Jen's Colorful Slip-Stitch Socks

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#6 (US) dpn (set of 5)
Gauge: 27 rows and 20 stitches stockinette over 4"
Yarn: Patons Fireside 8 ply, 100% wool, 50g/90m per skein
1 skein each of 4 colors (A, B, C, D.) You will have quite a bit leftover, but probably not quite enough for another pair.

wyib: with yarn in back
psso: pass slip stitch over
skp: sl1, k1, psso
k2tog: knit 2 together
p2tog: purl 2 together
rnd(s): round(s)

Cast on 36 stitches in A.
Knit all stitches without joining ends.
Join ends and knit 1x1 ribbing for 6 rows as follows (knit A, purl in alternate color):


Start knitting in pattern, starting with C (MC) and D (CC)

Rnd 1: Knit across with MC
Rnd 2: sl 1, k1 (with CC) repeat for one round
Rnd 3: Knit across with MC
Rnd 4: k1 (with CC), sl 1, repeat for one round

Repeat pattern using the following color order:

MC: D; CC: A
MC: A; CC: B
MC: B; CC: C
MC: C; CC: D
MC: D; CC: A

Repeat the 4 knitting pattern rounds in the appropriate colors until your ankle is sufficiently long. End with A as MC.

Divide for the heel: 18 stitches on a holder for the instep and 18 stitches for the heel flap.

Heel Flap:

row 1 (ws): with A: purl all stitches
row 2: with A: knit all stitches
row 3: with B: sl1, p1
row 4: with B: knit all stitches
Repeat these 4 rows 4 times total (16 rows)
Turn Heel (all with A)
row 17: knit
row 18: sl1, p12, p2tog, turn
row 19: sl1, k6, sl1, k1, psso (skp), turn
row 20: sl1, p6, p2tog, turn
Repeat rows 19 and 20 until only 8 stitches are left on needle.
Knit across 8 stitches.
With A, pickup 11 stitches on heel flap
With A, knit across 18 stitches on holder
With A, pickup 11 stitches on heel flap
With A, knit first 4 stitches on heel needle

Arrange stitches on the needles as follows:
Needle 1: bottom of foot (15 stitches)
Needle 2: instep (9 stitches)
Needle 3: instep (9 stitches)
Needle 4: bottom of foot (15 stitches)

Continue with slip-stitch pattern on needles 2 and 3. Only do straight knitting on needles 1 and 4 (i.e. do not slip stitches)
The foot decreases will happen on needles 1 and 4.
Rnd 1:
Needle 1: knit to last 3 stitches on needle, k2tog, k1
Needles 2&3: continue in slip-stitch pattern as on ankle
Needle 4: k1, skp, knit to end of needle
Rnd 2:
Needles 1&4: knit plain
Needles 2&3: continue in slip-stitch pattern as on ankle

Repeat these 2 rounds until there are 36 stitches total (9 on each needle)

Continue to knit round 2 (following the slip-stitch pattern) until the sock is about 2 inches shorter then your final desired length.

Toe Decrease:

While still following the color pattern:
Rnd 1: on each needle: knit until last 2 stitches, k2tog
Rnd 2: on each needle: knit even

Continue these 2 rounds until 8 stitches remain.
Using a yarn needle, pass the yarn through the remaining stitches and pull tight.


Because of the slip stitch pattern, the sock tends to be tighter and less stretchy then a normal sock (i.e. one knit in stockinette.) This is also the cause for the bottom of the foot to turn upwards.

This pattern is copyright 2001 by Jennifer A. Griffin
It may be copied for personal use only
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