8 inches (20 cm) around leg and foot. Will fit an average woman’s foot.
Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino (55% Merino Wool, 33% Microfiber, 12% Cashmere; 137 yd [125 m] / 50 g): color 340202, 2 balls.
Size US #3 (3.25 mm) needles: 2 24-inch circulars. Adjust needle size as necessary to obtain gauge.
24 st = 4 inches (10cm) in stockinette st, knit in the round.
32 st = 4 inches (10cm) in Rainy Day lace pattern, knit in the round (measured relaxed).
Tapestry needle; stitch markers; a small amount of smooth waste yarn for crochet cast-on and a crochet hook appropriate for the yarn; measuring tape; small scissors
Please see our standard list of abbreviations.
Rainy Day lace pattern
Rnd 1: *k1, p1, k2, p1, k1*
Rnd 2: *k1, p1, yo, ssk, p1, k1*
Rnd 3: Repeat row 1
Rnd 4: *k1, p1, k2tog, yo, p1, k1*
Using waste yarn and crochet hook, crochet a chain of at least 52 st.
Starting at the cast-off edge of the chain and using main yarn, pick up 48 stitches through the backs of crochet loops.
Arrange half of the stitches on one end of the needle and the other half on the other end by pulling out the needle cord between the 24th and 25th stitches.
Join for working in the round being careful not to twist.
Knit 5 rows
Picot row: *k2tog, yo*
Knit 5 rows
Attach picot hem: *Pick up one live stitch from crochet cast on. Move the stitch to the left needle and knit it together with the following stitch.*
Knit rnds 1-4 of Rainy Day Lace pattern for a total of 12 reps (48 rnds total). The leg will measure approx 7.5″ from the top of the picot edge. Knit fewer repeats for a shorter cuff or more for a longer cuff (though you will need more yarn for a longer cuff).
The heel is worked on the first 24 stitches only. The other 24 stitches are instep stitches and are not worked in this section.
Row 1 (RS): Sl1, k23. turn work
Row 2 (WS): Sl1, p23. turn work
Repeat rows 1 and 2 eight more times, for a total of 18 rows worked. Repeat row 1 once more.
Row 1 (WS): P15, p2tog, p1, turn.
Row 2 (RS): Sl1, k7, k2tog, k1, turn.
Row 3: Sl1, p8, p2tog, p1, turn.
Row 4: Sl1, k9, k2tog, k1, turn.
Row 5: Sl1, p10, p2tog, p1, turn.
Row 6: Sl1, k11, k2tog, k1, turn.
Row 7: Sl1, p12, p2tog, p1, turn.
Row 8: Sl1, k13, k2tog, k1, turn.
16 stitches remain on needle.
Gusset and Foot
Pick up 10 stitches from the side of the heel flap (one sitch per slipped stitch on the edge plus one extra from the corner near the instep stitches). Place first marker. Continue in Rainy Day Lace pattern across instep stitches. Place second marker. Pick up 10 stitches from the side of the heel flap (one sitch per slipped stitch on the edge plus one extra from the corner near the instep stitches). Knit 8 stitches. Rearrange the stitches on the needles to have 30 stitches on each needle: each needle will have 8 heel stitches, 10 picked up stitches, one marker, and 12 instep stitches; 60 sts total on needles.
Setup Rnd: k8, k10tbl, continue lace pattern across instep stitches, k10tbl, k8
Rnd 1: Knit to the last 3 stitches before first marker, k2tog, k1. Continue in Rainy Day Lace pattern across instep stitches (until 2nd marker). k1, ssk, knit to end of rnd.
Rnd 2: Knit to first marker, continue in Rainy Day Lace pattern across instep stitches (until 2nd marker), knit to end of round.
Repeat rnds 1 and 2 five more times. 48 stitches remain (24 stitches per needle).
Repeat rnd 2 until the work measures 2 inches shorter than desired length.
Rnd 1: Knit
Rnd 2: Knit to 3 sts of first marker, k2tog, k2, ssk, knit to 2 sts of second marker, k2tog, k2, ssk, knit to end of row.
Repeat rnds 1 and 2 six more times; 20 sts rem (10 on each needle). Knit 5 stitches. Rearrange sts so that there are 10 sts on each needle again. The sole stitches are on one needle and the instep stitches are on the other needle.
Optional: Transfer stitches to 2 small dpns or stitch holders. Pass 2nd stitch on front needle over first stitch. Repeat for back needle. Pass 2nd to last stitch on front needle over last stitch. Repeat for back needle. This helps create a neater toe when grafting.
Cut yarn, leaving a 12″ tail. Graft remaining stitches using Kitchener stitch.
Weave in ends with tapestry needle. Block, if desired.
About the Designer: Yuliya Sullivan
Yuliya is a recovering sock knitting addict who teaches sock classes at Compatto Yarn Salon. Her favorite projects are done on tiny needles with plant-based yarns.
Pattern and images © 2007 Yuliya Sullivan.