Moody Blues

1 Oct

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The poll was tied, so ultimately I decided to go with Moody Blues for the sock name. It’s fitting, since I was moody last night after having to bind off the grey sock 3 times to get it loose enough to go over my heel. Click on the pictures to huge-ify and get a better idea of how the stitch pattern looks.


When I first bought this yarn a long time ago, I wanted to design a sock that reminded me of running water, as I was inspired by the blue. What I have ended with is nothing like my original design concept, but I think the back and forth zigzagging of the pattern is somewhat reminiscent of a flowing river. That may just be me, though.

The motif of this sock is a herringbone lace pattern. The zig-zagging of the YOs is due to the directional decreases throughout the motif. It is a 6 stitch repeat, lending itself to easy size adjustment by adding or subtracting stitches in multiples of 6.

The heel is the Andersson heel. It was designed by Knitman Colin, and you can read about it here, where, if you are mathematically inclined, you might be able to find a better fit for your own foot. Many thanks to Colin for his clear directions and input on getting the heel right.

Sizes: Medium(Large) to fit a foot up to 8.5(9.5) inches in diameter

Gauge: approx 9 stitches and 14 rows per inch.

Yarn: Trekking XXL, colorway 12 (the blue sock), Knit Picks Essential, colorway Ash (the grey sock)


Toe: (standard short row toe)

Provisionally cast on 34(38) stitches. Work short row toe as follows:
Row 1: Purl across
Row 2: K to last st, wrap and turn
Row 3: Sl wrapped st, p to last st, wrap and turn
Row 4: Sl wrapped st, K to 1 st before wrapped st, wrap and turn
Row 5: Sl wrapped st, P to 1 st before wrapped st, wrap and turn

Continue rows 4 and 5 until 10(12) wrapped sts are on each side, and 14(14) unwrapped sts are in the middle.

Next Row: K across to first wrapped st. Work st together with its wrap, wrap next st (will now have 2 wraps), turn.
Then: Sl wrapped st, purl across to next wrapped st, work st tog with its wrap, wrap the next st, turn.

Continue these two rows until all stitches have been worked with their wraps, ending with 68(76) stitches total. Pick up the stitches from the provisional cast on and knit 1 round plain.

Foot: Work sole stitches in stockinette stitch. On instep stitches, work first 2(1) and last 2(1) stitches as ktbl, and work center 30(36) stitches in the following 12 row repeat (I promise it’s easy to memorize!):

Rows 1, 3, 5: *k2tog, k2, YO, k2, repeat from *
Row 2 and all even # rows: knit
Rows 7, 9, 11: k3, *k2, YO, k2, sl1 k1 psso, repeat from * ending last repeat with YO, sl1 k1 psso, k1

Work these 12 rows until foot is 3.5 inches shorter than desired length.

Begin heel increases:
On sole stitches: k1, m1, k to last st, m1, k1. Work across instep st in pattern as set.

Next round: k across sole sts

Continue until 28 stitches have been increased, 14 on each side. There are now 96(104) stitches total.

Turn Heel: (work back and forth on only heel stitches. Instep sts will not be worked during the heel turn):


Row 1: k 47(51), ssk, turn
Row 2: sl 1, p to last 15, p2tog, turn
Row 3: sl1, k to 1 before gap, ssk across gap, turn
Row 4: sl1, p to 1 before gap, p2tog across gap, turn
Repeat rows 3 and 4 until all heel stitches have been worked and 68(76) total stitches remain.

Leg: 2(4) stitches must be decreased away to get back to a number divisible by six. These decreases are included in the pattern and will also serve to close any holes between the heel and leg. You know those holes I’m talking about.

Knit across heel stitches to last stitch. SSK together with first stitch of next needle (the ktbl stitch – these sts are no longer needed).

Work across instep sts in pattern to last stitch, k2tog with first st of next needle – 2 sts decreased.

For large size only, repeat these 2 rounds one more time.
All sizes: work the 12 row pattern repeat across all stitches until leg is 1 inch shorter than desired height. Work 1X1 ribbing for that inch, bind of loosley.

Weave in ends, and block if you like to block your socks. Dance around, pleased as punch for having made another pair of socks. Send me pictures so I can brag on your knitting prowess!

If you decide to make this and run into any problems, feel free to contact me at stillintheworksATgmailDOTcom (replace AT and DOT with the symbols, obviously) and I will do my best to help you out and add any errata to the pattern! I’ve checked it all several times, but it’s possible I missed something.

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