Winter Weekend Socks

Cozy wool socks are made for lazy weekends, when you just want to relax and chill. In warm worsted weight wool, with a touch of cashmere, these comfy socks feature cables down the sides for a bit of style. The ribbed cuffs, heels and toes are in a contrast color. She won’t want to take them off!

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: S (M, L), 6″ leg length x 6.5 (7.25, 8)” foot circumference x 8.75 (9.5, 10.5)” foot length

Gauge: 22 sts and 30 rows = 4” (10 cm) in St st in the rnd on larger needles, blocked.

Materials

Medium weight yarnYarn: Anzula For Better or Worsted (80% Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon; 200 yards [180 meters]/114 grams): Mulberry (MC, 1 ball), Gravity (CC, 1 ball)

Needles: US size 4 (3.5 mm) DPNs, 2 circulars, or magic loop; US size 6 (4.0 mm) DPNs, 2 circulars, or magic loop.

Notions: Markers, stitch holders, cable needle (CN), tapestry needle.

Special Stitches

Cable 4 Front (C4F):  Slip 2 sts to the CN and hold in front of work. Knit next 2 sts, and then knit the 2 sts from the CN.

Cable 4 Back (C4B):  Slip 2 sts to the CN and hold in back of work. Knit next 2 sts, and then knit the 2 sts from the CN.

Leg Rib Pattern

Rnd 1: *K1, p1; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rep Rnd 1 for patt.

Pattern Notes

Socks are worked from the cuff down.

The second sock is worked as a mirror image of the first one. Sock 1 has cable on outside of right foot and Sock 2 has cable on outside of left foot. Check instructions for Second Sock carefully.

Pattern

First Sock

Leg

Using smaller needles and CC, CO 36 (40, 44) sts.

Divide sts over 4 smaller DPNs as follows:  9 (10, 11) sts on each of 4 needles.

For working on 2 circular needles, place 18 (20, 22) sts on Needle 1 and Needle 2.

Join to work in rnd, being careful not to twist. PM to mark beginning of rnd (BOR).

Work Leg Rib Pattern in CC until piece meas 2.25” / [5.5 cm] from CO edge.

Change to MC and larger needles.

Rnd 1: K1, p1, k1, kfb, k3, p1, k10, k2tog, k to end. 36 (40, 44).

Rnd 2: K1, p1, k6, p1, k to end.

Rnd 3: K1, p1, C4B, k2, p1, k to end.

Rnds 4-6: Rep Rnd 2.

Rnd 7: K1, p1, k2, C4F, p1, k to end.

Rnds 8-9: Rep Rnd 2.

Rep Rnds 2-9 until Leg meas about 7.5” / [19 cm] from CO edge, ending with Rnd 9.

Heel Flap

Move BOR marker 5 sts to the left (to the center of the 6 cable sts).

Rearrange sts on needles as follows:

For DPNs, Needle 1 has first 9 (10, 11) sts after new BOR marker, Needle 2 has next 9 (10, 11) sts, and Needle 3 has remaining 18 (20, 22) sts. Knit sts around, stopping at beg of Needle 3, ready to work heel flap.

For 2 circular needles, Needle 1 has first 18 (20, 22) sts after new BOR marker, Needle 2 has remaining sts. Knit sts around, stopping at beg of Needle 2, ready to work heel flap.

Change to CC.

With RS facing, work back and forth on heel sts as follows:

Row 1: *Sl 1 purlwise, k1; rep from * to end.

Row 2: Sl 1 purlwise, p to end.

Rep these 2 rows until 18 (22, 24) rows are complete. Heel should meas about 2 (2.25, 2.5)” / [5 (5.7, 6.4) cm].

Turn Heel

Row 1 (RS): K10 (11, 12) ssk, k1, turn.

Row 2 (WS): Sl 1, p3 (3, 3) p2tog, p1, turn.

Row 3: Sl 1, k4 (4, 4) ssk, k1, turn.

Row 4: Sl 1, p5 (5, 5) p2tog, p1, turn.

