Come to me now, sea, and sit by my side.
During my trip to the Cyclades Islands this past month of October, I had a terrible desire to knit socks, mainly during the trip between Naxos and Santorini and the excursions that we made by boat to the small volcanic islands that form the basin: Thirassia, Nea Kamenia and Palea Kamenia. As soon as I returned home, a great post-vacation syndrome pushed me to look for stitch patterns that evoked some form of the movement of the water. Finally I decided to use pattern 196 from The New Knitting Stitch Library by Leslie Stanfield, that also is included in other stitch dictionaries, like A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara Walker.
Translated by Unraveling Sophia.
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Ribbing: Cast on 60 stitches and distribute between the two circular needles. Work K1 P2 ribbing for 12 rows.
Leg: Follow the lace pattern either according to the chart or the written instructions, and repeat the 16 row pattern until you reach the desired length. End work with either the 8th or the 16th row of the chart.
Written instructions and chart:
Row 1: * Purl 2, Knit 6, Purl 2 * Repeat around
Row 2 and all even rows, including row 16: * Purl 2, Knit 6, Purl 2* Repeat
Row 3: * Purl 2, YO, Knit 2, K2tog, Knit 2, Purl 2* Repeat
Row 5: * Purl 2, Knit 1, YO, K2, K2tog, K1, P2* Repeat
Row 7: * Purl 2, K2, YO, K2, K2tog, P2* Repeat
Row 9: * Purl 2, K6, P2* Repeat
Row 11: *Purl 2, SSK, K2, YO, P2* Repeat
Row 13: *Purl 2, K1, SSK, K2, YO, K1, P2* Repeat
Row 15: *P2, SSK, K2, YO, K2, P2* Repeat
Heel: I worked a short row heel, using wrapped stitches. The directions are in two parts.
Row 1: Knit the first 29 stitches. Bring the yarn to front, as if to purl. Slip the last stitch without knitting. Turn.
Row 2: Slip the first stitch without knitting. You will see that the yarn is wrapped around that stitch, which will not be knitted until the second half of the heel directions. Purl until 1 stitch is left. Bring the yarn to the back of the work, as if to knit. Slip that last stitch without knitting. Turn.
Row 3: Slip the first stitch without knitting, and knit until you come to the stitch before the first wrapped stitch. Wrap as in Row 1 and turn.
Row 4: Slip the first stitch without knitting, and purl until you come to the stitch before the first wrapped stitch Wrap as in Row 2 and turn.
Repeat rows 3 and 4 until there are 9 wrapped stitches on each side, and 12 "free" stitches in the center of the work. This is going to form the first part of the heel.
Row 1: Knit the 12 "free" stitches in the center of the work, until the first wrapped stitch. In order to work the wrapped stitch, lift the yarn that surrounds it and knit both together (the wrap and the stitch that the wrap surrounded). Wrap the following stitch (now this one will be wrapped twice because it still has the wrap from part 1) and turn.
Row 2: Slip the twice-wrapped stitch without knitting it, and purl until the first wrapped stitch on the other side of the “free” stitches. Raise the wrap with your needle tip and purl together both the wrap and the stitch it surrounded. Wrap the following stitch (which will now be surrounded twice as well, as we had done on the other side).
In the following rows we will be knitting in the same way, but to work the twice-wrapped stitches we will have to raise the two threads that surround them, knitting or purling them, as needed. When we will wrap the stitch following a twice-wrapped stitch, we will turn the work, and so on. When all the stitches are worked, there will be 30 "free" stitches again as when we started, and the heel will be finished.
Tip: In order to avoid holes in the following rows, a stitch can be picked up on either side of the heel, remembering to make the corresponding decreases later back to 30 stitches on each needle.
Foot: Continue knitting according to the lace pattern chart on the top of the instep, and use stockinette stitch on the sole of the sock until you have completed a length 5 centimeters smaller than the desired final length.
Toe: Begin the decreases for the toe in the following way:
Row 1 on front needle: Knit 1, K2tog, Knit until there are 3 stitches left, K2tog, K1
Repeat the same on the back needle (decreasing 2 stitches on each side of the toe.
Row 2: Knit all stitches.
Alternate Rows 1 and 2 until 12 stitches remain on each circular needle.
Repeat Row 1 twice until there are 8 stitches remaining on each needle.
Graft the toe of the sock with a tapestry needle.