Sunday, 24 November 2019

The one with the socks

Falling Snow Boot Socks


These beauties are crocheted using Aran weight yarn with a 5mm hook and best of all, you can knock them up in no time. 



I'm not going to waffle on, let's face it - you're here for the pattern, but let me explain a few things first: 
  • I used the beautiful 'Leader of the Pac' yarn from Hobbycraft (paid for by me - no affiliate either). You'll need one ball of each colour, but it's usually available on a three-for-two offer, so I'd recommend getting three, obvs. 
  • I ran out of my main colour (only just) so I had to make my cuff in the contrasting colour. If you get two balls of your main colour, you'll have enough. If you want to make a contrasting toe, heel and cuff, you'll have enough yarn in one ball, too.
  • By carrying the contrast colour around, you reduce the amount of stretch; if you want a more stretchy sock, leave out the contrast pattern, or use it more sparingly.
  • Watch your tension - especially when working the contrast colour (don't pull this too tight). My advice is not to worry too much, just don't leave it too long before making your second sock or work two at a time so that you end up with two socks of a similar size.
  • The sock is worked from the toe in continuous rounds (the pattern will tell you when to join). The heel is worked in rows and then the leg and cuff are in rounds.
  • When the pattern says '3dc', it means make 1dc in each of the next 3 sts; if the pattern says '3dc in next st' it means put 3dcs into the next stitch.
  • My sock fits me - I'm a UK 6. The pattern tells you how to alter it to fit you.  

Pattern in UK terms 

(for US terms, read dc as sc and tr as dc)

You will need:
1 x 100g ball each of Knitcraft Leader of the Pac in Cream and Mink (read above note)
5mm hook
4mm hook (for cuff)

Or you could substitute any Aran weight yarn and suitable hook

Gauge: 10cm x 10cm: 13.5 sts and 15 rows in pattern 
Size: to fit UK size 6 / US 8 / EU 39 (see pattern for size alterations) approx length from toe to heel: 20cm, sock height from heel to cuff: 20cm, width: approx 10cm (folded flat)

To make the contrast pattern:

Rnd A: *1dc in main colour, hook into next st, pull contrast colour through st, yarn over in main colour; rep from *around. 
Work over the ends of the contrast colour as you crochet around, dropping it for the next round and picking it up again when you need it next.
Rnd B: in main colour, 1dc in each st.

Repeat rounds A and B


Make 2


Toe


In main colour, 7ch
Rnd 1: Beginning in 2nd ch from hook, 5dc, 3dc in next st, turn to work other side of ch, 4dc, 2dc in next st. (14 sts)
Rnd 2: (6dc, 3dc in next st) rep around. (18)
Rnd 3: 7dc, 3dc in next st, 8dc, 3dc in next st, 1dc. (22)
Rnd 4: 8dc, 2dc in next st, 10dc, 2dc in next st, 2dc. (24)
Rnd 5: 1dc in each st around.
Rnd 6: 1dc, (2dc in next st, 5dc) x 3, 2dc in next st, 4dc. (28) - add or decrease more stitches in this round if you need to - don't worry about where they are put in or taken from, it won't matter too much at this stage. Make sure your total number of stitches is EVEN.

Rnds 7 - 31**: 1dc in each st around: Begin V pattern with contrasting colour.

** or until sole section reaches the end of your instep, just where your heel begins.


Heel


The total number of stitches in your sock will affect the number of stitches in your heel turns. No matter what, the process is the same: halve the number of stitches and work the stitches suggested:
The 1ch at the beginning is a turning chain and doesn't count as a stitch.

For my socks: 

Row A: in main colour, 14dc, turn 
Row B: 1ch, 9dc, turn,
Row C: 1ch, 4dc, turn.

For your socks: 

Total number of stitches in round in bold
30 (15, 10, 5)
26 (13, 9, 4)
24 (12, 9, 3)
22 (11, 7, 3)
20 (10, 7, 4)

Heel turn


Here, you will crochet across the heel, picking up an extra stitch from 3 rows below each time. This creates the heel shaping.

Rows D onwards: 1ch, 1dc in each st, 1dc in next st from 3 rows below, turn.

Continue Row D until you have regained the same number of stitches from the heel, then continue working the V pattern in rounds around the leg of the sock:



Rnds 32 - 47 ***: In V pattern, 1dc in each st around until leg height reached, sl st to 1st dc to join rnd.

***until height of sock is reached.


Cuff


Drop down a hook size for a tighter fit - 4mm

Rnd X: 2ch, 1tr in same st, 1tr in each st around, sl st to first tr to join.
Rnd Y - Z: 2ch, 1tr in same st, 1fptr, (1tr, 1fptr) rep around, sl st to first tr to join.

Fasten off, weave in all ends.



Enjoy your socks and stay cosy!

Sarah xx






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