Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Helix Sox

This is a variation of my favourite sock pattern, but the simple ribbing pattern creates a Helix spiral around the foot.  The pattern hugs the leg and foot top really well, so it will fit everyone.  BTW: that shoe is one of my new Fluevogs!! LOVE THEM!
Yarn: any sock yarn, patterned or plain.
Needles, 2.5mm double points (I like bamboo)
Helix Ribbing Pattern (multiple of 6 sts):  K3, P3 repeat around sock for four rows, [then shift one stitch to the left, and repeat four rows again] repeat this shift to make the pattern*** photo of pattern in a drawing, below***
Cast on 66 stitches and join in the round. Start the 3 by 3 Helix Ribbing Pattern, and work this in the round until total length is about 7 inches.
Heel: Put half the stitches (33 ) on one needle by knitting next 16 sts, and transfer previous 17 onto the front of this needle. Rearrange the other 33 sts onto two needles with 17 on one and 16 on the other. These 2 needles will be ignored for a while.
Working on the 33 st needles, Purl (wrong side) across. Right side: [Slip one, K 1] repeat across row. Work these two rows until repeated 15 times. (the heel should be almost square and be about 2.5 inches).
With right side facing you will now do the magic that is a heel turn! K18, K2tog, K1, turn to wrong side facing. Slip one, P5, P2tog, P1, turn. Slip one, Knit to the stitch before the gap (the space between the slipped stitch and the old heel stitches). Knit 2 tog (thus closing the gap and picking up the last slipped stitch and the next old heel stitch), K1, turn. Slip one, Purl to st before gap and P2tog over gap, P1, turn. Repeat these two rows, until all the old heel stitches are involved and worked.
Right side again: Knit across heel, pick up 15 sts up the side of the heel (put these on needle 1).
Work next 33 sts on needle 2, AND continue to work Needle 2 in the Helix Ribbing, as established. Pick up 15 sts on the other side of the heel and knit half of the bottom of the heel sts. (needle 3). Check and make Needle 1 and Needle 3 have the same number of sts on each, adjust if needed.
Round ONE: Knit down Needle 1 to 3 sts before end, K2tog, K1, Needle 2: work in K3, P1 pattern as established, Needle 3: K1, K2tog, knit to end of needle. Round TWO: Knit needle 1, Pattern needle 2, Knit needle 3. Repeat these two rounds, until back to 66 sts (17, 33, 16). Then continue in stocking stitch for the under foot and helix ribbing stitch for the top of foot, until about 6 inches from the picked up stitches of the heel (or until sock is about 1.5 inches short of your foot length). Toe: round 1: Needle 1: Knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1. Needle 2 K1, K2tog, K across to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1. Needle 3: K1, K2tog, K across to end. Round 2, Knit all sts without decrease. Continue to knit these 2 rounds until 16 sts are left. Graft two rows of eight sts.
Do it all again for sock two.
pattern in sketch form....

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