“Hugs & Kisses XOX”, knit with Wollmeise 100 % Superwash Merino sock yarn „xxx“, size 40/41
- One skein of Wollmeise 100 % Merino sock yarn, yardage 350 m / 100 g – or use any other 4-ply sock yarn
- A set of double pointed needles size Nr. 2,5 / U.S. size 1,5
- A cable needle
Main pattern: the charts are read from the right bottom to the left top.
Repeat round 1 to 8.
Empty boxes = knit
Dots = purl
ssk = slip two stitches knitwise to the right needle, return to the left needle and knit both stitches through the back of the loops
k2tog = knit two stitches together
k = knit
p = purl
= Slip 3 stitches purlwise onto a cable needle, let the cable needle hang in back of your work as you knit the next 3 stiches; then knit stitches off of the cable needle.
= Slip 3 stitches purlwise onto a cable needle, let the cable needle hang in front of your work as you knit the next 3 stiches; then knit stitches off of the cable needle.
Main Pattern (needle 2 and 3)
Loosely cast on 64 stitches, join in a ring and be careful not to twist stitches. Divide the stitches evenly on four needles (16 stitches on each needle).
Knit the following ten rounds as follows:
k4 – p2 – k4 – p2 – k4 on each needle.
Keep on knitting the cuff ribbing pattern on needle 1 and 4.
In the first round increase 2 stitches on needle 2 and 3, as you need 18 stitches for the cable pattern.
Knit the leg for xxxxxxx repetitions of the main charts or till the desired leg height is reached.
— Heel Flap —
The heel flap is knit back and forth on needle 1 and 4 for 32 rows (usually half the number of stitches used for the sock). Keep on working the ribbing pattern on the right side and work the stitches on the wrong side as they show, but knit the first and the last stitch on each side.
— Heel Turn —
A short-row shaping is used to form the heel turn. It creates a rounded base on the heel.
Knit to the middle on the right side of the heel flap. Set stitch marker.
Work the heel turn as follows:
(1) RS (from center): K1, ssk, K1, turn
(2) WS: Sl1, P3, P2tog, P1, turn
(3) RS: Sl 1, K4 (to within 1 st of gap), ssk, 1 M re, turn
(4) WS: Sl1, P5 (to within 1 st of gap), P2tog, P1, turn
Continue knitting this way, until all side stitches are worked. End on WS – turn and knit to the stitch marker.
Now the stitches are divided on 4 dpn (with 9 stitches on each „heel needle“).
— Gusset —
Start knitting in rounds again, the beginning of the round is now at the center back (where you set the stitch marker).
Needle 1: Knit the 8 heel stitches and pick up 16 stitches from the side of the heel flap = 25 stitches.
Needle 2 and 3: Work in main pattern.
Needle 4: Pick up 16 stitches from the side of the heel flap and knit the remaining 8 heel stitches = 25 stitches.
Work the gusset decrease as follows:
Continue knitting in main pattern (stockinette stitch on needle 1 and 4, main pattern on needle 2 and 3). In the first decrease round knit through the back loop of the picked up stitches to create a twisted stitch and avoid gaps.
R2 (decrease round):
Nd. 1: Knit to last 3 stitches, K2tog, K1
Nd. 2 and 3: work in main pattern
Nd. 4: K1, SSK, knit remaining stitches.
Repeat rounds 1 and 2 until there are again 16 stitches on each heel needle.
Continue knitting in main pattern on the pattern needles and in stockinette stitch on the other needle 1 and 4 until desired length is reached (here ~ 21 cm from heel).
The toe is knit in stockinette stitch.
In the first row the additional cable stitches on the cable needles have to be reduced to 16 stitches. Decrease 2 stitches on needle 2 and on needle 3 by knitting two stitches together = 16 stitches on each needle.
1. needle: knit until there are 3 stitches left, k2tog, knit the last stitch
2. needle: knit one stitch, SSK, knit the remaining stitches
3. needle: knit until there are 3 stitches left, k2tog, knit the last stitch
4. needle: knit one stitch, SSK, knit the remaining stitches
Continue in that way until there are 5 stitches remaining on each needle.
Use the kitchener stitch to graft the toe closed and weave in ends.
Alternative for thicker yarn or smaller sizes (here Socks That Rock lightweight, size 39/40):
Cast on 14 stitches / needle. Knit the ribbing and the back side of the leg (needle 1 and 4) as follows:
2re – 2li – 2re – 2li – 2 re – 2li – 2re
In the first round increase only 1 stitch on needle 2 and 3, as you need only 15 stitches for the cable pattern.
Knit the main pattern as follows:
Another alternative version:
Knit all purl stitches in the main pattern.
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