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Flame Wave Socks

Ann Budd

This intriguingly sinuous stitch pattern is paired with a stretchy yarn to create a versatile sock. The resulting socks fit a range of foot sizes and keep their shape. Though the manufacturer of this cotton/elastic blend recommends handwashing and laying the socks flat to dry, we’ve had success machine-washing ours.

F
INISHED
S
IZE

About 6 (7½)" (15 [18] cm) foot circumference and 7 (8¼)" (18 [21] cm) foot length, unstretched. To fit a child (woman).
Note:
To make the socks larger or smaller, use needles one or two sizes larger or smaller and lengthen or shorten the foot as necessary.

Y
ARN

Sportweight yarn (CYCA #2 Fine).

Shown here:
Cascade Fixation (98% cotton, 2% elastic; 186 yd [170 m]/50 g): #5606 olive, 2 balls.

N
EEDLES

Upper leg—size 5 (3.75 mm): set of 4 double-pointed (dpn).

Lower leg and foot—size 4 (3.5 mm): set of 4 dpn. Adjust needle sizes if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

N
OTIONS

Markers (m); tapestry needle.

G
AUGE

12 stitches and 22 rounds = 2" (5 cm) in stockinette stitch worked in the round on size 4 (3.5 mm) needles.

Leg

With size 5 (3.75 mm) needles, loosely CO 42 (56) sts. Arrange sts as evenly as possible on 3 dpn, place marker (pm), and join for working in the rnd, being careful not to twist sts. Rnd begins at back of leg. Knit 1 rnd. Rep Rnds 1–24 of Flame Wave chart until piece measures about 3 (3½)" (7.5 [9] cm) from CO. Change to size 4 (3.5 mm) needles and cont in patt as established until piece measures about 6 (7)" (15 [18] cm) from CO, ending with Rnd 11 or 23 of chart.

Heel
Heel flap

K10 (14), turn work around, sl 1 pwise with yarn in front (wyf), p19 (27)—20 (28) heel sts centered at back of leg; rem 22 (28) sts will be worked later for instep. Work 20 (28) heel sts back and forth in rows as foll:

Flame Wave

Row 1:
(RS) *Sl 1 kwise with yarn in back (wyb), k1; rep from * to end of row.

Row 2:
(WS) Sl 1 pwise with yarn in front (wyf), purl to end.

Rep Rows 1 and 2 until a total of 20 (28) rows have been worked—10 (14) chain sts at each selvedge edge.

Turn Heel

Work short-rows to shape heel as foll:

Row 1:
(RS) K12 (16), ssk, k1, turn work.

Row 2:
(WS) Sl 1 pwise wyf, p5, p2tog, p1, turn.

Row 3:
Sl 1 kwise wyb, knit to 1 st before gap formed on previous row, ssk (1 st from each side of gap), k1, turn.

Row 4:
Sl 1 pwise wyf, purl to 1 st before gap formed on previous row, p2tog (1 st from each side of gap), p1, turn.

Rep Rows 3 and 4 until all heel sts have been worked—12 (16) heel sts rem.

Shape Gussets

Pick up sts along sides of heel flap and rejoin for working in the rnd as foll:

Rnd 1:
With Needle 1, k12 (16) heel sts, then pick up and knit 11 (15) sts along edge of heel flap; with Needle 2, work across 22 (28) instep sts in patt as established; with Needle 3, pick up and knit 11 (15) sts along other edge of heel flap, then knit the first 6 (8) heel sts from Needle 1 again—56 (74) sts total; 17 (23) sts each on Needle 1 and Needle 3, 22 (28) instep sts on Needle 2. Rnd begins at center of heel.

Rnd 2:
On Needle 1, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1; on Needle 2, work in patt as established
across center 14 (28) sts, k4 (0); on Needle 3, k1, ssk, knit to end—2 sts dec’d.

Rnd 3:
Cont in patt as established (work Needle 2 as charted with 4 (0) sts in St st at each end of needle; work sts on Needle 1 and Needle 3 in St st).

Rep Rnds 2 and 3 until 42 (56) sts rem.

Foot

Cont even in patt as established until piece measures about 5¾ (6½)" (14.5 [16.5] cm) from back of heel, or about 1¼ (1¾)" (3.2 [4.5] cm) less than desired total foot length.

Toe

Work in St st as foll:

Rnd 1:
On Needle 1, knit to last 2 sts, k2tog; on Needle 2, k1, ssk, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1; on Needle 3, ssk, knit to end—4 sts dec’d.

Rnd 2:
Knit.

Rep Rnds 1 and 2 until 22 (28) sts rem. Rep Rnd 1
every
rnd until 10 (12) sts rem. Knit the sts on Needle 1 onto the end of Needle 3—5 (6) sts each on 2 needles.

Finishing

Cut yarn, leaving a 12" (30.5 cm) tail. Thread tail on a tapestry needle and use the Kitchener st (see Glossary,
page 123
) to graft sts tog. Weave in loose ends. Block lightly.

from the Summer 2000 issue of
Spin•Off

Two-Yarn Resoleable Socks

Wayne Pfeffer

After knitting many pairs of Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Moccasin Socks, Wayne Pfeffer developed this ingenious technique to incorporate a conventional heel flap into a resoleable sock. Placing the heel stitches on a holder, he works the instep for nearly the length of the foot before returning to knit the heel flap, then joins the instep to the sole as it is knitted.

F
INISHED
S
IZE

About 9" (23 cm) foot circumference and 11" (28 cm) foot length. To fit a man.

Y
ARN

Worsted-weight yarn (CYCA #4 Medium).

Shown here:
Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Superwash (100% wool; 200 yd [183 m]/100 g): #SW150 stonewashed denim (light blue; MC) and #SW175 blue diamond (medium blue; CC), 1 ball each.

N
EEDLES

Size 4 (3.5 mm)—two sets of 5 double-pointed (dpn).
Note:
Two circular needles (cir) are optional, but may be helpful.

N
OTIONS

Tapestry needle; stitch holders; point protectors (optional) to prevent sts from falling off dpn.

G
AUGE

12 stitches and 15½ rounds = 2" (5 cm) in stockinette stitch worked in the round.

N
OTES
  • If you use a sportweight yarn (CYCA #2 Fine) and smaller needles to get a gauge of 7 stitches per inch (2.5 cm), these instructions will produce socks with about an 8" (20.5 cm) foot circumference. Work as many rows/rounds as needed using your substitute yarn and needles to match the length measurements given.
  • Although the pair shown here uses the same yarn for the sole and instep, Wayne’s original pattern used a sturdy yarn for the heel and sole and a soft yarn for the cuff and instep. The heel and sole can be replaced if they wear out, but using durable yarn may keep these socks in use for a long time. Wayne suggests “Tuffy” by Briggs & Little.
Tips for Resizing
  • Cast on a multiple of 4 sts, such as 52, 56, 60, or 64 sts.
  • For heel, place 1 st less than half the total CO sts, such as 25, 27, 29, or 31 sts, on holder.
  • Work instep on 1 st more than half the total CO sts, such as 27, 29, 31, or 33 sts.
  • Decrease 1 st at each end of every RS instep row until about 13% of instep sts have been decreased away, or about 4 sts.
  • Adjust length by working more or fewer instep rows, ending with a WS row.
  • When picking up sts for sole preparation, pick up 1 st in each slipped instep selvedge st (1 st for every 2 instep rows), plus an extra st in each corner between instep and heel sts to prevent leaving a hole.
  • Adjust length of heel flap by working more or fewer rows, ending with a WS row.
  • For first row of heel turn, sl 1 pwise wyb, knit half the total number of heel sts, ssk, k1, turn. For second row of heel turn, sl 1 pwise wyf, p3, p2tog, p1, turn. Continue heel turn as given in the instructions.
  • When picking up sts along sides of heel flap for gusset, pick up 1 st in each slipped selvedge st. If desired, pick up an extra st at each corner of heel to prevent leaving a hole.
  • Decrease 1 st at each side of gusset/sole section every other row until there are 2 fewer sts than used for working the heel flap.
  • Work more or fewer rnds if necessary before beginning decreases for toe.
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