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Knitted socks with cables

Level 3

3rd pair of socks from sock series.

I would say that this is not a pattern for beginner knitters. There’s too much going on and to look out for. So if you haven’t knit socks at all then choose something simpler.

Like first pair – socks with diagonal ribbing. Then try easy socks for him and her. And then you’re ready to tackle the honeycomb sock pattern.

Start small. It’s only for your own good. To avoid a lot of frustration.

But if you still want to start with this then I’m here to help you as much as I can.

 

Make a swatch:

Pick the sock pattern you like, choose your yarn and make a swatch.

Cast on 30 stitches;

  • 1st row of pattern: knit; DO NOT TURN – start another right side row (leaving yarn loosely hanging at back);
  • 2nd row: purl 3, knit to last 3 sts, purl last 3; DO NOT TURN – start another right side row;
  • 3rd row: knit 3, (2/2 cable right, 2/2 cable left) x 3 times total, knit last 3; DO NOT TURN – start another right side row;
  • 4th row: purl 3, knit to last 3 sts, purl last 3; DO NOT TURN – start another right side row;
  • 5th row: knit; DO NOT TURN – start another right side row;
  • 6th row: purl 3, knit to last 3 sts, purl last 3; DO NOT TURN – start another right side row;
  • 7th row: knit 3, (2/2 cable left, 2/2 cable right) x 3 times total, knit last 3; DO NOT TURN – start another right side row;
  • 8th row: purl 3, knit to last 3 sts, purl last 3; DO NOT TURN – start another right side row;

how to knit socks tutorialRepeat rows 1 to 8 for 3 times total and cast off;

Calculate your stitches:

Step 1: You’ve finished your swatch. Now you have to measure how many stitches you have on 5 cm / 2 inches?

Step 2: Measure the circumference of your foot.

Step 3: Make your calculations:

With cm – (circumference of your foot x stitch count on 5 cm) divide by 5;

With inches – (circumference of your foot x stitch count on 2 inches) divide by 2;

Step 4: Take your number from step 3 and divide it by stitch count of pattern repeat (8 stitches).

For example: My number was 50 and the pattern repeat is 8 stitches – so I have to calculate 50/8=6,25

So, is your number without a comma?

If yes, then you’re good to go – your number from step 3 matches and this is your cast on stitch count.

But if your number is with comma then we need to adjust it a little bit. Take your answer without comma (mine is 6) and add 1 (6+1=7) and multiply it with your pattern repeat number (7 x 8 = 56). This is your cast on stitch count.

sock pattern with honeycomb cablesStart with your sock:

Cast on number of stitches you just calculated.

Pattern repeat is 8 stitches.

Cuff and leg:

Step 1: knit 4 rounds;
Step 2: knit an eyelet row (*yarn over, knit 2 together* rep to end);
Step 3: knit 1 round, knitting stitches of this round together with cast on row, so it will form this nice edge (other alternative is to just sew it afterwards);
Step 4: purl 1 round; knit 1 round; purl 1 round;
Step 5: knit 3 rounds;
Step 6: *2/2 cable right, 2/2 cable left* repeat to end;
Step 7: knit 3 rounds;
Step 8: *2/2 cable left, 2/2 cable right* repeat to end;
Step 9: repeat steps 5 to 8 in total of 3 times;
Step 10: knit 2 sounds; purl 1 round; knit 1 round; purl 1 round;

Heel flap

  • Heel flap is worked back and forth over half of your total stitches while the remaining stitches rest on their needles.
  • I usually knit my heel flap with 3rd and 4th needle.
  • First stitch of every row is a slipped stitch – we need our edges to be loopy, so we can later easily pick up stitches.
  • Knit as many rows as many stitches you have on your two needles . For example – I have total of 28 stitches on two needles, so I need to knit 28 rows total.

Cabled sock pattern with honeycomb patternRow 1: 1st needle: knit to last 8 stitches, purl 4, knit 4;
2nd needle: knit 4, purl 4, knit to end;

Row 2: knit the knits and purl the purls;

Row 3: 1st needle: knit to last 8 stitches, purl 4, 2/2 cable right;
2nd needle: 2/2 cable left, purl 4, knit to end;

Rows 4,5,6: knit the knits and purl the purls;

Row 7: 1st needle: knit to last 8 stitches, purl 4, 2/2 cable left;
2nd needle: 2/2 cable right, purl 4, knit to end;

Rows 8,9,10: knit the knits and purl the purls;

Row 11: 1st needle: knit to last 8 stitches, purl 4, 2/2 cable left;
2nd needle: 2/2 cable right, purl 4, knit to end;

Rows 12,13,14: knit the knits and purl the purls;

Row 15: 1st needle: knit to last 8 stitches, purl 4, 2/2 cable right;
2nd needle: 2/2 cable left, purl 4, knit to end;

Rows 16,17,18: knit the knits and purl the purls;

Row 19: 1st needle: knit to last 8 stitches, purl 4, 2/2 cable right;
2nd needle: 2/2 cable left, purl 4, knit to end;

Row 20: knit the knits and purl the purls;

Repeat rows 1 to 20 until you’ve reached your needed row count (see instructions from beginning).

