July 12, 2005

Freebie: BMG's Footies

Two posts in a week! Three posts in a month! You people must be ready to fall over. As a reward for your patience I offer these fun, funny-colored footies. Go forth. Make little socks that Bob Marley's Grandma would be proud to call her own.

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To Fit: Shoe size 5-6[7-8,9-10]. Photographed in size 7-8.

2 skeins Koigu Painter’s Palette Premium Merino (KPPM) (100% washable Merino Wool), 170 yards/skein. You will have plenty of leftovers.

Size US2 (2.75mm) double-pointed needles, set of 5, or size to make gauge. Pattern knit on 4 needles, with 5th spare needle used to pick up gussets.

Stitch marker to mark round (optional)
Darning needle to weave in ends

14 sts per 2” in stockinette stitch on US2 (2.75mm) needles or size to make gauge.

CO 44[48,52]sts, and distribute sts onto three needles as follows:

Needle one (N1) (half of back of sock): 11[12,13]sts,
Needle two (N2) (top of sock ): 22[24,26]sts,
Needle three (N3) (half of back of sock), 11[12,13]sts.

Join work and pm to mark round, if desired. Begin working in k1p1 rib as follows: *k1, p1* to end. Repeat for 8 rounds. Next round begin working in stockinette. Knit 5 rounds total.

On the next round, using N3, knit sts from N1, so that all of the sts are on only two needles, with N3 (back) containing 22[24,26]sts and N2 (front) containing 22[24,26]sts. For the rest of the heel flap, you will work only with the stitches on N3, working back and forth. Begin by flipping the work around and slipping the first st, then purling across the row. On the next row, slip the first st, then *k1, slip one with yarn in back* to last st, k1. Repeat these two rows 11[12,13] times, for a total of 24[26,28] heel rows.

Still working back and forth, on the next row, sl1, k12[13,14], k2tog, k1, turn work, leaving remaining sts on left-hand needle. Sl1, p5, p2tog, p1, turn work leaving remaining sts on left-hand needle. Continue in this manner, knitting and/or purling one more stitch on each row as follows:

Sl1, k6, k2tog, k1, turn work
Sl1, p7, p2tog, p1, turn work
Sl1, k8, k2tog, k1, turn work
Sl1, p9, p2tog, p1, turn work
Sl1, k10, k2tog, k1, turn work
Sl1, p11, p2tog, p1, turn work

Resume working in the round. Knit sts from N3 onto spare needle, then knit the remaining sts onto N1, so that the sts are once again distributed onto three needles. Using N1 pick up and knit 12[13,14] sts along the heel flap. Knit the 22[24,26]sts from N2. Using N3, pick up and knit 12[13,14]sts from the heel flap and then knit remaining sts from spare needle onto N3.

Work one round even, and then dec on the next round as follows:
N1: k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.
N2: knit
N3: k1, ssk, knit to end.

Repeat these two rounds (one round without shaping, one dec round) until total stitch count is 44[48,52]sts, with 11[12,13]sts on N1, 22[24,26]sts on N2, and 11[12,13]sts on N3.

Work even until foot measures 6.5[7.0, 7.5] inches.

On the next round, begin toe decreases as follows:

N1: Knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.
N2: k1, ssk, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.
N3: k1, ssk, knit to end.

Repeat this dec round every other round until 20[22,24] sts total remain. Then work dec round every round until 12 sts remain. Using N3, work sts from N1 even, so that all sts are once again on two needles. Kitchener live toe sts together, and weave in loose ends to finish.

COPYRIGHT 2005, Julia P. Trice This pattern is protected by copyright and available for personal use only. It is not available for sale or distribution without the author's express permission.

Posted by Julia at July 12, 2005 05:00 PM
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Where is the location of that beautiful body of water in your post? I want to be there! It's probably not near LA, where I live...

Posted by: Cruz at August 5, 2005 04:14 PM

Glad to see you back and to have so many posts! The cable 8 pattern looks great - I am planning on knitting it sometime soon in the larger gage the pattern calls for. I can't wait to see how yours turns out! The green looks gorgeous. Definitely having some yarn envy!

Posted by: Kyla at July 15, 2005 11:48 PM

Were your ears ringing? We headed over to Knit Cafe and I took your name in vain! Thanks for the suggestion - beautiful store. Hope everything goes smoothly on your way out here.

Posted by: Cara at July 15, 2005 11:13 AM

I'm trying to work out how to make a 2 color pair. Should be fun trying! I'm thinking toes & little band at the top of the ankle in the CC.

Thanks for sharing such a cute pattern. xoxo Kay

Posted by: Kay at July 14, 2005 04:51 PM

perfect, julia!! my husband got me 2 skeins of koigu for my birthday, and i couldn't bear for them to be anything but socks, but knew i didn't have enough for the full size thing. the footies are just the thing!

Posted by: aubree at July 14, 2005 11:06 AM

Yippie! Thanks for a lovely pattern. Just the thing for me to try on holiday!

Posted by: Sarah W. at July 14, 2005 04:22 AM

Oooh! Thanks so much, I had no idea you'd post that so quickly!!

Posted by: Faith at July 13, 2005 10:48 PM

You are way to modest and way to kind/generous to all of us out here in cyber blogging land.

thanks for another great pattern.

Glad to hear from you so much in a month!

Posted by: knittingnurse at July 13, 2005 08:32 PM


Posted by: John at July 12, 2005 11:10 PM

Cute footies... nothing like a lovely Koigu sock! Does this pattern take one skein or two? I have so many odd balls of Koigu lying around!

Posted by: Mary-Heather at July 12, 2005 09:47 PM

Koigu sockies...a must have. I just might have to knit a pair and throw all the other socks aside. Thanks for the giftie and we're glad to see you back in Blogland.

Posted by: margene at July 12, 2005 08:06 PM