Sleeping socks are so cosy
Three offerings this month: this first pattern from 1968 is very similar in design (and the principle of the stretchy fit) to the second offering, Boudoir Boots; however these socks are knitted in a different (more conventional) orientation. They particularly appeal to me, being very jolly, knitted in stripes, (although, as a general rule, I prefer my socks wide awake...).
Make two socks alike.
Main body - With main shade (M) cast on 56 stitches, and arrange across 3 needles (19 on each). Work as follows:
Rib round: k5, * p1, k1; repeat from
* to last stitch, p1.
Repeat this round 10 times more.
Repeat from ** to ** 13 times more, and then work the 12th, 13th and 14th pattern rows again
Work the toe - Continuing in M only, re-arrange the sts over the
3 double pointed needles as follows:
You now have 56 sts in the round.
Next round: knit to the last 3 sts on the first needle, sl1, k1,
psso, k1. Beginning the second needle, k1, k2tog, knit to the last 3 sts
on the second needle, sl1, k1, psso, k1. Beginning the third needle, k1,
k2tog, knit to end of round, [52 sts].
Continue to decrease on every alternate round in this way until 24 sts
remain. [8 on the first needle, 12 on the second needle, 4 on the third
Making up - slip the last 4sts of the round on to the first needle
the two sets of 12 sts together to make the toe.
Original pattern calls for a total of 2 (1oz) balls of 4ply - 1 ball in each colour.
One set of 4 double pointed No 11 needles.
30st and 38 rows to 4 inches (10cm).
One size fits all.
A word on the wool.
Original knitted in Patons 101 Courtelle Crepe in "Venus blue" and "Starlight white".
Example knitted in Phildar Lambswool (51% wool, 49% acrylic), colours rouge and melon.