Guacamole Socks


When working socks there are 3 struggle points:

  1. the cast-on,

  2. the increases

  3. the heel,

  4. knowing where, when, and how to do the heel.

Ok… That’s more than 3 points.

But that the reason for this pattern: having a model with all the different sections in different colors! It will guide you through the making of your first toe-up socks with the help of a very visual multicolor sock!


It's your time to choose: solid socks or multicolor ones ??

Materials

Yarn: Sock yarn, with at least 10% of nylon. With 100gr you can make an entire pair of socks.

Notions: US size 2 (2.75 or 3mm), circular or DPN. Markers. Gauge: 30sts & 42 rows in 4” stockinette stitch in the round with US2. Dimensions:

  • Foot length: 8¾; 9¼; 10 ; 10¼ (10¾; 11¼ ; 11¾)” [22 ; 23,5 ; 25 ; 26,5 (27,5 ; 28,5 ; 30)cm].

  • Ball of the foot: 7 ; 7¼ ; 7¾ ; 8¼ (8½ ; 9; 10)” [17,5 ; 18,5 ; 20 ; 20,5 (22 ; 23 ; 25)cm] at the widest point.


Directions

If you are using the magic loop, make sure your number of stitches must be precisely split in 2.

The first half of the stitches is used for the instep (top of foot), while the other half is for the sole. In this pattern, I like to have the first needle (the beginning of the round with the marker) as “Instep” while second needle will be the “sole”. This difference is important once we reach the gusset (purple), the heel extension (yellow) and the heel (peach).

If you’re making your socks with 1 color, place a bell marker after each section to make the row count easier and finish with similar socks!

Begin by weighing your yarn at the beginning of the project and regularly once you are past the heel. The pattern is written for mid-height socks so if you want similar height sock, stop the ribbing once you used half of the weight of your yarn (more details in concerned sections).


Abreviation

K: knit


M1Right: With left needle, pick up horizontal strand in between stitches from BACK to FRONT.

K1 in FRONT loop of st.


M1Left: With left needle, pick up horizontal strand in between stitches from FRONT to BACK.

K1 in BACK loop of st.


Nd1 & Nd2: needle 1 and 2.


PM: place marker


Rep.: repeat


P: purl


P2tog: purl 2 together


PM1 & PM2: place marker 1 and 2


R: row


SSK: slip purlwise, slip purlwise, put the 2 sts on left needle, K2tog in the back loop.



Pattern


Cast-on & toes (red) – in the round

Cast on 20 ; 24 ; 28 ; 30 (30 ; 34 ; 34)sts with the Turkish Method or Judy’s Magic Cast-On.

There are 10 ; 12 ; 14 ; 15 (15 ; 17 ; 17)sts on each needle.


Rnd1: Nd1: K1, PM (beginning of round), k to end of needle.

Nd2: k to end of needle.

Rnd2: Nd1: *K1, M1R, k to last st, M1L, k1*

Nd2: same as Nd1.

Rep Rnd1 and 2 until you have 44 ; 48 ; 52 ; 56* (60* ; 64* ; 68*)sts.

* on the last Rnd2 work only 2 increases instead of 4.


Foot (Pigeon, speckled light grey) – In the round

Work in stockinette until the sock reaches your ankle (with your foot perpendicular to the ankle).

Or approx. 5½; 6; 6¾ (7; 7¼; 7½)’’ or [14 ; 14 ; 15,5 ; 17 (18 ; 18,5 ; 19)cm].


Gusset (Purple) – in the round

In the round, the increases are only on needle 2. They add fabric to cover the side of the heel.


Rnd1: Nd1: k all sts.

Nd2: K1, M1R, k to last st, M1L, k1

Rnd2: Nd1: k all sts.

Nd2: k all sts.

Repeat those 2 rounds 10 times.


Needle 1 has 22 ; 24 ; 26 ; 28 (30 ; 32 ; 34)sts.

Needle 2 has 42 ; 44 ; 46 ; 48 (50 ; 52 ; 54)sts.

Knitted gusset, in purple.  A triangle is formed on the side of the foot.
Knitted Gusset in Dark Purple

Heel extension (Yellow) – Flat Nd2 only

In the next 2 section, we only work on Nd2 FLAT.

Set-up: Nd1: K all sts.

Nd2: K12; 12; 13; 14 (14; 15; 16)sts, PM1,

SSK, k16 ; 18 ; 18; 18 (20 ; 20 ; 20), PM2

There is 12 ; 12 ; 13 ; 14 (14; 15; 16)sts after M2.


R1: Turn, P2tog, p to M1,

R2: Turn, SSK, k to M2.

Repeat those 2 rows until there is 8 ; 10 ; 10 ; 10 (12 ; 12 ; 12)sts left between the 2 markers. Finish with R2.

Yellow section creating fabric to cover to bottom of the ankle
Heel Extension in Yellow

Flap Heel (Salmon) – Flat, Nd2 only

R1: Pick-up and k7 ; 7 ; 8 ; 9 (9 ; 10 ; 11)sts from left side of Heel Extension, turn.

R2: Sl1, p14; 16 ; 17 ; 18 (20 ; 21 ; 22), pick-up and p7 ; 7 ; 8 ; 9 (9 ; 10 ; 11)sts from right side of heel extension, turn.

There are 22 ; 24 ; 26 ; 28 (30 ; 32 ; 34)sts between markers 1 and 2.


R1: Sl1, * k1, sl1*, rep. to 1st before M2.SSK using 1st on each side of M2. Turn.

R2: Sl1, p to 1 st before M1. P2tog using on 1st on each side of M1. Turn.

Repeat those 2 rows until all stitches after M1 and M2 are used. Finish with R1 without working the last decrease.


Return to work in the round.

Rnd1: Nd1: k all sts.

Nd2: SSK, k to end.

Rearrange the sts to have 22 ; 24 ; 26 ; 28 (30 ; 32 ; 34)sts on each needle.


Worked flat, the back of the heel is used to close back the sock as a tube.
Back of the heel

Leg (Guacamole – Speckled Green) – in the round

Work in the round until desired length minus 1” (2.5cm). Mine are 2,5” (6cm).


For socks longer than 7 or 8’’ [18 to 20cm], try them on regularly and work an IncRd when it gets tight.


IncRd