Bahama Mama Flip-Flop Socks
Add some fun to your flip-flops while wearing these whimsical split-toe socks!
Design by Sean Higgins
30 sts and 13 rnds = 4 inches/10cm in St st. 36 sts and 13 rnds = 4 inches/10cm in Lace Rib pat. To save time, take time to check gauge.
N1, N2: Needle 1 (instep sts), Needle
2 (sole sts). Wrap and Turn (W/T): Bring yarn to RS of work between needles, slip next st pwise to RH needle, bring yarn around this st to WS, slip st back to LH needle, turn work to begin working back in the other direction. Work wrapped sts and wraps tog (WW): On RS: Knit to wrapped st, slip the wrapped st pwise from LH needle to RH needle. Use tip of LH needle to pick up wrap(s) and place it/them on RH needle. Slip wrap(s) and st back to LH needle and knit them tog. On WS: Purl to wrapped st, slip the wrapped st kwise from LH needle to RH needle. Use tip of LH needle to pick up wrap(s) and place it/them on RH needle. Slip wrap(s) and st back to LH needle and purl them tog.
Lace Rib (multiple of 6 sts) Rnds 1 and 3: *K2, p1; rep from *
around. Rnd 2: *K2, p1, yo, ssk, p1; rep from *
around. Rnd 4: *K2, p1, k2tog, yo, p1; rep from
* around. Rep Rnds 1–4 for pat. Twisted Rib (multiple of 2 sts) Rnd 1: *K1-tbl, p1; rep from * around. Rep Rnd 1 for pat.
Picot Bind-Off: *Cast on 3 sts using cable cast-on method (see page 111). Bind off 6 sts. Slip rem st on RH needle back to LH needle. Rep from * around to last st, fasten off last st and weave in end next to beg-of-rnd st to close circle.
This sock is worked from the toe up (with big toe separated from other 4 toes), has a short-row heel and ends with a Picot Bind-Off. Sock begins with a Turkish cast-on (see page 111) on double-point needles, and then, when there are enough stitches, they are transferred to 1 long needle for Magic Loop Method (see page 110); the pattern can also be worked with 2 circular needles. The sock is deliberately knit to be snug to allow for stretch of the Lace Rib pattern. Elastic yarn knits up at different gauge and yardage based upon tension; use a firm tension on the yarn when knitting.
Using Turkish cast-on and 2 dpns, cast
on 6 sts (3 sts each needle). Rnd 1: With 3rd dpn, knit across sts
on each needle; mark beg of rnd. Rnd 2: N1 and N2: Kfb twice, k1—
10 sts with 5 on each needle. Rnd 3 and all odd-numbered rnds:
Knit even on both needles. Rnd 4: N1 and N2: Kfb 4 times, k1—
18 sts with 9 on each needle. Rnd 6: N1 and N2: Kfb, k6, kfb, k1—
22 sts with 11 on each needle. Rnd 7: Knit even on both needles. For size large only Rnd 8: N1 and N2: Kfb, k8, kfb, k1—
26 sts with 13 on each needle.
For both sizes Work even in St st until toe measures 2 inches or reaches the base of your big toe; cut yarn. Slip sts from N1 and N2 to separate
pieces of waste yarn and set aside.
Work as for big toe through Rnd 7 (both sizes)—22 sts with 11 on each needle. Rnd 8: N1 and N2: [Kfb, k2] 3 times, kfb, k1—30 sts with 15 on each needle. Rnd 9: Knit even on both needles. Rnd 10: N1: Kfb, knit to end; N2: knit to last 2 sts, kfb, k1—32 sts with 16 on each needle. Rnd 11: Knit all sts. Rep [Rnds 10 and 11] 6 (7) more times—44 (46) sts with 22 (23) on each needle. Slip these sts onto long circular needle (half the sts on each end of needle [now N1 and N2]) and beg working following Magic Loop Method. Work even in St st until piece measures 2 inches or reaches base of toes.
Join Big Toe
Rnd 1: Slip last and first 4 sts of big toe to dpn, leaving rem 14 (18) sts on waste yarn; N1: k18 (19); pull needle/cable of circular needle so that 4 rem sts transfer to N2; N2: using 3-needle bind-off (see page 111), bind off next 8 sts tog with 8 big toe sts on dpn; k18 (19) sts— 50 (56) sts, with 36 (38) sts in 4-toe section and 14 (18) sts in big-toe section. Rnd 2: N1: K18 (19), pick up and knit 2 sts at join; sl 7 (9) sts from waste yarn onto LH needle and knit them; N2: Slip last 7 (9) sts from waste yarn onto LH needle and knit them; pick up and knit 2 sts at join, k18 (19)—54 (60) sts with 27 (30) sts each needle. Knit 2 rnds.
Set up Lace Rib pat Rnds 1 and 3: N1: *K2, p1; rep from *
to end; N2: knit. Rnd 2 (size small): N1: *k2, p1, yo, ssk, p1; rep from * to last 3 sts, end k2, p1; N2: knit. Rnd 2 (size large): N1: *k2, p1, yo, ssk,
p1; rep from * to end; N2: knit. Rnd 4 (size small): N1: *k2, p1, k2tog, yo, p1; rep from * to last 3 sts, end k2, p1; N2: knit. Rnd 4 (size large): N1: *k2, p1, k2tog,
yo, p1; rep from * to end; N2: knit. Work even in established Lace Rib (N1) and St st (N2) until foot measures 71/2 (81/4) inches from tip of big toe, ending with N1: Rnd 2 or 4.
Heel is worked back and forth over N2 sts only; instep sts will rem on hold on cable of circular needle. Row 1: Knit to last st, W/T. Row 2: Purl to last st, W/T. Row 3: Knit to first unwrapped st, W/T. Row 4: Purl to first unwrapped st, W/T. Rep Rows 3 and 4 until 7 (8) sts are wrapped on each side—13 (14) sts in center rem unwrapped. Row 5: Knit to first wrapped
st, WW, W/T. Row 6: Purl to first
wrapped st, WW, W/T. Row 7: Knit to first double-wrapped
st, WW, W/T. Row 8: Purl to first double-wrapped
st, WW, W/T. Rep Rows 7 and 8 until 1 double
wrapped st rem at each end of N2. Knit to double-wrapped st, WW; do not turn—1 double-wrapped st rem at beg of N2.
Continue in the round. N1: Work in established Lace Rib; N2:
WW, knit to end. Beg working established Lace Rib pat
all around. Note: For size small, if desired for ease of working pat, rearrange sts so that there are 30 sts on N1 and 24 on N2. Work even until leg measures 41/2 (51/4) inches from bottom of heel, ending with Rnd 1 or 3. Work 11/2 inches in Twisted Rib. Using
Picot Bind-Off, bind off all sts.
Block to measurements.