World Cup Fever
As the nail-biting tournament in South Africa dominates this month, here we have: 1940s sport socks.
I thought they were nicely in England's colours, but not exactly football socks -
I think they mean a nice decorous sport like tennis, don't you?
Red and white is the original colour scheme from the 1940s. (Possibly the original did not include quite such a Dayglo shade of red.) However, the pattern seems vaguely Scandinavian and wintery to me - I could see them perhaps in Christmas colours of a more muted red with green.
Meanwhile... Ingerland, Ingerland, Ingerland...
Starting at top with the cuff, using the main colour, cast on
64 stitches on three needles (21,22, 21).
3rd Round: *
k1 contrast (C), k1 main (M); repeat from *
to end of round.
This completes the cuff.
Break colour C and continue in main colour only.
Turn the work inside out to make a fold-over cuff and start to work the rounds in the opposite direction.
Work in k2, p2 rib for 3 inches [Editor's note: about 30 rows.], decreasing 8 stitches in the last round only, by knitting together every 7th and 8th stitch.
Next Round: k2tog, knit to last 2 stitches, k2tog. [54 stitches]
Now work in stocking-stitch (knit every round) for 2 inches.
Knit 13 stitches of first needle on to third needle (this is the heel needle), then turn and purl back 26 stitches; divide the remaining 28 stitches equally onto the other two needles. Work back and forth over heel needles as follows:
1st Row: slip 1 stitch knitwise, knit
across remaining stitches.
Next Row (right side facing): knit across first 16 stitches, k2tog; turn.
Next Row: p7, p2tog; turn.
Next Round: needle 1: knit across
heel needle, then pick up 14 stitches down left side of heel; needle 2:
knit across next two, needles (thus transferring these stitches on to
one needle); needle 3: pick up 14 stitches across other side of heel and
k4, from needle 1.
Hereafter, work in rounds of stocking stitch but, on every other round, k2tog at end of first needle, and (s1, k1, psso) at beginning of third needle until 54 stitches remain.
Work straight until piece measures 2 inches less than that required for overall foot length.
[Editor's note: This was about 50 rows for my UK size 4 foot. (EU 37, US 6½.]
There should be 13 stitches on first needle, 28 on the second needle, and 13 on the third needle. End of round is centre of sole. Work 1 round, decreasing at each end of second needle, then one round straight.
Now there are 13 stitches on first needle, 26 on the second needle, and 13 on the third needle.
Next Round: knit to within 3 stitches
of the end of the first needle, k2tog, k1; on second needle, k1, (s1,
k1, psso), knit to within last 3 stitches, then k2tog, k1; on third needle,
k1, (s1, k1, psso), knit to end of round.
Repeat the last 2 rounds until 16 stitches remain.
Graft the stitches together.
Sew in all ends. Fold down cuff.
3ozs Patons Real Shetland Wool.
A set of four No 11 needles, pointed at both ends.
30 stitches = 4ins
Length of foot, 9 inches (adjustable).
M is main shade (white).
psso: pass the slipped stitch over, (also known as "ssk"; effectively you are "knitting 2 together through back loops").