These socks are designed specifically for this beautiful pink colorway of yarn, reminiscent of the beautiful rich color of the sun just before it sets. The sock design has a center wave stitch pattern resembling the beautiful waves on the beach at sunset.
Skill Level: Intermediate
Size: Small (Medium, Large) to fit 6.75 (7.75, 8.75)” foot and ankle circumference
Shown in size Medium.
Gauge: 36 sts and 44 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st, blocked.
Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Sock (100% Merino Superwash Wool; 440 yards [402 meters]/100 grams): #857 Light of Love (1 skein)
Needles: US size 1½ (2.5 mm) circulars or DPNs.
Notions: Stitch marker (optional), tapestry needle.
k1 tbl – knit through the back loop
kfb – knit into the front of the stitch and then into the back of the stitch
2/2RC – sl 2 sts to cn, hold in back, k2, k2 from cn.
2/2LC – sl 2 sts to cn, hold in front, k2, k2 from cn.
Rnd 1: K1 (3, 5), p2, k4, p15, k4, p2, k0 (2, 4).
Rnd 2: K1 (3, 5), p2, k4, p2, k11, p2, k4, p2, k0 (2, 4).
Rnds 3-4: Rep Rnds 1-2.
Rnd 5: K1 (3, 5), p2, 2/2LC, p2, k11, p2, 2/2RC, p2, k0 (2, 4).
Rnd 6: K1 (3, 5), p2, k4, p2, yo, k1, yo, (ssk) twice, p1, (k2tog) twice, yo, k1, yo, p2, k4, p2, k0 (2, 4).
Rnd 7: K1 (3, 5), p2, k4, p2, k5, p1, k5, p2, k4, p2, k0 (2, 4).
Rnd 8: Rep Rnd 7.
Rnd 9: Rep Rnd 7.
Rnd 10: Rep Rnd 6.
Rep Rnds 1-10 for patt.
The written instructions are for the first half of the sts.
For foot and leg in St st, work Rnd instructions followed by k28 (32, 36).
If you wish to have the pattern on the front and back of the leg, work Rnd instructions twice.
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.
Cont working Foot until your piece meas 2.5” less than the entire length of your foot.
Using a toe up cast on of your choice (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.
Set-up Rnd: Knit all sts on each needle.
Rnd 1: Needle 1: Kfb, k to end of needle.
Needle 2: K to 2 sts before end of needle, kfb, k1.
Needle 3: Kfb, k to end of needle.
Needle 4: K to 2 sts before end of needle, kfb, k1. (4 total sts inc’d this rnd)
Rnd 2: Knit all sts on each needle.
Rep Rnds 1-2, 6 (7, 8) more times – 56 (64, 72) sts.
If you prefer a more pointed toe, CO fewer sts and work more rnds until you have increased to 56 (64, 72) sts.
If you prefer a different toe, work your toe of preference until you have the desired amount of sts.
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 the Stitch Pattern.
Rep Rnds 1-10 for the rem of the sock.
Cont working the Foot as est until piece meas 2.5” shorter (LESS) than the desired finished foot length.
In this section, Needles 1 and 2 will cont in the Stitch Pattern up the Foot and towards the front of the Leg. Needles 3 and 4 will be increasing and forming the gusset on the sole of the Foot working towards the Heel of the sock.
Rnd 1: Needles 1 and 2: Cont working next rnd in Stitch Pattern as est.
Needle 3: Kfb, k to end of needle.
Needle 4: K to 2 sts before end of needle, kfb, k1.
Rnd 2: Needles 1 and 2: Cont working in Stitch Pattern as est.
Needles 3 and 4: K all sts.
Rep these 2 rnds until there are 48 (56, 64) total sts on Needles 3 and 4.
Turning the Heel
Once you have reached 48 (56, 64) sts, begin turning the heel.
Work over Needles 1 and 2 once (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, k to 1 st before the gap, ssk, k1, turn.
Row 4: Sl1, p to 1 st before the gap, p2tog, p1, turn.
Rep Rows 3-4 there are 28 (32, 36) total sts rem on Needles 3 and 4.
Resume working on all 4 needles, paying careful attention as to working the rest of the same row in pattern where you left off to turn the heel.
The sample is shown with the 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 and front of the sock, start working the back of the sock, repeating the same rnd that you knit 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 to maintain the correct st count.
Work leg until meas 1.5-2” shorter (LESS) than the entire desired length of the sock.
Knit 1 rnd.
Rnd 1: (K1 tbl, p1) 28 (32, 36) times.
Rep Rnd 1 for 1.5-2”.
BO all sts in patt using a stretchy bind-off.
Weave in all ends.