The Sk8er Chick Sock was born from a conversation about designing an ironic sock. Jamie Dixon and I were going back and forth about design ideas and the idea of a hot pink and black colorway knitted up in lace and ruffles really tickled both of us. So the swatching began. And as soon as it did the design idea took off. There were a few design vs practicality hurdles to overcome, but I think I did.
Children’s 2-4 [Children’s 4-8, Children’s 8-Woman’s Small,
Size Shown in Picture: Children's 4-8
Scout's Swag Fingering Weight [100% superwash merino wool; 400 yards/364 meters per hank];
Sk8r Chick; 1 hank for all sizes
US #1/2.25 mm (or size you need to achieve gauge) knitting needles, either double pointed, two circular or one 40 inch for magic loop. Instructions are not specific to a “style” of sock knitting.
2 stitch markers
8 sts = 1 inch in St st
Sock is knit from the cuff down.
Basic knitting skills and knowledge of sock constuction
Using the sock-knitting style of your choice and the long-tail
cast-on (or any other stretchy cast-on) cast on 132[156, 180, 192] sts.
Join into a round, being careful not to twist.
Knit around for 3/4 inch or longer if you want a bigger ruffle.
Rnd 1 (decrease round): * Slip 2 sts as if knit two together, k1, pass the 2 slipped stitches over the knitted st; repeat from * around: 44[52, 60, 64] sts.
Rnds 2-10: (K1, p1) around.
Rnd 11: Work in established patt, increasing 4[4, 4, 0] sts evenly spaced around: 48[56, 64, 64] sts.
Knit lace pattern, following the Rows 1-16 of chart, 3 times
for a total of 48 rows.
Next 2 rnds: Knit around.
Begin Heel Flap by working back and forth on only 24[28, 32,
32] sts as follows:
Row 1: K12[14, 16, 16]; turn work
Row 2: P24[28, 32, 32].
Row 3 (RS): * Slip 1 pwise WYIB, k1; repeat from * across.
Row 4 (WS): Slip 1 pwise WYIF, purl across.
Repeat Rows 3 and 4 until 24[28, 32, 32] rows have been worked.
Row 1 (RS): K14[16, 18, 18], ssk
(this will create a small gap in the row that you’re going to look for
later), k1; turn work.
Row 2 (WS): Slip 1 pwise, p5, p2tog (again, the p2tog is going to create a gap in the work), p1; turn work.
Row 3: Slip 1 pwise, knit to within 1 st of gap, ssk (you will be working one st from each side of the gap), k1; turn work.
Row 4: Slip 1 pwise, purl to within 1 st of gap, p2tog (again, working one st from each side of the gap), p1; turn work.
Repeat Rows 3 and 4, 2[3, 4, 4] times.
Next Row: Slip 1 pwise, knit to within 1 st of gap, ssk; turn work.
Next Row: Slip 1 pwise, purl to within 1 st of gap, p2tog; turn work: 14[16, 18, 18] sts.
Now you’re going to rearrange the stitches while picking up the stitches along the edge of the heel flap you just knitted.
K7[8, 9, 9]. This is going to be the new beginning of the round (Yes, in the middle of the heel).
Rnd 1: K7[8, 9, 9], pick up and
knit 14[16, 18, 18] sts along edge of heal flap, pm, k24[28, 32 32]
(instep), pm, pick up and knit 14[16, 18, 18] sts from second edge of
heal flap, k7[8, 9, 9]: 66[76, 86, 86] sts.
Rnd 2: Knit around.
Rnd 3 (decrease rnd): Knit to within 3 sts of next marker, k2tog, k1, sm, knit to next marker, sm, k1, ssk, knit around: 64[74, 84, 84] sts.
Rnd 4: Knit around.
Repeat Rnds 3 and 4 until 48[56, 64, 64] sts remain.
Work even until it measures 11/2 inches less than desired length of sock. Remove end of rnd marker, k12[14, 16, 16], pm to mark new beginning of rnd (right side of the sock).
Rnd 1: * K1, ssk, k18[22, 26,
26], k2tog, k1*, pm; repeat from * to * once more: 44[52, 60, 60] sts.
Rnd 2: Knit around.
Rnd 3 (decrease rnd): * K1, ssk, knit to within 3 sts of marker, k2tog, k1*, sm; repeat from * to * once more: 40[48, 56, 56] sts.
Repeat Rnds 2 and 3, 4[5, 6, 6] times more: 24[28, 32, 32] sts.
Repeat Rnd 3, 4[5, 6, 6] times: 8 sts.
Using kitchener st, weave the 4 top and 4 bottom stitches together. Weave in your ends, wash and block (if desired) your new socks and enjoy!
Sean Riley learned to knit during the Blizzard of ‘78 in his Babcia’s kitchen and has been knitting ever since. In August of 2001 he began working, and then teaching at Woolcott and Company in Cambridge, MA. Sean began designing when a call for submissions came out from the on-line knitting magazine, MenKnit Magazine. Sean now lives in Chelsea, MA, after spending over 10 years living down the street from Fenway Park. You can often find him knitting, with his dogs beside him in a local park. You read more about his crafting on his blog.
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