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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Jigsaw Socks Pattern 

jigsaw socks

These socks are emblematic of how disparate elements and a little bit of synchronicity can combine to create a great project. When my beloved aunt specifically requested a pair of handknit socks as a Hanukkah present last November, I knew that I had to create a unique gift that could convey some of my gratitude for all she has done for me over the years. I had a beautiful skein of handdyed yarn, Tess' Designer Yarns Super Sock and Baby, waiting in my stash in some of her favorite jewel tones.

As for an appropriate stitch pattern, I knew the fun and unique Jigsaw Lace pattern I'd spotted in Barbara Abbey's Complete Book of Knitting would compliment the beauty of the handdyed yarn. When I tried to knit from Abbey's instructions, however, I was completely flummoxed by the instructions and figured that a sock from that pattern would never be.

You can imagine my excitement when shortly after, I was reading Ysolda's blog and saw that she had posted instructions and a chart for the exact pattern I had hoped to use! I would like to thank her for her permission to use the chart and encourage you to look at her beautiful work if you haven't already.

These socks are knit from the top down on two circular needles. The lace pattern looks a little tricksy, but if you can count to 10, you can master it. The pointed toe creates an decorative effect that complements the flowing lines of the patterning. Knit a pair of these socks, and you may be surprised at how the pieces of your life come together!

Women's Small

To Fit Foot Circumference of 8.5 inches (Finished Foot Circumference is 8 inches, unstretched).

1 Skein Tess' Designer Yarns Super Sock and Baby [80% Superwash Merino 20% Nylon. 100 gm & 450 yd per skein] or similar fingering weight yarn
2 24-inch circular needles size US 1.5/2.5mm or size and needles to match your gauge and sock knitting preference
Stitch Markers
Tapestry Needle

7.5 stitches=1 inch

I have a foot circumference of about 8.75 inches and while I could slip the cuff onto my leg, the foot was way too small. I'm guessing you could make a sock to fit a slightly larger size by knitting with a slightly heavier yarn and appropriate needle. Koigu and Socks that Rock Medium or Heavyweight come to mind. If you try this and it works, let me know!

2x2 Ribbing in the round
Round 1: (k2, p2), repeat to end of round

Jigsaw Lace Pattern
Jigsaw Chart

Because this sock is knit in the round, all rows are right side rows. Thus, all rows of the chart will be read from right to left. Ignore the instructions for wrong side rows.

Written Instructions for Jigsaw Lace
Round 1: [ssk, k8, yo] to end of round
Round 2: [ssk, k7, yo,k1] to end of round
Round 3: [ssk, k6, yo,k2] to end of round
Round 4: [ssk, k5, yo,k3] to end of round
Round 5: [ssk, k4, yo,k4] to end of round
Round 6: [ssk, k3, yo,k5] to end of round
Round 7: [ssk, k2, yo,k6] to end of round
Round 8: [ssk, k1, yo,k7] to end of round
Round 9: [ssk, yo, k8] to end of round
Round 10: [yo, k8, k2tog] to end of round
Round 11: [k1, yo, k7, k2tog] to end of round
Round 12: [[k2, yo, k6, k2tog] to end of round
Round 13: [k3, yo, k5, k2tog] to end of round
Round 14: [k4, yo, k4, k2tog] to end of round
Round 15: [k5, yo, k3, k2tog] to end of round
Round 16: [k6, yo, k2, k2tog] to end of round
Round 17: [k7, yo, k1, k2tog] to end of round
Round 18: [k8, yo, k2tog] to end of round

stitch pattern

If you've never knit with two circular needles and would like to give it a try, you can find a great tutorial here.

Loosely CO 60 sts onto 1 needle. Slip 30 sts onto 2nd needle and join to knit in the round, being careful not to twist. Work 2x2 ribbing for 1 inch.

Begin jigsaw lace. Work rounds 1-18 of pattern 4 times, or until leg is desired length.

Heel Flap
The next section will be knit flat on 30 sts, all on needle 1; the remaining 30 sts will not be knit until the gusset is reached.

Row 1: [Sl1, k1] to end.
Row 2: Sl1, p to end.

Repeat these 2 rows for a total of 30 rows, or until there are 15 chain selvedge sts on the side of heel flap.

Heel Turn
Row 1: k19, ssk, k1, turn
Row 2: sl1, p9, p2tog, p1, turn
Row 3: sl1, k10, ssk, k1, turn
Row 4: sl1, p11, p2tog, p1, turn

Continue in this manner, working 1 additional st and decreasing across the gap until all sts have been worked. 15? sts remain.

With needle 1, k across heel sts, pick up 15 sts along heel flap and 1 st between flap and held sts, pm. Work 20 instep sts, continuing in lace pattern as established. With needle 2, work 10 instep sts in established lace pattern, pm. Pick up 1 st between flap and instep sts, then 15 along heel flap. K7. The round now begins at center heel st; needle 1 has 44 sts, needle 2 has 33 sts.

Next Round: K8, k16tbl, sl marker, work instep sts in lace pattern as established, sl marker, k16tbl, k7.

Next Round: K to 2 sts before marker, k2tog. Work instep sts in pattern, sl marker. SSk, k to end.
Next Round: K all sts to marker, work instep sts in pattern, sl marker, k to end.

Repeat the last two rounds until 60 sts remain; 35 sts on needle 1, 25 sts on needle 2.

Work in pattern as set, knitting all sts before 1st marker, continuing instep pattern and knitting all sts after 2nd marker. Continue until foot is 2 inches less than desired sock length.

jigsaw socks2

Round 1: [k7, sl 1, k1, psso, k6] to end.
Rounds 2 and 3: K.
Round 4: [k7, sl 1, k1, psso, k5] to end.
Rounds 5 and 6: K.
Round 7: [k7, sl 1, k1, psso, k4] to end.
Round 8: K.
Round 9: [k7, sl 1, k1, psso, k3] to end.
Round 10: K.
Round 11: [k7, sl 1, k1, psso, k2] to end.
Round 12: K.
Round 13: [k7, sl 1, k1, psso, k1] to end.
Round 14: K.
Round 15: [k7, sl 1, k1, psso] to end.
Round 16: [k6, sl 1, k1, psso] to end.

Continue by decreasing every round, working 1 less st between decreases until 4 sts remain. Break yarn, leaving a 10 inch tail. Thread yarn through tapestry needle, then draw yarn through remaining sts and pull tight. Weave in ends. Repeat for 2nd sock. Block those suckers, because they look like a crumply mess. Wear them with pride!

This is my first foray into real pattern writing, so please feel free to comment or email me regarding any errors or lack of clarity. If you make a pair from this pattern, let me know!

Modeled Jigsaw Socks
The Happy Recipient

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