I love looking through stitch dictionaries in my spare time.
I have even been known to leave one or
two in the bathroom.
When I came across
this lace pattern I knew it would make
a lovely sock. In the book it is a ten-stitch
repeat. That works well for a sixty-stitch
sock, but what about larger sizes? By altering the scale of the
pattern I was able to design a sock in a multiple of sizes without
changing the integrity of the design.
Women’s S [M, L, XL] [shown in size M]
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Circumference: 7 [7.5, 8, 8.5] inches, unstretched Foot Length: Adjustable to fit.
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 OR
US #0/2mm long circular needle for magic loop method OR
2 US #0/2mm circular needles for two-circulars method
40 sts/52 rounds = 4 inches in
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.
Charts The chart for this pattern is very large and fits on a letter-sized
Click here and print the resulting
page. Charts were updated April 7, 2011
Loosely cast on 60[66, 72, 80] sts. Distribute
stitches as you prefer and join, being
careful not to twist. Mark beginning of
Round 1: Work chart row 1 for appropriate size around round. Note that size XL uses the same chart as for size S.
Work as established following appropriate
size. Once 50[56, 62, 50] rounds are complete, continue repeating
only chart rows 27-50[29-56, 31-62, 27-50], working until leg
is desired length. 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.
Row 1 [WS]: K3, p26[29, 32, 36].
Row 2 [RS]: P3, [k1, sl 1], rep to last 3 sts, k3.
Repeat Rows 1 & 2 15[17, 18, 19] more times. 32[36, 38,
40] rows total. WS will be facing.
This heel flap style creates a garter stitch edge which makes
it easy to pick up the gusset stitches along the edge of the
Pick up and knit 18[19, 20, 21] sts along the side of the heel
flap for right gusset. Place marker for start of round. Work
across 31[34, 37, 41] instep sts following next row of appropriate
chart for size being made and place a second marker for end of
instep. Pick up and knit 18[19, 20, 21]sts along the side of
the heel flap for left gusset. Knit the 17[20, 21, 23] heel flap
stitches and the 18[19, 20, 21] right side gusset stitches. 84[92,
98, 106] sts total. 31[34, 37, 41] on instep, 53[58, 61, 65]
on sole. Start of round is at start of instep sts.
Gusset decreases: Decrease round: Work in pattern to end
of instep; k1, SSK; knit to last 3 sts of round, k2tog, k1.
2 sts decreased.
Following round: Work even.
Repeat the above two rounds 11[12, 12,
12] more times until 60[66, 72, 80] sts rem total – 31[34,
37, 41] on instep, 29[32, 35, 39] on sole.
Work even as established on 60[66, 72,
80] sts until the foot length reaches the base of the toes
when measured from back of heel, removing instep markers on
TOE Setup round: K30[33, 36, 40], place marker
for end of instep sts, k to end of round.
Decrease round: K 1, ssk, knit to 3 stitches
before second marker, k2tog, k2, ssk, knit to 3 sts before end
of round, k2tog, k1. 4 sts decreased. Round 2: Knit.
Repeat these two rounds [7, 8, 9, 9] times more, until 28[30,
32, 40] sts remain.
Repeat decrease round 3[3, 3, 4] more times
until 16[18, 20, 24] sts remain.
Graft toe sts together with Kitchener st. Weave in ends. Block.
ABOUT THE DESIGNER
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.