Deep Sea Striped Socks

These socks are worked top down with a heel flap and gusset decreases. Instead of an evenly repeating stripe pattern, the contrast color is used with varying distance, giving thicker and thinner stripes of main color. Using garter sts in the vertical pattern panel along the front make an extra striping effect for the color changes.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: 7 (8, 9)” foot circumference x 8.5 (9.5, 10.5)” long from back of heel to tip of toe. Foot length is adjustable. Shaft length is 9” for all sizes. Wear with negative ease.

Shown in size 8”.

Gauge: 32 sts and 46 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st after blocking

Materials

Super fine weight yarnYarn: Cascade Yarns Heritage (75 % Superwash Merino Wool, 25 % Nylon; 437 yards [400 meters]/100 grams): Col 5603 Navy (MC, 0.6 ball), Col 5660 Grey (CC, 0.4 ball)

Needles: US size 1.5 (2.5 mm) two 16” circular or one longer circular for magic loop technique.

Notions: Tapestry needle

Abbreviations

K1tbl – knit 1 st through back loop

Special Stitches

YOK2PSO – Yarn over, knit 2 sts, pass the yarn over loop over the 2 knit sts.

Jogless Stripes – Pick up right side of st in row below and place on left needle. Knit it tog with first st on needle. Do not change the position of beg of rnd marker.

Striping Color Set A

Rnds 1-4: MC

Rnds 5-6: CC

These 6 rnds are rep 3 more times (Rnds 7-24), giving 4 wide stripes with MC and 4 narrow stripes with CC

Striping Color Set B

Rnd 1-2: MC

Rnd 3-4: CC

These 4 rnds are rep 1 more time (Rnds 5-8), giving 2 narrow stripes with MC and 2 narrow stripes with CC.

Pattern Notes

This pattern is worked in the round from the top down.

The pattern is written for working with two small circular needles. Needle 1 for back of leg, heel, gusset, and sole. Needle 2 for front of leg and instep. All rnds starts on Needle 1.

One color is used at a time. Do not break yarn at color changes, but carry unused color up until it is needed again. Bring new color under color just used.

To have jogless stripes, knit the first rnd with the new color and then in the beg of second rnd

use the Jogless Stripes method.

Pattern on front of leg will pull in a bit. This can be blocked out when finishing or will work fine as is when socks are on the feet.

The pattern includes charts supported with written text and also the alternative to only use written description. Due to the striping color pattern, following charts will be the preferred method for most knitters.

Pattern

Before you start

Cut two strands of MC 19.5” / [50 cm] long for use to pick up stitches on the right side of the heel flap.

Cuff

With CC, CO 52 (60, 68) sts.

K all sts. Turn and k all sts.

Turn and change to MC. K all sts and distribute equally on the two needles, 26 (30, 34) sts each. Join to work in the rnd, being careful not to twist sts.

Continue with working from Chart Cuff or written description below:

With MC, work Rnd 1-2 of Stitch Pattern Cuff. Change to CC and work rnd 1 and 2 of stitch pattern cuff. Rep these 4 rnds 5 times more. Cuff measures approx. 2” (5.5 cm).

Stitch Pattern Cuff Size 7” (52 sts)

Rnd 1:

Needle 1: K1, p2, YOK2PSO, p1, k1tbl, p2, (k3, p2) 2 times, k1tbl, p1, YOK2PSO, p2, k1

Needle 2: K1, p1, YOK2PSO, p2, k1tbl, p2, (k3, p2) 2 times, k1tbl, p2, YOK2PSO, p1, k1

Rnd 2:

Needle 1: K1, p2, k2, p1, k1tbl, (k2, p3) 2 times, k2, k1tbl, p1, k2, p2, k1

Needle 2: K1, p1, k2, p2, k1tbl, (k2, p3) 2 times, k2, k1tbl, p2, k2, p1, k1

Stitch Pattern Cuff Size 8” (60 sts)

