Joanna’s strangely striped socks

My plan last year was to try and make something for all my friends who’ve turned 30, rather than buy them something. The Skywalker mitts were for my old housemate Jessica and these socks were for my other housemate Jo.

Again, I’ve used some Kool Aid dyed yarn and the pooling of the colours is really lovely!

DISCLAIMER: I made these a while ago, forgetting to write the pattern down as I went so this is an estimated version of what I knitted – feel free to let me know if anything is wrong!

Using 3mm needles CO 62 sts, join in the round and split equally over 4 needles (16 and 15 sts on needles 1&2, 16 and 15sts on needles 3&4)
I felt the lace pattern shaping was too pretty to lose with a ribbed top so went straight into it.

Lace Pattern
This is the same lace fern pattern as I’d used for the scarf previously. As the pattern calls for multiples of 9 (+4) it took some working out to knit in the round. It’s basically 27sts+4 x 2

Round 1: knit
Round 2: Needles 1&2: K3, *yf, K2, sl1, k1, psso, k2tog, yf, k1; rep from * to last st, k1 Needles 3&4: repeat pattern as per needles 1&2
Round 3: knit
Round 4: Needles 1&2: K2, *yf, K2, sl1, k1, psso, k2tog, yf, k1; rep from * to last 2 sts, K2Needles 3&4: repeat pattern as per needles 1&2

Repeat these 4 rows until desired leg length ending on Round 4

Heel flap
With 31 sts on needles 1&2 continue lace pattern, except purl Row 1 and 3 instead of knit it
Continue for 2.5 inches

First row: K20, SSK, k1, turn
Next row: Sl1, P7, P2tog, P1, turn
Next row, K until 1 st from gap, SSK, K1, turn
Continue until all heel stitches are worked

Pick up 15 sts along side of flap, knit in lace pattern (you’ll be on Round 1 of the pattern) across front stitches, pick up 15 sts along other side. Beginning of each round will now be in the middle of the sole of the foot.

Next round: Needle 1 – Knit across sole until last 3 sts, k2tog, Needles 2&3 – knit Round 2 of lace pattern, Needle 4 – k1, ssk knit to end.
Round 2: knit all sole stitches and continue in lace pattern on top of sock.
Continue with these decreases until there are 62sts on each needle (31sts on top, 31 on bottom)

Continue foot until it is the right length and start decreases

Next row (starting at the bottom of the foot needle 1):
Needle 1: Knit until 3 sts from end of needle. k2tog, Needle 2: K1, ssk, k until last 3 sts end of Needle 3 – k2tog and K1, Needle 4: k1, ssk, k to end of needle.
Knit across all stitches on the next 2 rounds then repeat decrease as above.
From then on decrease every other round until there are 30 sts – 15 on the top, 15 on the bottom
Bind off using kitchener stitch

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