These socks were inspired by the stitch pattern that looks like the winged maple seeds, called Samara, and I then searched for the perfect yarn to use to highlight the stitches. The yarn used was specially dyed with this design in mind.
Finished size includes approximately 10% negative ease. Choose the size that most closely represents your actual foot circumference for the best fit.
Circumference: 7.5 (8.5, 9)” [18.5 (20.5, 23) cm]
Foot Length: 8.5 (9, 10)” [22 (23, 25.5) cm]
Circumference: 8 (9, 9.75)” [20.5 (23, 25) cm]
Foot Length: 9.5 (10, 11)” [24 (25.5, 28) cm]
Cape May Fiber Co Fingering (75% Superwash Merino Wool/25% Nylon, 450 yd [411 m]/3.5 oz [100 g]), 1 hank fingering weight yarn [CYCA 1], Sockeye
US size 1½ [2.5 mm]: 32 or 40″ [81 or 102 cm] circular needle for magic loop method or size to obtain correct gauge
4 Stitch markers; Tapestry needle
32 sts and 44 rows = 4″ [10 cm] in St stitch
36.5 sts and 48 rows = 4″ [10 cm] in pattern stitch
Please see our standard abbreviations.
1/2 LC: Sl 1 st to cn and hold to front, k2 sts, k1 st from cn.
1/2 RC: Sl 2 sts to cn and hold to back, k1, k2 sts from cn.
PKWK: Sl1k, insert right needle into the loop at the base of the next st on the left needle, and slip it to the right needle; insert left needle into the front of the 2 sts on the right needle and ssk.
PKWP: Sl1p, insert right needle into loop at the base of the next st on left needle, and slip it to the right needle; insert left needle into the back of the 2 sts on the right needle and p2tog.
These socks are worked toe-up with the magic loop technique, using a pontoon toe design and a short row heel.
Using Judy’s Magic Cast on, CO 12 (14, 16) sts on to each needle tip (24 (28, 32) total).
Set-up Rnd: *K2, pm, k8 (10, 12) pm, k2; rep from * on second needle.
Rnd 1 (Inc Rnd): *K to m, m1R, sm, k to m, sm, m1L, k to end; rep from * on second needle.
Rnd 2: K.
Rep Rnds 1-2 until there are 32 (36, 38) sts on each needle; 12 (13, 13) outside markers and 8 (10, 12) in the center (64 (72, 76) sts total).
Work from written directions or charts, following the chart for your size.
Rnds 1&2: K. Remove markers.
Rnds 3-6: *K1 (2, 3), sl1, k4, sl1, k1, sl1, k4, sl1, k2 (3, 3); rep from * once more, k across sts of sole needle.
Rnd 7: *K1 (2, 3), 1/2 LC, 1/2 RC, k1, 1/2 LC, 1/2 RC, k2 (3, 3); rep from * once more, k across sts of sole needle.
Rnd 8: K all sts
Rep Rnds 1-8 until sole measures 7.25 (7.5, 8)” [18.5 (19, 20.5) cm] from beg (measure the sole; the in-step may be slightly shorter); end with in-step sts.
Note: Mark the pattern row you finished with in order to continue the pattern after the heel turn is complete.
SHORT ROW HEEL
Work across sole sts.
Short Row 1 (RS): K32 (36, 38), turn.
Short Row 2 (WS): Sl1, p31 (35, 37), turn.
Short Row 3: Sl1, k30 (34, 36), turn.
Short Row 4: Sl1, p29 (33, 35), turn.
Cont to work short rows in this manner, working 1 less st before turn in each row, ending with WS Row: Sl1, p15, turn.
Short Row 1 (RS): Sl1, k13, PKWK, turn.
Short Row 2 (WS): Sl1, p12, PKWP, turn.
Short Row 3: Sl1, k13, PKWK, turn.
Short Row 4: Sl1, p14, PKWP, turn.
Short Row 5: Sl1, K15, PKWK, turn.
Short Row 6: Sl1, p16, PKWP, turn.
Continue working in this manner, working one more st in each row before PKWK/PKWP; end with WS Row: Sl1, p28 (32, 34), turn.
Next Row: Sl1, k29 (33, 35), pick up loop at base of last st and k2tog with last st, turn.
Row 2: Sl1, p30 (34, 36), pick up loop at base of last st and p2tog with last st, turn.
Row 3: K across in-step sts to last st, k last st tog with loop at base of first heel st, k across heel to last st, k last st tog with loop at base of first in-step st.
Resume working in the round, working sole in St st and in-step with next row of stitch pattern until Rnd 8 has been completed, then begin working pattern around all sts on both needles.
Work leg until sock measures 6.5 (7, 7.5)” [16.5 (18, 19) cm], or 1.5″ [4 cm] less than desired height of sock, ending with Row 8.
Work in k2, p2 ribbing for 1.5″ [4 cm]. BO using the decrease BO or your favorite stretchy BO.
Cut yarn and weave in ends. Block and enjoy!
About the Designer: Jenny Snedeker
Jenny was taught to knit as a young teenager and over the years developed her knitting skills and taught herself to design.
After designing for children since 2009, she now designs for adults as well. Her main focus is on garments with a distinct feminine style.