Rnd 1:

Needle 1: K2, p2, YOK2PSO, p2, k1, p1, k1tbl, p2, k4, p2, k1tbl, p1, k1, p2, YOK2PSO, p2, k2

Needle 2: K1, p2, YOK2PSO, p2, k1tbl, p2, (k4, p2) 2 times, k1tbl, p2, YOK2PSO, p2, k1

Rnd 2:

Needle 1: (K2, p2) 2 times, k1, p1, k1tbl, k2, p4, k2, k1tbl, p1, k1, (p2, k2) 2 times

Needle 2: K1, p2, k2, p2, k1tbl, (k2, p4) 2 times, k2, k1tbl, p2, k2, p2, k1

Stitch Pattern Cuff Size 9” (68 sts)

Rnd 1:

Needle 1: P1, YOK2PSO, p2, k2, p2, k1tbl, p2, (k4, p2) 2 times, k1tbl, p2, k2, p2, YOK2PSO, p1

Needle 2: P1, k2, p2, YOK2PSO, p2, k1tbl, p2, (k4, p2) 2 times, k1tbl, p2, YOK2PSO, p2, k2, p1

Rnd 2:

Needle 1: P1, (k2, p2) 2 times, k1tbl, (k2, p4) 2 times, k2, k1tbl, (p2, k2) 2 times, p1

Needle 2: P1, (k2, p2) 2 times, k1tbl, (k2, p4) 2 times, k2, k1tbl, (p2, k2) 2 times, p1

Leg

First rnd on leg is a set up rnd for sts inc. With MC work Chart Leg Rnd 1 or written description below.

Set up row Size 7” (56 sts)

Needle 1: K1, p2, YOK2PSO, p1, M1, (k2, p2) 3 times, k2, M1, p1, YOK2PSO, p2, k1

Needle 2: K1, M1, p1, YOK2PSO, p2, k1tbl, p2, (k3, p2) 2 times, k1tbl, p2, YOK2PSO, p1, M1, k1

Set up row Size 8” (64 sts)

Needle 1: K2, p2, YOK2PSO, p2, k1, M1, k1, (p2, k2) 2 times, p2, k1, M1, k1, p2, YOK2PSO, p2, k2

Needle 2: K1, M1, p2, YOK2PSO, p2, k1tbl, (p2, k4) 2 times, p2, k1tbl, p2, YOK2PSO, p2, M1, k1

Set up row Size 9” (72 sts)

Needle 1: P2, YOK2PSO, p2, k1, M1, k1, (p2, k2) 4 times, p2, k1, M1, k1, p2, YOK2PSO, p2

Needle 2: K3, M1, p2, YOK2PSO, p2, k1tbl, (p2, k4) 2 times, p2, k1tbl, p2, YOK2PSO, p2, k3, M1

Cont working Leg from Leg Charts Rnds 2-51, ending on Rnd 51 Needle 1.

Or follow written description below with 2 rnds rep Leg Stitch Pattern and Striping Color Set A and B starting on Rnd 2:

Rnds 2-6: Color Set A

Rnds 7-24: Color Set A 3 times

Rnds 25-32: Color Set B 2 times

Rnds 33–50: Color Set A 3 times

Rnds 51: First rnd of Color Set A on Needle 1 only

Stitch Pattern Leg 7”

Rnd 1:

Needle 1: K1, p2, YOK2PSO, p2, (k2, p2) 4 times, YOK2PSO, p2, k1

Needle 2: K1, p2, YOK2PSO, p2, k1tbl, p2, (k3, p2) 2 times, k1tbl, p2, YOK2PSO, p2, k1

Rnd 2:

Needle 1: K1, p2, (k2, p2) 6 times, k1

Needle 2: K1, p2, k2, p2, k1tbl, (k2, p3) 2 times, k2, k1tbl, p2, k2, p2, k1

Stitch Pattern Leg 8”

