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Peruvian Cats Socks

Extract from Sock Art • By Edelgard Janssen and Ute Eismann • Published by Search Press


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Sock Art

Women’s medium/men’s small

Fingering (CYCA #1)
Regia 4-ply (75% wool/25% nylon; 229 yd / 210 m/50 g), Black (#2066), 50 g
Regia Extra Twist Merino (75% wool/25% nylon; 229 yd / 210 m/50 g), Red (#9353), 20 g
Lana Grossa Meilenweit 50 g (80% wool/20% nylon; 230 yd / 210 m/50 g), Pink (# 1313), 20g and Violet (#1336), 10 g

Needles: Set of 5 dpn U.S. size 1-2 (2.5 mm) or size needed to obtain gauge.

34½ sts and 44 rnds = 4 x 4 in (10 x 10 cm) in St st
30 sts and 36½ rnds = 4 x 4 in (10 x 10 cm) over Charted Pattern


All rnds: (K2, p2) around.

Stockinette Stitch (St st)
Working back and forth, knit RS rows, purl WS rows.
In the round, knit all rounds.

Garter Stitch
Working back and forth, knit every row.

The charted pattern is worked in St st in the round. Each square represents one stitch and each row in the chart represents one round or row of knitting. When changing colors, strand the unused yarn loosely on the back of the work, making sure the tension remains even. To avoid long floats, twist the working yarns around each other after every 2 to 3 stitches. The chart has a repeat of 24 stitches worked over 68 rnds. Extra stitches are shown at the beginning and end of the rows in the chart so you can see how to align the pattern.

Rnd 61

Rnd 51

Rnd 41

Rnd 31

Rnd 21

Rnd 11

Rnd 1

Repeat = 24 sts

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  • Step 1

    With Black, CO 72 sts. Divide sts evenly on 4 dpns and join to work in the round, being careful not to twist sts.

  • Step 2

    Work 23 rnds (approx 2¼ in / 5.5 cm) in Ribbing as follows:
    Work 3 rnds Black, 3 rnds Pink, and then work corrugated ribbing (k2 Pink, p2 Black), stranding the unused color behind the work.

  • Step 3

    Begin working Charted pattern, working 3 repeats of 24 sts around (remember the chart has extra stitches outside of the 24-st repeat which are only to illustrate the alignment of the pattern). The end of the rnd is between needles 1 and 4. Work all 68 rnds of Chart 1 (approx 7¼ in / 18.5 cm).

  • Step 4

    With Red, work the heel back and forth over the 36 sts on needles 1 and 4 as follows:
    Work the first and last 4 sts of each row in garter st, and the middle 28 sts in St st. Work in patt as est until 28 rows have been completed (approx 2¼ in / 5.5 cm).

  • Step 5

    With Red, follow basic instructions for turning a Dutch heel, working until decreases are made with the 2 sts before and after the center 10 sts—12 sts rem in heel.

  • Step 6

    Continuing with Red, return to knitting in the round, picking up and knitting 13 sts along each side of the heel flap plus 1 extra st on each side between the heel and the instep sts. Needles 2 and 3 have 18 sts each, and needles 1 and 4 now have 20 sts each—76 sts total. The end of the rnd is between needles 1 and 4.
    Knit 2 rnds even.
    Dec rnd: Knit to last 3 sts on ndl 1, k2tog, k1; knit across needles 2 and 3; on ndl 4, k1, ssk, knit to end of rnd.
    Repeat the last 3 rnds once more—72 sts rem.
    Knit 1 rnd.
    Change to Black.

  • Step 7

    Work even in St st in Black for 60 rnds (approx 5½ in /13.5 cm).

    Rnd 1: Knit.
    Dec rnd: *Knit to last 3 sts on ndl 1, k2tog, k1; on ndl 2, k1, ssk, knit to end of needle; rep from * on needles 3 and 4.
    Repeat dec rnd every other rnd 4 times, then every rnd 10 times—12 sts rem.

  • Step 8

    Break the yarn and run the tail through the remaining sts. Pull gently to fasten off. Weave in ends neatly on WS.

    Make a second sock the same way.

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