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Panda Superwash Peace Sock
"Make Socks, Not War"

Designed and Knit by Laura Andersson
CPY "Sock Guru" and Sirius Knitting Publications
For Crystal Palace Yarns

Inspiration: Two coordinating colors and a timely idea. Worked with Panda Superwash, for lots of color choices.

2 - 50 gr balls
Crystal Palace Yarns Panda Superwash one each: in #2013 dark knight [Color A] and #2004 mint print [Color B] or any two strongly contrasting colors
Crystal Palace Bamboo DPN
size 2 US [2.75 mm] & 1.5 US [2.5 mm] or size required for gauge.
Large eyed tapestry needle or crochet hook

Gauge: 8.5 sts/inch (34 sts/10 cm) over St st using larger needles for leg; 9 sts per inch (36 sts/10 cm) over heel and foot.

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

Abbreviations: beg- beginning; CO- cast on; dpn- double pointed needles; K- Knit; K2tog - knit 2 sts together; ndl- needle; P- Purl; PM- place maker; rep - repeat; sl1- slip one; St st - stockinette stitch; YO - yarn over; PSSO - pass slip st over; rnd(s) - round(s); st(s)- stitch(es); tog - together. Inc 1 by Kf/Kb of same st.

Pattern - Knitting Notes
Note 1: have fun substituting other colors, just make sure they have high contrast.
Note 2:
when working the stranding for the design, be careful not to carry the non-working yarn across a distance longer than 3 sts.

Ruffle (Optional): With one strand A (dark knight) and larger needles, cast on 144 sts. Join, being careful not to twist.
PM. P 1 rnd, K1 rnd; *(K2tog), around. Work K2P2 rib for 3 rnds.
Join B (mint print). Work 1 rnd K1A, K1B; work 1 rnd K1B, K1A.
Cut A; Work K2P2 rib with B for .5 inch. K 5 rounds with B; prepare to follow Peace Chart, joining Color A and starting from center back marker.
At the end of the chart, cut color A. Knit 5 rnds with B, then work .5 in of K2P2 rib with B.
Join A and work 3 rnds K1A, K1B. Change to smaller needles & prepare for heel.

Work across 18 sts as K1A, K1B. Turn, and P1A, P1B across 36 sts. These 36 sts comprise the heel; place the rem 36 sts on holder.
Heel is worked thusly:
a) front - with A, *(Sl-1, K1 across); b) back - with A, Sl-1, *(P across)
b) front - with B, *(Sl-1, K1 across); d) back, with B, Sl-1, *(P across).
Alternate these 4 rows until the heel is 2.5 inches from start.

Heel turn:
Cut B.
Set up:
Sl-1, K 18, K2tog, K1, turn. (14 HOLD) Sl-1, P3, P2tog, P1, turn.
Sl-1, K to 1 st before gap, K2tog, K1, turn.
Sl-1, P to 1 st before gap, P2tog, P1, turn.
Rep the front & back rows until all sts are used up. End finishing on back.

Gusset Pick ups:
K across .5 the heel sts and set aside as ndl#3. With ndl#1, K the rem heel sts and now pick up the Slip sts going down the side of the heel. With ndl #2, K across the instep sts; now pick up & knit the sts going up the side of the sock and K those on ndl#3.
Gusset dec:
Stitch Pattern:
Ndls 1&3: work K1P1 rib, always keeping the st next to instep (last on ndl#1, first on ndl#3) as K; Ndl2 (instep) K3P1
Alternate decr & plain rnds until only 68 sts rem.
Dec rnd: Ndl1 - K1P1 across to last 3 sts; K2tog, K1; Ndl2 - K3P1 rib; Ndl3 - K1, Sl-1 K1, Psso, work K1P1 rib to end.
Plain rnd:
Ndls 1 & 3 are K1P1 rib; Ndl2 is K3P1 rib.

complete gusset dec; now K only on Ndls 1&3; Ndl2 work as K3P1. Continue thusly until sock foot is ~ 1.75 in less than distance to longest toe. Begin toe decrease pattern.
alternate dec and plain rnds until only ~20 sts rem;
then dec every rnd until only ~8 sts rem (or preferred # for desired closure).
Dec rnd:
Ndl1: K across to last 3 sts; K2tog, K1. Ndl 2: K1, Sl-1, K1, PSSO; K across to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1. Ndl3: K1, Sl-1, K1, psso, K to end.

Finishing: Cut yarn leaving an ~8 in end. With crochet hook, pull end through each of 8 rem sts, and drop off ndl. Pull tautly and take end to inside of sock.
Work in all ends. Try a crochet hook for this - no need to thread needle & is very fast.

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"Make Socks not War - Peace Sock" Designed and Knit by Laura Andersson, Ph.D
Laura is the editor (and author-designer) of the "Friendly Socks" Books. The newest, "50 Socks - 50 States" is scheduled for a December '09 release. Information about these books can be found at or

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 due Winter 2009-10. Information about these books can be found at or .
Laura is the owner of Sirius Knitting Publications and can be reached at
drlaura -at- (change the -at- to @ to send email, we do this to help drlaura avoid spam).

Pattern Copyright 2009 Crystal Palace Yarns/Straw Into Gold, Inc. - We are happy to share this  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 without permission. Knitting shops carrying Crystal Palace Yarns Panda Superwash are welcome to print and share this pattern with customers of our yarns. We request that shops not use CPY patterns to promote sales and classes using non-CPY yarns.

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Last revision of this page July 12, 2012