I finished these socks last week. They were super quick and easy to knit with fatter-than-usual yarn (sport weight?) on 3.0mm needles (about 7.5 sts./inch). I don't know what the yarn is -- Mia sent it to me ages ago, and she doesn't even remember it. All I know is that it's wool, and very soft. Maybe not the best choice for socks (too soft?), but I don't know what else I'd use it for. Socks can get away with colour combos that are fun and sassy but not necessarily the most ... tasteful. Know what I mean?
Anyway, here's the recipe for these quick house socks:
- cast on 54 sts.; join
- work 5 rounds in garter stitch starting with a purl row (that's 3 ridges), keeping first and last 2 sts in st. st. to avoid that weird garter-in-the-round jog
- knit 40 rounds
- work Eye of Partridge heel flap on 26 sts (making sure the start of your round is now in the middle of that flap) for 30 rows
- turn heel:
- sl1, k15, ssk, k1, turn
- sl1, p5, p2tog, p1, turn
- sl1, k to 1 st. before gap, ssk, k1, turn
- sl1, p to 1 st. before gap, p2tog, p1, turn
- work last 2 rows until all heel stitches have been taken care of, ending with WS row
- k across 16 heel sts.
- pick up 15 sts. going up the side of the flap, k across 28 instep sts., pick up 15 sts. on the way down the other side of the flap
- dec. 2 sts. every other round to get back down to 54 sts. total (if you've ever knit a sock, you know what I mean here)
- k all rounds until the length of the foot is 2 inches short of finished (for me, this was 45 rounds); on the last round, k2tog at each side (so you have a total of 52 sts.)
- using the 26 sts. on the top half of the foot, work a short-row toe (I worked mine so that there were 8 sts. across the toe tip and 9 loops on each side)
- use kitchener stitch to graft the 26 toe sts. to the 26 foot-bottom sts. that have been waiting; weave in ends at top and toe
OK, you caught me: I haven't woven in my ends at the cuffs, so I just tucked them into the sock for these photos; hence a little bumpiness there. But there you have it. A few evenings of TV watching per sock, and you'll be done.
Well! I was only planning on posting photos, not writing up a pattern. (I expect comments from Carolyn and Chris telling me to get back to work!!) I also must say that I was expecting a few more comments on my last post, re: Merino Style. Perhaps I intimidated you with my GIANT HAND! Muah-ha-ha... (So today I present my Giant Feet -- don't be frightened, fair readers!)