My kind of Valentine’s Day Socks

This year I decided to create my own Valentine’s Day Sock Pattern. I designed a chart where different people are holding hands symbolizing friends and family that stick together. For this pattern I wanted to leave the typical pink color and heart shapes out and instead create something simple, beautiful and meaningful.

I decided to implement the pattern using the invisible stranding technique to make it as smooth and elastic as possible. But you can as well just use the regular two-color stranded knitting technique. Just remember to trap the floats when there are stretches of stitches in one color that span more than five stitches. When using two-color stranded knitting, knit 10 rows of stockinette stitch after the rib before starting on the chart.

What you need:

Size: fit women’s feet, the length of the foot can be easily adapted, size of the sample sock 36

Yarn: Novita Nalle grey (n. 115g), white (n.15g) (or any other 260g/100m Sock yarn)

Needles: set of five 2,5 mm double-pointed (dpn) needles, tapestry needle

Gauge: approx 26 sts x 35 rnds = 10 x 10 cm

How To:

With grey cast on 60 stitches. Arrange stitches evenly onto 4 dpn (16-16-16-16)

Join for working in the round.

Work the rib according to chart rounds 1-8 two times in total.

Change to stockinette stitch and work 8 rounds

Decrease in round 8 of stockinette stitch on Needle 4 knitting the 3.&2. last stitches together.

Decrease also in round 9 Needle 1: K1, ssk (slip, slip, knit) (=58 sts)

In the same round start on preparing for the invisible stranding technique by knitting a yarn over after every fourth stitch. Rearrange your stitches at the same time (20-20-20-13) (73 Stitches in total)

In finnish language this technique is called “the ladder -technique” so I’ll refer to these extra stitches that will remain hidden in the inside of the sock as ladder stitches for the rest of this pattern.

I have marked these ladder stitches into the chart as red and black lines. The difference between the red and the black lines is merely that the black ones are situated in the end of a needle and are in a different color only to make the following of the chart easier.

In the next round purl all the yarn overs with the white yarn into the back loop while holding the grey yarn in front of the work

Then knit the rounds 1-14 of the chart.

Purl the ladder stitches with white while holding the grey yarn in front of the work except when on both sides of the ladder stitch there are white stitches in the chart. In that case purl the ladder stitch in grey while holding the white yarn in front of the work.

  1. rnd after chart: knit all regular stitches grey and purl all ladder stitches white while holding grey yarn in front. Break white yarn.
  2. rnd after chart: slip all the grey stitches, purl all the ladder stitches with the grey yarn.
  3. rnd after chart: Decrease all the ladder stitches by knitting them together with the next stitch also knit all the other stitches with grey. (=58 sts)

Rearrange the stitches on the needles: (15-14-14-15)

Continue in stockinette stitch.

In round 9 after chart decrease on Needle 4 knitting the 3.&2. last stitches together.
Decrease also in round 10 after chart on Needle 1: K1, ssk (slip, slip, knit) (=56 sts)

Repeat the same decreases in end of round 11 after chart and beginning of round 12. (=54 sts) (13-14-14-13)

Start heel by knitting stitches of Needle 1 onto Needle 4 (=26 sts)

Turn.

  1. slip 1 stitch purlwise, purl 24 sts and knit the last one. Turn.
  2. slip 1 stitch purlwise, *knit 1, slip 1 knitwise* repeat *-*. Turn.

Repeat rows 1&2 for a total of 13 times. Work row 1 one more time.

Then start working the bottom of the heel

On the right side: slip 1 st purlwise, then knit and slip knitwise alternately until there are only eight stitches left on the left needle. Knit 2 together trough the back loop. Turn.

work in short-rows as following:

  1. short-row: (Wrong side) slip 1 st purlwise, purl 11 sts, purl 2 sts together. Turn.
  2. short-row (Right side) *slip 1 knitwise, knit 1* repeat *-* for six times in total or 12 sts have been worked, knit 2 sts together through back loop. Turn.

Repeat short-rows 1&2 until there are only 13 sts left. You should be on the right side now and have just knit 2 sts together through the back loop.

Pick up 14 stitches along the edge of the heel flap, knit Needles 2&3, pick up 15 sts on the other edge of the heel flap. Divide the 13 sts of the heel onto Needles 1&4 (=21-14-14-21)

Continue on stockinette stitch decreasing for the gusset as following:

At the end of Needle 1: knit 2 sts together

At beginning of Needle 4: ssk-decrease (slip, slip, knit)

Continue with these decreases every round until there are 52 sts left (12-14-14-12)

I like my socks well fitted, if you like them loose of want to create a larger sock simply leave a few decreases out.

I wanted to fit the shape of the socks as neatly as possible to the shape of my toes so I ended up creating a fitted version for the toes. This means that the right and left socks are worked as mirror images.

I started the toes after 46 rounds of stockinette stitch after the heel. But knowing that the decreasing towards the toes takes 12 rounds (around 3,5cm) it is easy to knit the foot part for as long as you need.

Working the sock toe:

At the end of Needles 1&3: knit last 2 sts together.

At the beginning of Needles 2&4: ssk (I like to knit these decreased stitches into the back loop in the next round since that makes them settle nicely into the knitwork)

Knitting the right sock:

On Needles 1&2 decreases every round

On Needles 3&4 decreases every second round

That means:

  1. round of decrease: Decrease on every Needle (=48 sts)
  2. round: Decrease only on Needles 1&2 (=46 sts)
  3. round: Decrease on every Needle (=42 sts)
  4. round: Decrease only on Needles 1&2 (=40 sts)
  5. round: Decrease on every Needle (=36 sts)
  6. round: Decrease only on Needles 1&2 (=34 sts)
  7. round: Decrease on every Needle (=30 sts)
  8. round: Decrease only on Needles 1&2 (=28 sts)
  9. round: Decrease on every Needle (=24 sts)
  10. round: Decrease only on Needles 1&2 (=22 sts)
  11. round: Decrease on every Needle (=18 sts)

Knit the stitches of Needle 1 then bind of the remaining 18 stitches using the Kitchener stitch.

If you are not yet familiar with the Kitchener stitch I highly recommend this following video to learn it.

Knitting the left sock:

On Needles 1&2 decreases every second round

On Needles 3&4 decreases every round

  1. round of decrease: Decrease on every Needle (=48 sts)
  2. round: Decrease only on Needles 3&4 (=46 sts)
  3. round: Decrease on every Needle (=42 sts)
  4. round: Decrease only on Needles 3&4 (=40 sts)
  5. round: Decrease on every Needle (=36 sts)
  6. round: Decrease only on Needles 3&4 (=34 sts)
  7. round: Decrease on every Needle (=30 sts)
  8. round: Decrease only on Needles 3&4 (=28 sts)
  9. round: Decrease on every Needle (=24 sts)
  10. round: Decrease only on Needles 3&4 (=22 sts)
  11. round: Decrease on every Needle (=18 sts)

Bind off using the Kitchener stitch.

Weave in loose ends.

PS: Remember to make sure your friends and family know how important they are to you not only on Valentine’s Day but all year long! ๐Ÿ™‚

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