Sari's Aran Socks
By Rita Williams


Material: WoolEase on size three double pointed needles.

Gauge: 6 stitches to the inch. Fits woman's size eight.

Cast on 66 sts,  Divide sts as follows: 18 on needle #1, 15 on needle #2, 18  on needle #3,
15 on needle #4.

Cuff:

Work ribbing as follows: P1, K1, P1, K3 until cuff measures 2 inches. Knit one round.

Leg:

Cable pattern worked on needles #1 and #3.

Rnd 1 of cable pattern: K5 seed sts, P1, Slip 2 sts to cable needle, hold in back of work, K2, K2 sts from cable needle, K2, P1, K5 seed sts.

Rnd 2 of cable pattern: K5 seed sts, P1, K6, P1, K5 seed sts.

Rnd 3 of cable pattern: K5 seed sts, P1, K2, Slip 2 to cable needle, hold in front of work, K2, K2 from cable needle, P1, K5 seed sts.

Rnd 4 of cable pattern: K5 seed sts, P1, K6, P1, K5 seed sts.

Diamond pattern worked from chart on needles # 2 and #4.

rnd 1 p k k k k k k P k k k k k k p
rnd 2 p k k k k k k P k k k k k k p
rnd 3 p k k k k k P k P k k k k k p
rnd 4 p k k k k k P k P k k k k k p
rnd 5 p k k k k P k k k P k k k k p
rnd 6 p k k k k P k k k P k k k k p
rnd 7 p k k k P k k k k k P k k k p
rnd 8 p k k k P k k k k k P k k k p
rnd 9 p k k P k k k k k k k P k k p
rnd 10 p k k P k k k k k k k P k k p
rnd 11 p k k k P k k k k k P k k k p
rnd 12 p k k k P k k k k k P k k k p
rnd 13 p k k k k P k k k P k k k k p
rnd 14 p k k k k P k k k P k k k k p
rnd 15 p k k k k k P k P k k k k k p
rnd 16 p k k k k k P k P k k k k k p
rnd 17 p k k k k k k P k k k k k k p
rnd 18 p k k k k k k P k k k k k k p

Work two repeats of pattern with two knit rounds between. 38 rounds.

Heel:

You may use any heel pattern that you prefer. This is the one I like: Half-handkerchief Heel:

This heel is worked over an even number of stitches. I used 32 stitches which left 34 stitches for the instep. Rearrange stitches on needles as follows: needle #1 - 16 stitches, needle #2 - 17 stitches, needle #3 - 17 stitches, needle #4 - 16 stitches. Heels is worked back and forth on 32 stitches on needles #1 and #4. Make sure to arrange the stitches on the needles in such a way that the diamond pattern is carried down the top of the foot.

Row 1: Sl1 as if to purl, k1, sl1, k1 to end of row. Turn.
Row 1: Sl1 as if to purl, purl to end of row. Turn.

Work these two rows until heel flap measures 2-1/2 inches. 24 rows.

Work to center of heel sts. SSK, k1, turn work. Sl1, p1, P2 tog, p1, turn.

Sl1, knit to 1st before the gap (where the last row turned), SSK, k1, turn.

Sl 1, purl to 1st before the gap, p2 tog, p1, turn.

Continue in this manner until all sts are worked. End having completed a WS row.

Gusset:

Knit stitches on needle #1, pick up and knit 12 stitches on side of heel flap, knit 34 stitches across the instep (needles #2 and #3) pick up and knit 12 stitches on side of heel flap, knit stitches on needle #4.

It will be easier to continue the diamond pattern across the instep if you put all 34 instep stitches on one needle. Your stitches will be divided as follows: Half the heel stitches and 12 gusset stitches on needle #1, 34 instep stitches on needle #2, 12 gusset stitches and half the heel stitches on needle #3. Diamond pattern continues until you start the decreases for the toe. Remember to add two knit rounds between repeats of the diamond pattern.

Round 1: Knit to 3 stitches before end of needle #1, k2 tog, k1, follow chart for diamond pattern on needle #2, on needle #3 k1, SSK, knit to end of needle #3 (middle of heel)

Round 2: knit even.

Continue these two rounds until there are 16 stitches on both needles #1 and #3. 34 stitches on needle #2. 66 stitches total. Knit 16 stitches on needle #1, on needle #2, K1, SSK, knit to last 3 sts, k2 tog, k1. knit 16 stitches on needle #3. 64 stitches total. Divide evenly on four needles.

Toe: You may use whatever toe pattern you prefer. This is the one I like: Star Toe:

Rounds begin at the middle of the heel.

Rnd 1: Knit to last 2 sts on needle #1, K2tog. repeat around knitting together the last 2 sts on each needle.

Rnd 2: Knit even

Work these two rounds 6 times, then continue to work decrease round (rnd 1) until 8 sts remain. Thread the end of the yarn into a tapestry needle and pass the yarn through all remaining stis and pull them tight. This toe can be lengthened by adding more plain rounds between decrease rounds, or shortened by working the decreases on every round.

Seed stitch:

Row 1: k1, p1, k1, p1, k1.

Row 2: p1, k1, p1, k1, p1.

You will have two purl sts next to each other every other row, next to the cable sts. Don't worry, it works out to make the line between the seed pattern and the cables.

Since this is the first pattern I've written, I hope it is simple enough to follow. Sometimes what is simple to the person who wrote the pattern is not simple to someone who is trying to knit from said directions. If you have any problems with the pattern, email me at rita@interlinc.net

Copyright: Ruth Williams, July 6, 1999


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