Bayerische sock (Part II)
You ain't seen nothing yet.
It really shines on the foot. I like the details a lot - maybe you can even see the way the well-behaved pattern flows into the slightly out-thrust slipped stitches of the heel (not that it didn't take some beating into submission for it to do so).
Pattern: My own (check it out below)
Yarn: Lang Jawoll, in color 0197 (Acid-y green)
Yardage: 1 50 gram balls (about 230 yards for a size 6 sock)
Yarn Source: Clover Hill Yarn Shop
Needles: 2.00mm (US 0) Addi Turbo circular needles
Gauge: 9 sts/inch over stockinette
A nicely-formatted pattern for free download will be available eventually, but in the meantime:
Round 1: *K1tbl. Work Row 1 of Chart A across next 9 sts. K1tbl. Work Row 1 of Chart B across next 14 sts. K1tbl. Work Row 1 of Chart C across next 9 sts. K1tbl. Work Row 1 of Chart D across next 12 sts. Repeat from * for other half of sock.
Work as set until desired leg length is reached, ending with row 16 of Chart D.
Next round: Work as set (Row 1 of all charts) until first repeat of Chart D. Work as charted, but work 2 center sts as a left twist instead of a right cross. Work as set until second repeat of Chart D. Work first 5 sts as charted. Work next 2 sts as a right twist instead of a right cross (last 5 sts of round remain unworked). Holding 50 sts for instep, begin working heel flat.
Set-up row: K2, ssk, (k1, sl1) 7 times, ssk 5 times, (sl1, k1) 7 times, ssk 2 times. 38 sts.
Row 1 (WS): Sl1. P to end.
Row 2: *Sl1, k1. Rep from * to end.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 15 times more, ending RS.
Row 1 (WS): Sl1, p20, p2tog, p1, turn.
Row 2: Sl1, k5, k2tog, k1, turn.
Row 3: Sl1, p to within 1 st of turning gap, p2tog, p1, turn.
Row 4: Sl1, k to within 1 st of turning gap, k2tog, k1, turn.
Rep rows 3 and 4 until all stitches have been consumed, ending RS. 22 sts remain.
Gussets and foot:
With right side facing, pick up and knit 16 sts along the adjacent slipped stitch selvedge. Work Row 2 of Chart D1 across next 7 sts. K1tbl. Work Row 2 of Chart A across next 9 sts. K1tbl. Work Row 2 of Chart B across next 14 sts. K1tbl. Work Row 2 of Chart C across next 19 sts. Work Row 2 of Chart D2 across next 7 sts. PM for new end-of-round (yes, this "round" is only a partial round).
Round 1: Pick up and knit 16 sts along adjacent slipped stitch selvedge. K across 22 sts of sole. K across 16 sts of gusset. 54 stitches total for sole + gussets. Work across instep as set.
Round 2: Ssk, work to last 2 sts of sole/gussets, k2tog. Work across instep as set.
Round 3: K1tbl, work to last st of sole/gussets, k1tbl. Work across instep as set.
Repeat rounds 2 and 3 8 times more, until 36 sts remain total for sole/gusset. Continue to work straight (as for round 3) until foot is 1.5" shorter than desired total length, ending with Row 1 of Charts D1 and D2.
Set-up round: K across 36 sole sts. Discontinue patterned instep. K2tog, k2, ssk, k3, ssk 4 times, k5, ssk, k2, ssk, k6, ssk 4 times, k2, k2tog, k2, ssk. 36 sts remain for instep, 72 sts total.
Round 1: Ssk, k to last 2 sts of sole, k2tog. Ssk, k to last 2 sts of instep, k2tog.
Round 2: K to end.
Repeat rounds 1 and 2 7 times more, until 40 sts remain total. Then, work Round 2 6 times more. 16 sts remain.
Arrange 8 sts of sole on one needle and 8 sts of instep on another. Break yarn, leaving a 6" tail. Graft toe closed. Weave in all ends; block lightly if desired.
- When slipping stitches to perform a twist or cross, always slip them purlwise, and slip them one at a time.
- This pattern eats yarn at a fearsome rate. I made a fairly small sock for a US 6 foot (7" from cuff to heel flap, 8.5" from heel to tip of toe, 4 repeats of Chart D in each section), and had only 6 grams of yarn left. However, Jawoll tends to be a little light - I've found that full skeins usually weigh only 43 or 44 grams. If you want to stick with one ball of this yarn and need a sock longer in the foot, you might need to compensate by making the cuff shorter. Otherwise, plan on 3 balls for the pair.
Other questions about this pattern? I'll answer them in the next post, and incorporate all this information into the formal pattern.
I'll try to do a little illustrated tutorial on cabling and twisting without a cable needle sometime soon. Happy knitting!