I am very proud to announce that I have finally finished the sock and written the pattern so you can enjoy having a go at them !
It was a long process again, and I must say the pattern has not been proofed, so please let me know if there are errors or if some steps don’t make sense.
I hope you enjoy knitting them as much as I did ! the pattern was inspired by Ann Budd’s book “The knitter’s handy Book of Patterns” which is my bible and go to book in term of generic patterns. the explanations are so easy to follow and the possibilities are endless. I really recommend you to have a look at it ! And do go visit her wonderful website http://www.annbuddknits.com/
So here we are…
Rainbow Ripples Sock pattern
4-ply yarn (75% wool and 25% polyamid) – I used Regia 4-ply and Drops Faber
4 mm circular needles (you can also use a set of 4 or 5 double-pointed needles)
Gauge : 24 st = 10 cm
To fit medium woman’s size. (You can adjust the length of the foot part to suit your size.)
ssk : slip 1 stitch, knit the next one, pass the first stitch over the knitted one (one diminution)
p2tog : purl 2 stitches together
k2tog : knit 2 stitches together
Cast on 48 stitches. Place on needles, being careful not to twist stitches.
If you are using double pointed needles, place a marker at the beginning of the row.
Work knit 2 / purl 2 rib for 9 cm.
Knit 2 rounds, and start pattern changing yarn to make a coloured chevron (see chart) as follow :
R 1, 2 and 3 : knit.
R 4 : *knit 5, purl 1, repeat from * until the end of the row.
R 5 : *knit 1, purl 1, knit 3, repeat from * until the end of the row
R 6 : *2 times (knit 1, purl 1), knit 2, repeat from * until the end of the row
R 7 : knit 3, *purl 1, knit 5, repeat from * until the end of the row
R 8, 9 and 10 : knit
R 11 : *purl1, knit 5, repeat from * until the end of the row
R 12 : *purl 1, knit 3, purl 1, knit 1, repeat from * until the end of the row
R 13 : *knit2, 2 times (purl 1, knit 1), repeat from * until the end of the row
R 14 : knit 2, *purl 1, knit 5, repeat from * until the end of the row
R 15, 16 and 17 : knit.
Repeat the pattern 2 times.
Knit 4 rounds, then start the heel flap.
Work back and forth on 24 stitches :
Row 1 : (right side) *slip 1 stitch purl wise with yarn in back, knit 1, repeat from *.
Row 2 : (wrong side) slip 1 stitch purl wise with yarn in front purl to the end.
Repeat these two rows until you have worked 24 rows (there will be 12 selvedge stitches).
Row 1 : (right side) knit across 14 stitches, ssk, knit 1, turn work.
Row 2 : (wrong side) slip 1 purl wise, purl 5, p2tog, purl 1, turn
Row 3 : slip 1 purl wise, knit to 1 stitch before gap, ssk (1 st from each side of the gap), knit 1, turn
Row 4 : slip 1 purl wise, purl to 1 st before gap, p2tog (1 st from each side of the gap), purl 1, turn.
Keep knitting rows 3 and 4 until all stitches have been worked, ending with a wrong side row and ending with ptog, purl 1 : 14 stitches on needle.
Knit across all heel stitches, then pick up and knit 12 stitches along the edge of the heel flap, work across the instep stitches (on needle not worked for heel), pick up and knit 12 stitches along the edge : 62 stitches.
Row 1 : knit 1, ssk, knit to last 3 stitches on needle, k2tog, knit 1, knit across the instep stitches.
Row 2 : knit.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until there remains 48 stitches.
Work even until the foot measures 16.5 cm (or 4.5cm less than the desired length).
You can chose to repeat the pattern or knit it plain.
To shape the toes part, decrease as follow :
Row 1 : knit 1, ssk, knit until the last 3 stitches, knit 2 together, knit 1 and repeat for the other needle.
Row 2 : knit.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until there are 24 stitches left. Then knit row 1 only (decrease every row) until only 8 stitches remain. Cut yarn leaving a tail and thread s on the needles. Weave in ends.
Make another sock and wear proudly !