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Spiral Ridge Socks Pattern

Knitting
I have been designing patterns over the past few months, but I haven't had a chance to sit down and write them out for public use. I was looking through my recent(ish) photos the other day, saw one of some socks I'd knit, and realized that I didn't know where I'd left my notes for the pattern. A frantic search through my house later (and a prayer to the mommy gods that my notes hadn't been sacrificed to the Demon of A Child Learning How To Use Scissors) yielded the notes. I realized that I had to get these patterns blogged, because who knew when I'd misplace them again? You can't Google the contents of your desk drawers.


So I present to you what were almost "Sorry, I Can't Share the Pattern Socks":


Spiral Ridge Socks
(Women's size, approximately size 8/9 US)

Materials:
- 20g Regia Solid 6-ply (75% new wool, 25% nylon (polyamide)) in colour F546
- 55g Regia Jubilee Color 4-Ply (75% new wool, 25% nylon (polyamide)) in colour 5472
OR
- 75g sock yarn in your favourite colourway(s)
AND
- one set of 3.25mm (US 3, UK 10) circular knitting needles in a length comfortable for the magic loop method (I prefer 120cm/47")

Gauge:
- 30 stitches and 42 rows = 10cm x 10cm (4" x 4")

- If you use the same yarn I did, expect the toe, heel and ribbing to be a little thicker and slightly larger than the rest of the sock, since the solid colour is 6-ply and variegated yarn is 4-ply. This makes the sock wear longer, but some people dislike the texture of two different yarns in one sock.

Instructions:

Cast on:

- Using the SOLID yarn and the magic cast-on for toe-up socks technique, cast on 32 stitches divided onto two needles (16 stitches per needle).

- Knit one round. Warning: Using the magic cast-on, the cast-on loops on your second needle will be twisted. To untwist, knit the stitches on this needle through the back of the loops on the first round only.

Shape toe:

- Round 1: On each needle, K1, M1, K to within last stitch on the needle, M1, K1.
- Round 2: Knit

- Repeat these two rounds until there are 60 stitches on your needles (divided 30-30).

- Knit 4 rounds.

- Knit until within last two stitches on the second needle. Switch to VARIEGATED yarn. Purl last two stitches on needle.

- For two rounds:
1st needle: Purl
2nd needle: P2, K26, P2

Make instep:

- 1st round:
    1st needle: K5, P5, K20
    2nd needle: P2, K26, P2
- 2nd round:
    1st needle: K8, P5, K17
    2nd needle: P2, K26, P2
- 3rd round:
    1st needle: K11, P5, K14
    2nd needle: P2, K26, P2
- 4th round:
    1st needle: K14, P5, K11
    2nd needle: P2, K26, P2
- 5th round:
    1st needle: K17, P5, K8
    2nd needle: P2, K26, P2
- 6th round:
    1st needle: K20, P5, K5
    2nd needle: P2, K26, P2
- 7th round:
    1st needle: K23, P5, K2
    2nd needle: P2, K26, P2
- 8th round:
    1st needle: P1, K25, P4
    2nd needle: P2, K26, P2
- 9th round:
    1st needle: P4, K25, P1
    2nd needle: P2, K26, P2
- 10th round:
    1st needle: K2, P5, P23
    2nd needle: P2, K26, P2

- Repeat rows one through ten a total of 7 times. For a longer/shorter instep, increase/decrease number of repeats.

- ON ROUND 10 OF THE LAST REPEAT, STOP AFTER THE 1ST NEEDLE. PROCEED TO HEEL.

Heel:

- P2 on second needle.

- Move first 2 and last 2 stitches from second needle to first needle. Stitches divided 34-26. The heel will be knit on the 26 stitches of the 2nd needle.

- Switch to SOLID coloured yarn.

Set up short row heel:

- 1st row: (RS) K25. Move working yarn as if to purl. Slip 1. Turn.
- 2nd row: (WS) Slip 1. This will wrap the yarn around the first, slipped stitch. P24. Move working yarn as if to knit ("wrap"). Slip 1. Turn.
- 3rd row: (RS) Slip 1. K23. Wrap. Turn.
- 4th row: (WS) Slip 1. P22. Wrap. Turn.
- 5th row: (RS) Slip 1. K21. Wrap. Turn.
- 6th row: (WS) Slip 1. P20. Wrap. Turn.
- 7th row: (RS) Slip 1. K19. Wrap. Turn.
- 8th row: (WS) Slip 1. P18. Wrap. Turn.
- 9th row: (RS) Slip 1. K17. Wrap. Turn.
- 10th row: (WS) Slip 1. P16. Wrap. Turn.
- 11th row: (RS) Slip 1. K15. Wrap. Turn.
- 12th row: (WS) Slip 1. P14. Wrap. Turn.

