Grey skies making you a little blue? It's time to whip out those needles and some gorgeous yarn and knit a bouquet of long stemmed roses. Even better, these are roses that won't soon wilt and fade.
These socks were inspired by the loveliest of cerise and yellow yarns by Knitsch. It might not be so outrageous to soon find a rose garden tucked up in my sock drawer!
A simple, classic sock construction using an old rose leaf pattern from Barbara Walker's second treasury with an art deco influenced rose motif and picot cuff, these socks are something a little bit bright and special for chilly days.
Medium size only: 20 heel stitches remain. Proceed to Gusset.
Row 13 [WS]: Sl1, p18, ssk, k1, turn.
Row 14 [RS]: Sl1, k19, ssk, k1, turn.
Row 15 [WS]: Sl1, p20, ssk, k1, turn.
Row 16 [RS]: Sl1, k21, ssk, k1, turn.
Large size only: 24 heel stitches remain. Proceed to Gusset.
Gusset Gusset setup round: With RS facing, pick up and knit 18 sts along the first side of the heel flap, work across instep sts in pattern as set, pick up and knit 18 sts along second side of heel flap; k 10 to center of heel. This is the new start of round; rearrange your stitches and mark as required. 88 sts.
Gusset round 1: K to 1 st before instep, k2tog; work across instep in pattern as set; k to end of round. 87 sts; 31 sts on instep.
Note: From here, start instep on st 2 of chart pattern.
Gusset round 2: K to 2 stitches before instep, k2tog; work across instep in pattern as set; ssk, k to end of round. Gusset round 3: K to instep; work across instep in pattern as set; k to end of round.
Repeat Gusset rounds 2-3 until 63 stitches remain: 32 sole stitches, 31 instep stitches.
Work even in pattern as established until sock is 2[2.5] inches less than desired length.
Toe Round 1: Knit Round 2: Knit to 3 stitches before the start of the instep, k2tog, k2, ssk, knit to 3 stitches before the end of the instep, k2tog, k2, ssk, knit to end of round.
Repeat these 2 rounds until 23 sts rem. Setup for graft: K to start of instep.
Cut yarn, leaving a 12 inch tail. Using Kitchener stitch, graft the toe stitches together.
Weave in ends and block.
ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Rebecca-Anne Do Rozario makes a living writing and talking about fairy tales at a university. Her Scottish terrier supervises all her knitting.