Went to the opening of the new local yarn store (more about that in the next few days…let’s just say I am in love…I prefer to spend my money locally and well…a lot of it will be spent here :>)) this weekend and got discussing socks (surprising, isn’t it…well…no!). I was asked for MY generic sock recipe…here it is…
Strong Cat in Bush
(My everyday sock pattern, with special thanks to Gerdine Strong, Cat Bordhi and Nancy Bush…all of who influenced my thinking inside and outside the box!) “Pithy” directions (had to get Elizabeth in there somehow!). This pattern has evolved over the years…please feel free to let me know if you come up with any variations!
Using sock yarn and size one dpns, CO 64; arrange 20-24-20.
Cuff pattern of choice to 7” (note: lately have preferred 1” or 2” of k1p1 ribbing then plain st st).
Knit one more round, arranging stitches to 16-16-32.
Repeat the following 2 rows until you have 30-30-32 (Note: those with narrow ankles may choose not to increase this much…I have wide feet and these are so darn comfortable!).
Row 1: Needle one: k1, kf&b, k to end… Needle 2: k to 2 st from end, kf&b, k1, Needle 3 Knit.
Row 2: Knit around.
(this is 28 rows).
Turn heel – knitting on only needles 1 &2
K across needle 1, k2, ssk, k1, turn.
S1, p5, p2tog, p1, turn.
S1, k6, ssk, k1, turn.
S1, p7, p2tog, turn.
Continue this way until all stitches have been used up.
Knit around on all needles until 7” from “point” of heel.
Decrease round: Needle 1 k1, k2tog, knit to end of needle. Needle 2: Knit to 2 stitches from end, ssk, k1.
Needle 3: K1, k2tog, knit to 3 stitches from end, ssk, k1.
Round 1 Decrease
R 2-4 Knit
R 5 Dec
R 6-8 Knit
R 12 Dec
R 13-14 Knit
R 15 Dec
R 16 K
R 18 K
R 19 Dec
R 20 K (and knit across needles 1 and 2 putting all stitches from 1 &2 on one needle).