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Worked from the top down, these chunky socks are knitted in a strong wool /synthetic blend yarn, making them quick to knit and durable to wear. This is a great project for learning how to shape socks using the magic loop technique. The cable effect on the side of the sock is created by combining knit and purl stitches with a tied technique rather than true cabling.

KNITTING THE SOCKS (MAKE 2)

Using a 6mm circular needle, cast on

36 sts and follow the pattern using the magic loop technique.

Begin working mock-cable pattern.

twice.

Rounds 9-12: Repeat rounds 7-8 twice. Round 13: [K3, p3, tie st, P3, k4] twice.

Rounds 17-24: Repeat rounds 15-16 four times.

Rounds 25-36: Repeat rounds 13-24 once. Rounds 37-46: Repeat rounds 13-22 once.

HEEL FLAP

Work the next 9 sts as follows.

You will probably need to move sts along needle and pull cord through between different sts in order to continue working in rows on the circular needle.

Row 2: «2, pi, k3, P3, p2tog, p2, k3, pi, mik, ki.

These 18 sts form the heel flap.

See step 4 overleaf

Continue working back and forth in rows on these 18 sts only as follows. Row 3: P2, si lk, P3, k6, P3, si lk, p2. Row 4: K2, pi, k3, p6, k3, pi, k2. Row 5: P2, si lk, p2, k8, p2, si lk, p2. Row 6: K2, pi, k2, p8, k2, pi, k2. Row 7: P2, si lk, pi, kio, pi, si lk, p2. Row 8: K2, pi, ki, pio, kl, pi, k2. Row 9: P2, sl ik, ki2, si lk, p2. Row 10: K2, pi4, k2. Row 11: Pi, ki6, pi. Row 12: P18.

Mock-cable sockt Before you start

MEASUREMENTS

Length from heel to toe: 25cm (loin) Length from top to heel: 24cm (9'/>in)

YARN

Chunky-weight yarn (50% merino, 50% acrylic; approx. 55m/6oyds per 50g/20z ball) x 4 balls (green)

NEEDLES

1m (1yd) long 6mm circular needle Chunky cable needle

TENSION

13 sts x 19 rows = 10cm (4in) in stocking stitch using 6mm needle

ABBREVIATIONS

k - knit; mik - make 1 stitch knitwise; p - purl; RS - right side; sl ik - slip 1 stitch knitwise from left to right needle without working it; st(s) - stitch(es); tbl - through back of loop; tie st -see steps 1-3; tog - together; WS - wrong side

Return the 5 sts to the left needle, then work them as follows: sl ik, p3, sl ik.

Work tie stitch by slipping 5 sts onto the cable needle and holding them at the back of the work.

Wrap the yarn anticlockwise twice around the 5 sts on the cable needle.

HEELTURN

See step 5

GUSSET

Knit 12 sts across heel flap, then pick up and knit 9 sts down left side of heel, working into the back of each stitch to eliminate any holes that may occur. Place a marker.

Sliding stitches onto cord as necessary to make knitting easier, work the next 18 sts as follows:

Pi, si lk, p2, k9, p2, si lk, p2tog, place marker, pick up and knit 9 sts up right side of heel, working into the back of stitches as before (47 sts). Knit 6 sts to centre of heel.

See step 6

Slide all sts onto cord, find centre 2 sts and pull the cord through to divide the sts equally onto each half of cord. The beginning of the round is now at the centre back of the heel when working the gusset.

See step 7

Resuming the magic loop technique, work in rounds as follows. Round 1: Knit to within 2 sts of marker, k2tog, slip marker, pi, ki, pi, kn, pi, ki, pi, slip marker, k2tog tbl, knit to end.

Round 2: Knit to marker, slip marker, pi, si lk, pi, kn, pi, si lk, pi, slip marker, knit to end.

Round 3: Knit to within 2 sts of marker, k2tog, slip marker, pi, ki, pi, kn, pi, ki, pi, slip marker, k2tog tbl, knit to end. Round 4: Knit to marker, slip marker, pi, si lk, pi, kn, pi, si lk, pi, slip marker, knit to end.

Round 5: Knit to within 2 sts of marker, k2tog, slip marker, pi, ki, pi, kn, pi, ki, pi, slip marker, k2tog tbl, knit to end. Round 6: Knit to marker, slip marker, pi, si lk, pi, kn, pi, si lk, pi, slip marker, knit to end.

Rounds 7-10: Repeat rounds 5-6 twice (37 sts).

FOOT

The beginning of the round is now at the base of the foot.

See step 8

Continue in pattern without decreasing as follows.

Round 2: Kio, pi, si lk, pi, kn, pi, si lk, pi, kio.

Repeat rounds 1-2 until foot measures 18cm (7m) long from end of heel shaping. Finish with a repeat of round 1.

Knit the first 9 sts of round. Slide all sts onto cord and divide so that there are 19 sts on left and 18 sts on right side of cord. Pull cord through between both sets of sts. The beginning of the round is now at the side of the toe.

Move the stitches along the cord and needle as necessary until you have the 18 heel sts in place for working the heel flap.

Work in short rows to shape and turn the heel flap. When you have completed the short-row shaping, you should have 12 sts on the needle, ready to work the gusset.

loin the heel flap to the rest of the stitches for working the gusset by picking up and knitting 12 sts along each side of the flap, placing markers where indicated.

Mock-cable socks see also

Circular knitting using magic loop technique, page 31 Grafting, page 24

Mock-cable socks see also

Circular knitting using magic loop technique, page 31 Grafting, page 24

Round 1: K8, k2tog tbl, knit to end of round (36 sts).

Round 2: (Ki, k2tog tbl, ki2, k2tog, ki) twice (32 sts). Round 3: Knit.

Round 4: (Ki, k2tog tbl, kio, k2tog, ki) twice (28 sts).

Round 5: (Ki, k2tog tbl, k8, k2tog, ki) twice (24 sts).

Round 6: (Ki, k2tog tbl, k6, k2tog, ki) twice (20 sts).

Round 7: (Ki, k2tog tbl, k4, k2tog, ki) twice (16 sts). Graft the toe seam.

FINISHING

Sew in any loose ends to WS on all pieces, then block and steam gently.

Divide the stitches evenly on the circular needle so that the start of the round is at the centre of the heel for working the gusset.

When you start to work the foot, the beginning of the round should be at the base of the foot.

Do not cast off when you have finished knitting the sock. Instead, divide the remaining stitches onto both needle tips and use a yarn needle to graft the seam.

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