 [22]. 

Round 1 (Decrease Round): K to last 3 sts on N1, k2tog, p1; work sts on N2 & N3 in patt; p1, ssk, k to end of N4 – 2 sts decreased.
Round 2: K to last st on N1, p1; work sts on N2 & N3 in patt; p1, k to end of N4.

Repeat these two rounds until 17 [20] sts remain on both N1 & N4 – 72 [84] sts.

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Foot
Continue even as established, working all sts on N2 & N3 in patt and purling last st of N1 and first st of N4 until 9 repeats of patt have been worked from cast on edge, ending with Round 5 [6] on 9th repeat.

Next Round: N1: K to last st, p1; N2: K2, p1, k1, p4 [5], RNDD, p4 [5], k1, p1; N3: k2, p1, k1, p4 [5], RNDD, p4 [5], k1, p1, k2; N4: p1, k across.

Round 2: N1: K to last st, p1; N2: TW, p1, k1, p 4[5], [purl into the front & back of next st] twice, p 4[5], k1, p1; N3: TW, p1, k1, p to last 4 sts, k1, p1, TW; N4: p1, knit across.

Round 3: N1: K to last st, p1; N2:  (k2, p1, k1),  p to last 2 sts, (k1, p1); N3: (k2, p1, k1), p to last 4 sts, (k1, p1, k2); N4: p1, knit to end.

Round 4: N1: K to last st, p1; N2: (TW, p1, k1), p to last 2 sts, (k1, p1); N3: (TW, p1, k1), p to last 4 sts, (k1, p1, TW); N4: p1, knit to end.

Repeat Rounds 3 & 4 once more. (You are continuing to work the twist sts at each edge and center.)

Toe
Round 1 (Decrease round): N1: K to last 3 sts, k2tog, p1; N2: K2, p1, ssk, k across; N3: k to last 5 sts, k2tog, p1, k2; N4: p1, ssk, k across.

Round 2: N1: K to last st, p1; N2: TW, p1, k across; N3: k to last 3 sts, p1, TW; N4: p1, k across.

Repeat these two rounds until 36 sts remain – 8 sts each on N1 & N4, 10 sts each on N2 & N3. With N4, k across all sts on N1. (This is now N1). Transfer sts on N2 & N3 to one needle (N2). Transfer one st from each end of N2 to N1 – 18 sts on each needle. Work Twisted Three-Needle Bindoff.

FINISHING

Weave in all ends. Block to shape.

 
ABOUT THE DESIGNER

designernameBlank Sarah Wilson is shocked she had these in her. She recently moved from West Palm Beach to Kansas City, where she now sees the value in woolen socks.

Stop by her blog, Fashioknitsa, for more free patterns and to keep tabs on what she's up to!

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