Rnd 1:

Needle 1: K2, p2, YOK2PSO, p2, k3, p2, (k2, p2) 2 times, k3, p2, YOK2PSO, p2, k2

Needle 2: K2, p2, YOK2PSO, p2, k1tbl, p2, (k4, p2) 2 times, k1tbl, p2, YOK2PSO, p2, k2

Rnd 2:

Needle 1: (K2, p2) 2 times, k3, p2, (k2, p2) 2 times, k3, (p2, k2) 2 times

Needle 2: (K2, p2) 2 times, k1tbl, (k2, p4) 2 times, k2, k1tbl, (p2, k2) 2 times

Stitch Pattern Leg 9”

Rnd 1:

Needle 1: P2, YOK2PSO, p2, k1, (k2, p2) 5 times, k3, p2, YOK2PSO, p2

Needle 2: K4, p2, YOK2PSO, p2, k1tbl, p2, (k4, p2) 2 times, k1tbl, p2, YOK2PSO, p2, k4

Rnd 2:

Needle 1: P2, k2, p2, k1, (k2, p2) 5 times, k1, (k2, p2) 2 times

Needle 2: K2, (k2, p2) 2 times, k1tbl, (k2, p4) 2 times, k2, k1tbl, p2, k2, p2, k4

Heel Flap

The heel flap is worked back and forth on Needle 1 with MC.

Start on the WS when Rnd 51 on Needle 1 is worked. Work rep rows for heel flap.

Rep Rows

Row 1 (WS): Sl1p, p remaining sts

Row 2 (RS): *Sl1k, k1; rep from *

Rep these 2 rows until Heel Flap meas 2.5-2.75”. The last row should be on the RS.

Cont with turning the heel.

Turning the heel

Row 1 (WS) Sl1p, p16 (18, 20), p2tog, p1, turn. Leaving 8 (10, 12) sts

Row 2 (RS): Sl1k, k7, ssk, k1, turn. Leaving 8 (10, 12) sts

Row 3 (WS): Sl1p, purl to 1 st before gap, p2tog, p1, turn

Row 4 (RS): Sl1k, k to 1 st before gap, ssk, k1, turn

Rep Rows 3-4 until all sts before the gaps on the WS rows have been worked. End at this WS row leaving 2 sts after the gap on the RS. Continue with gusset set up.

Gusset Set Up

With the RS facing, use the loose thread for pick up and k in the back loop 16 (17, 17) sts on the right side of the heel flap. Start on the instep corner. Leave the loose thread. With thread from yarn sl1k, k sts on heel flap until 1 st before gap. Rem sts are ssk, k1.

The last gap on the heel is now worked.

Pick up and k in the back loop 16 (17, 17) sts on the left side of the heel flap.

Needle 1 has now 50 (54, 56) sts.

Gusset decreases and instep

Cont on Needle 2 Rnd 51. This is the first rnd on Striping Color Set A.

Gusset dec is on every second rnd on Needle 1 until 28 (32, 36) sts rem on this needle. The first dec is on Rnd 53 and last on Rnd 73 (73, 71). On Needle 1, gusset is worked in garter sts and sole are k sts only. On Needle 2 stitch pattern is the same as for the leg.

Dec are worked as follows: Ssk, k until 2 sts rem, k2tog.

Follow Chart Foot, Gusset decreases and Sole or written description below.

Rnd 51 (MC):

Needle 1: no sts.

Needle 2: follow stitch pattern for Leg Rnd 1

Rnd 52 (MC):

Needle 1: K1, p10 (10, 9), k28 (32, 36), p10 (10, 9), k1.

Needle 2: follow stitch pattern for Leg Rnd 2

Rnd 53 (MC):

Needle 1: Ssk, k until 2 sts rem, k2tog.

Needle 2: follow stitch pattern for Leg Rnd 1

Rnd 54 (MC):

Needle 1: K1, p9 (9, 8), k28 (32, 36), p9 (9, 8), k1.

