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Lisa Souza yarn

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.

photos: Marcy Bieker, Judith Brodnicki photos: Judith Brodnicki, Ken Gingerich


To fit foot circumference: 8.5-9 inches

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)
Tapestry needle
30 sts / 40 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch

[Knitty's list 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 end.
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.

Heel Flap
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.

Turn Heel
Row 1 [RS]: K16, ssk, k1. Turn work.
Row 2 [WS]: Sl 1, p4, p2tog, p1. Turn work.
Row 3 [RS]: Sl 1, k5, ssk, k1. Turn work.
Row 4 [WS]: Sl 1, p6, p2tog, p1. Turn work.
Row 5 [RS]: Sl 1, k7, ssk, k1. Turn work.
Row 6 [WS]: Sl 1, p8, p2tog, p1. Turn work.
Row 7 [RS]: Sl 1, k9, ssk, k1. Turn work.
Row 8 [WS]: Sl 1, p10, p2tog, p1. Turn work.
Row 9 [RS]: Sl 1, k11, ssk, k1. Turn work.
Row 10 [WS]: Sl 1, p12, p2tog, p1. Turn work.
Row 11 [RS]: Sl 1, k13, ssk, k1. Turn work.
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 2.
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 sts remain.
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.


Judith Brodnicki is a 40-something graphic designer and an incurable knitter. She lives in Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband, three cats, and one dog.

Musings, observations, and occasional rants about life and knitting can be found on her blog: zstreetnews