Knitting socks with intricate colorwork is my favorite challenge. When I spotted this skull design on a silk- screened messenger bag, I had to figure out how to translate it to a sock. This projectâ€™s name plays on Fair Isle knitting, which doesnâ€™t traditionally include skull motifs- though I think it should! The Fair Isle, or stranded, technique used here is superfun. If you make sure to carry your floats more loosely than you think you should, youâ€™ll avoid a too-snug leg. Though this pattern fits a 7â€“8" foot, itâ€™s totally versatile. Pick out a nice worsted weight yarn and some size 3 needles if you want to make a cushiony house sock, or keep â€™em light and easy in this comfy merino.
Foot circumference: 7"
Foot length: approx 9"
Dale of norway Baby Ull (100% merino wool; 50g/180 yd)
A: 1 ball #0090 Black
B: 1 ball #3718 Red
C: 1 ball #0010 white
US 1 (2.25mm) double-pointed needles (set of 5)
36 sts and 48 rnds = 4" in St st over chart patt
W&T (Wrap And Turn): On RS, bring yarn between needles to front, sl next st onto RH needle, bring yarn between needles to back, return sl st to LH needle, turn.
On WS, bring yarn between needles to back, sl next st onto RH needle, bring yarn between needles to front, return sl st
to LH needle, turn.
Note: This sock is worked with a short-row heel so that the skull patt can continue, uninterrupted by gusset decreases, down the foot.
Project from STITCH â€˜N B* SUPERSTAR KNITTING by Debbie Stoller. Published by Workman Publishing.
Knitters: It's time to take it to the next level. And who better than Debbie Stoller to show you how. The expert knitter and gifted, edgy author who introduced knitting to a new generation with her New York Times bestseller, Stitch 'n Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook, now shows her readers how to do more—lots more. Stitch 'n Bitch Superstar Knitting is the only knitter's handbook to teach the full array of advanced knitting techniques and skills, such as double-knitting, knitting lace, complicated color work, beading, and more. Writing with the clarity that makes her such an effective teacher, and the attitude that got her dubbed "knitting superstar" (San Francisco Chronicle), Stoller explains how to "knit by the numbers;" get creative with stripes; embe...© 2013 Debbie Stoller / Workman · Reproduced with permission.
With B, CO 64 sts. Divide sts evenly over 4 dpns. Pm and join. Break off B.
Join A and work in k1, p1 rib for 1".
Work 54 rnds of Skull Chart.
Work back and forth over first 32 sts with B. Row 1 (RS): K31 onto one needle, W&T. Row 2: P30, W&T. Row 3: K to 1 st before wrapped st, W&T. Row 4: P to 1 st before wrapped st, W&T.
Rows 5â€“22: Rep rows 3 and 4. There should now be 11 wrapped heel sts on either side of 10 unwrapped center heel sts.
Row 23: K to first wrapped st, PU wrap and k tog with st, turn.
Row 24: Sl 1, p to first wrapped st, PU wrap and p tog with st, turn.
Row 25: Sl 1, k to next wrapped st, PU wrap and k tog with st, turn.
Row 26: Sl 1, p to next wrapped st, PU wrap and p tog with st, turn.
Rep rows 25â€“26 until all wraps have been worked.
Divide sts evenly over 4 dpns, with beg of rnd at beg of heel. With RS facing, cont on all sts, work 54 rnds of chart. Break off A and C.
Rnd 1: Knit. Rnd 2: *K1, ssk, k to end of dpn; k to last 3 sts of dpn, k2tog, k1; rep from * over rem 2 needles.
Rep rnds 1 and 2 until there are 32 sts.
Rep rnd 2 until there are 16 sts. Break yarn, leaving a 12â€“14" tail.
Place sts on first 2 dpns onto a single dpn and sts from last 2 dpns onto a second dpn.
Graft toe using Kitchener st.
Weave in ends. Block to shape.