You know, I love striped socks, so I made them, my way. When I finished them, I don’t know, something just said embellish. Socks are a somewhat limited canvas when it comes to post-knit adornment, but something, again, said flower and tassels. Instead of the title Ostentatious Socks, I now deem them the Sensible Socks. Hopefully, however, you won’t be hearing voices in your head when knitting your Sensible Socks.
By The Yarn Bearer
Yarn: Knit Picks Gloss in Black (MC) and Cocoa (CC), one skein of each (there’s plenty left over if you need to up the size to a US 8 foot, but any larger will probably need an extra ball of each)
Needles: US 1 set of five dpns
Notions: Stitch marker, yarn needle for weaving in ends, scrap yarn for heel stitches
Size: These are knit for a size 7 (US) woman’s foot
Gauge: 16 rnds = 1″
CO 58 sts with MC, dividing evenly (as much as you can) among four needles, join for working in the rnd. Work 1×1 rib (k1, p1) for 1.25″. Do not break yarn, but carry yarn not in use along seam line, switch to CC and knit 3 rnds, switch to MC and knit 3 rnds. Continue alternating CC and MC as established until work measures 6.5″ from CO edge, ending with only 2 rnds of MC.
This is where we “reserve” a space for the heel. With MC, knit around to the last 14 sts, join in scrap yarn (and carrying/stranding MC behind the stitches you are working), knit to end of rnd, slip marker (and begin carrying MC AND CC behind the stitches you are working), knit 14sts stitches more. Drop the scrap yarn and with MC (still carrying CC), knit to end of rnd (drop CC). Knit two more rnds in MC. Continue stripe pattern again, beginning with CC until the work measures 5″ from heel reserve, ending with 3 rnds of CC, break off CC.
Begin toe shaping as follows, needles 1 & 3 should have 15 sts, needles 2 & 4 should have 14 sts. With MC, knit to the last 2 sts on needle 1, ktog. Knit across needle 2. Knit to the last 2 sts on needle 3, k2tog. Knit across needle 4. Knit one rnd even. There should be 56 sts, 14 sts on each needle. Continue star toe as follows:
Rnd 1: Knit to the last 2 sts, k2tog on each needle. 4 sts decreased – 52 sts.
Rnd 2: Knit even.
Repeat rnds 1 & 2 until only 8 sts remain. Break yarn and with yarn needle, thread yarn through the remaining sts and pull tight. Weave in ends on inside of sock.
This is where we return to the heel. Trust me, the peasant heel is not as mean as it looks…
Getting back to that heel, carefully pull out the waste yarn you left at the heel and pick up the 55 live sts. Starting at the edge of the heel and with CC (leave about a five to seven inch tail), knit three rnds (I used two circular needles, so I had the top 28 sts on one, the lower 27 sts on the other). Begin shaping as follows:
Rnd 1: *K1, SSK, k to 3 sts before opposite edge, k2tog, k1; rep from * on other half of heel.
Rnd 2: Knit.
Continue repeating rnds 1 and 2 until there are 15 sts left (8 sts on top, 7 sts on bottom). Use kitchener stitch to close heel. Weave in ends (I used my ends to close up the little holes on the heel edges).
Unfortunately, I can’t give you the pattern for the little flower because I got that from Rowan’s Next Big Thing, using a 2.25 mm crochet hook and CC instead. Really, though, you can use any flower pattern you like, or leave it alone. Enjoy!
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