Frozen Peony Socks

With simple cables, garter stitch, lace and a Fleegle heel, this design is easy, fun and doesn’t require picking up stitches to make its attractive heel! Don’t miss the classic original (the Adirondack Mountain Socks) from the December 2016 issue.

Size: small (medium, large)

Gauge:  9 stitches and 11 rows per inch

Materials

One skein of Sweet Georgia Tough Love

425 yards / 4 oz

80% merino / 20% nylon

Seen here in colorway Peony

Two 24” circular 2.25 mm needles,

or size needed to obtain gauge

tapestry needle, cable needle

Cuff:

Knit rows #1-2 of Front Rib Chart on needle #1, and knit rows #1-2 of Back Rib Chart on needle #2.  Repeat these rows to desired length.

Knit rows #3-10 of Front and Back Rib Charts one or two times.

Knit Set-Up Charts (rows #11-19) one time only.

Knit Chart A (rows #1-40) one time on needle #1, and knit Chart B (rows #1-40) on needle #2.

Gusset increases:

On needle #1, knit Chart C (rows #41-72), and Chart D (rows #41-71) on needle #2.

Notes:  Needle #2, at the end of Chart D, will hold 64 (66, 68) stitches – 32 (34, 36) stitches from original cast-on, plus 32 new stitches increased for gusset), which will become the heel and sole of the foot.   Needle #1 holds the instep stitches. 

Turn heel:

Short Row 1 (right side – RS): K 36 (37, 38), ssk, k1, turn.  (1 stitch decreased)

Short Row 2 (wrong side – WS): Sl1 wyif, p9, p2tog, p1, turn. (1 stitch decreased)

Short Row 3 (RS): Sl1 wyib, k10, ssk, k1, turn. (1 stitch decreased)

Short Row 4 (WS): Sl1 wyif, p to 1 st before gap, p2tog, p1, turn. (1 stitch decreased)

Short Row 5 (RS): Sl1 wyib, k to 1 st before gap, ssk, k1, turn. (1 stitch decreased)

Repeat last two rows 10 (10, 11) more times.

Short Row 6 (WS): Sl1 wyif, p to 1 st before gap, p2tog, p1, turn. (1 stitch decreased)

Short Row 7 (RS): Sl1 wyib, k to 1 st before gap, ssk, k0 (1, 0), do not turn. 37 (39, 39) heel sts

Gusset decreases: Resume working in the round.

Needle #1: Knit row #73 of Chart E.  Needle #2: Knit 0 (1, 0), k2tog, knit to end.

Needle #1: Knit row #74 of Chart E.  Needle #2: Knit all stitches.

Needle #1: Knit row #75 of Chart E.  Needle #2: K1, ssk, knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1.

Needle #1: Knit row #76 of Chart E.   Needle #2: Knit all stitches.

Needle #1: Knit row #77 of Chart E.   Needle #2: K1, ssk 1 (1, 0) time, knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog 1 (1,0) time, k1.

64 (68, 72) stitches

Notes: If you prefer, you could further decrease the foot stitches, for a better fit.  Remember to move stitches as needed before starting toe decreases, so you have the same number of stitches on each needle. 

Foot:

Continue foot in this way, knitting plain stockinette on the bottom of the foot and Chart  E on the top of the foot.    Repeat rows #113-114 until foot is approximately 2” shorter than desired length (check your gauge and estimate how many rows you’ll need for your desired foot length).

Toe:  (Move stitches now if necessary, for the same number of stitches on each needle)

Round #1:

Needle #1: K1, SSK, knit in pattern as established until there are 3 stitches remaining on needle, K2tog, K1.

Needle #2: K1, SSK, knit until there are 3 stitches remaining on needle, K2tog, K1.

Round #2: Knit in pattern as established on needle #1, and knit plain stockinette on needle #2.

Repeat the last 2 rounds, decreasing every other round, until 14 stitches remain on each needle.

Finishing

Leave a tail of at least 12 inches, cut yarn and graft toe closed.  Weave in all ends.

Frozen Peony Socks Yarn Giveaway

  • Open only to legal residents of United States and its territories (except residents of Puerto Rico) and Canada (except residents of Quebec) at least 13 years old at the time of entry. The winner will be announced here on this page as well as contacted by the email address provided on November 1st 2019.

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