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Simply Socks yarn company

This lovely lacy sock was inspired by an impromptu purchase of two skeins of Schaefer Anne at the New England Needle Arts trade show last spring. I saw two colorways that reminded me of my sisters and had to have them; one for my sister Jody in deep rich blues and greens, the second for Jaime in lavender, rose and warm tan.

After some consideration I designed two pair of socks, knitted them, and put them aside fully intending to give them to my siblings. They never made it.

The blue ones, called Tilting at Windmills ended up at Schaefer. The pattern is available from them. The second pair, truly sweet socks, you see before you!

I adore this yarn. The mohair gives it the most delicious halo, a little buoyancy is added by a small amount of nylon and the superwash merino makes them practical.

photos: Josh Ryan, Katy Wight

Adult womens
Circumference (unstretched): approx. 6 inches
Will stretch to comfortably fit up to 8.5 inches.
Schaefer Yarns Anne [60% Superwash merino, 25% mohair, 15% nylon; 460yd/420m per 4oz skein]; 1 skein
Note: Schaefer does not use named colors for their Anne yarn. Choose a light colorway so that your stitches will be clearly defined.

1 set US #1/2.5mm double-point needles
Tapestry needle
32 sts/46 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch

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

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

Instructions for grafting can be found here.

Sweet Pea Pattern (Worked over a multiple of 10 sts):
Odd-numbered Rounds 1-15: [K2, yo, k2tog, k6] to end.
Even-numbered Rounds 2-8: [Ssk, yo, k3, m1, k3, k2tog] to end.
Even-Numbered Rounds 10-16: [Ssk, yo, k2, ssk, k3, m1, k1] to end.
Repeat Rounds 1-16 for Sweet Pea Pattern.
Using the long-tail cast on, CO 120 sts. Divide sts evenly between needles and join to begin working in the round, being careful not to twist.

Round 1: [K2tog 3 times, p2tog twice] to end. 60 sts.
Round 2: [K3, p2] to end.
Repeat Round 2 until work measures 1.5 inches.

Work in Sweet Pea Pattern until work measures 8 inches. Make a note of the last pattern row worked; this will be important when you begin working the instep.

Heel Flap
The heel flap is worked back and forth over the first 30 sts of the round. The first time you knit Row 1 of the heel flap, knit these 30 sts onto one needle.
Row 1 [RS]: [Sl 1, k1] 15 times.
Row 2 [WS]: Sl 1, p29.
Repeat these 2 rows until flap measures 2 inches, ending with a RS row.

Turn Heel
Row 1 [WS]: P17, p2tog, p1. Turn work.
Row 2 [RS]: Sl 1, k5, k2tog tbl, k1. Turn work.
Row 3 [WS]: Sl 1, p6, p2tog, p1. Turn work.
Row 4 [RS]: Sl 1, k7, k2tog tbl, k1. Turn work.
Row 5 [WS]: Sl 1, p8, p2tog, p1. Turn work.
Row 6 [RS]: Sl 1, k9, k2tog tbl, k1. Turn work.
Row 7 [WS]: Sl 1, p10, p2tog, p1. Turn work.
Row 8 [RS]: Sl 1, k11, k2tog tbl, k1. Turn work.
Row 9 [WS]: Sl 1, p12, p2tog, p1. Turn work.
Row 10 [RS]: Sl 1, k13, k2tog tbl, k1. Turn work.
Row 11 [WS]: Sl 1, p14, p2tog. Turn work.
Row 12 [RS]: Sl 1, k15, k2tog tbl, k1. Do not turn work. 18 sts remain.

Using the needle which holds the heel sts, pick up and k 1 st in each slipped st along the left edge of the heel flap. This needle will be designated Needle 1.

Using a second needle, work all 30 instep sts in pattern (next row of Sweet Pea Pattern). This needle will be designated Needle 2.

Using a third needle, pick up and k 1 st in each slipped st along the remaining edge of the heel flap, then k the first 9 heel sts from Needle 1. This needle will be designated Needle 3.

This point (center bottom of heel) will be the beginning of the round. Needles 1 and 3 each hold the same number of sts, and Needle 2 holds 30 sts.

Round 1: K to last 3 sts of Needle 1, k2tog, k1; work all sts on Needle 2 in pattern; k1, ssk, k to end of Needle 3.
Round 2: K to end of Needle 1; work all sts on Needle 2 in pattern; k to end of Needle 3.
Repeat these 2 rounds until Needles 1 and 3 each hold 15 sts. 60 sts.

Continue in pattern, working sts on Needles 1 and 3 in stockinette st and working sts on Needle 2 in chart pattern, until work measures 2 inches less than desired length to end of toe.

Round 1: K to last 3 sts of Needle 1, k2tog, k1; k1, ssk, k to last 3 sts of Needle 2, k2tog, k1; k1, ssk, k to end of Needle 3.
Round 2: K all sts.
Repeat these 2 rounds 10 times more. 16 sts remain: 4 sts each on Needles 1 and 3, and 8 sts on Needle 2.

K to end of Needle 1. Break yarn, leaving a 10-inch tail.
Weave in ends.

I like to wear my finished socks immediately, and then block at the first washing. A better choice for those more patient might be to soak them in warm water and a small amount of dishwashing liquid. This will remove any body oils that may be present on the yarn. Spin them in the clothes washer and hang to dry on sock blockers. I made mine by bending two wire hangers into the shape of a foot. For those of moderate patience level, throw them in the washer with the next load then dry as above.


Melissa Morgan-Oakes learned to crochet, tat and sew at an early age from women who taught her to work without the aid of commercial patterns. Since then shes taken on hand spinning, weaving (without much commitment) and knitting (with a vengeance). A knitting instructor and designer for Webs/Valley Yarns, she tries to focus on designs that are both attractive and accessible to the average knitter. Storey Publishing will release her first book, Two at a Time Socks, this fall.

She can be found online at and