Rainy Day Read­ing Socks

Re­sem­bling books on a shelf, the pat­tern on th­ese “fra­ter­nal twin” socks fea­tures 2 x 2 ver­ti­cal stripes us­ing one main color and five con­trast­ing col­ors. An af­ter­thought heel al­lows the knit­ter to con­tinue work­ing the rhythmic pat­tern all the way to the

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Sizes

Woman’s small (medium, large) to fit shoe sizes 3–6 (6–9, 8–12) In­struc­tions are given for small­est size, with larger sizes in paren­the­ses. When only 1 num­ber is given, it ap­plies to all sizes.

Fin­ished Mea­sure­ments

Cir­cum­fer­ence: 61/2 (71/4, 8) inches Length cuff to heel: Ap­prox 61/2 (7, 71/2) inches Length heel to toe: Ap­prox 9 (10, 11) inches

Ma­te­ri­als

• Ber­roco Vin­tage (worsted weight; 52% acrylic/40% wool/8% ny­lon; 218 yds/100g per hank): 1 hank each mocha #5103 (A), tang #5164 (B), fen­nel #5175 (C), Nep­tune #5197 (D), azure #5146 (E) and petu­nia #51105 (F)

• Size 6 (4mm) dou­ble-point nee­dles (set of 5) or size needed to ob­tain gauge

• Size 8 (5mm) dou­ble-point nee­dles or size needed to ob­tain gauge

• Stitch mark­ers (4)

• Re­mov­able stitch marker

Gauge

24 sts and 26 rnds = 4 inches/10cm in 2x2 Rib with smaller nee­dles, blocked. 22 sts and 24 rnds = 4 inches/10cm in 2-color stranded St st with larger nee­dles, blocked. To save time, take time to check gauge.

Spe­cial Ab­bre­vi­a­tions

N1, N2, N3, N4: Nee­dle 1, Nee­dle 2, Nee­dle 3, Nee­dle 4.

Pat­tern Stitches

2x2 Rib (mul­ti­ple of 4 sts) Rnd 1: *K2, p2; rep from * around.

Rep Rnd 1 for pat. Stripe Pat A (mul­ti­ple of 4 sts) Rnds 1–6: *K2 A, k2 B; rep from * around. Rnds 7–12: *K2 A, k2 F; rep from * around. Rnds 13–17: *K2 A, k2 C; rep from * around. Rnds 18–22: *K2 A, k2 E; rep from * around. Rnds 23–27: *K2 A, k2 B; rep from * around. Rnds 28–32: *K2 A, k2 D; rep from * around. Rnds 33–37: *K2 A, k2 C; rep from * around. Rnds 38–41: *K2 A, k2 F; rep from * around. Rnds 42–45: *K2 A, k2 E; rep from * around. Rnds 46–50: *K2 A, k2 B; rep from * around. Rnds 51–56: *K2 A, k2 D; rep from * around. Rnds 57–62: *K2 A, k2 C; rep from * around. Stripe Pat B (mul­ti­ple of 4 sts) Rnds 1–6: *K2 A, k2 B; rep from * around. Rnds 7–11: *K2 A, k2 C; rep from * around. Rnds 12–16: *K2 A, k2 E; rep from * around. Rnds 17–22: *K2 A, k2 F; rep from * around. Rnds 23–27: *K2 A, k2 B; rep from * around. Rnds 28–33: *K2 A, k2 D; rep from * around. Rnds 34–39: *K2 A, k2 C; rep from * around. Rnds 40–45: *K2 A, k2 F; rep from * around. Rnds 46–51: *K2 A, k2 E; rep from * around. Rnds 52–56: *K2 A, k2 B; rep from * around. Rnds 57–62: *K2 A, k2 D; rep from * around.

Pat­tern Notes

Sock is worked from the cuff down, with an af­ter­thought heel and a gath­ered toe.

Each sock is worked with a dif­fer­ent color se­quence. At each color change, cut yarn that is be­ing dis­con­tin­ued.

Pat­tern is writ­ten for 5 dou­ble-point nee­dles, but use which­ever cir­cu­lar knit­ting method you pre­fer, whether it’s work­ing with 4 dou­ble-point nee­dles, 2 cir­cu­lar nee­dles, Magic Loop (with a long cir­cu­lar nee­dle) or a short (9- to 12-inch) cir­cu­lar nee­dle. If us­ing a short cir­cu­lar nee­dle, you’ll have to switch to another method when work­ing the toe and heel.

Sock A

Cuff With smaller dpns and A, and us­ing long-tail method (see page 76), cast on 36 (40, 44) sts; mark beg of rnd and join, tak­ing care not to twist sts. If de­sired, dis­trib­ute sts so that there’s a mul­ti­ple of 4 sts on each dpn.

Work 21/2 (3, 31/2) inches in 2x2 Rib. Leg Switch to larger dpns.

Work Rnds 1–27 of Stripe Pat A. Af­ter­thought heel row: With waste yarn, k18 (20, 22); slip sts just worked back to LH nee­dle(s). Foot Work Rnds 28–62 of Stripe Pat A.

If nec­es­sary, rep Rnd 62 un­til foot mea­sures just short of de­sired length. Toe Dec rnd: Al­ter­nat­ing A and C, *k2­tog; rep from * around; cut C—18 (20, 22) sts. Next rnd: With A, *k2­tog; rep from * around—9 (10, 11) sts. Cut A, leav­ing a 10-inch tail. Us­ing ta­pes­try nee­dle, thread tail through rem sts, and pull tight.

Weave in all ends. Af­ter­thought Heel Re­move waste yarn and trans­fer live sts to 4 dpns; pm at cen­ter back leg for beg of rnd—36 (40, 44) sts with 9 (10, 11) sts per dpn; if nec­es­sary make an ex­tra loop at one corner to achieve cor­rect st count. Rnd 1: Join B at beg of rnd and work as fol­lows: N1: K9 (10, 11), then pick up and knit 1 st from sock edge; N2: pick up and knit 1 st, knit to end; N2 and N3: work as for N1 and N2—40 (44, 48) sts with 10 (11, 12) sts per dpn. Dec rnd: N1: Knit to last 3 sts, k2­tog, k1; N2: k1, ssk, knit to end; N3 and N4 work as for N1 and N2—36 (40, 44) sts.

Con­tin­u­ing in St st, rep Dec rnd [ev­ery other rnd] 5 (5, 6) times—16 (20, 20) sts. Cut yarn, leav­ing a 12-inch tail. Slip sts from N4 to N1 and from N3 to N2.

Close heel by graft­ing sts us­ing Kitch­ener st (see page 79).

Sock B

Work as for Sock A, but use Stripe Pat B.

Fin­ish­ing

Weave in all ends. Block.

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