Light and airy for spring,
these stretchy anklets are knit on two circular
needles and employ a simple lace motif from
Knitting on the Edge by Nicky Epstein.
The Eye of Partridge heel
flap echoes the peaked shape of the lace motif.
Brodnicki photos: Judith
Brodnicki, Ken Gingerich
To fit foot circumference:
|Foot circumference: 8.5 inches
Lisa Souza Superwash Sport Weight Merino [100%
merino wool; 375yd/343m per 4 oz skein]; color:
Ginger Peach; 1 skein
2 US #3/3.25mm circular needles, any length (16-inch
or 24-inch is recommended)
|30 sts / 40 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
of standard abbreviations and techniques can
be found here]
The ball band on Lisa Souza
Superwash Sport Weight Merino suggests a gauge
of 6 sts = 1 inch, worked on US #5 or #6 (3.75
or 4mm) needles. For these socks, it is worked
at a tighter gauge, yielding a firmer fabric.
There is enough yarn in one 4 oz skein of this
yarn to knit these socks with 6-inch cuffs;
if knitted with 4.5-inch cuffs as written, there
will be yarn left over. If you choose to substitute
another yarn, approx. 285yd/260m should be sufficient
for the socks as written.
This pattern is worked on 2 circular needles.
If you prefer to use double-point needles, be
sure to divide the stitches between needles
in multiples of 6.
If you plan to increase or decrease the circumference
of these socks by casting on more or fewer stitches,
be sure the number of stitches you use is a
multiple of 6. At the gauge listed, one 6-stitch
pattern repeat is approximately 0.75 inch wide.
SK2P: Slip the next stitch,
knit 2 together, pass the slipped stitch over
the stitch just worked.
CO 60 sts.
Place 30 sts on each needle and join to begin
working in the round, being careful not to twist.
The first and second needles of the round will
be designated Needle 1 and Needle 2, respectively.
Round 1: [Yo, k1, SK2P, k1, yo, k1] to
Round 2: K all sts.
Repeat these 2 rounds until cuff measures 4.5
inches or desired length to top of foot, ending
with Round 1.
Next Round: Slip the last stitch of Needle
2 to Needle 1, and count this as the first stitch
of the new round; k next 30 sts (to end of Needle
1). Do not complete round.
There are 31 sts on Needle 1 and 29 sts on Needle
2. The sts on Needle 1 will be held for the instep
while the heel flap is worked back and forth over
the sts on Needle 2.
Row 1 [RS]: Sl 1, k2, [sl 1, k1] to end.
Rows 2 and 4 [WS]: Sl 1, p to end.
Row 3 [WS]: [Sl 1, k1] to last st, k1.
Repeat these 4 rows 7 times more. There are 16
slipped sts along each side of the heel flap.
Row 1 [RS]: K16, ssk, k1. Turn work.
Row 2 [WS]: Sl 1, p4, p2tog, p1. Turn
Row 3 [RS]: Sl 1, k5, ssk, k1. Turn work.
Row 4 [WS]: Sl 1, p6, p2tog, p1. Turn
Row 5 [RS]: Sl 1, k7, ssk, k1. Turn work.
Row 6 [WS]: Sl 1, p8, p2tog, p1. Turn
Row 7 [RS]: Sl 1, k9, ssk, k1. Turn work.
Row 8 [WS]: Sl 1, p10, p2tog, p1. Turn
Row 9 [RS]: Sl 1, k11, ssk, k1. Turn
Row 10 [WS]: Sl 1, p12, p2tog, p1. Turn
Row 11 [RS]: Sl 1, k13, ssk, k1. Turn
Row 12 [WS]: Sl 1, p14, p2tog, p1. Turn
work. 17 sts remain.
With RS facing, k all sts on Needle 2, pick up
and k 16 sts (1 st in each slipped st) along edge
of heel flap. 33 sts on Needle 2.
Using Needle 1, [k1, yo, k1, SK2P, k1, yo] to
last st on Needle 1, k1.
Using Needle 2, pick up and k 16 sts along remaining
edge of heel flap, then k remaining sts on Needle
There are 80 sts: 31 sts on Needle 1 and 49 sts
on Needle 2.
Round 1: K all sts on Needle 1; k1, ssk,
k to last 3 sts on Needle 2, k2tog, k1.
Round 2: [K1, yo, k1, SK2P, k1, yo] to
last st on Needle 1, k1; k all sts on Needle 2.
Repeat these 2 rounds 9 times more.
There are 60 sts: 31 sts on Needle 1 and 29 sts
on Needle 2.
Working sts on Needle 1 in pattern as set and
sts on Needle 2 in stockinette stitch, work until
foot measures 2 inches less than desired length
to end of toe.
Decrease Round: [K1, ssk, k to last 3
sts on needle, k2tog, k1] twice. 4 sts decreased
(2 sts decreased from each needle).
K 1 round.
Repeat these 2 rounds 6 times more.
There are 32 sts: 17 sts on Needle 1 and 15 sts
on Needle 2.
Work Decrease Round 4 times more. 16
|Slip 1 st from Needle 1 to
Needle 2: 8 sts on each needle.
Graft sts on Needle 1 to sts on Needle 2.
Weave in ends.
Brodnicki is a 40-something graphic designer
and an incurable knitter. She lives in Omaha,
Nebraska, with her husband, three cats, and
Musings, observations, and occasional rants
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