Tuesday, September 29, 2009
February Lady Sock: Free Pattern!
You might recall that I knitted a February Lady Sweater.
Being a socky sort of girl, I decided that a pair of socks might be nice, to go with it. The lace pattern lends itself very nicely to socks - it's a nice ribby sort of look.
Ladies’ S (up to shoe size 7), L (shoe size 7½ and up) - for a wider foot work the larger size.
400yds/365m sock yarn that knits to gauge
1 set 2.5 mm double pointed needles OR 1 long 2.5mm circular needle for magic loop method
stitch marker if you're using magic loop
36 sts = 4”/10 cm in stocking stitch using 2.5mm needles
28 sts = 4”/10 cm in gull lace pattern using 2.5mm needles
GULL LACE PATTERN: Over a multiple of 7 sts, worked in the round.
Round 1: *K1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1; repeat from * to end of round.
Round 2: Knit all sts.
Round 3: *K2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk; repeat from * to end of round.
Round 4: Knit all sts.
Directions are for smallest size, with numbers for larger size in parentheses.
Cuff & Leg:
Cast on 50  stitches. Distribute stitches evenly across needles and join for working in the round, being careful not to twist.
Ribbing round: *K1, p1; rep from * to end of round.
Repeat ribbing round until sock measures 1 [1.25] inch/2.5  cm from cast on. For smaller size ONLY, k2tog at end of final round.
Change to Gull Lace Pattern and work until leg measures 6.5  inches/17  cm, ending with Round 4.
This portion is knitted flat, in stocking stitch.
Knit first 28  stitches. (Slip the rem 21  sts to a holder if you wish.) Starting with a purl row, work 21  rows of stocking stitch on these sts, slipping the first stitch of every row. RS is facing for next row.
Heel turn row 1 (RS): Knit 19  stitches, ssk, turn.
Heel turn row 2 (WS): Slip 1, purl 10  stitches, p2tog, turn.
Heel turn row 3 (RS): Slip 1, knit 10  stitches, ssk, turn.
Heel turn row 4 (WS): Slip 1, purl 10  stitches, p2tog, turn.
Repeat last two rows until all stitches have been worked. Ensure RS is facing for next row. 12  sts rem.
Re-establish Round and Create Gusset:
Knit the heel stitches. Pick up and knit 15  stitches along selvedge edge at first side of heel, using slipped stitches as a guide. Work across the 21  stitches of instep as per lace pattern round 1. Pick up and knit 15  stitches along selvedge edge at other side of heel, using slipped stitches as a guide. Work 6  stitches from the heel. 63  sts total.
The beginning of the round is now at the centre of the heel. Place a marker if required for magic loop method.
First gusset round: K6, k 15  tbl; work across 21  sts of instep in lace pattern as established; k 15  tbl, k6.
Gusset decrease round: Knit to 2 sts before instep, k2tog; work across 21  sts of instep in lace pattern as established; ssk, k to end of round.
Work 2 even rounds.
Repeat these last three rounds until 36 sts remain on the sole - 57  sts total.
Work even in pattern as established until foot measures 5 cm/2 inches less than desired length, ending with Round 4 of the lace pattern.
Setup for toe: K to instep sts; *k2, m1, k3, m1, k2; rep from * 2  more times; k to end of round. 63  sts.
If required, rearrange your sts so that there are 31  on your instep needle, and 32  for the sole.
Work a decrease round: Knit to 3 sts before instep, k2tog, k2,ssk, k to last 3 sts of instep, k2tog, k2, ssk, k to end of round.
Work 3 rounds even.
Work a decrease round followed by 2 even rounds. Repeat these last three rounds once more.
Work a decrease round followed by 1 even round. Repeat these last two rounds twice more.
Work decrease rounds until 11  stitches rem.
To finish, cut yarn, draw through the final stitches and tighten. Weave in ends.
These socks will benefit from blocking: get them soaking wet, roll them in a towel to wring out most of the water, and then put them on. Remove them immediately, and hang to dry.