Ripple Stitch Fixation Socks

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Ingredients

3.25mm set of 5 dpns
2 balls Cascade Fixation or similar (mine are from the similar Elann yarn)


Stitch pattern

Found in the Vogue Dictionary of Knitting Stitches

Row 1 – *Knit 2 together, knit the first stitch again, knit 1, repeat from * to end of row
Row 2 – Knit
Row 3 – *Knit 1, knit 2 together, knit the first stitch again, repeat from * to end of row
Row 4 – Knit

Instructions

Cast on 57 stitches and divide between 4 needles.

Join without twisting and knit 1 row.

Start stitch pattern and repeat to desired length, my socks are 6 inches long. I have a UK size 5 and US size 7.5 foot and had very little yarn left so if your feet are bigger than mine I’d advise not doing more than a 6 inch cuff.

Heel Flap

(all heel instructions borrowed from Broadripple sock pattern published online in Knitty)

Next rows are worked on 28 stitches only, on the first row work them onto a single needle. Second row turn work leaving remaining stitches on 2 dpns.

Row 1 *slip 1 knit 1 repeat from * for rest of row
Row 2 slip 1 purl rest of row.

Repeat these 2 rows 17 times more.

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Turn Heel

Row 1 knit 17, ssk k1 turn
Row 2 slip 1 p7 p2tog p1 turn
Row 3 slip 1 k8 ssk k1 turn
Row 4 slip 1 p9 p2tog p1 turn

Continue working rows in this manner increasing 1 stitch each time until all stitches have been worked. You will be left with 18 stitches.

Pick up 17 stitches down the side of the heel flap plus 1 from between the flap and the front, pattern across front stitches (I like to do these on a single needle from now on, working on 4 dpns rather than 5), pick up 1 stitch in the gap between the front and the flap and then 17 stitches up the side of the heel flap.

Next row: Knit to last 2 stitches, k2tog, knit needles 2 and 3, last needle ssk knit to end
Second row: knit all stitches

Work these 2 rows until 14 stitches remain on each of the bottom of the foot needles.

Foot

Work straight knitting all stitches until sock is 2″ short of desired length.

(Fixation does stretch quite a lot so make sure you stretch it lengthwise on your foot when you try it on for size!)

Just before you’re ready to start the toe you need to decrease 1 stitch on the top of the foot so that you have 28 stitches on both the top and the bottom, I simply k2tog at the start of needle 2.


Toe

Row 1: Needle 1 knit to last 2 stitches k2tog, needle 2 ssk the knit remaining stitches, needle 3 knit to last 2 stitches k2tog, needle 4 ssk knit to end.
Row 2: Knit all stitches

Repeat these 2 rows until there are 10 stitches left on the top of the foot and 10 left on the bottom.

Kitchner (Interweave Knits has the best directions I’ve seen) and sew in ends.

Make another sock to match!

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