Beach Rose Socks

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Notes

Needles : two 16” 2.75 circular needles (or DPNs if you prefer but directions are for circs.)

Yarn: 50 grams each  of gray & black fingering yarn plus small amounts of a red/pink and a green for flower band

Notions: 1 marker

Gauge: 7 st per inch

Size: Women’s small. For a larger sizes, you could change needle size or yarn.

These are quick little socks because they have short legs. They look stylish but just rely on striping and a lot of plain knitting. An after thought heel mimics the ordinary toe construction. The stranding is basic- only a few rows and only two colors at a time. This is an easy way to to learn about stranded color work. You can also use up some of those odd little leftover balls of sock yarn. 


Using the black yarn, CO 64. Join in round with 32 st per needle. 

K2 P2 for 12 rounds or approximately  1.25 inches

Now knit the beach rose chart with a black background plus green and red for figures as shown. Be careful to knit very loosely so that you do not constrict the stretch of the sock leg.



beachrosechart

Rearrange your stitches on the needles so that the beginning of the round falls between stitch 16 and 17 on one of the circular needles. Place a marker to locate this spot. This will be the heel and foot bottom needle. It will also place the striping color changes at the middle back of the leg.  The other 32 stitches will be on the second needle for the top of the foot.

At the completion of the chart begin knitting stripes plain in gray for 2 rows followed by black for 2 rows changing colors at the marker at the beginning of the round. To even out the jog at color changes- use Andrea Sanchez’ Jogless Stripes method on Craftsy.

Continue to the completion of the 7th set of gray rounds; this is about 4.5 inches including flower band and cuff. Do more rounds if you want a longer sock leg but end with a gray 2nd round. Break gray yarn leaving a 5 inch tail.

Continue to the completion of the 7th set of gray rounds; this is about 4.5 inches including flower band and cuff. Do more rounds if you want a longer sock leg but end with a gray 2nd round. Break gray yarn leaving a 5 inch tail.

Foot:

Knit one round black and continue past the “start of round” marker to the end of the bottom needle. 

Return to the beginning or right side end of bottom needle again and knit to end using waste yarn.  Turn work over and purl back to start on the same needle. Turn work over to right side.

Return to the black yarn at the end of the bottom needle. Turn your work around and knit the second or top needle to the end. This gives you 1-1/4 rounds of black with the waste 1/2 row in between. Continue knitting around to the marker for two rows. Switch to gray and continue with jogless stripes for the foot, changing colors in the middle of the needle so that color change will be at middle of the sole of the sock.

Continue knitting until you have 12 sets of stripes ending with gray for a small size foot or about 4" of striping  plus heel and toe for 8 or 8.5 inches.

Toe:

Switch to black yarn and knit two rows plain then start the toe decreases.

First needle - k1, k2tbl, knit to 3 st from end of needle k2tog, k1.    Repeat for 2nd needle

Knit 1 round plain

Repeat decreases until 12 stitches remain on each needle. K1 row plain. Graft toe.

Heel:

Using black yarn, pick up stitches on last black row before the waste yarn onto 1 needle. Pickup stitches on first black row after the waste yarn onto the second needle. There will be 32 stitches on each needle. Remove the waste yarn. Notice the opening is almost rectangular with very short sides and corners at the ends of the needles where the waste was removed. Knit a round while picking up a stitch at either end of both needles in these corners to close the gap. Knit another round, but this time begin and end each needle with a K2tog (the added stitch and one of the original pick up stitches). You will have 32 stitches on each needle.

Knit the decreases for heel in the  same way as you decreased the toe. At 12 stitches, k one row plain then graft.

Weave in ends.

Hack this pattern: Use your favorite sock pattern or any sock pattern with a cast on of 64 stitches or a multiple of 8 stitches. Just insert the band of colorwork roses per the chart after the cuff.

I think this sock would also look good in variegated or tonal blue and beach tan or gray.


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