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Surprise socks

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  • Surprise socks
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  • Surprise socks
Ann Crick's impressive socks show how one pattern can work with a variety of different self-patterning yarns

We're always telling you that the possibilities are endless when it comes to sock knitting, and if you didn't believe us, then just take a look at this array of fab footwear. There are a few different options to choose from for the cuff, heel and toe, but the main reason they look so different is because you knit to the colour change, rather than a set pattern. Decide which colours in the yarn will be knitted and which will be purled and also the sequence they will be knitted in, then fill out the table in the image library to the right. Enter them as they sequence, pick randomly or just choose one colour to purl. You won't know what pattern you'll get until you've finished so it really is a true mystery project!


Pattern Instructions

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  • Socks - CUFF

    Using 2.5mm dpns cast on 64 (72, 80) sts. Divide evenly over four needles, join in rnd being careful not to twist sts. 16 (18, 20) sts on each needle

    OPTION ONE ¨C 2X2 RIB
    □ Rnd 1: (k2, p2) to end of rnd
    □ Rep Rnd 1 until Cuff meas 2.5cm

    OPTION TWO ¨C TWISTED RIB
    □ Rnd 1: (k1tbl, p1) to end of rnd
    □ Rep Rnd 1 until Cuff meas 2.5cm

    OPTION THREE ¨C CABLE RIB
    □ Rnd 1: (k4, p4) to end of rnd
    □ Rnds 2-3: as Rnd 1
    □ Rnd 4: (C4F, p4) to end of rnd
    □ Rnds 5-7: as Rnd 1
    □ Rnd 8: as Rnd 4
    □ Rnd 9: as Rnd 1

  • Socks - LEG

    □ Complete Chart (in the Pattern Images section) to work out which colours will be k or p, and the sequence. Either enter them as they sequence, pick randomly or just choose one colour to purl. Remember, it is the colour of the stitch on the LH needle that you go by NOT the colour of the upcoming yarn
    □ Cont in your chosen pattern until leg meas 12.5cm or desired length

  • Socks - HEEL

    Working on N1 and N2 only work back and forth in rows as folls:

    OPTION ONE ¨C SHORT ROW SHAPING
    □ Row 1: k to last st, w&t
    □ Row 2: p to last st, w&t
    □ Row 3: k to one st before wrap, w&t
    □ Row 4: p to one st before wrap, w&t
    □ Rep Row 3-4 until there are 10 (12, 13) wrapped sts at each end
    □ Next row: k to first wrapped st, k wrap tog with st tbl, w&t (last st has two wraps)
    □ Next row: p to first wrapped st, p wrap tog with st, w&t
    □ Next row: k to first wrapped st, k two wraps tog with st tbl, w&t
    □ Next row: p to first wrapped st, p two wraps tog with st, w&t
    □ Rep last two rows until one wrapped st rems at each end
    □ Next row: k to wrapped st, k two wraps tog with st tbl, patt to end of rnd
    □ Next rnd: k two wraps tog with st tbl (this is first st on N1 and last wrapped st), k to end of N2, patt to end of rnd
    Move to instructions for Foot

    OPTION TWO ¨C SLIP STITCH
    □ Row 1: * sl 1, k1, rep from * to end
    □ Row 2: sl 1, p to end of row
    □ Rep Rows 1-2 16 (18, 20) times

    OPTION THREE ¨C EYE OF THE PARTRIDGE
    □ Row 1: (sl 1, k1) to end
    □ Row 2: sl 1, p to end
    □ Row 3: sl 2, (k1, sl 1) to last two sts, k2
    □ Row 4: sl 1, p to end
    □ Rep Rows 1-4 8 (9, 10) times

    TURNING THE HEEL (OPTIONS TWO AND THREE ONLY)
    □ K to three sts past centre, ssk, k1, turn
    □ P to three sts past centre, p2tog, p1, turn
    □ K to one st before gap, ssk, k1, turn
    □ P to one st before gap, p2tog, p1, turn
    □ Rep last two rows until all sts have been worked ending with a p row
    □ K across N1 and N2, using N2 pick up and k 16 (18, 20) sts down side of heel flap, patt as set across top of foot ¨C N3 and N4 ¨C with working needle pick up and k 16 (18, 20) sts up other side of heel flap, with same needle k to end of N1
    □ K all sts on N2, patt across N3 and N4 for top of the foot Pm for beg of rnd

