Sunday, May 10, 2009

Lime-ade Socks

Happy Mother's Day!! Since I finished a pair of socks for my youngest the night before last, I thought it would be fun to share the pattern with anyone who is interested. It's a fairly simple pattern and knit up rather quickly. I believe the sock yarn is from Red Heart (Heart and Sole). It was a really great yarn to work with. Knit up easily and there was no splitting. Plus the color changes were just so lovely to watch. It was absolutely perfect for using on a nice simple pattern repeat.

Here is the pattern for it. It was written for my youngest who wears a size 5 1/2 (US) shoe. It also has a reinforced heel.


Lime-ade Socks

Shoe Size: Woman 5.5
Style: Cuff to Toe
Length: Standard
Gauge: 9.00 sts, 11.25 rws per inch
Needles: 4 dpn
Needle Description: 2.75mm US size 2
Yarn Description: Super Fine Heart & Sole

Estimated Yardage: 346

Finished Measurements:
Circumference: leg = 7", foot = 7"
Length: cuff = 2.0", leg = 4.5", heel = 2.1", foot = 8 3/4"

Pattern Repeat
Openwork Rib:
Row 1: *K2, P2. Repeat from * to end of round.
Row 2: *YO, slip 1 st, K1, pass slipped st over, P2. Repeat from * to end of round.
Row 3-6: *K2, P2. Repeat from * to end of round.

Sock Start:
Cast on 64 sts loosely.
Divide sts on 3 dpns as follows:
N1: 16 heel sts
N2: 32 instep sts
N3: 16 heel sts
Join. BOR (Beginning of Round)

Work cuff in (K2, P2) for 22 rnds. [2.0" from cast on edge] End at BOR.

Work in Openwork Rib pattern for 52 rnds. Complete sts on N2. Stop. [6.5" total from the cast on edge.]

Heel Flap with Heel Stitch:
Slip N3 sts onto N1. Add 2 sts from N2 for a total of 34 sts……leaving 30 instep sts. While this will give a bit more room in the heel for the arch, it also allows for the pattern to be worked evenly (or symmetrical) on the instep.
With RS facing,work back and forth as follows:
Rw 1: *Sl 1 purlwise, k1. Repeat from * to end.
Rw 2: * Sl 1 purlwise, p to end.
Repeat these 2 rows until 38 rows are complete. [2.1”]

Turn Heel:
Note: Sl 1 = slip 1 purlwise

**NOTE: One more knit and one more purl row may have to be worked
in order to end up with 18 sts remaining.

Round Heel
Rw 1: (RS) K 18, ssk, k1. Turn.
Rw 2: (WS) Sl 1, p 5, p2tog, p1. Turn.
Rw 3: (RS) Sl 1, k 6, ssk, k1. Turn.
Rw 4: (WS) Sl 1, p 7, p2tog, p1. Turn. Rw 5: (RS) Sl 1, k 8, ssk, k1. Turn.
Rw 6: (WS) Sl 1, p 9, p2tog, p1. Turn. Rw 7: (RS) Sl 1, k 10, ssk, k1. Turn.
Rw 8: (WS) Sl 1, p 11, p2tog, p1. Turn. Rw 9: (RS) Sl 1, k 12, ssk, k1. Turn.
Rw 10: (WS) Sl 1, p 13, p2tog, p1. Turn. Rw 11: (RS) Sl 1, k 14, ssk, k1. Turn.
Rw 12: (WS) Sl 1, p 15, p2tog, p1. Turn. Rw 13: (RS) Sl 1, k 16, ssk. Turn.
Rw 14: (WS) Sl 1, p 16, p2tog. Turn. 18 sts remain. Work 9 sts. BOR

Heel Gusset:
With a free needle, knit remaining 9 heel sts. [N1]
Continuing with the same needle, pick up 16 sts along the side of the heel.
Pick up and knit a st from row below the first instep st to prevent a hole. [N1: 26 sts total]
With a free needle, work across 32 instep sts. [N2]
With free needle, pick up and knit from row below the first heel st to prevent a hole.
With same needle, pick up 16 sts along side of the heel and work across remaining heel sts. [N3: 26 sts total] BOR

Shape Gusset:
Rnd 1: (Dec Rnd)
N1: Work to 3 sts from end. K2tog, k1.
N2: (Instep) Work even… in established pattern.
N3: K1, ssk, work to end.
Rnd 2: Work even.
Repeat Rnds 1 and 2 until there are 64 sts remaining. [20 rnds total]

Continue working in rnds until foot measures 7.25" from base of heel. [about 50 rnds]
Complete sts on N3. BOR

**Note: Instep stitches will be worked using Openwork Rib pattern.

Shape Toe - Classic Standard
Rnd 1:
N1: (Sole) Work to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.
N2: (Instep) K1, ssk, work to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.
N3: (Sole) K1, ssk, complete round.
Rnd 2: Work even.
Repeat Rnds 1 and 2 until 44 total sts remain. [10 rnds]
Work decrease rnd only until 20 sts remain. [10 instep sts, 10 sole sts] – [about 6 rnds]

Work sts on N1. Slip sts from N3 to opposite end of N1.
Holding two needles together, graft sts using Kitchener Stitch.
Weave in ends.

Work second sock.


I hope everyone enjoys the sock pattern. If an error is found, please feel free to e-mail me so I may correct it. I was knitting up the socks as the pattern was it may not be perfect.....and probably isn't. :.)

Happy Knitting!!!


  1. Wow - that's really nice! I love to knit and have knitted purses, scarves, etc. and at least 100 lei (I live in Hawaii) etc. However I have stayed away from socks. Someday, hopefully soon, I will take the plunge and just do it! Mahalo for the inspiration!!

  2. Thanks for the pattern. the socks look great. I've just picked up knitting again after a long absence and hope I do these soon.

  3. I hope you both enjoy the pattern. This is the first time I have ever designed socks, so I hope the pattern is easy to follow. It seemed like it was when I did the second sock using it.

    Happy Knitting!!!