This should yield 6 wrapped stitches, 14 "live" (unwrapped) stitches, and 6 more wrapped stitches, for a total of 26 stitches on the 2nd needle.

Turn short row heel:

- 1st row: (RS) K14. Pick up (PU) the wrap and next stitch and knit them together. Wrap the next stitch so that it now has two wraps. Turn.
- 2nd row: (WS) SL1 (double-wrapped) stitch. P15. PU wrap and next stitch and purl them together. Wrap the next stitch so that it now has two wraps. Turn.
- 3rd row: (RS) SL1 (double-wrapped) stitch. K16. Pick up (PU) the wrap and next stitch and knit them together. Wrap the next stitch so that it now has two wraps. Turn.
- 4th row: (WS) SL1 (double-wrapped) stitch. P17. PU wrap and next stitch and purl them together. Wrap the next stitch so that it now has two wraps. Turn.
- 5th row: (RS) SL1 (double-wrapped) stitch. K18. Pick up (PU) the wrap and next stitch and knit them together. Wrap the next stitch so that it now has two wraps. Turn.
- 6th row: (WS) SL1 (double-wrapped) stitch. P19. PU wrap and next stitch and purl them together. Wrap the next stitch so that it now has two wraps. Turn.
- 7th row: (RS) SL1 (double-wrapped) stitch. K20. Pick up (PU) the wrap and next stitch and knit them together. Wrap the next stitch so that it now has two wraps. Turn.
- 8th row: (WS) SL1 (double-wrapped) stitch. P21. PU wrap and next stitch and purl them together. Wrap the next stitch so that it now has two wraps. Turn.
- 9th row: (RS) SL1 (double-wrapped) stitch. K22. Pick up (PU) the wrap and next stitch and knit them together. Wrap the next stitch so that it now has two wraps. Turn.
- 10th row: (WS) SL1 (double-wrapped) stitch. P23. PU wrap and next stitch and purl them together. Wrap the next stitch so that it now has two wraps. Turn.
- 11th row: (RS) SL1 (double-wrapped) stitch. K24. Turn.
- 12th row: (WS) SL1 (double-wrapped) stitch. P25. Turn.
- 13th row: (RS) K26

Set up body of leg:

- Switch to VARIEGATED yarn.

- Pick up two stitches from the gap between Needle 2 and Needle 1.

- Return to knitting in the round.

- 1st round:
    1st needle: P2tog, K5, P5, K25, P2tog
    2nd needle: Pick up two stitches from the gap between Needle 1 and Needle 2. Knit to end of needle. Stitches divided 32-30.
- 2nd round:
    1st needle: P2tog, K7, P5, K16, P2tog
    2nd needle: K8, P5, K17. Stitches divided 30-30.

Knit body of leg:

- 1st round:
    1st needle: K11, P5, K14
    2nd needle: P2, K26, P2
- 2nd round:
    1st needle: K14, P5, K11
    2nd needle: P2, K26, P2
- 3rd round:
    1st needle: K17, P5, K8
    2nd needle: P2, K26, P2
- 4th round:
    1st needle: K20, P5, K5
    2nd needle: P2, K26, P2
- 5th round:
    1st needle: K23, P5, K2
    2nd needle: P2, K26, P2
- 6th round:
    1st needle: P1, K25, P4
    2nd needle: P2, K26, P2
- 7th round:
    1st needle: P4, K25, P1
    2nd needle: P2, K26, P2
- 8th round:
    1st needle: K2, P5, P23
    2nd needle: P2, K26, P2
- 9th round:
    1st needle: K5, P5, K20
    2nd needle: P2, K26, P2
- 10th round:
    1st needle: K8, P5, K17
    2nd needle: P2, K26, P2

- Repeat rows one through ten a total of 3 times. This will make an ankle sock. For a longer leg, increase the number of repeats.

Cuff:

- Switch to SOLID colour yarn.

- Work in a K2, P2 ribbing for 2.5cm (1") to 3.8cm (1.5"), depending on your preference. (You can see from the photos that I only knit 3 rows of ribbing, but I wanted to do more. I just ran out of yarn. With a short cuff like the one I knit, the cuff will have a tendency to loosen and slide down.)


As usual, please let me know if you spot any errors or have any questions. I am always trying to improve my pattern-writing skills!