Little Arches Socks
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These jolly, warm socks feature bright colors and decorative little balls at the ankle. What's not to love?
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YARN: Naturally Caron.com Spa (75% Microdenier acrylic, 25% bamboo; 3 oz/85 g, 251 yds/230 m ball): 2 oz each MC, A, B = 1 ball each. Shown in: #0005 Ocean Spray (MC), #0008 Misty Taupe (A), #0006 Berry Frappe (B)
One pair size US 6 (4.25 mm) knitting needles, or size to obtain gauge
One set of 4 double-pointed needles (dpn) size US 6 (4.25 mm)
Split ring marker
SIZE: Adult Medium (Large)
Foot: 7 ½ (8 ½)”/19 (21.5) cm
In k1, p1 rib, 28 sts and 32 rows = 4"/10 cm
In Stockinette st, 24 sts and 32 rows = 4"/10 cm
Stockinette stitch (St st)
Garter stitch (Garter st)
K1, p1 rib
MB (Make bobble): (K1, yo, k1, yo, k1) all in one st, turn, k5, turn, p5, turn, then slip 2nd, 3rd, and 4th sts over the first st to dec to 1 st, turn and place st on right hand needle.
Ssk: Slip 1 st, k next st, psso
Yo: yarn over
Use bobbins for the colors used in the charts.
Carry yarns along the rows to prevent loose ends or cut them as you go.
Twist yarns when using a different color.
The first row of the sock with the bobbled edge is done on straight needles, then the stitches are transferred to double-pointed needles.
With A and straight needles, cast on 49 sts.
Cuff: Row 1 (WS): *P1, k1, p1, MB; repeat from * across, ending p1. Note: Make sure bobbles are pushed through to RS.
Place sts on dpn as follows: Needle #1 -- l6 sts; needle #2 -- 17 sts, needle #3 – 16 sts.
Row 2 (RS): With MC, work in k1, p1 rib inc 1 st in last st -- 50 sts.
Join into rnd being careful not to twist sts, placing marker at beg of rnd.
Work in k1, p1 rib for a total of 8 rnds.
Join B and work 7 more rnds in k1, p1 rib.
Ankle: Rnds 1 and 3: With A, knit.
Rnds 2 and 4: With A, purl. Note: Rnds 1-4 are Garter st rnds.
Rnds 5-8: With MC, work in St st.
Rnds 9-14: K1 with B, work Chart 1 repeat around to last st, k1 with B.
Rnds 15-18: With MC, work in St st.
Rnds 19-22: With A, work in Garter st.
Rnds 23 and 24: With M, work in St st.
Rnds 25-28: With B, work in St st.
Rnds 29-34: K1 with A, work Chart 2 around to last st, k1 with A.
Rnds 35-40: With MC, work in St st.
Rnds 41-44: With A, work in Garter st.
Sock should measure approximately. 8”. Break off yarn colors.
Heel Flap (worked back and forth in rows):
Worked on 24 sts with B; put rem 26 sts on an extra needle to be worked later.
Row 1 (RS): *Sl 1, k1; repeat from across.
Row 2: Sl 1, purl across.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for 24 rows, ending with p row.
Change to MC.
Row 1 (RS): Sl 1, k12, k2tog, k1, turn.
Row 2: Sl 1, p3, p2tog, p1, turn.
Row 3: Sl 1, k4, k2tog, k1, turn.
Row 4: Sl 1, p5 p2tog, p1, turn.
Row 5: Sl 1, k6, k2tog, k1, turn.
Row 6: Sl 1, p7, p2tog, p1, turn.
Row 7: Sl 1, k8, k2tog, k1, turn.
Row 8: Sl 1, p9, p2tog, p1, turn.
Row 9: Sl 1, k10, k2tog, k1, turn.
Row 10: Sl 1, p11, p2tog, p1, turn.
There should be 14 sts rem.
With RS facing and MC, knit across to center of heel (7 sts), place marker, using a spare dpn (needle #1), knit across rem 7 sts; pick up 12 sts along side of heel and k1 st in gusset corner (20 sts); with needle #2, knit across 26 instep sts; and with needle #3, pick up and k1 st in gusset corner, pick up 12 sts along other side of heel. then knit rem 7 heel sts (20 sts) -- 66 sts.
Note: There should be 20 sts each on needles #1 and #3 and 26 sts on needle #2. Decs will now be worked at end of first needle and beg of 3rd needle for a total of 9 rnds in MC.
Rnd 1: Knit to the last 3 sts on needle #1, k2tog, k1; knit across instep on needle #2; on needle 3, k1, ssk, knit to end.
Rnd 2: Work even.
Repeat Rnds 1 and 2 until you there are 12 sts on needles #1 and #3, and 26 sts on needle #2 – 50 sts.
Continue in St st in color sequence as follows:
5 rnds with B.
7 rnds with A.
4 rnds with MC.
7 rnds with B.
3 rnds with A.
3 rnds with MC.
3 rnds with B.
Continue in this color sequence until foot sections measures (when slightly stretched) 2" less than desired length of foot, dec 1 st at each end of instep on last rnd (24 instep sts) --48 sts.Break off all yarn colors but A.
Rnd 1: Knit to last 3 sts on needle #1, k2tog, k1; on needle #2, k1, ssk, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1; on needle #3, k1, ssk, knit to end.
Rnd 2: Knit even.
Repeat Rnds 1 and 2 until 6 sts rem on needles #1 and #3, and 12 sts on needle #3 – 24 sts.
Repeat only Rnd 1 until 8 sts rem.
Break yarn, leaving a 5" tail.
Using yarn needle, thread yarn tail through rem sts and pull tight to fasten. To make toe finish firmer, run the yarn through the sts again.
Weave in all ends and steam lightly.
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