Sunday, June 29, 2008

Knitting: Vine Lace Sock

Delicate, lacy ankle socks will make a wonderful start to your Spring and Summer wardrobe. Great with open style shoes or sandals, these durable socks are a snap to knit. I used the newest member of Berroco's fine family of "wardrobing" yarns: Linette. This yarn is a blend of linen, nylon, viscose and acrylic. Creating a fabric with a lovely hand with a slight sheen, which is surprisingly machine washable.

Materials:

  • 2 skeins Berroco's Linette (Acrylic, viscose, nylon, linen; 110yds/ 50g)
  • 1 set US 7 double pointed needles
  • stitch marker, if desired
  • 1 blunt end tapestry needle


Gauge: 5.25 sts = 1" in St.st.

Vine Lace Pattern:
Row 1: Knit all sts.
Row 2: * YO, K2, SSK, K2tog, K2, YO, K1* ;repeat from * to *
Row 3: Knit all sts.
Row 4: *K1,YO, K2, SSK, K2tog, K2, YO* ;repeat from * to *

Get Going:

  • Cast on 45 stitches over two needles held together. Remove one of the needles and distribute these stitches evenly between three needles.
  • Round 1 :Join stitches, taking care not to twist the round. Begin Vine Lace pattern as above by knitting all stitches for the first round. Repeat this pattern until sock leg measures 4" or desired length, ending with a row 4 of pattern.
  • Next round: Knit all stitches.
  • Set up for heel, by knitting 9 st, turn. Sl1, p8 and the first 9 st from the next needle. These 18 st will form the heel. Place the remaining stitches on the remaining 2 needles for future use.
  • Row 1: *Sl1, K1* repeat from *to*
  • Row 2: Sl1, P all remaining St.
  • Repeat these stitches for 2-1/2" ending with a K row.
  • Turn the heel as follows :
    Sl1, P11, P2tog, P1,turn(without working the remaining stitches)
    Sl1, K7, K2tog, K1, turn (without working the remaining stitches)
    Sl1, P8, P2tog, P1, turn (without working the remaining stitches)
    Sl1, K9, K2tog, K1, turn (without working the remaining stitches)
    Sl1, P10, P2tog You should have 12 st and a beautifully turned heel.

  • Rejoin the heel to the instep of the sock, as follows:
    With needle 1, pick up 10 stitches knitwise along the side edge of the heel.
    With needle 2, work vine lace pattern beginning on row 2 across the 27 st held in reserve before you began the heel, placing all 27 st on the second needle.
    With needle 3, pick up 10 stitches knitwise along the remaining side edge of the heel. Continue using this needle to knit 6 of the 12 heel stitches. Place the remaining 6 heel stitches onto the first needle.
  • Work the heel gussets as follows:
    Round 1: needle 1: k to last 3 st, K2tog, K1
    needle 2: work vine lace pattern
    needle 3: K1, SSK, K remaining St.
    Round 2: needle1&3: k all St., needle 2: work vine lace pattern
    Repeat these rounds until there are 45 st.total
    (needles 1&3=9ea. needle 2=27st.)
  • Continue in round 2 until foot measures 2" smaller than desired foot length.
  • Begin toe decrease as follows:
    First round: needle 1: K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1
    needle 2:* K1, K2tog* repeat from * to *
    needle 3: K1, SSK, K remaining sts
    Round 1: K all St.
    Round 2: needle 1: K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1
    needle 2: K1, SSK, K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1
    needle 3: K1, SSK, K remaining sts
    Repeat round 1 & 2 until 16 sts. remain, placing the bottom 8 st on one needle.
  • Weave the toe seam as follows:
    Cut the yarn, leaving a 12" tail.
    Thread this tail through a blunt needle, to stitch the toe closed. Hold the needles so that the top of the sock is facing up, and the threaded tail is to your right.
    Step 1: Insert the needle through the first stitch on the back needle, like you would be knitting this stitch. Pull the yarn through, but leave the stitch on the knitting needle.
    Step 2: Insert the threaded needle through the first stitch on the front knitting needle, as if you were knitting this stitch. Pull the yarn through, and let this stitch drop off the knitting needle.
    Step 3: Insert the threaded needle through the next stitch on the top knitting needle, as if you were purling this stitch. Pull the yarn through, but leave the stitch on the knitting needle.
    Step 4: Insert the threaded needle through the stitch you left on the bottom knitting needle (in step 1), as if you were purling this stitch, pull the yarn through , and let this stitch drop off the knitting needle.
    Repeat these steps until you have dropped all of the stitches off the needles, and the toe has no seam!!
Make another sock if you insist on a matching pair!

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