Needle 2: follow stitch pattern for Leg Rnd 2

Rnd 55 (CC):

Needle 1: Ssk, k until 2 sts rem; k2tog.

Needle 2: follow stitch pattern for Leg Rnd 1

Rnd 56 (CC):

Needle 1: K1, p8 (8, 7), k28 (32, 36), p8 (8, 7), k1.

Needle 2: follow stitch pattern for Leg Rnd 2

Rnd 57 (MC): As Rnd 53

Rnd 58 (MC):

Needle 1: K1, p7 (7, 6), k28 (32, 36), p7 (7, 6), k1.

Needle 2: follow stitch pattern for Leg Rnd 2

Rnd 59 (CC): As Rnd 55

Rnd 60 (CC):

Needle 1: K1, p6 (6, 5), k28 (32, 36), p6 (6, 5), k1.

Needle 2: follow stitch pattern for Leg Rnd 2

Rnd 61 (MC): As Rnd 53

Rnd 62 (MC):

Needle 1: K1, p5 (5, 4), k28 (32, 36), p5 (5, 4), k1.

Needle 2: follow stitch pattern for Leg Rnd 2

Rnd 63 (CC): As Rnd 55

Rnd 64 (CC):

Needle 1: K1, p4 (4, 3), k28 (32, 36), p4 (4, 3), k1.

Needle 2: follow stitch pattern for Leg Rnd 2

Rnd 65 (MC): As Rnd 53

Rnd 66 (MC):

Needle 1: K1, p3 (3, 2), k28 (32, 36), p3 (3, 2), k1.

Needle 2: follow stitch pattern for Leg Rnd 2

Rnd 67 (MC): As Rnd 53

Rnd 68 (MC):

Needle 1: K1, p2 (2, 1), k28 (32, 36), p2 (2, 1), k1.

Needle 2: follow stitch pattern for Leg Rnd 2

Rnd 69 (CC): As Rnd 55

Rnd 70 (CC):

Needle 1: K1, p1 (1, 0), k28 (32, 36), p1 (1, 0), k1.

Needle 2: follow stitch pattern for Leg Rnd 2

Rnd 71 (MC): As Rnd 53

Rnd 72 (MC):

Needle 1: K all sts.

Needle 2: follow stitch pattern for Leg Rnd 2

Rnd 73 (MC):

Size 7” and 8”:

Needle 1: Ssk, k until 2 sts rem, k2tog.

Size 9”:

Needle 1: K all sts

All Sizes:

Needle 2: follow stitch pattern for Leg Rnd 1

Foot

Continue working Foot Chart from Rnd 74 (74, 72) until Foot meas 1.5” less than full length or follow written description below. The last rnd should be a Stitch Pattern Rnd 2.

All Sizes

Stitch Pattern Foot

Rnd 1:

Needle 1: all sts k.

Needle 2: follow stitch pattern for Leg

Rnd 2:

Needle 1: all sts k.

Needle 2: follow stitch pattern for Leg

Striping Color Pattern

Rnds 72-74: MC

Rnds 75-76: CC

Rnds 77-88: Color Set A 2 times

Rnds 89-96: Color Set B 2 times

Rnds 97-120: Color Set A 4 times

Rnd 121: Rep from Rnd 89 until Foot meas full length less 1.5”

Toe

The toe is worked with MC only.

Rnd 1:

Needle 1 and 2: K all sts.

Rnd 2:

Needle 1 and 2: K1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.

Rep Rnd 1-2, 4 more times, dec from 56 (64, 72) to 36 (44, 52) sts. Then dec on every rnd by rep Rnd 2 until 16 sts rem (8 sts on each needle)

Cut the yarn and pull the thread through the rem sts.

Tighten tail and use a tapestry needle to secure the thread and sew the hole on the toe tip.

Finishing

Weave in all loose ends. Block.

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