“King’s Cross”, knit in Colinette Jitterbug, Size 39/40 (that’s about size 6 to 7 in the U.K. and size 8 to 9 in the U.S.); with modifications for other sizes
- Yarn: one skein Colinette Jitterbug, handpainted sock yarn, colourway “Marble”, 100 g, 100% merino wool, mashine washable “easy care”, 4-ply, ~ 267 m / hank or a comparable yarn
- A set of double pointed needles size Nr. 2,75 / U.S. size 2
This sock is knit from the cuff down using 4 needles.
SSK = slip two stitches knitwise to the right needle, return to the left needle and knit both stitches through the back of the loops
K2tog = knit two stitches together
Main pattern (charted): the chart is read from the right bottom to the left top.
You need a multiple of 18 stitches.
Repeat round 1 to 13.
Empty boxes = knit
- = purl
= slip four stitches onto a cable needle and hold them in back of your work as you knit the next four stitches; the knit the stitches off your cable needle. Knit all stitches as they show: knit knit-stitches, purl purl-stitches.
= slip four stitches onto a cable needle and hold them in front of your work as you knit the next four stitches; the knit the stitches off your cable needle. Knit all stitches as they show:knit knit-stitches, purl purl-stitches.
Loosely cast on 64 stitches, join in a ring and be careful not to twist. Divide the stitches evenly on four needles (16 stitches on each needle).
Begin knitting with K1 / P1 for five rounds.
Sixth round: for the picot edge knit a round of *yarn over, knit two together*.
Knit another five rounds in stockinette stitch.
In the following round increase two stitches per needle by knitting in the front and and the back of one stitch (knit stitch, leaving stitch on the left needle, the kit into the back loop of this stitch). You have 18 stitches on each needle from now on.
Knit the leg for two repetitions of the main chart or till the desired leg height is reached.
Heel flap: In the following six rounds knit the stitches on the first and the fourth needle in stockinette stitch and continue the main pattern on needle two and three.
In the first round of the heel flap decrease 3 stitches on needle one and four by knitting two stitches together (three times on each needle). You now have 15 stitches on needle one and needle four.
After finishing the six heel-flap rounds knit a short-row heel.
Continue knitting in stockinette stitch on needle one and four and in pattern on needles two and three until you are about 3 cm / 2 inches from the top of your longest toe.
Knit one round in stockinette stitch and decrease 3 stitches on needle two and three each by knitting two stitches together.
Start shaping the toe with the remaining 60 stitches. The toe is knit in stockinette stitch.
1. needle: knit until there are 3 stitches left, k2tog, knit the last stitch
2. needle: knit one stitch, SSK, knit the remaining stitches
3. needle: knit until there are 3 stitches left, k2tog, knit the last stitch
4. needle: knit one stitch, SSK, knit the remaining stitches
Continue in that way until there are 5 stitches remaining on each needle.
Use the kitchener stitch to graft the toe closed.
To finish the picot edge fold the cuff in half and sew the cuff down on the inside of the sock. Be careful to leave the yarn loose and to catch only the back of the knitting as you sew, so the stitches don’t show on the right side of your work.
Variations for smaller or larger sizes:
Because of the ribbing this pattern is flexible and therefore can be used for smaller (i.e. children) sizes with the indicated number of stitches, too.
If you like to wear tighter socks you can customise the pattern by leaving out the first and the last stitch of the main pattern = 16 stitches per needle. Another possibility is to knit the pattern as shown but alter the yarn.
For larger sizes you can adjust the charted pattern by inserting one knitted stitch on the left and the right side of the pattern = 20 stitches per needle.
King’s Cross at Ravelry: