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Mini Mochi + Maizy Melange Sock

Designed and Knit by Laura Andersson

CPY "Sock Guru" and Sirius Knitting Publications

For Crystal Palace Yarns

See all the Mini Mochi colors here
See the Maizy colors here

Inspiration:
I love color work of any kind, and here Susan suggested we play with Maizy solids and Mini-Mochi to "pop" the colors.

Materials:
1 - 50 gm ball Maizy #1205, Hibiscus [color A];
1 - 50 gm ball Maizy #1206, Cactus, [color B],
1 - 50 gm ball Mini Mochi #107 Autumn Rainbow [MC].

Crystal Palace Bamboo DPN needles in size US 2 (2.75mm) for leg; US size 1.5 (2.5 mm) for heel & foot or size(s) required for gauge.
Large eyed tapestry needle or crochet hook

Gauge:
9 sts per inch (36 sts/10 cm) over 2 color checks for leg; 9.5 sts per in (38 sts/10 cm) over heel and foot in 2 color check.

Size: woman's medium (size 7-9)

Abbreviations:
CO- cast on; dpn- double pointed needles; K- Knit; K2tog - knit 2 sts together; P- Purl; rep - repeat; St st - stockinette stitch; YO - yarn over; PSSO - pass slip st over; rnd(s) - round(s); st(s)- stitch(es); tog - together.

Instructions:
With MC and larger needles, CO 72 sts. Join, being careful not to twist. Place marker.
Work 16 rnds of K2P2 rib with MC.
Join Color A & begin 4 sts check motif, alternating MC and A for 4 rnds. Be careful not to carry the unused strand across the whole 4 sts or to strand tightly; it's best to twist the two colors every 2 sts.
After 4 rnds, join Color B and repeat the 4 sts check motif.
(Note that the MC is shifted over and not worked on top of itself. Twist the unused A at the beg of each rnd if you don't want to cut and work in ends later.)

Continue alternating A & MC with B & MC 4-sts checks until the checked section is ~4.5 in from start.
Prepare for heel.
Cut the non-working A or B so that you only have one color and MC (A as shown in model)

Harlequin Heel: starting at the marker with Maizy color A, K across 18 sts, Sl-1, turn and P back across 35 sts.
Row 1: With A, *(Sl1, K1) across 18 sts; now twist A & MC, drop A, & *(K1, Sl-1) across with MC. Turn
Row 2: With MC, Sl-1 *(P across).
Row 3: With MC, ((Sl-1, K1) across 18 sts; now twist MC & A, drop MC, and *(K1, Sl-1) across with A.
Row 4: With A, Sl-1, *(P across).
Repeat these 4 rows for the heel, continuing until the heel is ~2.5-2.75 in from start.
Cut MC, and turn heel thusly:
Heel turn: Sl-1, K19, K2tog, K1, turn. Sl1, P 3, p2tog, p1 turn.
Front: Sl-1, K across to 1 st before "gap". K2tog, K1, turn.
Back: Sl-1, P across to 1 st before "gap", P2tog, P1, turn.
Repeat these two rows until all heel sts are used up. End ready for front row.
Gusset pickups: K across .5 st and change to new needle.
K across remaining sts; pick up & K the Sl sts going down the side of the heel. Change to a new needle #2 and K the instep sts; change to a new needle and K the slip sts going up the other side
of the heel. End by K across the remaining sts. Cut A.

Gusset: rejoin MC and K 1 rnd with no decs.
Rejoin color B and begin 2nd check motif, which alternates K2A (or K2B) with K2MC, for about 1 in with each pair of colors.
At the same time, dec down to the starting number of sts, alternating dec rounds as below and plain rounds thusly:
Dec round: On ndl 1, K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1; on ndl 2, K across; on ndl 3, K1, Sl-1, K1, PSSO, and K to end.
Plain round: K with no decrs across all 3 needles.
When you have returned to the starting 72 sts, continue the check patt until the sock foot is ~5 in from start of 2-st cks.

Now begin Motif 3 for Toe:
3 rnds stripes of each Color A, B, & MC, which will continue down the entire toe.
When the sock foot is ~1.75 in from length of longest toe, begin toe decs.
Dec rnd: Ndl 1: K to last 3 sts; K2tog, K1; Ndl 2: K1, Sl-1, K1, PSSO, K to last 3 sts; K2tog, K1.
Ndl 3: K1, Sl-1, K1, PSSO, & K to end.
Plain rnd: K all sts.
You will alternate Dec rnd and Plain rnd until 8 sts remain.
Toe closure: cut the yarn, leaving an ~8 in end.
With a crochet hook, pull the yarn through the sts
one at a time, dropping each off the needle.
Pull tightly to close; tuck end inside.

(Designer's note: this gathered toe works well for "leader toes" where the foot has a 2nd toe as long as the big toe; such feet "hurt" with Kitchener toes.)

Finishing:
Work in all ends. Try a crochet hook for this - no need to thread needle & this method is fast.

copyright 2009 Crystal Palace Yarns/Straw Into Gold, Inc. - We are happy to share this free knitting pattern with knitters. The pattern may be used for non-commercial personal or knitting guild use. It is not to be used in any publication in print nor should it be reproduced in electronic/digital format or elsewhere on the Web without permission. Knitting shops carrying CP Yarns Mini Mochi & Maizy are welcome to print and share this pattern with customers of our yarns.

Laura is the editor (and author-designer) of Friendly Socks, Vol.1, Friendly Socks, Vol 2: A-Z; a 3rd set Friendly Socks, Vol. 3, 50 Socks - 50 States, is in progress and due in October 2009. Information about these books can be found at http://siriusknitting.blogspot.com or www.siriusknitting.com .
Laura is the owner of Sirius Knitting Publications and can be reached at
drlaura -at- siriusknitting.com (change the -at- to @ to send email, we do this to help drlaura avoid spam).

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Last revision of this page July 12, 2012