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These socks combine richly coloured stripes with lace!

These socks combine richly coloured stripes with lace and are knitted in a luxuriously soft wool/cashmere blend yarn on double-pointed needles. The rib, heel and toes are plain, making it easier to shape these sections and providing a contrast to the stripes.

Measurements
Length from heel to toe: 23cm (9in)
Length from top to heel: 23cm (9in)

Yarn
DK-weight yarn (57% merino wool, 33% microfibre, 10% cashmere; approx. 130m/142yds per 50g/2oz ball) in 4 colours.
A Pale pink x 1 ball
B Hot pink x 1 ball
C Orange x 1 ball
D Red x 1 ball

Needles
Four 3.75mm double-pointed needles
Four 3.25mm double-pointed needles

Tension
28 sts x 30 rows = 10cm (4in) in stocking stitch using 3.75mm needles

Abbreviations
dpn(s) - double pointed needle(s); k - knit; p - purl; RS - right side; st(s) stitch(es); tbl - through back of loop; tog - together; WS - wrong side; yo - yarn over

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  • Step 1

    Knitting the socks (make 2)

    Using 3.25mm needles and yarn B, cast on 60 sts and divide evenly onto three dpns. Place a marker at the first stitch to mark the beginning of the round.

  • How to make a sock. Stripy Lace Socks - Step 2
    Step 2

    Cast 60 sts onto a double-pointed needle, then transfer the first 20 sts onto a second dpn. Without twisting the needles, transfer the next 20 sts onto a third dpn.

  • How to make a sock. Stripy Lace Socks - Step 3
    Step 3

    Arrange the needles in a triangle, with the stitches evenly divided. Place a marker made from scrap yarn at the first stitch to indicate the beginning of the round.

  • Step 4

    Break off yarn B and join yarn A. Work in k1, p1 rib for 2cm (3/4 in). Break off yarn A and continue on 3.75mm needles.

    Rounds 1-2: Using yarn B, knit to the end. Without breaking off yarn B, join yarn C.
    Round 3: Using yarn C, (k2tog, yo) to end.
    Round 4: Knit to end.
    Without breaking off yarn C, join yarn D.
    Round 5-6: Using yarn D, knit to end.
    Rounds 7-30: Repeat rounds 1-6 four times.

  • How to make a sock. Stripy Lace Socks - Step 5
    Step 5

    The lace pattern is very simple. Start by knitting two stitches together (k2tog) in the usual way.

  • How to make a sock. Stripy Lace Socks - Step 6
    Step 6

    Bring the yarn to the front of the work and then wrap it over the right needle (yo). Continue alternating k2tog and yo all around the sock,

  • Step 7

    Round 31: Using yarn B, k1, k2tog, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 (58 sts).
    Round 32: Knit to end.
    Round 33-36: Repeat rounds 3-6 once.
    Round 37- 48: Repeat rounds 31-36 twice (54 sts).
    Rounds 49-52: Repeat rounds 31-34 once (52 sts).

  • Step 8

    Heel Flap

    Break off yarns B and C.
    Using yarn D, k9, then slide these sts along to other end of this dpn and transfer them onto the previous dpn. This needle should now hold 25 sts, comprising 9 sts in yarn D and 16 sts in yarn C.

    With a spare dpn, take 7 sts in yarn C from the end of this needle, leaving 18 sts for the heel, with marker at the centre. Rearrange the remaining 34 sts evenly onto two dpns. These will form the instep and will be worked later.

  • How to make a sock. Stripy Lace Socks - Step 9
    Step 9

    Rearrange the stitches in order to work the heel. When transferring stitches from one needle to another, take care not to twist them.

  • How to make a sock. Stripy Lace Socks - Step 10
    Step 10

    Arrange the stitches so there are 34 sts in yarn C evenly divided onto two dpns (these will form the instep). The third dpn should have 9 sts each in yarns C and D for the heel.

  • Step 11

    Place a marker in front of the first stitch on the heel needle; this marks the new start of rounds.

    Round 1: Knit.

    Continue working on the 18 heel sts only. Working back and forth in rows, and beginning and ending with a purl row, work in stocking stitch until heel is 5cm (2in) long.

  • How to make a sock. Stripy Lace Socks - Step 12
    Step 12

    Working on the 18 heel stitches only, work the first part of the heel in rows of stocking stitch until it is 5cm (2in) long.

  • Step 13

    Heel turn

    Row 1 (RS): K12 and turn.
    Row 2: P6 and turn.
    Row 3: K5, k2tog, k1, turn.
    Row 4: P6, p2tog, p1, turn.
    Row 5: K7, k2tog, k1, turn.
    Row 6: P8, p2tog, p1 turn.
    Row 7: K9, k2tog, k1, turn.
    Row 8: P10, p2tog, p1, turn (12 sts).

  • Step 14

    Work in short rows to shape the bottom of the heel.

  • Step 15

    Gusset

    1st dpn: K12 across heel sts, then pick up and knit 13 sts down the side of the heel and place a marker.
    2nd dpn: K22 and instep.
    3rd dpn: K12 from instep, place a marker, then pick up and knit 13 sts up the other side of the heel (72 sts).

  • Step 16

    To start working in rounds again to work the foot of the sock, use a spare dpn to pick up and knit 13 sts down the first side of the heel.

  • Step 17

    Place a marker, knit the stitches of the instep, place another marker, then pick up and knit 13 sts up the other side of the heel.

  • Step 18

    Round 1: Knit to within 3 sts of next marker, k2tog, k1, slip marker, knit to next marker, k1, k2tog tbl, knit to end (70 sts).
    Without breaking off yarn D, join yarn B.
    Round 2-3: Using yarn B, repeat round 1 twice (66 sts).
    Without breaking off yarn B, join yarn C.
    Round 4: Using yarn C, (k2tog, yo) to within 3 sts of next marker, k1, k2tog, slip marker, k1, (yo, k2tog) to next marker, k2tog, k1, slip marker, knit to end (64 sts).
    Round 5: Still using yarn C, repeat round 1 (62 sts).
    Round 6: Using yarn D, repeat round 1 (60 sts).
    Round 7-10: Repeat rounds 1-4 once (52 sts).
    Round 11: Using yarn C, knit to end.
    Round 12: Using yarn D, knit to end.
    Round 13-54: Continue in stripe sequence, without decreasing.
    Round 55: Using yarn D, knit to end.
    Break off all yarns.

  • Step 19

    Toe
    Slip the first 6 sts of round onto the previous dpn.
    Join yarn A.
    Round 1: Using yarn A and the 1st dpn - k14; 2nd dpn - k26; 3rd dpn - k13. Place a marker to indicate the beginning of the round at the centre sole position.
    Round 2: k10, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k20, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k10 (48 sts).
    Round 3: knit.
    Round 4: k9, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k18, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k9 (44 sts).
    Round 5: knit.
    Round 6: k8, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k16, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k8 (40 sts).
    Round 7: knit.
    Round 8: k7, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k14, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k7 (36 sts).
    Round 9: k6, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k12, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k6 (32 sts).
    Round 10: k5, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k10, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k5 (28 sts).
    Round 11: k4, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k8, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k4 (24 sts).
    Round 12: k6, then slip these sts onto previous dpn.
    Hold the 12 sts on both dpns RS together and use a spare dpn to cast off both sets of sts together puriwise.

  • How to make a sock. Stripy Lace Socks - Step 20
    Step 20

    Finishing

    Sew in any loose ends to WS on all pieces, then steam gently.

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