I have this gorgeous double stranded sock blank that I dyed myself in a fun rainbow colorway. I went to my first ever yarn retreat, and there I dyed two strands, one of which is this rainbow sock blank, a merino blend which feels soft and warm.
I turned this colorful blank into a fun pair of socks, the pattern of which I would like to share with you. First thing to do, is to split the double stranded blank into two separate cakes. I purposefully have a bit of white yarn on one end. I left this part of the blanket undyed to use for the toe, heel and cuff. So I alternate between the two sides of the cake as needed. You can also make a separate mini cake from only the white yarn.
Rainbow Toe-up Socks – Free Knit Pattern
- 2.5mm/80cm circular needles
- 2.5mm double pointed needles (DPNs)
- Sock-weight rainbow yarn (100g / 420m, 75% Merino / 25% Nylon)
- Cozy for needles
- Cardboard mold
- kte – knit to end, knit all stitches on the current needle to the end
- kte-1 – knit all stitches on the current needle to one stitch before the end
- k – knit
- p – purl
- m1r – make one right, increases a stitch to the right
- m1l – make one left, increases a stitch to the left
- st(s) – stitch(es)
The stitch and round counts given in this pattern gives a UK size 6/EU size 39 sock. Please change the stitch count and/or round count as needed to allow for a different size. The cardboard mold is deal to ensure a sock that always fits!
- Round 23 using rainbow yarn, kte [60 sts]
- Repeat Round 23, 50 times till it reaches the indicated line on the cardboard mold [60 sts]
- Knit a heel on the 30 sts from needle 1 using the white yarn. I knit the Fish Lips Kiss heel using a separate pair of DPNs.
- Round 54 kte [60 sts]
- Repeat Round 54, 60 times till the desired length of the sock is reached [60 sts]
- slip 2 sts from needle 2 to needle 1 so that the stitches on both needles are dividable by 4
- Round 125 repeat (k2, p2) till end of both needles [60 sts]
- Repeat Round 125, 15 times [60 sts]
- Fasten off
- fasten off using a stretchy bind-off
And this is the happy pair of socks they became! They are lovely and warm, because I had quite some yarn they are rather long which makes them perfect for wearing under my boots. In hind sight I should have increased the stitch count half way up the leg to allow for a bit of calf shaping. Now they are a bit snug around my calf, but when I fold them over they fit perfectly again. So under my boots and in winter these are just great.
I really paid attention to keeping my gauge steady, the result is two almost identical socks in terms of how the color gradient changes. I am so happy with these socks, they brighten up any sad day!
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