Dashing Through The Snow Socks

These socks were created with a beautiful self-striping yarn that blends all the blues of a cold winter. Inspired by the movement of snow as it falls to the ground and gets plowed neatly along the sides of the streets, this pattern captures what you might see during a long walk during this chilly season.

Skill Level: Beginner

Size: Small (Medium, Large); 6¾ (7¾, 8¾)” circumference around foot and ankle. The leg height and foot length of all sizes are adjustable to fit and preference.

Shown in size Medium.

Gauge: 36 sts and 44 rows = 4” in St st, blocked.

Materials

Yarn: Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso (75% Merino, 25% Nylon; 462 yards [422 meters]/ 100 grams):  Frank, 1 skein.

Needles: US size 1.5 / (2.5 mm)

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

Abbreviations

CO = cast on

BO = bind off

K = knit

k1tbl = knit through the back loop

k2tog = knit 2 sts together

kfb = knit into the front of the stitch and then into the back of the stitch

P = purl

p2tog = purl 2 sts together

pm = place marker

sl = slip

sl1 = slip 1 stitch purl-wise

ssk = slip two stitches as if to knit, one at a time, k2tog through the back loop

st(s) = stitch(es)                          

wyif = with yarn in front

Special Stitches

The written instructions are for the first half of the sts.

For Foot and Leg in St st, work round instructions followed by k28 (32, 36).

If you wish to have the Stitch Pattern on the Front and Back of the leg, work round instructions twice.

Stitch Pattern

Rnd 1: K3 (5, 7), p1, yo, k4, ssk, k3, p2, k3, k2tog, k4, yo, p1, k3 (5,7).

Rnd 2 and all even numbered rnds: K3 (5, 7), p1, k9, p2, k9, p1, k3 (5, 7).

Rnd 3: K3 (5, 7), p1, k1, yo, k4, ssk, k2, p2, k2, k2tog, k4, yo, k1, p1, k3 (5, 7).

Rnd 5: K3 (5, 7), p1, k2, yo, k4, ssk, k1, p2, k1, k2tog, k4, yo, k2, p1, k3 (5, 7).

Rnd 7: K3 (5, 7), p1, k3, yo, k4, ssk, p2, k2tog, k4, yo, k3, p1, k3 (5, 7).

Rnd 9: K3 (5, 7), p1, k3, k2tog, k4, yo, p2, yo, k4, ssk, k3, p1, k3 (5, 7).

Rnd 11: K3 (5, 7), p1, k2, k2tog, k4, yo, k1, p2, k1, yo, k4, ssk, k2, p1, k3 (5, 7).

Rnd 13: K3 (5, 7), p1, k1, k2tog, k4, yo, k2, p2, k2, yo, k4, ssk, k1, p1, k3 (5, 7).

Rnd 15: K3 (5, 7), p1, k2tog, k4, yo, k3, p2, k3, yo, k4, ssk, p1, k3 (5, 7).

Rnd 16: K3 (5, 7), p1, k9, p2, k9, p1, k3 (5, 7).

Rep Rnds 1-16 for patt.

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.

Pattern

Toe

Using a Toe-up Cast On Method (I prefer Judy’s Magic Cast-On), CO a total of 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 rnd.

Note: Needles 1 and 2 are the top of the toe sts. Needles 3 and 4 are the bottom of the toe sts. If you prefer a more pointed toe, cast on fewer sts and then work more rnds 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 sts.

Knit across sts on each needle.

Rnd 1: Needle 1: Kfb, knit to end of needle.

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

Needle 3: Kfb, k to end of needle.

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

Rnd 2: K across sts on each needle.

Rep Rnds 1-2 until there are a total of 56 (64, 72) sts.

Foot

Once you have reached 56 (64, 72) sts, begin working the Foot.  Needles 1 and 2 will be the top of the Foot (working the Stitch Pattern), and Needles 3 and 4 will become the Sole sts (working in St st). Begin working from the charts or written instructions, repeating Rnds 1-16.

Cont working Foot until piece meas 2½” shorter (LESS) than the entire desired length of Foot.

Gusset

In this section, Needles 1 and 2 will continue the sock in Stitch Pattern, and continue 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.

Rnd 1: Needles 1 and 2: Cont working the next row in Stitch Pattern.

Needle 3: Kfb, k to end of needle.

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

Rnd 2: Needles 1 and 2: Cont working in Stitch Pattern.

Needles 3 and 4: K all sts.

Rep these 2 rnds until there are a total of 48 (56, 64) sts on Needles 3 and 4.

Turning the Heel

Once you have reached 48 (56, 64) sts, you will begin turning the heel.

Work over Needles 1 and 2 once more, they will hold the top sts.

Cont working back and forth over Needles 3 and 4 turning the heel.

Note: Make special of note the last rnd worked in Stitch Pattern, as you will cont working that same rnd 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, k8, k2tog, k1, turn.
Row 4: Sl1, p9, p2tog, p1, turn.
Cont working the rem sts in this manner until all of the sts have been worked and you have a total of 28 (32, 36) sts rem on Needles 3 and 4.

Leg

Resume working on all 4 needles, paying careful attention as to working the rest of the same row in Stitch Pattern where you left off to Turn the Heel.

Note: The sample is shown with the Stitch Pattern on both the front and back of the sock.

You can make this sock as simple or as detailed as you would like.

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 Stitch Pattern on the back of the sock, the same as on the front, start working the back of the sock, repeating the same row that you work over Needles 1 and 2 before working the gusset and then after that, working the Stitch Pattern twice.

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 st in order to maintain the correct stitch count.

Work Leg until 1½-2” shorter (LESS) than the entire desired length of the sock.

Cuff (Ribbing)

Rnd 1: Knit.

Rnd 2: (K1tbl, p1) 28 (32, 36) times.

Rep Rnd 2 for 1½-2”.

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

Make second sock the same as the first.

Finishing

Weave in all ends. Block as desire.

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