Twelve months ago when I began this blog, I selected three recently wound balls of sock yarn and photographed them for my header. When we left for our holiday, I took the pink yarn with me in my luggage, well aware it was the sole survivor of the header yet to be knit up. This yarn had been waiting its turn to be knit up, but it was a case of really wanting to have the right pattern to use for it. Unable to find what I wanted, I figured it was time to *make* a pattern that I thought suited the yarn. And of course I am sharing it with you all 🙂 Just in case it suits a skein of yarn that you have waiting its turn in your stash.
The yarn is by Vintage Purls, and it is one of the standard colourways (which aren’t often available now, but can be dyed on request) called Dolce. This is a musical term which means “sweetly and lightly” and I thought it a good name for the pattern too – I wanted something light and lacy, with some sweet wee details. So I have included a slip stitch heel and reverse stocking stitch gusset which add to the beauty of the pattern.
Gauge: 8 sts per inch on 2.5mm needles using 4 ply sock yarn
Row 1: (k2, p1, yon, k2togtbl, p1) repeat to end
Row 2: (k2, p1) repeat to end
Row 3: (k2, p1, k2tog, yfon, p1) repeat to end
Row 4: (K2, p1) repeat to end
Yon = yarn over needle
Yfon – yarn forward over needle
Tbl = through the back loop
Ssk – Slip two stitches to right needle and then knit them together
Psso – pass the slipped stitch over
Cast on 66 stitches and work 10 rows in 1×1 rib, then work in lace pattern for 15 repeats, arranging the stitches as follows: needle 1 30 sts, needle 2, 36 sts
Turn work and purl across 34 sts, slip final two sts from needle 2 to needle 1.
Work these 34 sts as follows:
Row 1: (s1, k1) repeat to end
Row 2: s1, purl to end
Work 35 rows total in this pattern and then proceed to heel turn.
Row 1: Knit 19, ssk k1 turn
Row 2: Purl 5 P2 tog. P1 turn
Row 3: Knit to one stitch before gap, ssk, k1 turn
Row 4: Purl to one stitch before gap, p2 tog, turn
Repeat Rows 3 and 4 until all stitches have been worked, then proceed to gusset section.
Knit across all stitches on the needle them pick up stitches along side of heel flap, picking up one stitch for each slipped stitch and one in the gap between needle 1 and 2.
Knit in pattern across needle 1 and then pick up sts along side of heel flap, picking up one stitch between the front and heel flap and one for each slipped stitch.
Knit across the instep stitches until 12 stitches before the end of needle. Place stitch marker. Purl the final 12 sts before end of needle. Knit in pattern across needle one, place stitch marker. Purl 12 sts, place stitch marker and then knit to end of round. (These directions assume 60 stitches total for the instep section. If you have more or less, adjust the number of purled stitches so that you will end up with 36 instep stitches)
Decrease round: Knit to first stitch marker, purl to last 2 stitches s of needle 2, k2tog, work across lace panel in pattern, p2tog, purl to stitch marker, Knit to end of round.
Alternate decrease round with a round knit in this pattern: Knit to first stitch marker, purl to end of needle. Knit in pattern to stitch marker, purl to next stitch marker, knit to end of round.
Continue to alternate these two rounds until all purl stitches have been decreased. Arrange stitches so that all the instep stitches are all on needle 2 and pattern stitches are all on needle 1. Work even until foot is 2 inches shorter than desired length, and then work toe decreases.
Work toe decreases as follows:
Needle 1: K 1 , ssk, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1, repeat for needle 2.
Work one round even
Alternate until 24 sts remain, then graft remaining stitches. Sew in ends.