Toe Up Cable-Look Socks with Reverse Dutch Heel
4 ounces of Paton’s Classic Merino Wool, Color 240 leaf green, or 4 ounces of any worsted weight wool
5 – Size 4 dpns, or size needed to obtain gauge
5 sts = 1” over st st
Cable Rib Pattern:
Rnd 1, 2, 3: k2, p2 across
Rnd 4: Insert right hand needle into first two stitches on left hand needle and k1, but leave sts on left needle. Insert right hand needle into first stitch on left hand needle again and k1 and slip the 2 stitches off left hand needle, p2, and repeat across.
Increases – I used lifted bar increase (M1) , but use increase method of your choice.
Rnd 1: Beginning at toe, cast on figure 8 method 4 stitches on 2 needles.
Rnd 2-3: Work even.
Rnd 4: Increase every other stitch and at the same time, divide onto 4 needles, 4 stitches each needle.
Rnd 5-6: Work even.
Rnd 7: On each needle around, (k1, m1, k2, m1, k1) – 24 stitches total.
Rnd 8-9: Work even.
Rnd 10: On each needle around, (k1, m1, k4, m1, k1) – 32 stitches total.
Rnd 11-12: Work even.
Rnd 13: On each needle around, (k1, m1, k6, m1, k1) – 40 stitches total.
Toe finished, begin leg pattern on top of foot only:
Rnd 14, 15, 16: p1, (k2, p2) around, but end last repeat with p1.
Rnd 17: p1, Insert right hand needle into first two stitches on left hand needle and k1, but leave sts on left needle. Insert right hand needle into first stitch on left hand needle again and k1 and slip the 2 stitches off left hand needle, p2, and repeat across, but end with p1.
Repeat fake cable pattern until foot measures length desired minus 2.5”.
Rnd 1: Work across top of foot in pattern (needles 1 & 2). On needle 3, k1, m1, k across rest of needle. On needle 4, k across to last stitch, m1, k1.
Work even for one row.
Repeat last two rows for desired gusset area – I worked 6 increases on either side of foot for a total of 12 increases and 12 rows.
Heel will be worked over sts on Needle 3 and Needle 4, starting on Row 1, below.
Row 1 (wrong side): slip first stitch, purl across next 14 stitches; on next needle, purl 5. Turn
Row 2: (right side): slip first stitch, knit across next 9 stitches, turn.
Row 3: Slip first stitch, purl across next 9 stitches, turn.
Repeat rows 2 & 3 three times more, and then repeat row 2 once more.
After knitting last row, you will continue along the side of the flap and pick up and knit 5 stitches on the side of the flap.
Slip first stitch, purl back the 5 stitches you just picked up, the next 10 stitches from your flap, and pick up 5 more stitches along other side of flap – 20 purl stitches. You are left with your original 20 stitches from the bottom of your foot, and gusset stitches to be decreased away.
Sl first st, k1, slip 1 across to last stitch of the heel, and decrease last stitch along with one stitch from gusset.
Turn, and purl back, decreasing last stitch of heel with one stitch from gusset.
Repeat these two rows until all the gusset stitches have been decreased away and you have only 20 stitches.
Knit across the two needles you have been working on, work across the top of your foot in pattern, and continue the pattern around the leg.
Knit even in pattern for desired length of leg, minus 2” for ribbing.
K2, p2 around. Bind off loosely, using Elizabeth Zimmermann’s sewn bind off, or other bind off of your choice.