These socks were adapted from a wonderful elderly pattern, and were lots of fun to knit, (and wear!). They make me think of those dusty Jester colours though - mustard yellow, a dull brick red, a saddened teal...
Cast on 128 stitches and start working in garter stitch - knit 4 rows.
5th row: increase in first stitch,
k62, increase in next stitch, increase in next stitch, K62, increase in
Knit another 13 rows on these 148 stitches.
Repeat 29th and 30th rows 14 times, thus completing 58th row.
59th row: K38, k2togtbl, k2tog, k40.
Make slots for ribbon on next row thus:
2nd row (first point): P1, (k1, p1) 10 times.
Continue in rib but decrease 1 stitch at each ent of the next row and
every alternate row until 3 sts. remain.
With right side of work facing you. join wool to inner end of sts on
spare needle, then k1, (p1, k1) 10 times, turn, leaving the remaining
11 sts on the spare needle.
Join underfoot and back seam.
With right side of work facing you, join wool to inner end of sts on
spare needle. (k1, p1) 5 times, then knit last stitch on spare needle
together with first stitch on on the thread, after which (p1, k1) 5 times
over remaining sts on thread.
Make another sock in the same way.
Run ribbon through slots at ankles.
Cuff VariationYou can see from the photo below that I added another layer of points to my sock.
I cast on 64 sts and worked 6 rows in rib. I then worked the points in moss stitch as given for the points on the main sock, but I decreased on every 3rd row instead of every alternate row to make the points longer. When I had finished I sewed the cuff to the inside of the sock matching the points on the second cuff to the gaps between the points on the sock. I attached the cuff just below the eyelet row.
2 x 50g balls 4ply
A pair each of No
A yard of narrow ribbon.
32sts x 40 rows to 4 ins over stocking stitch.
Foot length about 9 inches, length down back about 5 inches.
Increase: increase by knitting into front and back of the next
A word on the wool.
The original socks were knitted in "Wendy Family Wool 4ply". I chose to use Cygnet yarn not only because it is a good (75/25) blend for socks but also I wanted the lovely bright "Jester" yellow - and I was surprised that in the vast array of available yarns in my local John Lewis, I could not find any true yellows in any weight of wool - obviously not fashionable currently. The "brights" seem to be limited to cotton blends, which in my experience are not good for socks.