These cute socks were knit using Peach 6751 from the original Opal Sweet & Spicy. I really love the colour combination of the peachy orange with the graduating tones of grey.
The socks knit up very quickly because of the slip stitch pattern. You very quickly get into a rhythm, slipping every 4th stitch.
- 3.25 mm (US 3) double pointed needle (dpn) for casting on
- 2.75 mm (US 2) (set of 5) clover takumi bamboo double pointed needles for knitting socks
- tapestry needle for sewing in ends.
1 x 100g ball of Sock Yarn – Opal Sweet & Spicy Peach 6751
The tension for these socks is 10 rows and 8 stitches / 2.5cm (1 inch) in stocking stitch (stockinette).
The tension on the slipped stitch pattern is 13 rows (6.5 slipped stitches) and 8.5 stitches = 2.5cm (1 inch).
Slip Stitch Pattern:
- Round 1: k3, slip 1. (repeats over 4 stitches)
- Round 2: k
double pointed needle(s) – dpn(s); stitch(es) – st(s); knit – k; purl – p; slip slip knit – ssk; purl two stitches together – p2tog; knit stitch through the back loop – ktbl; slip one stitch – sl1.
These socks were designed to fit Shoe Size UK 5 to 6, EU 38 to 39 and US 7 to 8. The finished length of the sock from heel to toe measures 24cm (9.5″). The 4 stitch repeat of this stitch pattern means it is easy to make the sock bigger or smaller by casting on more or less stitches, making sure the number is divisible by 4.
I cast on 64 stitches instead of the normal 60 stitches because the tension for the slip stitch pattern is a little bit tighter.
- Cast on 64 stitches using 3.25mm double pointed needle using the long tail cast on or your favourite stretchy cast on.
- Join into the round as you rib the first round using 2.75m double pointed needles. 16 stitches on each needle.
- Work k1, p1 rib for 14 rounds.
- Round 1: k2, sl1, *k3, sl1; repeat from * to last stitch, k1.
- Round 2: k
- Repeat rounds 1 and 2 for a total of 52 rounds.
These socks have a shorter leg than I would normally knit. But I decided that I wanted to stop knitting after I finished knitting green, white and red stripe. I wanted the heel to be knit using the peachy orange colour. The leg of my sock measured 13cm (5.25″) from the top of the cuff to where I started the heel. You may wish to knit a longer leg section.
After finishing the leg section:
- Row: Sl1, k1 across needle 1, then sl1, k1 across needle 2, then slip one stitch from needle 3 onto needle 2, turn.
- Working the heel flap across 33 stitches.
- Row 2: purl across needle 2 and needle 1 placing all the stitches onto one needle.
- Row 3: *sl1, k1; repeat from * to last stitch, sl1
- Row 4: p
- Repeat rows 3 and 4 twelve more times, then row 3 once more.
- Row 1: p19, p2tog, p1, turn.
- Row 2: sl 1, k6, ssk, k1, turn.
- Row 3: sl 1, p to 1 st before the ‘gap’, p2tog (combines 1 st before the ‘gap’ and 1 st after the gap), p1, turn.
- Row 4: sl 1, k to 1 st before the gap, ssk, k1, turn.
- Repeat rows 3 & 4 until all heel stitches have been worked and 19 sts remain.
Arranging the stitches for knitting the gusset:
Needle 1: Pick up and knit 15 sts along the edge of the heel flap. Needles 2 and 3 (31 instep stitches): k1, sl1, *k3, sl1, repeat from * until one instep stitch remains, k1. Needle 4: Pick up and knit 15 sts along the edge of the heel flap. Then knit across 9 sts from turning the heel. The centre back is now the starting point for the following rounds.
Before you start the next round, slip the other 10 heel stitches onto needle 1.
On next round k10 sts, then ktbl 15 sts, k31, ktbl 15 sts, k9 sts. This prevents any small holes or gaps showing along the edge of the heel flap.
Next round: k25, k1, sl1, *k3, sl1, repeat from * until one instep stitch remains, k1, k24.
Now you are ready to start the gusset shaping.
- Round 1: Needle 1: k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1; Needles 2 and 3: k31; Needle 4: k1, ssk, k to end of needle.
- Round 2: Needle 1: knit; Needles 2 and 3: k1, sl1, *k3, sl1, repeat from * until one instep stitch remains, k1; Needle 4: knit.
- Repeat rounds 1 and 2 (ending with a round 2) until: Needle 1 has 17 sts; Needle 2 has 15 sts; Needle 3 has 16 sts; Needle 4 has 16 sts. Rearrange stitches so that there are 16 stitches on each needle. Total number of stitches 64.
- Round 1: k
- Round 2: k16, k1, sl1, *k3, sl1, repeat from * until one instep stitch remains, k1, k16
- Repeat rounds 1 and 2 for a 42 more rounds. (Total of 44 rounds).
The classic toe is all knit in stocking stitch.
- Round 1: Needles 1 and 3: k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1; Needles 2 and 4: k1, ssk, k to end of needle.
- Round 2: k
- Repeat rounds 1 and 2 until you have 28 sts left.
- Then repeat round 1 until there are 16 sts remaining.
- Making sure that the toe stitches align horizontally with the heel, slip the stitches from needle 4 onto needle 1 and the stitches from needle 3 onto needle 2.
- Graft the toe stitches using Kitchener Stitch.
Please note that the toe is a perfect classic toe – it is not out of shape at all – although sometimes it does look a little skewed in the photos. This is only because I was balancing on a dead tree trunk at the time and couldn’t easily check that my toes were looking perfect and the bark was kind of catching on the soles! But it was a very photogenic tree trunk!!
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