    DECREASE INSTEP (OPTIONS TWO & THREE ONLY)
    □ Rnd 1: k1, ssk, k to last three sts on N2, k2tog, k1, patt across N3 and N4 for top of foot
    □ Rnd 2: k all sts on N1 and N2, patt across N3 and N4 . Rep Rnds 1 and 2 until 64 (72, 80) sts rem

  • Socks - FOOT

    □ Cont to k across bottom sts (N1 and N2) and work in patt across top of foot (N3 and N4) until work reaches base of big toe when slightly stretched

  • Socks - TOE

    OPTION ONE ¨C SHORT ROW TOE
    NOTE: sts are grafted on underside of toes Transfer sts from N4 to N3 and work back and forth on these sts only
    □ Row 1: k to last st, w&t
    □ Row 2: p to last st, w&t
    □ Row 3: k to one st before wrapped st, w&t
    □ Row 4: p to one st before wrapped st, w&t
    □ Rep Rows 3-4 until there are 8 (10, 12) wrapped sts at each end
    □ Next row: k to first wrapped st, k wrap tog with st tbl, w&t
    □ Next row: p to first wrapped st, p wrap tog with st, w&t
    □ Next row: k to first wrapped st, k two wraps tog with st tbl, w&t
    □ Next row: p to first wrapped st, p two wraps tog with st, w&t
    □ Rep last two rows until one wrapped st rems at each end
    □ Next row: k to wrapped st, k two wraps tog with st tbl, turn
    □ Next row: p to wrapped st, p two wraps tog with st
    □ Transfer sts from N2 to end of N1 and holding the needles parallel, graft sts tog using Kitchener stitch

    OPTION TWO ¨C DECREASE TOE
    □ Row 1: N1: k1, ssk, k to end of needle; N2: k to last three sts on needle, k2tog, k1; N3: k1, ssk, k to end of needle; N4: k to last three sts on needle, k2tog, k1
    □ Row 2: k all sts
    □ Rep Rows 1 and 2 five times more, then Row 1 eight times more until 8 (16, 24) sts rem
    □ Transfer sts from N2 to end of N1 and sts from N3 to beg of N4, graft sts tog using Kitchener stitch

    Remember, it is the colour of the stitch on the LH needle that you go by NOT the colour of the upcoming yarn

Pattern Instructions

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Socks - CUFF

Using 2.5mm dpns cast on 64 (72, 80) sts. Divide evenly over four needles, join in rnd being careful not to twist sts. 16 (18, 20) sts on each needle

OPTION ONE ¨C 2X2 RIB
□ Rnd 1: (k2, p2) to end of rnd
□ Rep Rnd 1 until Cuff meas 2.5cm

OPTION TWO ¨C TWISTED RIB
□ Rnd 1: (k1tbl, p1) to end of rnd
□ Rep Rnd 1 until Cuff meas 2.5cm

OPTION THREE ¨C CABLE RIB
□ Rnd 1: (k4, p4) to end of rnd
□ Rnds 2-3: as Rnd 1
□ Rnd 4: (C4F, p4) to end of rnd
□ Rnds 5-7: as Rnd 1
□ Rnd 8: as Rnd 4
□ Rnd 9: as Rnd 1

Socks - LEG

□ Complete Chart (in the Pattern Images section) to work out which colours will be k or p, and the sequence. Either enter them as they sequence, pick randomly or just choose one colour to purl. Remember, it is the colour of the stitch on the LH needle that you go by NOT the colour of the upcoming yarn
□ Cont in your chosen pattern until leg meas 12.5cm or desired length

Socks - HEEL

Working on N1 and N2 only work back and forth in rows as folls:

