Slow Fade : Knitty.com - First Fall 2017

Slow Fade

Slow Fade, a free knitting pattern from Knitty.com. Free knitting pattern for a super-cool sock with cables mirrored from the right to the left.

INTRODUCTION

Slow Fade

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A ribbed sock fits nicely, but a ribbed sock can be a bit – dare I say it – dull to knit. This sock is not dull to knit, but equally not one where you have to keep consulting the charts. Once the pattern is established, it’s ridiculously straightforward to stay on track. In fact, this is one of those patterns that is harder to explain than do.

This design is worked top-down, with a flap and gusset heel, using a Dutch (Square) heel turn. I like this heel turn as it fits well, and it’s easier to create different sizes than for many others. I don’t by default work a slipped stitch heel pattern, because that’s not where I wear out my socks, but you can certainly do that if you wish.

In an attempt to keep Second Sock Syndrome at bay, there are different left and right socks. The pattern – as with all Knitty sock patterns – is written to permit use of DPNs, Magic Loop or Two Circulars, whichever method you prefer.

The sock uses my particular favourite no-graft toe. If you really feel that you need to close the toe with grafting, stop decreasing when about a third of the stitches remain – ensuring you have an even number of stitches. And if you’re a sock customizer, you can absolutely use a different heel turn, but I strongly recommend a flap-and-gusset heel. The stitch pattern takes away a little of the stretchiness of the fabric and a short-row type of heel won’t fit the vast majority of feet.

spacer model: Kate Atherley

spacer photos: Amy Singer

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SIZE

Adult XS[S, M, L, XL, XXL]

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

Foot circumference: 6.25[7, 7.25, 8, 8.25, 8.75] inches/ 16[18, 18.5, 20.5, 21, 22] cm
Leg length: adjustable
Foot length: adjustable

Note: The cables make this fabric slightly less stretchy - choose a size with approximately 0.75 inch/2 cm negative ease.

MATERIALS

Yarn
spacer CaribouBaa [100% superwash merino; 435yd/398m per 100 g skein]; color: Teenage Dauphin Club, 1 skein

Recommended needle size
[always use a needle size that gives you the gauge listed below - every knitter's gauge is unique]
spacer US #1.5/2.5mm needles for small circumference in the round: DPNs, 1 long circular for magic loop, or 2 short circulars

Notions
spacer (optional) cable needle
spacer yarn needle

GAUGE

32 sts/48 rounds = 4 inches/10 cm in stockinette stitch

PATTERN NOTES

[Knitty's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here.]

Instructions for the Long-Tail Cast On can be found here.

C2/1L: Slip next 2 sts to cable needle and hold in front of work; k1, then k2 from cable needle.
C2/1R: Slip next st to cable needle and hold in back of work; k2 then k1 from cable needle.
T2/1L: Slip next 2 sts to cable needle and hold in front of work; p1, then k2 from cable needle.
T2/1R: Slip next st to cable needle and hold in back of work; k2 then p1 from cable needle.

Construction notes:

This sock pattern is easier to knit than it is to write up: basically, just keep the cables lined up! The placement of the cable motif shifts over after every repeat of the Leg and Transition charts.

The Left sock starts with the cable motif at the start of the round, and it travels left around the foot as you work. The Right sock starts with the cable motif at the end of the round, and it travels right around the foot as you work.

As the cable motif travels, it ‘eats up’ the ribbing stitches, and leaves stockinette stitch established behind it. Once all the ribbing stitches have been consumed, work the stitches outside the cable motif in stockinette.

While working the leg, there’s no need to keep track of the start of the round. Rearrange your stitches or use markers as you prefer to help you stay lined up.

The heel position is set by the position of the cable motif, which accommodates any leg length you wish.

CHARTS

left chart

chart key

left chart

DIRECTIONS

FIRST SOCK (Left-Leaning)
Cuff

Using your favorite stretchy method (Long Tail or German Twisted), CO 54[59, 64, 69, 74, 79] sts. Distribute sts across needles as you prefer and join for working in the round.

Upper Leg round: Work Left Leg Pattern Chart Round 1 across first 24 sts, (k2, p3) to end of round.