Row 5: Sl 1, k6 (6, 6) ssk, k1, turn.

Row 6: Sl 1, p7 (7, 7) p2tog, p1, turn.

Follow the directions that correspond to your size:

Size Small Only

Row 7: Sl 1, k8, ssk, turn.

Row 8: Sl 1, p8, p2tog, turn. (10 sts rem)

Size Medium Only

Row 7: Sl 1, k8, ssk, k1, turn.

Row 8: Sl 1, p9, p2tog, p1, turn. (12 sts rem)

Size Large Only

Row 7: Sl 1, k8, ssk, k1, turn.

Row 8: Sl 1, p9, p2tog, p1, turn.

Row 9: Sl 1, k10, ssk, turn.

Row 10: Sl 1, p10, p2tog, turn. (12 sts rem)

All Sizes

Work 5 (6, 6) sts. PM for new BOR.

Change to MC.

Heel Gusset

In following sections, if using 2 circular needles, Needle 1 equates to Needle 1 and 2 DPNs; Needle 2 equates to Needle 3 and 4 DPNs.

Knit remaining 5 (6, 6) heel sts. [Needle 1]

Continuing with the same needle, pick up and knit 9 (11, 12) sts along the side of the heel.

On same needle, pick up and knit a st from row below the first instep st to prevent a hole. [Needle 1: 15 (18, 19) sts total]

With a free needle, knit across 9 (10, 11) instep sts. [Needle 2]

With a free needle, knit across 9 (10, 11) instep sts. [Needle 3]

With free needle, pick up and knit a st from row below the last instep st to prevent a hole.

With same needle, pick up and knit 9 (11, 12) sts along side of the heel and knit across 5 (6, 6) remaining heel sts to end at BOR. [Needle 4: 15 (18, 19) sts total]

Shape Gusset

Rnd 1 (Dec Rnd):

Needle 1: Knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.

Needle 2 (Instep): Knit.

Needle 3 (Instep): Knit.

Needle 4: K1, ssk, knit to end.

Rnd 2: Knit.

Rep Rnds 1-2 until 36 (40, 44) sts rem.

Foot

Cont working even in rnds until Foot meas 7.5 (8.25, 8.75)” / [19 (21, 22.5) cm] from base of heel or 1.25 (1.25, 1.75)” / [3.2 (3.2, 4.4) cm] less than desired length of foot.

End at BOR.

Change to CC.

Shape Toe

Rnd 1 (Dec Rnd):

Needle 1: (Sole) Knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.

Needle 2: (Instep) K1, ssk, knit to end.

Needle 3: (Instep) Knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.

Needle 4: (Sole) K1, ssk, knit to end.

Rnd 2: Knit.

Rep Rnds 1-2 until 24 (28, 28) total sts rem.

Work Rn 1 (Dec Rnd) only until 12 sts remain. (6 instep sts, 6 sole sts)

Finishing

Work sts on Needle 1. Slip sts from Needle 4 to opposite end of Needle 1.

Slip sts from Needle 3 onto Needle 2.

If using 2 circular needles, arrange sts so that 6 instep sts are on one needle and 6 sole sts are on second needle.

Holding two needles together, graft sts using Kitchener Stitch.

Weave in ends.

Second Sock

Work Second Sock as follows:

Leg

Work Leg as for First Sock.

Heel Flap

Move BOR marker 23 (25, 27) sts to the left (opposite to the cable).

Rearrange sts on needles as follows:

For DPNs, Needle 1 has first 9 (10, 11) sts after new BOR marker, Needle 2 has next 9 (10, 11) sts, and Needle 3 has remaining 18 (20, 22) sts. Knit sts around, stopping at beg of Needle 3, ready to work heel flap.

For 2 circular needles, Needle 1 has first 18 (20, 22) sts after new BOR marker, Needle 2 has remaining sts. Knit sts around, stopping at beg of Needle 2, ready to work heel flap.

Change to CC.

Work the rest of Second Sock same as the First Sock.

Finishing

Weave in all ends.

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