I conquered twisted stitches and a bit of my stash with these vivid crazy socks. Between the color stranding and the twisted stitches, there’s not a whole lot of stretch to them which means you have to be careful to keep your floats loose in the back of your work.
If you are planning on knitting these up from the pattern and have large feet, I would recommend going with a bigger needle and slightly fewer stitches per inch. If you have small feet, I would recommend going down a needle size and knitting these up slightly more stitches per inch. At the given gauge, they fit my feet which are a 7.5 women (US).
So, to recreate, you can click Twisted for the PDF. Or here’s the spill:
Skill Level- Intermediate
Materials- 250 yds of fingering weight sock yarn in two colors (500 yds total.) Shown here in Knit Picks Stroll Tonal – Springtime and Summerblooms
Gauge- 7 stitches per inch in stockinette on size 2 US circular needles.
Needles- 2 circular needles, size 2 or size to obtain gauge
Finished size- 8 inches around and 8.75 inches long
Note- You will need to make sure that you keep the floats loose. Between the color stranding and the twisted stitches, there’s not a lot of stretch. It is important that the floats are not tight and your fabric isn’t puckered or you may not be able to get your foot into these.
Using Judy’s Magic Cast On, CO 28 sts (14 per needle.)
Knit all sts across both needles. Note: The cast-on loops on needle #2 are twisted. On the first round only, knit them through the back of the loops to untwist them. After this round, the stitches will all be worked normally.
Increase Round: On first needle, k1, m1R, k until one st remains, m1L, k1. Repeat for second needle.
Even Round: k all sts across both needles
Repeat these 2 rounds 6 more times. 56 sts total, 28 sts per needle.
On first needle (INSTEP), work Chart A across. On second needle (SOLE), [k1 in MC, k1 in CC] repeat 6 more times, k1 in CC, [k1 in MC, k1 in CC] repeat 5 more times, k1 in MC.
Repeat this round until piece measures 3 inches, ending work having finished side2.
Note: I’ve put together a photo stitch tutorial here, if you need help understand how to perform the twisted stitches.
Increase Round: On first needle (INSTEP), work in pattern as established. On second needle (SOLE), k1 in MC, m1R in MC, knit each stitch in color as it appears until one stitch remains, m1L in MC, k1 in MC.
Even Round: On first needle (INSTEP), work in pattern as established. On second needle (SOLE), k ever y st in color as it appears.
Repeat these two rounds 13 more times, alternating the m1 color between MC and CC to maintain striping. 84 sts (28 sts on needle one, 56 sts on needle two)
Set Up: Knit in pattern across needle one (INSTEP). On second needle (SOLE), k14, pm, k27, slip 1, bring yarn to right side to wrap stich, pm on left needle, slip st back to left needle. Turn work.
The heel cup will only be worked on the second needle.
WS: Bring yarn to front of work, p to 2 sts before marker, slip, bring yarn to back of work to wrap st, slip st back to left needle. Turn work.
RS: Bring yarn to back of work, k to 2 sts before previously wrapped st, slip 1, bring yarn to front of work, slip st back to left needle. Turn work.
Repeat last two rows until only 3 sts remain between wrapped sts, ending having completed a RS row. Turn work.
WS: purl across, lifting wraps and purling them together with their sts as you come to them until 1 st before marker. Slip 1, rm, slip sts back to left needle and p2tog. Turn work.
RS: slip 1, k across, lifting the wraps and knitting them together with their sts until 1 st before marker, slip 1, rm, move st back to left needle, lift wrap and knit together with its st and the next st. Turn work.
WS: slip 1, p across until 1 st before gap, p2tog. Turn.
RS: slip 1, [k1,slip1] repeating until 1 st before gap, k2tog. Turn.
Repeat these 2 rows until only 1 st remains on either side of the gap, ending having worked a RS row.
WS: slip 1, p across until 1 st before gap, p2tog. Turn
RS: slip 1, [k2 with CC, k2 with MC] repeating until 1 st before gap, k2tog with MC.
To close any gaps between heel and instep, pick up a st in the gap where the instep sts meet the heel flap and knit together with the first st on needle one (INSTEP) in pattern color. Continue k across needle one in pattern. On second needle (BACK OF LEG), k1 with MC, [p2 with CC, k2 with MC] repeat until one st remains, k1 with MC.
Work Even: work across first needle continuing established pattern, work second needle as sts present themselves, knitting each knit stitch in MC and purling each purl stitch in CC.
Repeat last round until leg measures 3.5 inches or desired length.
Set Up: Break CC yarn. K all sts across both needles in MC.
Ribbing: [k1, p1] across both needles.
Repeat last round 5 times or until cuff is desired length.
Bind off with preferred bind off method. I highly recommend trying out this stretchy magic bind off. 🙂 Happy knitting!