Turning the heel

Knitted back and forth.

Row 1 (wrong side): Purl across half the steps of your heel flap plus 1, purl 2 together, purl 1. Now TURN the work.

Row 2 (right side): Slip 1, knit 3, ssk, knit 1, TURN.

Row 3: Slip 1, purl 4, purl 2 together, purl 1, TURN.

Row 4: Slip 1, knit 5, ssk, knit 1, TURN.

Row 5: Slip 1, purl 6, purl 2 together, purl 1, TURN.

Row 6: Slip 1, knit 7, ssk, knit 1, TURN.

Continue adding one worked stitch before the decrease in each row, until all of the stitches have been worked, finishing with a right side row (you have now as many stitches as you had on one needle + 2 additional stitches).

Gusset

Gusset will be knitted in rounds again. First you have to pick up stitches from one side of the heel flap, then knit stitches from 2nd and 3rd needles (according to your pattern below), pick up stitches from other side of heel flap and knit last stitches (your needles have switched places – 1st and 4th needle are for sole. 2nd and 3rd needle are for upper part of foot with the pattern on it).

Pattern for 2nd and 3rd needle:

Round 1: knit; 2nd needle: knit to last 8 stitches, purl 4, knit 4;
3rd needle: knit 4, purl 4, knit to end;

Knitted socks with cablesRound 2: knit the knits and purl the purls;

Round 3: 2nd needle: knit to last 8 stitches, purl 4, 2/2 cable right;
3rd needle: 2/2 cable left, purl 4, knit to end;

Rounds 4,5,6: knit the knits and purl the purls;

Round 7: 2nd needle: knit to last 8 stitches, purl 4, 2/2 cable left;
3rd needle: 2/2 cable right, purl 4, knit to end;

Rounds 8,9,10: knit the knits and purl the purls;

Round 11: 2nd needle: knit to last 8 stitches, purl 4, 2/2 cable left;
3rd needle: 2/2 cable right, purl 4, knit to end;

Rounds 12,13,14: knit the knits and purl the purls;

Round 15: 2nd needle: knit to last 8 stitches, purl 4, 2/2 cable right;
3rd needle: 2/2 cable left, purl 4, knit to end;

Rounds 16,17,18: knit the knits and purl the purls;

Round 19: 2nd needle: knit to last 8 stitches, purl 4, 2/2 cable right;
3rd needle: 2/2 cable left, purl 4, knit to end;

Round 20: knit the knits and purl the purls;

Step by step:

  • Divide your heel stitches in half, leaving half on the current needle and putting the other half on an empty needle.
  • With the right side of the work facing you, take the needle holding the leftmost heel stitches and use it to pick up stitches along the slipped stitched edge of the heel flap, moving upward toward the cuff, one stitch per slipped stitch. You should be picking up amount of stitches you had on one needle when you first started (so you have picked up stitches + stitches from heel flap on this one needle);
  • Now knit your 2nd and 3rd needle as you did before heel flap (following the pattern);
  • You should now be at the other side of the heel flap, with an empty needle in your hand. Pick up the same number of stitches that you did on the other side, then continue across the live stitches that are waiting on the last needle (the ones remaining from the section where you turned the heel). By the way, this is your new beginning of the round now – 1st and 4th needle should have more stitches then 2nd and 3rd needle. Right?

Gusset decreases

You just formed your gusset. Now we need to make decreases, so we can have nicely fitted socks.

Round 1: Knit all around (following the pattern on 2nd and 3rd needle), knitting through back loop on the picked-up stitches along both sides of the heel flap only; otherwise knit normally.
Round 2: Knit until 3 stitches remain on Needle 1, knit 2 together, knit 1; knit across Needle 2 and Needle 3 (following the pattern); on Needle 4, knit 1, ssk, knit to end.
Round 3: Knit (following the pattern on 2nd and 3rd needle).

Repeat rounds 2 and 3 only until all four needles have the same number of stitches on them again.

Foot

Knit all rounds (following the pattern on 2nd and 3rd needle) until you have 2 inches left to knit (or 4,5 cm).

Toe decreases

Round 1:

Needle 1 – knit to last 3 stitches, knit 2 together, knit 1;

Needle 2 – knit 1, ssk, knit to end;

Needle 3 – knit to last 3 stitches, knit 2 together, knit 1;

Needle 4 – knit 1, ssk, knit to end.

Round 2: Knit.

Repeat these two rounds until you are down to a little less than a quarter of your original stitch count.

Adjust the remaining stitches onto two needles, so that the foot’s top and bottom rows of stitches are parallel and the yarn is hanging at the end of the needle holding the sole stitches. Knit across a few stitches if you need to. Cut yarn, leaving about a 10 inch to 12 inch tail. Graft the toe together using Kitchener stitch.

Also make sure you check out the “Water Lily” sock pattern.

Knitting pattern for socks Water Lily by Pattern Duchess

 

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