Most of the days the clouds are in the sky. Have you noticed how different they can be? I often look up at them and dream flying through the clouds and above. The large fluffy type of clouds, which almost look like cotton balls or piles of cotton candy up in the sky are called cumulus, one of the most common and distinctive types of clouds.
I came along with the stitch pattern which reminded me of big and fluffy clouds I decided to use it for designing a sock pattern. The cloud pattern goes all the way up from toes to the top creating lacy ribbing on the cuffs. Some ribbing is incorporated in the main pattern as well to keep the socks snug and cozy.
Enjoy walking on clouds!
- Women’s size medium
Sock foot circumference un-stretched 8.5’’/21 cm, stretches to 9’’/23 cm
Sock yarn. Knit Picks Stroll, Cascade Yarns Heritage or similar.
100 gr / 3.5 ounces = 440 yards /400 m total;
75 – 80 gr / 2.6 – 2.8 ounces
Needles 1½ US / 2.5 mm – double point needles (dpn)
- 32 sts x 44 rows = 4×4’ / 100 x 100 mm in stockinette stitch
- These socks knit per given gauge yields medium width women socks.
Sock foot circumference un-stretched 8.5’’,21 cm stretches to 9’’/23 cm
- Foot length: 10” / 25 cm, adjustable to fit, directions given in pattern
- Leg length from floor: 10” / 25 cm, adjustable to fit
Please see our standard abbreviations.
wws work wrapped stitch
On knit side: knit to first wrapped st (single or double), pick up front leg of wrap(s) from front to back and place on the left needle, k2tog tbl (k3tog tbl for double wrapped stitches; knit wrap(s) and wrapped st together).
On purl side: purl to first wrapped st (single or double), pick up back leg of wrap(s) from back to front and place on the left needle, p2tog tbl (p3tog tbl for double wrapped stitches; purl wrap(s) and wrapped st together).
The pattern is written in one width due to the character of the charts. The stretchy quality of lace makes it fit most leg widths, however you could adjust the pattern to fit a wider or narrower foot by going up/down a needle size. A small gusset is incorporated in the pattern to give more room around the heel, however it can be omitted.
The lace pattern is charted. The lace pattern repeat is 16 sts, boxed in the chart.
CO 24 sts on two needles (with 12 stitches on each needle) using Judy’s Magic Cast On method1, Figure-eight cast-on method2 or your preferred method for toe-up knitting.
Knit first 12 sts, knit next 12 sts through the back loop, at the same time dividing stitches on four needles.
Start knitting in rnds and increase for the toe as follows:
Rnd 1: Instep: needle 1: k1, kfb, k to end; needle 2: k to the last 2 sts, kfb, k1.
Sole: needle 3: k1, kfb, k to end; needle 4: k to the last 2 sts, kfb, k1.
Rnd 2: Knit.
Repeat Rnds 1 and 2 until the toe reaches 64 sts total.
Knit 15 rnds in stockinette stitch. Slip one st from the third needle to the second needle (33 sts for the top of the foot, 31 sts for the sole).
Start following the lace pattern chart for instep (worked on first and second needle) on rnd 16. Continue knitting in plain stockinette for the sole of foot on the third and fourth needle.
Knit chart rows 1 – 22.
Knit chart rows 23 – 34, making knit sts instead of symbols in cells filled in blue.
Knit chart rows 35 – 46, repeat the chart twice + one st over 33 sts. At the same time, start increasing for the gusset by m1R at the beginning of the third needle and m1L at the end of the fourth needles on every odd row, six times. Start gusset when the length is 3”/ 7.5 cm less than desired length of foot (on row 35 in chart for women medium foot length. Remember to measure first).
Start knitting the short row heel when the length is 2”/ 5 cm less than desired length of foot (on row 46 in chart for women medium foot length).
Short Row Heel
After gusset increases there are 6 gusset sts + 31 sts for heel + 6 gusset sts = 43 sts all together on third and fourth needle. The heel is worked over 31 heel stitches knitting back and forth in rows on third and fourth needle, omitting gusset sts. Any short row method can be used. The pattern describes the wrap and turn method4 only.
Short row shaping
Row 1: Knit to 1 st before the end of the heel (k30), w&t.
Row 2: Purl to 1 st before the end of the heel (p29), w&t.
Row 3: knit to st before first wrapped st, w&t.
Row 4: Purl to st before first wrapped st, w&t.
Repeat rows 3 and 4 until there are all together 11 unwrapped stitches on the needles (ending after row 4), and 10 wrapped stitches (and six gusset sts) on each side.
Reverse short row shaping
Row 1: Knit to the first wrapped st, wws, w&t
Row 2: Purl to the first wrapped st, wws, w&t
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until one wrapped st (and six gusset sts) remains on each side of heel ending after row 2. Knit across heel stitches and unwrap last stitch (wws, do not turn, one wrapped st still remains on the purl side). Continue working in rounds. On the first round work the last remaining wrapped st (wws as previous on knit rows, do not turn). Follow the chart rows 23 – 46 over 33 sts on the top of the leg. Decrease the gusset by an ssk at the beginning of the third needle and a k2tog at the end of the fourth needle on every odd row six times.
When all gusset sts are decreased start to knit in the lace pattern in rounds, knitting four lace repeats all around the leg. Slip one st from the second needle back to the third needle (16 sts on each needle).
Total 64 sts.
Knit in rounds, repeating the lace pattern rows 23 – 46 in frame four times per round.
Continue knitting in the round until leg reaches desired height minus 1.5″ / 4 cm for cuff. Finish knitting in the lace pattern so that the last round is row 46 from the lace chart.
Knit chart rows 47 – 57. Repeat row 57 at least three more times. Move the first st from needle 1 onto needle 4.
*Knit 1, slip 1 wyf*, one round.
*Slip 1 wyb, p 1*, one round
Cut yarn, leaving the end four times longer than circumference of the cuff.
Bind off loosely with tapestry needle5.
Cut the yarn and weave in the ends.
Soak and block the socks.
1 Judy’s Magic Cast On method:
2 Figure–eight cast-on method:
3 m1l, m1r video instructions
4 Short row heel
5 Tubular bind off
ABOUT THE DESIGNER: ARELLA SEATON
Arella Seaton is an Estonian lady living, knitting and designing knitwear in England.
Estonia is a small Baltic country with a big knitting tradition. Lace knitters love Haapsalu lace but do they know Haapsalu is a small town on Baltic coast where even school girls knit lace shawls? Several knitting terms originate from Estonian: nupp/nupps (sort of bobble), roosimine/roositud (inlay technique), vikkel braid/ Estonian braid etc.
Growing up in Estonia, it seemed natural to knit, crochet and sew. The basic skills were taught at secondary school where everybody had to knit a pair of socks and mittens. Arella can’t even remember when she learnt to knit or crochet. Her mum knitted socks and mittens, so did her granny and her great auntie liked to knit lace tops in fine cotton thread. Arella loves to design her own patterns and recently she started to write them down. Most of her patterns get test knitted. If there are any problems, please feel free to contact her.
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