Cranberry Harvest Socks

The shade of ripened cranberries just before their fall harvest inspired the deep color of these socks. Not only does the yarn have just the right pop of fall flair, the distinctive stitch pattern will make you glad to kick off those shoes and show off your cozy style.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: Small (Medium, Large), approximate 6¾ (7¾, 8 ¾)” circumferences around the foot and ankle with the leg height and foot length of all sizes adjustable to fit and preference.

Shown in size Medium.

Gauge: 36 sts and 44 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st, blocked.

Materials

Yarn:

Super fine weight yarn Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Lightweight (100% Merino; 405 yards [370 meters]/146 grams): Princess Plummy, 1 skein.

Needles: US size 1.5 (2.5 mm): DPNS or 40-47” circular for magic loop.

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

Abbreviations

co= cast on

bo= bind off

st(s)= stitch(es)                          

sl1= slip 1 stitch purl-wise

k= knit

p= purl

ktbl= knit through the back loop

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

k2tog= knit 2 sts together

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

p2tog= purl 2 sts together

Special Stitches

Stitch Pattern

Note: The written instructions are for the first half of the stitches.

For foot and leg in St st, work round instructions followed by k28 (32, 36) sts.

To have the pattern on the front and back of the leg, work round instructions twice.

Rnd 1: P1 (3, 5), k2tog, yo, p2, yo, ssk, k2tog, k4, yo, p2, yo, k4, ssk, k2tog, yo, p2, yo, ssk, p1 (3, 5).

Rnd 2: P1 (3, 5), k2, p2, k2, k2tog, k3, yo, k1, p2, k1, yo, k3, ssk, k2, p2, k2, p1 (3, 5).

Rnd 3: P1 (3, 5), yo, ssk, p2, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k2, yo, k2, p2, k2, yo, k2, ssk, yo, ssk, p2, k2tog, yo, p1 (3, 5).

Rnd 4: P1 (3, 5), k2, p2, k2, k2tog, k1, yo, k3, p2, k3, yo, k1, ssk, k2, p2, k2, p1 (3, 5).

Rnd 5: P1 (3, 5), k2tog, yo, p2, yo, ssk, k2tog, yo, k4, p2, k4, yo, ssk, k2tog, yo, p2, yo, ssk, p1 (3, 5).

Rnd 6: P1 (3, 5), k2, p2, k1, k2tog, yo, k5, p2, k5, yo, ssk, k1, p2, k2, p1 (3, 5).

Rnd 7: P1 (3, 5), yo, ssk, p2, k2tog, yo, k6, p2, k6, yo, ssk, p2, k2tog, yo, p1 (3, 5).

Rnd 8: P1 (3, 5), k2, p2, k8, p2, k8, p2, k2, p1 (3, 5).

Rep Rnds 1-8 for patt.

Pattern Notes

The socks are worked from the toe-up. 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 (I prefer Judy’s Magic Cast-On method), CO 28 (32, 36) sts. Divide sts evenly on the needles. Place a stitch marker to note the beginning of rnd. (Note:.)

Note: If using DPNs, you may need to move sts from needle to needle from time to time to accommodate the Stitch Pattern. Needles 1 and 2 are the top of the toe sts. Needles 3 and 4 are the bottom of the toe sts.

Set-up Rnd: Knit all 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: Knit all sts on each needle.

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

Note: If you prefer a more pointed toe, CO 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 toe of preference until you have the desired amount of sts.

Foot

Note: Needles 1 and 2 will be the top of the foot (working the Stitch Pattern) and Needles 3 and 4 will become the sole stitches (working in St st). Begin working from the chart or written instructions, repeating Rnds 1-8.

Cont working in est patt until Foot meas 2½” shorter (LESS) than the entire desired length of your foot.

Gusset

In this section, Needles 1 and 2 will cont in Stitch Pattern 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 of the foot working towards the heel of the sock.

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

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 patt.

Needles 3 and 4: k all sts.

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

Turning the Heel

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

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

Note: Make special note of 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, k to 1 st before gap, ssk, k1, turn.

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

Rep these last 2 rows until there are 28 (32, 36) sts rem on Needles 3 and 4.

Leg

Resume working on all 4 needles, paying careful attention 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 the 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 same as for the front, start working the back of the sock repeating the same row as worked over Needles 1 and 2 before working the gusset. After that, work the Stitch Pattern twice.

Either way you choose to do the leg, you may need to pick up a st on either side to close up any holes there may be, remembering to k2tog or ssk with an end st to maintain the correct st count.

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

Cuff (Ribbing)

Knit 1 rnd.

Rnd 1: (Ktbl, p1) 28 (32, 36) times.

Rep Rnd 1 for 1½-2”.

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

Make second Sock same as first.

Finishing

Weave in all ends. yarn ball

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Comments
  • Roberta L.

    Do you have access to a video on learning how to knit socks? I have never tried to knit them and would like to learn how.

    Reply
    • Joan S.

      If you have access to Internet by computer or smartphone you can go to YouTube channel by Earthtonesgirl Podcast “No Fear Sock Knitting” FREE classes with lots of videos from start to finish by a great teacher! Denise is great to learn from because she goes slow, has excellent close-ups, explains everything so well 😀 (this is just one of many tutorials on YouTube so look at a bunch to find the techniques you are interested in learning) You can do it! 🙂

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