Work as set until you have completed Chart Round 9.

Setup for chart repeat: K4. You’ll start working the chart at this point. If you wish, rearrange your stitches or place a marker to keep track of chart position. You don’t need to keep track of the start of the round, only the chart position, the cable motif. You will repeat from Round 10 of the chart.

*Leg round: K to chart position, work chart across next 24 sts, (k2, p3) to end of round.

Work as set until you have completed Chart Round 19.

Setup for next chart repeat: K5.

Repeat from *, repeating chart Rounds 10-19, until leg measures desired length, ending with an odd-numbered chart round.

If you hit the point where you’ve consumed all the ribbing stitches, begin working Transition Pattern Chart in place of the Leg Pattern Chart, moving the chart placement over by 1 stitch every second round.

Heel Flap
Setup for Heel: K to just before the first cable turn.

If you’re still working the Leg pattern, and you’re ready for Chart Round 10, you will have just worked k5 to place the chart – start there. If you’re ready for Round 12 of the chart, k1; if you’re ready for Round 14, k2, and so forth.

If you’re working the Transition pattern, k1 and start the chart there.

This position is the start of the instep, placing the cable motif on the far right of the instep. The heel is worked on the 28[28, 30, 32, 34, 36] sts just worked; rearrange sts as you prefer.

Turn so that WS is facing.

Heel flap row 1 [WS]: P 28[28, 30, 32, 34, 36] , turn.
Heel flap row 2 [RS]: Sl 1 pwise wyib, k 27[27, 29, 31, 33, 35] , turn.
Heel flap row 3 [WS]: Sl 1 pwise wyif, p 27[27, 29, 31, 33, 35] , turn.

Repeat Heel flap rows 2-3 11[12, 13, 14, 15, 16] more times.

Heel Turn
Heel turn row 1 [RS]: K 19[19, 20, 21, 23, 24] , ssk, turn.
Heel turn row 2 [WS]: Sl 1 pwise wyif, p 10[10, 10, 10, 12, 12] , p2tog, turn.
Heel turn row 3 [RS]: Sl 1 pwise wyib, k 10[10, 10, 10, 12, 12] , ssk, turn.
Heel turn row 4 [WS]: Sl 1 pwise wyif, p 10[10, 10, 10, 12, 12] , p2tog, turn.

Repeat Heel turn rows 3-4 until all heel stitches have been worked. 12[12, 12, 12, 14, 14] sts rem.

Gusset
Read before you begin: If ribbing stitches remain, continue working the Leg pattern as set, moving the chart position over 5 stitches every 10 rounds, as per the Leg. Once all the ribbing stitches have disappeared, begin working the Transition chart in its place. The chart position moves over 1 stitch over 2 rounds.

If you’ve got rid of all the ribbing stitches, you’ll be working the Transition chart, and move the chart position over 1 stitch every 2 rounds.

When the cable motif pattern hits the far left of the instep – that is, when you’ve got 5[10, 13, 16, 19, 22] knit stitches before 21-stitch cable motif, start working the Foot chart in its place, once again moving the chart position over 1 stitch before you begin. Once the Foot chart is complete, knit all stitches.

Gusset setup round 1: K 12[12, 12, 12, 14, 14] heel sts. With RS facing, pick up and knit 14[15, 16, 17, 18, 19] sts along first edge of heel flap; work across instep in pattern as set, pick up and knit 14[15, 16, 17, 18, 19] sts along second edge of heel flap, k 6[6, 6, 6, 7, 7] to center of heel. This position is the new start of round. Rearrange sts and place markers as required. 66[73, 78, 83, 90, 95] sts.

Gusset setup round 2: K 6[6, 6, 6, 7, 7] , k 14[15, 16, 17, 18, 19] tbl, work across instep in pattern as set, k 14[15, 16, 17, 18, 19] tbl, k to end of round.

Gusset round 1: K to 3 sts before instep, k2tog, k1; work across instep in pattern as set, k1, ssk, k to end of round. 2 stitches decreased.
Gusset round 2: Work even in pattern as set.

