Lighthouse Socks

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Because they are constructed to withstand powerful storms, lighthouses are frequently depicted as symbols of strength, shelter, protection and peace. This stitch pattern reflects a strong pillar accented by two twisting “waves.”

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: Small, (Medium, Large) to fit approximate foot and ankle circumferences 6.75 (7.75, 8.75)” around, unstretched.

Shown in size Medium

Gauge: 9 sts and 13 rows = 1” in St st, blocked

Materials

Yarn:

Super Fine Weight Yarn Blue Moon Fiber Socks that Rock (100% Superwash Merino; 400 yards [370 meters]/146 grams): Winter Blues, 1 skein

Needles: US size 1.5 (2.5 mm): DPNs or size required to obtain gauge.

Notions: 1 stitch marker (optional); cable needle; tapestry needle.

Abbreviations

CO= cast on
BO= bind of
st(s)= stitch(es)                                  
sl= slip
pm= place marker
slm= slip marker
lhn- left hand needle
rhn= right hand needle
sl1= slip 1 stitch purl-wise
wyif= with yarn in
k= knit                                    
p= purl
kfb= knit into the front of the stitch and then into the back of the stitch
k2tog= knit 2 sts together
ssk= slip 2 sts as if to knit, then knit the 2 sts together through the back loops
p2tog= purl 2 sts together
rt right twist = Knit two sts together, leave the 2 sts on the lhn. Insert the rhn between the two sts and knit into the first st again.  Slip both sts off the lhn.
lt left twist= Place the rhn behind your work, skip the first st on the lhn.  Knit the second st tbl.  Leave sts on the lhn, insert the rhn into the backs of the skipped st and the ktbl st and k2tog tbl.

Stitch Pattern

Round 1: P1, [k2, p1 (2, 3)] twice, k14, [p1 (2, 3), k2] twice, p1, k28 (32, 36).

Round 2: P1, [k2, p1 (2, 3)] twice, k3, k2tog, yo, K4, yo, ssk, k3, [p1 (2, 3), k2] twice, p1, k28 (32, 36).

Round 3: P1, [k2, p1 (2, 3)] twice, k14, [p1 (2, 3), k2] twice, p1, k28 (32, 36).

Round 4: P1, [RT, p1 (2, 3)] twice, k2, k2tog, yo, k6, yo, ssk, k2, [p1 (2, 3), LT] twice, p1, k28 (32, 36).

Round 5: P1, [k2, p1 (2, 3)] twice, k14, [p1 (2, 3), k2] twice, p1, k28 (32, 36).

Round 6: P1, [k2, p1 (2, 3)] twice, k1, k2tog, yo, k2, p4, k2, yo, ssk, k1, [p1 (2, 3), k2] twice, p1, k28 (32, 36).

Round 7: P1, [k2, p1 (2, 3)] twice, k5, p4, k5, [p1 (2, 3), k2] twice, p1, k28 (32, 36).

Round 8: P1, [RT, p1 (2, 3)] twice, k2tog, yo, k3, p4, k3, yo, ssk, [p1 (2, 3), LT] twice, p1, k28 (32, 36).

Rep Rounds 1-8 for pattern.

Pattern Notes

The pattern is written for DPNs referring to Needles 1-4.  You can accommodate it for Magic Loop or 2 circulars by in the beginning using the front for Needles 1 and 2 and the back for Needles 3 and 4. The heel is worked over Needles 3 and 4.

Pattern

Toe

Using your preferred toe up cast on method, (I prefer Judy’s Magic cast-on), CO 28 (32, 36) sts.

Divide sts evenly on the needles. If using DPNs, you may need to move sts from needle to needle from time to time to accommodate the stitch pattern. Place a stitch marker to note the beginning of the round.

Note: Needles 1 and 2 are the top of the toe stitches. Needles 3 and 4 are the bottom of the toe stitches.

Knit 1 round on each needle.

Round 1: Needle 1: KFB, knit to end of needle.

Needle 2: Knit to last 2 sts, kfb, k1.

Needle 3: KFB, knit to end of needle.

Needle 4: Knit to last 2 sts, kfb, k1.

Round 2: Knit across the stitches on each needle.

Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 until there are 56 (64, 72) sts.

Note: If you prefer a more pointed toe, CO fewer stitches and then work more rounds until you have increased to 56 (64, 72) sts. If you prefer a different toe, by all means, work your toe of preference until you have the desired amount of stitches.

Foot

Begin working the foot working from the charts or from the written instructions.

Note: Needles 1 and 2 will be the top of the foot will become the instep (working the lace pattern). Needles 3 and 4 will become the sole stitches (working in St st).

If using charts, work the pattern over the first 28 (32, 36) sts and k28 (32, 36).

Continue working in pattern until Foot measures 2.5” shorter (LESS) than the entire length of your foot.

Gusset

In this section Needles 1 and 2 will continue the sock in pattern, working up the foot and towards the front of the leg. Needles 3 and 4 will be increasing and forming the instep gusset on the sole part of the foot, working towards the heel of the sock.

Round 1:

Needles 1 and 2: Continue working the next row in pattern.

Needle 3: KFB, knit to end of needle.

Needle 4: Knit to last 2 sts, kfb, k1.

Round 2:

Needles 1 and 2: Continue working in pattern.

Needles 3 and 4: Knit all sts.

Repeat these 2 rounds until there are 48 (56, 64) sts on Needles 3 and 4.

Turning the Heel

Working over Needles 1 and 2 once more. Hold top sts while you continue working back and forth over Needles 3 and 4 heel sts.

Note: Make special of note the last Round you worked in pattern, as you will continue working that same round once the heel has been turned.

Row 1 (RS): K27 (31, 35), ssk, k1, turn.

Row 2 (WS): Sl1, p7, p2tog, p1, turn.

Row 3: Sl1, knit to 1 st before the gap, ssk, k1, turn.

Row 4: Sl1, purl to 1 st before the gap, p2tog, p1, turn.

Repeat Rows 3 and 4 until there are 28 (32, 36) sts remaining on Needles 3 and 4.

Leg

Resume working on all 4 needles, working the rest of the row in pattern where you left off to turn the heel.  You can make this sock as simple or as detailed as you would like.

Note: If you wish to keep the back of the leg in St st, keep working the pattern as you were. If you wish to have the same pattern on the back of the sock that is on the front of the sock, start working the back of the sock, repeating the same row that you knit over Needles 1 and 2 before working the gusset. Either way you choose to do the leg, you may need to pick up a stitch on either side to close up any holes there may be, remembering to K2tog or SSK with an end stitch to maintain the correct stitch count.

Continue working in pattern for the first 28 (32, 36) and then working in either St st or pattern of your choice over next 28 (32, 36) sts.

If working a larger size, you may need to repeat the pattern, starting on Round 1, until you have reached your desired length.

Continue working Leg until measure 1½-2” less than the entire desired length of the sock.

Cuff (Ribbing)

Knit 1 round.

Size Small only

Next Rnd: [(K1, p1) twice, k2, (p1, k1) 9 times, (k1, p1) twice] twice.

Size Medium only

Next Rnd: [K1, p1, k1, p2, k2, p2, (k1, p1) 8 times, p1, k2, p2, k1, p1] twice.

Size Large only:

Next Rnd: K1, p1, k1, p3, k2, p3, (k1, p1) 8 times, p2, k2, p3, k1, p1] twice.

Repeat Cuff pattern for 1½-2”.

BO all sts in pattern using a stretchy bind-off.

Make Sock 2.yarn ball

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