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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Toe Up Spring Forward Socks

(For Ravelry)
Posted on March 6, 2009

As promised, here is my toe-up adaptation of Linda Welch’s excellent Spring Forward.

This is basically my working backwards through Linda’s pattern, using a magic loop cast on (2.25mm circ), Cat Bhordi’s gusset increases ingeniously knitted into the sole of the sock, and a short row heel based on that of Cookie A’s excellent Baudelaire socks.

I’ve used this pattern with great success, and I hope that other’s enjoy it too.

Requirements: Spring Forward sock pattern by Linda Welch
2.25mm circ needle
4ply sock yarn around 360 yards/329m
stitch marker to mark beginning of row
darning needle to finish.

Cast on
On a magic loop – cast on 18 stitches.
Increase 1 stitch at the each end (4 stitches) every row for 4 rows (34 stitches)
Knit one row
Increase 1 stitch at each end ( 4 stitches) every alternate row 7 times (66 stitches)
Knit one row.

33 stitches for sole, 33 for instep.

Begin lace pattern on instep, knit sole.
Knit 2 and a half repeats of waving lace and begin gusset on row thirteen of lace by shifting the first stitch of the row onto the needle holding the sole stitches – 32 on the instep, 34 on the sole. Place a marker in the middle of the sole stitches (17 stitches in). m1 stitch on either side of the marker on alternate rounds, keeping the instep in pattern. Increase to 86 stitches (32 instep, 54 sole).

Row 1 [RS]: K41, w&t.
Row 2 [WS]: P28, w&t.
Row 3 [RS]: K27, w&t.
Row 4 [WS]: P26, w&t.
Row 5 [RS]: K25, w&t.
Row 6 [WS]: P24, w&t.
Row 7 [RS]: K23, w&t.
Row 8 [WS]: P22, w&t.
Row 9 [RS]: K21, w&t.
Row 10 [WS]: P2, w&t.
Row 11 [RS]: K19, w&t.
Row 12 [WS]: P18, w&t.
Row 13 [RS]: K17, w&t.
Row 14 [WS]: P16, w&t.
Row 15 [RS]: K15, w&t.
Row 16 [WS]: P14, w&t.
Row 17 [RS]: K13, w&t.
Row 18 [WS]: P12, w&t.
Row 19 [RS]: K11, w&t.

Next Row [WS]: P11; p next 8 sts, picking up each wrap (loop of yarn wrapped around base of st) and purling it together with the st it had wrapped; pick up next wrap and place on left needle, p3tog (wrap on left needle, st which it had wrapped, and next st, all purled together). Turn work (do not wrap st).

Next Row [RS]: Sl 1, k19; k next 9 sts, picking up each wrap and knitting it together with the st it had wrapped; pick up next wrap and place on left needle, sssk (wrap, st which it had wrapped, and next st, all worked together.) Turn work (do not wrap st).

Next Row [WS]: Sl 1, p28, p2tog. Turn work.
Next Row [RS]: Sl 1, k28, ssk. Turn work.
Repeat these 2 rows until all sts have been worked. 34sts remain on this needle.
Knit next row instep in pattern (*should* be a knit row), and knit heel stitches.

Re-arrange stitches so that there are 33 stitches on each side of the loop. Continue the instep in pattern, and repeat pattern up the back of the leg. Complete 2 and a half repeats.

Ribbing – 10 rows of twisted rib, followed by a sewn bind off.
Weave in ends.

For socks with mirroring lace patterns, start one sock on row 1 and one on row 13.

Any questions or errata, please let me know and I’ll do my best to fix it.