LAVENDER BLOSSOM SOCKS

 

 

 

These socks are a cozy knit that was inspired by gentle lavender blossoms.

Slipped stitches create beautifully textured fabric that is rather flexible and guarantees the comfortable fit. Socks are knitted from top down with a classic heel.

This pattern was specially designed to unravel the beauty of kettle-dyed yarn, but it can be used as a base for experiments.. It will also look great with complex colors of hand-dyed yarn, and will make an unusual garment out of a solid-colored skein.

 
 
 

YARN

  • 1 skein of Kettle Steps from Good For Ewe, (40% superwash merino, 40% baby llama, 20% nylon, 414yds/380m,3.5oz/100g) in color 2540 Amorous Amethyst
  • Any other sock yarn will work fine.

NEEDLES

  • US 1 - 2.25 mm or US 1½ - 2.5 mm
  • Circular needles for magic loop method or 5 DPNs set.

NOTIONS

  • Stitch markers
  • Stitch holder (optional)
  • Tapestry needle
  • Sock blockers

GAUGE

  • 32 sts and 48 rows in 4”/10cm in Stockinette Stitch, blocked

FINISHED SIZE

  • S (M, L): 60 (66, 72)sts.

 
 

Notes

  • The socks are knitted from the top down. The heel is of a classic construction with a heel flap and a gusset.

  • Pattern has both written row-by-row instructions and charts. Charts have to be read down up.

  • There are directions for stitches distribution both for the magic loop and for the DPNs.

  • For the main pattern, on RS stitches are slipped as if to purl wyib. On WS (at the heel flap) stitches are slipped wyif.

 

Pattern

 

CUFF

Cast on 60 (66, 72) sts. Combine them in a round. PM to mark the beginning.

  • For magic loop method, divide stitches between two needles evenly: 30+30 (33+33, 36+36).
  • For DPNs, divide stitches as follows: 15+15+15+15 (15+18+15+18, 18+18+18+18).

Ribbing: (k1, p1) until the end of a round. Repeat for 14 rnds total (or until the desired cuff length).

LEG

R0 (Set Up): (k2, yo, k1; p1, sl1wyib, p1) until the end of rnd. There will be 10 (11, 12) repeats.
R1: (p1, sl1 as if to purl wyib dropping yo off the needle, p1; k3) until the end of rnd.
R2: (p1, sl1 as if to purl wyib, p1; k3) until the end of rnd.
R3: (p1, sl1 as if to purl wyib, p1; k2, yo, k1) until the end of rnd.
R4: (k3; p1, sl1 as if to purl wyib dropping yo off the needle, p1) until the end of rnd.
R5: (k3; p1, sl1 as if to purl wyib, p1) until the end of rnd.
R6: (k2, yo, k1; p1, sl1 as if to purl wyib, p1) until the end of rnd.

Repeat Rows 1-6 for 10 times total.
If you want to change the length of the leg part, make any desired numbers of repeats.
Have to stop completing Row 6.

MAIN CHART

The following chart has to be read down up, from fight to left.

 
 

HEEL FLAP

Heel flap is worked on the first 30 (33, 36) sts, back and forth.

  • For magic loop method, use only stitches from the first needle.
  • For DPNs, use only stitches from needles 1 and 2.

The second half of stitches (for the instep) can be placed onto a stitch holder.
Heel Flap is written for each size separately. Rows 1-6 are the transition part. Rows 7-10 create an enforced heel.

SIZE M:

R1 (RS): sl1wyif, sl1 as if to purl wyib, p1; (k3; p1, sl1 as if to purl wyib, p1)x 5
R2 (WS): sl1wyib, sl1wyif, k1; (p3; k1, sl1wyif, k1) x 5
R3 (RS): sl1wyif, sl1 as if to purl wyib, p1; (k2, yo, k1; p1, sl1 as if to purl wyib, p1)x 5
R4 (WS): sl1wyib, p2; (k1, sl1wyif, k1; p3) x 5
R5 (RS): sl1wyib, k2; (p1, sl1 as if to purl wyib, p1; k3) x 5
R6 (WS): (sl1wyif, p1, sl1wyif; k1, sl1wyif, k1) x 5, sl1wyif, p2

R7 (RS): sl1wyib, k until the end of the row.
R8 (WS): sl1 wyif, (sl1wyif, p1) until the end of the row.
R9 (RS): sl1wyib, k until the end of the row.
R10 (WS): (sl1 wyif, p1) until the last st, p1

Repeat Rows 7-10  until desired heel flap height. Usually it’s appr. 2.5”(6cm).
Have to stop completing WS row.

CHART FOR SIZE M

Has to be read down up, from fight to left for RS rows and from left to right for WS rows.

SIZES S [L]:

R1 (RS): sl1wyif, sl1 as if to purl wyib, p1; (k3; p1, sl1 as if to purl wyib, p1) x 4 [5], k3
R2 (WS): sl1wyif, p2; (k1, sl1wyif, k1; p3) x 4 [5], k1, sl1wyif, k1
R3 (RS): sl1wyif, sl1 as if to purl wyib, p1; (k2, yo, k1; p1, sl1 as if to purl wyib, p1) x 4 [5], k2, yo, k1
R4 (WS): sl1wyif, sl1wyif, k1; (p3; k1, sl1wyif, k1) x 4 [5], p3
R5 (RS): sl1wyib, k2; (p1, sl1 as if to purl wyib, p1; k3) x 4 [5], p1, sl1 as if to purl wyib, p1
R6 (WS): sl1wyib, sl1wyif, k1; (sl1wyif, p1, sl1wyif; k1, sl1wyif, k1) x 4 [5], sl1wyif, p2

R7 (RS): sl1wyib, k until the end of the row
R8 (WS): sl1 wyif, (p1, sl1wyif) until the last st, p1
R9 (RS): sl1wyib, k until the end of the row
R10 (WS): sl1wyif, (sl1wyif, p1) until the last st, p1

Repeat Rows 7-10  until desired heel flap height. Usually it’s appr. 2.5”(6cm).
Have to stop completing WS row.

CHART FOR SIZES S, L

Has to be read down up, from fight to left for RS rows and from left to right for WS rows.
For size S, skip the part in the blue rectangle.

HEEL TURN

R1 (RS): sl1wyib, k16 (17, 19), ssk, k1, turn
R2 (WS): sl1wyif, p5, p2tog, p1, turn
R3 (RS): sl1wyib, k6, ssk, k1, turn
R4 (WS): sl1wyif, p7, p2tog, p1, turn

Continue in this manner until all stitches of the heel are worked.

GUSSET

Place 30 (33, 36) sts of instep back to the working needle(s). Start knitting in the round again.
R1: k all sts of the heel; pick up stitches along the left side of the heel flap. Instep: k30 (33, 36) sts as Row 1 (Row 4, Row 1) of the Main Chart. Pick up stitches along the right side of the heel flap.
Divide stitches between the needles as follows:

  • For magic loop method: Needle 1 (Sole): picked up from right side + sts of the heel + picked up from left side; Needle 2 (Instep): 30 (33, 36) sts.
  • For DPNs: Needle 1 (Sole): picked up from right side + half of sts of the heel; Needle 2 (Sole): second half of sts of the heel + picked up from left side; Needle 3 (Instep): 15 (15, 18) sts; Needle 4 (Instep): 15 (18, 18) sts.

R2: Sole: k all sts; Instep: k by pattern of the Main Chart
R3: Sole: ssk, k unt. 2 last sts, k2tog; Instep: k by pattern of the Main Chart

Repeat Rounds 2-3 until there are 30 (33, 36) sts left for the Sole. Remember that decreases have to be worked every other rnd.

FOOT

Check the stitches distribution after completing all the decreases:

  • For magic loop method: Needle 1 (Sole): 30 (33, 36) sts; Needle 2 (Instep): 30 (33, 36) sts.
  • For DPNs: Needle 1 (Sole): 15 (16, 18) sts; Needle 2 (Sole): 15 (17, 18) sts; Needle 3 (Instep): 15 (15, 18) sts; Needle 4 (Instep): 15 (18, 18) sts.

Continue repeating Rnd 2 (Sole: k all sts; Instep: k by pattern of the Main Chart) until there are appr. 2” (5cm) to the toe.
Have to stop completing Row 2 or 5 of the Main Chart.

TOE

Transition Rnd: Sole: k all sts; Instep: slip the sts that were slipped in the previous rnd, k all other sts
Decreasing Rnd: both Sole and Instep: ssk, k unt. 2 last sts, k2tog
Knit Rnd: k all sts

DECREASING SCHEME:
Dec.Rnd, 2 Knit Rnds, Dec.Rnd, 2 Knit Rnds; (Dec.Rnd, Knit Rnd) x until there are 23 sts for each Sole and Instep;
(Dec.Rnd) x until there are 9 sts for each Sole and Instep.

FINISHING

Cut the yarn with an appr. 8” (20cm) tail. Graft all sts to close the toe.
Weave in ends. Wash the socks in luke-warm water and block them.

 
 

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