Repeat Gusset rounds 1-2 6[7, 8, 8, 10, 10] more times, until 52[57, 60, 65, 68, 73] sts remain.

Work even, completing chart patterns and then continuing in stockinette st, until foot measures 1.5[1.5, 1.5, 1.75, 2, 2] inches/ 4[4, 4, 4.5, 5, 5] cm short of desired final foot length.

Toe
To set up for toe decrease, rearrange your stitches so that you have 26[29, 30, 33, 34, 37] sts on the instep, and 26[28, 30, 32, 34, 36] sts on the sole.

Decrease round: K to 3 sts before instep, k2tog, k1; k1, ssk, k to 3 sts before end of instep, k2tog, k1; k1, ssk, k to end of round. 4 sts decreased.
Following round: Knit.
Repeat the last 2 rounds 5[5, 6, 6, 7, 7] times.
Work the Decrease round 5[6, 6, 7, 7, 8] times. 8[9, 8, 9, 8, 9] sts remain.

Cut yarn and pull through final sts to secure.

SECOND SOCK (Right-Leaning)
Cuff

Using your favorite stretchy method (Long Tail or Twisted German), CO 54[59, 64, 69, 74, 79] sts. Distribute sts across needles as you prefer and join for working in the round.

Upper Leg round: (P3, k2) to last 24 sts, work Right Leg Pattern Chart Round 1 to end of round.

Work as set until you have completed Chart Round 9.

*Leg round: Work ribbing as set to chart position, work chart across next 24 sts, k to end of round.

Work as set until you have completed Chart Round 19, noting that chart stops 5 stitches before current end of round position. This will be the new start/end of round, denoting the end of the cable motif.

Repeat from *, repeating Chart Rounds 10-19, until leg measures desired length, ending with an even-numbered chart round. (This should be one less round than the Left Leg.)

If you hit the point where you’ve consumed all the ribbing stitches, begin working Transition Pattern Chart in place of the Leg Pattern Chart, moving the chart placement over by 1 stitch every second round.

Heel Flap
Setup for Heel: Work in pattern as set to just after the last cable turn.

If you’re still working the Leg pattern, and you’re working Chart row 10, work to the end of the chart. If you’re working row 12, stop 1 st before the end of the chart; if you’re working row 12, stop 2 sts before the end of the chart, and so forth.

If you’re working the Transition pattern, stop at the end of the chart

This position is the end of the instep, placing the cable motif on the far left of the instep. The heel is worked on the next 28[28, 30, 32, 34, 36] sts; rearrange sts as you prefer.

Heel flap row 1 [RS]: K 28[28, 30, 32, 34, 36] , turn.
Heel flap row 2 [WS]: Sl 1 pwise wyif, p 27[27, 29, 31, 33, 35] , turn.
Heel flap row 1 [RS]: Sl 1 pwise wyib, k 27[27, 29, 31, 33, 35] , turn.
Heel flap row 2 [WS]: Sl 1 pwise wyif, p 27[27, 29, 31, 33, 35] , turn.

Repeat Heel flap rows 3-4 11[12, 13, 14, 15, 16] more times.

Heel Turn
Work as for Left Sock.

Gusset
Read before you begin: If ribbing stitches remain, continue working the Leg pattern as set, moving the chart position over 5 stitches every 10 rounds, as per the leg. Once all the ribbing stitches have disappeared, begin working the Transition chart in its place. The chart position moves over 1 stitch over 2 rounds.

If you’ve got rid of all the ribbing stitches, you’ll be working the Transition chart, and move the chart position over 1 stitch every 2 rounds.

When the cable motif pattern hits the far right of the instep – that is, when you’ve got 5[10, 13, 16, 19, 22] knit stitches after the 21-stitch cable motif, start working the Foot chart in its place. Once the Foot chart is complete, knit all stitches.

Continue as per Left Sock, starting with Gusset setup round 1.

FINISHING

Wash to block and weave in ends.

ABOUT THE DESIGNER

designernameKate is rather a fan of interesting socks that fit well. Did you know she wrote a whole book about it?

You can see more of her work at kateatherley.com, and on Ravelry.

Pattern © 2017 Kate Atherley, images © Amy Singer. Contact Kate