OPTION ONE ¨C SHORT ROW SHAPING
□ Row 1: k to last st, w&t
□ Row 2: p to last st, w&t
□ Row 3: k to one st before wrap, w&t
□ Row 4: p to one st before wrap, w&t
□ Rep Row 3-4 until there are 10 (12, 13) wrapped sts at each end
□ Next row: k to first wrapped st, k wrap tog with st tbl, w&t (last st has two wraps)
□ Next row: p to first wrapped st, p wrap tog with st, w&t
□ Next row: k to first wrapped st, k two wraps tog with st tbl, w&t
□ Next row: p to first wrapped st, p two wraps tog with st, w&t
□ Rep last two rows until one wrapped st rems at each end
□ Next row: k to wrapped st, k two wraps tog with st tbl, patt to end of rnd
□ Next rnd: k two wraps tog with st tbl (this is first st on N1 and last wrapped st), k to end of N2, patt to end of rnd
Move to instructions for Foot

OPTION TWO ¨C SLIP STITCH
□ Row 1: * sl 1, k1, rep from * to end
□ Row 2: sl 1, p to end of row
□ Rep Rows 1-2 16 (18, 20) times

OPTION THREE ¨C EYE OF THE PARTRIDGE
□ Row 1: (sl 1, k1) to end
□ Row 2: sl 1, p to end
□ Row 3: sl 2, (k1, sl 1) to last two sts, k2
□ Row 4: sl 1, p to end
□ Rep Rows 1-4 8 (9, 10) times

TURNING THE HEEL (OPTIONS TWO AND THREE ONLY)
□ K to three sts past centre, ssk, k1, turn
□ P to three sts past centre, p2tog, p1, turn
□ K to one st before gap, ssk, k1, turn
□ P to one st before gap, p2tog, p1, turn
□ Rep last two rows until all sts have been worked ending with a p row
□ K across N1 and N2, using N2 pick up and k 16 (18, 20) sts down side of heel flap, patt as set across top of foot ¨C N3 and N4 ¨C with working needle pick up and k 16 (18, 20) sts up other side of heel flap, with same needle k to end of N1
□ K all sts on N2, patt across N3 and N4 for top of the foot Pm for beg of rnd

DECREASE INSTEP (OPTIONS TWO & THREE ONLY)
□ Rnd 1: k1, ssk, k to last three sts on N2, k2tog, k1, patt across N3 and N4 for top of foot
□ Rnd 2: k all sts on N1 and N2, patt across N3 and N4 . Rep Rnds 1 and 2 until 64 (72, 80) sts rem

Socks - FOOT

□ Cont to k across bottom sts (N1 and N2) and work in patt across top of foot (N3 and N4) until work reaches base of big toe when slightly stretched

Socks - TOE

OPTION ONE ¨C SHORT ROW TOE
NOTE: sts are grafted on underside of toes Transfer sts from N4 to N3 and work back and forth on these sts only
□ Row 1: k to last st, w&t
□ Row 2: p to last st, w&t
□ Row 3: k to one st before wrapped st, w&t
□ Row 4: p to one st before wrapped st, w&t
□ Rep Rows 3-4 until there are 8 (10, 12) wrapped sts at each end
□ Next row: k to first wrapped st, k wrap tog with st tbl, w&t
□ Next row: p to first wrapped st, p wrap tog with st, w&t
□ Next row: k to first wrapped st, k two wraps tog with st tbl, w&t
□ Next row: p to first wrapped st, p two wraps tog with st, w&t
□ Rep last two rows until one wrapped st rems at each end
□ Next row: k to wrapped st, k two wraps tog with st tbl, turn
□ Next row: p to wrapped st, p two wraps tog with st
□ Transfer sts from N2 to end of N1 and holding the needles parallel, graft sts tog using Kitchener stitch

OPTION TWO ¨C DECREASE TOE
□ Row 1: N1: k1, ssk, k to end of needle; N2: k to last three sts on needle, k2tog, k1; N3: k1, ssk, k to end of needle; N4: k to last three sts on needle, k2tog, k1
□ Row 2: k all sts
□ Rep Rows 1 and 2 five times more, then Row 1 eight times more until 8 (16, 24) sts rem
□ Transfer sts from N2 to end of N1 and sts from N3 to beg of N4, graft sts tog using Kitchener stitch

Remember, it is the colour of the stitch on the LH needle that you go by NOT the colour of the upcoming yarn