To celebrate the return of knitting weather I’ve put together a pattern for Village Wool Shop customers. It’s a simple lace – the repeats are designed to split evenly within three double pointed needles or the two ends of a long circular if you prefer – without wandering over into the next needle. It’s also simple to split for the heel working for the same reason. Every other row is knit and the pattern gets plenty of texture from a simple purl row too. The heel is my usual slipped stitch pattern and there is full instructions for turning the heel and grafting the toe.
I think they look gorgeous in this pumpkin-shade of yellowy orange (called Turmeric by manufacturer West Yorkshire Spinners… but hey, different strokes for different folks) but I reckon they’d be a treat in a vivid red. Just in time for Christmas? You’ll need 100g of your chosen sock yarn – preferably a plain colour, and 2.5 or 2.75mm sock needles. Happy knitting!
Here’s the pattern!
k – knit
p – purl
k2tog – knit the next two stitches together
yo – yarn over the needle to make a loop
sl1 k1 psso – slip the next stitch, knit one, and then pass the slipped stitch over the knit stitch.
Cuff and leg
Cast on 60 stitches and join to knit in the round – being careful not to twist your stitches.
Knit one round
Rib pattern – *knit one thru back of the loop (tbl), purl one, to end of the round*
Repeat * to * for 18 rounds or until desired length (n.b. – if you decide to make the rib longer or shorter make a note of how many rounds you knitted`)
Lace pattern – over 8 rounds
Commence lace pattern.
Note – every even row = knit all stitches.
1. *p1, k1, yo, (s1, k1, psso), k3, k2 tog, yo, k1* repeat from * to * to end of round.
3. * p1, k2, yo, (s1, k1, psso), k1, k2 tog, yo, k2* repeat from * to * to end of round
5. *p1, k3, yo (s1, k2 tog, psso), yo, k3 repeat from * to * to end of round
7. purl all stitches
Work all eight rounds of the lace pattern 5 times, then work rows 1 to 7.
To start the heel
Organise stitches for heel (worked on row 8 of the lace pattern – i.e. knit all stitches)
Knit 20 stitches from your first needle and then knit the next 11 stitches onto the same needle. (31 sts in total = Instep stitches) and then place these 31 instep stitches onto two needles/stitch holder. You will knit the heel onto the remaining 29 stitches.
Purl across the remaining 29 stitches and increase 1 stitch at the end – 30 sts. ( And you’ll have two rows of purl stitches)
Knit heel flap.
Next row (wrong side facing – slip 1, purl to end.
**First pattern row: Slip first stitch as if to purl, *k1 , slip one purl wise* to last stitch, k 1
Next row: Slip first stitch as if to purl, purl to end**
(Hint: the slipped stitches look a little different from the normal purl stitches, just purl them as normal, but you may need to pay a little bit more attention when knitting them to avoid picking up stray loops!)
Repeat from ** to ** 14 times.
Shape the heel turn –
With right side facing,
Row 1. Sl 1, k16, sl 1, k1 psso, k1, turn work around.
2. Sl 1, p 5, p 2 tog, p1, turn work.
3. Sl 1, k 6, sl 1k1 psso, k1 turn work,
4. Sl 1, p 7, p 2 tog, purl 1 turn work.
5. Sl 1, k 8, sl1 k1 psso k1, turn work.
6. Sl 1, p9 p2 tog, p1, turn work
7. Sl 1 k10 sl1 k1 psso, k1, turn work
8. Sl 1 p 11, p2 tog, p1, turn work
9. Sl 1, k12, sl 1k1 psso, k, turn work
10. Sl 1, p13, p2 tog, p1, turn work.
11. Sl 1, k 14, sl 1 k1 psso k 1, turn
Last row Sl 1, p15, p 2 tog, p1
You’ve made the heel turn and now have 18 stitches on your needle with the right side facing you.
Next row – Sl1, knit to end.
Then use one of your spare needles to pick up and knit 15 stitches from the side of the heel flap using the slipped stitches,
Pick up and knit an additional stitch from the beginning of the double purl bumps at the start of the heel flap.
(16 stitches now on this needle)
Instep stitches – recommencing lace pattern with row 1, *p1, k1, yo, (sl1, k1, psso), k3, k2tog, yo, k1* repeat three times until one stitch remains, p1. (this gives you 3 lace panels with a purl stitch either end).
FROM THIS POINT – THE PATTERN FOR NEEDLE 2 ALWAYS BEGINS AND ENDS WITH A PURL STITCH.
Pick up & knit one stitch from the double purl bumps at the start of the heel flap, & then 15 stitches from the second side of the heel flap using the slipped stitches (as above).
Then using the same needle, knit across 9 stitches from the first needle. Move the remaining stitches onto the next needle, slipping them purl wise
You have now got stitches on 3 needles again: the first needle has 25 stitches, the second has 31 (instep stitches), the third has 25.
Place a marker for the start of the rounds.
Next round -** Needle 1- knit to last 3 stitches on the needle, k2 tog, k 1,
Needle 2, keep lace pattern correct as set, Needle 3, k1, sl1 k1 psso, knit to end.
Next round, Needle 1- knit all sts, Needle 2, the next row of the lace pattern, Needle 3 k all sts.**
From ** to** sets gusset decrease pattern and lace pattern on the instep sts. Repeat until you have 15 sts on needles 1 & 3 and 31 on needle 2.
Knit all stitches on needles 1 & 3, follow lace pattern on needle 2. Repeat, keeping pattern correct until the foot is the desired length – ideally on the last row of the lace pattern – but see note below. End your round on needle 3.
Next round. (needle 1), k until last 3 stitches, k2 tog, k1, (needle 2), k1, (s1,k2tog, psso) , k to last 3 stitches k2tog, k1, (needle 3) k1, (s1,k1, psso) k to end. needle 1 =14 sts, needle 2 =28 sts, needle 3 = 14 sts.
**Next round – knit all sts
Next round k until last 3 stitches, k2 tog, k1, (needle 2), k1, (s1,k1, psso) , k to last 3 stitches k2tog, k1, (needle 3) k1, (s1,k1, psso) k to end.** ** to ** sets toe decreases. Repeat from ** to ** until there are 5sts on needle 1, 11 on needle 2 and 5 on needle 3. Knit one extra round, decreasing one stitch on needle 2 only.
(If your desired foot measurement means that you won’t be able to complete a lace pattern block – you can do one of three things – if you are happy to start the toe mid-lace block that’s fine, or you can modify the toe decreases to give yourself a longer/shorter toe instead. Decrease every THIRD row twice to produce a longer toe, or decrease EVERY row after 4 sets of decreases to produce a shorter toe)
Re-arrange your stitches as follows, place the two lots of five onto single needle. You have two lots of 10 sts on 2 needles.
Graft toes together as follows.
Arrange your stitches: put sts from needles 1 & 3 on the same needle.
Cut your yarn leaving a manageable length for sewing. Thread it on an appropriate darning needle.
Then insert the darning needle into the st facing you as if the darning needle was going to purl it, pull the yarn through.
Then insert the darning needle into the rear stitch as if the needle was going to knit it, pull the yarn through.
1. Then insert your darning needle into the front st as if you were going to knit it, pull the yarn through and slip the st off the needle, then insert the needle into the next st, as if to purl, pull the yarn thru BUT DON’T slip the st off.
2. Then insert your darning needle into the back st as if you were going to purl it, pull the yarn through and slip the st off the needle, then insert the needle into the next st, as if to knit, pull the yarn thru BUT DON’T slip the st off.
Repeat steps 1 and 2 until all stitches have been worked, darn in the ends.