These worsted weight socks knit up quickly and make great slipper socks! This pattern was previously published in Knitting Pattern a Day Calendar 2009 as “Cable Look Socks” and this version has been tech edited and rewritten for clarity, along with adding an additional size.
By Anastacia Zittel / http://anastaciaknits.net /
Materials: 4-5 ounces (115-140 grams) of any worsted weight wool (Knit Picks Swish Worsted, 100% superwash wool, 110 yards/50 grams per skein, 3 balls, in Big Sky was used by designer) and a set of five size 5 (3.75 mm) dpns, or size needed to obtain gauge
Gauge: 5 sts=1 inch in Cable Rib pattern
Measurements: Size small (large): 8 (9.6)” circumference
Abbreviations (pattern uses US terms):
m1: make one (lifted bar increase)
ssk: slip, slip, knit (decrease)
p2tog: purl two together (decrease)
Pattern Note: I used the lifted bar increase (M1), but use increase method of your choice. The heel is a reverse dutch heel. Changes for different sizes are in parenthesis.
Cable Rib Pattern:
Rounds 1, 2, and 3: K2, p2 around.
Round 4: Insert right hand needle into first 2 sts on left hand needle (as if to k2together) and k1, but leave sts on left hand needle. Insert right hand needle into first stitch on left hand needle again and k1 and slip the 2 sts off left hand needle, p2, and repeat across.
Beginning at toe, cast on using Judy’s Magic Cast On method, 4 sts each on 2 needles (8 sts) – see http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring06/FEATmagiccaston.html for more help.
Rounds 1-2: K around.
Round 3: Increase every stitch and at the same time, divide onto 4 needles with 4 sts on each needle (16 sts).
Rounds 4-5: K around.
Round 6: * (K1, m1, k2, m1, k1), rep from * around (24 stitches total).
Rounds 7-8: K around.
Round 9: * (K1, m1, k4, m1, k1), rep from * around (32 stitches total).
Rounds 10-12: K around.
Round 13: * (K1, m1, k6, m1, k1), rep from * around (40 stitches total).
Size large only:
Rounds 13-15: K around
Round 16: * (K1, m1, k8, m1, k1), rep from * around (48 stitches total).
Begin working cable rib pattern (instructions below) over 20 (24) instep stitches; the sole is knit plain (20 (24) stitches). For size small only, slip one stitch from needle two to needle one before knitting, in order to work the cable rib stitch.
Rounds 14-16 (17-19): P1, (k2, p2) across instep sts, end last repeat with p1, k across sole sts.
Round 17 (20): P1, * insert right hand needle into first 2 sts on left hand needle and k1, but leave sts on left hand needle. Insert right hand needle into first stitch on left hand needle again and k1 and slip the 2 sts off left hand needle, p2, and repeat from * across instep stitches, k across sole.
Repeat cable rib pattern until foot measures length desired minus 2-1/2″.
Round 1: Work across top of foot in pattern (needles 1 and 2). On needle 3, k1, m1, k across rest of needle. On needle 4, k across to last stitch, m1, k1.
Round 2: Continue working in pattern.
Repeat last two rows five more times, for a total of 12 increases and 12 rows. See note at end of pattern for adjusting the gusset size if desired.
Heel will be worked over sts on needles 3 and 4, starting on Row 1 below.
Row 1 (WS): Sl first st, p across next 15 (17) sts; on next needle, p5 (p7), turn.
Row 2: (RS): Sl first st, k across next 9 (13) sts, turn.
Row 3: Sl first st, p across next 9 (13) sts, turn.
Repeat Rows 2–3 three times more, and then repeat Row 2 once more.
Continue along the side of the flap and pick up and knit 5 stitches on the side of the flap. Turn, slip first stitch, purl back the 4 stitches you just picked up, purl the next 10 (14) stitches from your flap, and pick up 5 more stitches along other side of flap – 20 (24) purl stitches, including the first slipped stitch. You are left with your original 20 (24) stitches from the bottom of your foot, and gusset stitches to be decreased away.
Sl first st, (k1, sl1) across to last stitch of the heel, and decrease last stitch (ssk) along with one stitch from gusset.
Turn, and purl back, decreasing last stitch of heel with one stitch from gusset (p2tog).
Repeat these two rows until all the gusset stitches have been decreased and you have only 20 (24) stitches for the heel.
Knit across needles 3 and 4, work across the top of your foot in pattern, and now continue the pattern around the leg.
Work even in pattern around entire leg for desired length of leg, minus 2″ for ribbing.
Work rounds 1-3 of pattern only for 2”. Bind off loosely, using Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off (http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall09/FEATjssbo.php). Weave in ends.
Pattern note: To adjust the size of the gusset, work as many rounds as desired, and then work the heel as follows:
Mark the center 10 (14) stitches on needles #3 and #4.
Turn work, slip first stitch, purl across until you hit the marked stitch. Turn, knit across marked stitches only (heel stitches).
Work row 3 and 4 for heel area as written above. If you have more gusset stitches, you will have more decrease rows; if you have less gusset stitches, you will have fewer decrease rows.
Thank you to my tech editor, Kristin LeMoine (kri on Ravelry). Many thanks to my testers, patternwhisperer, honeystalks, and AshwiniJ!
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