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Panda Silk Nutmeg Sock
Designed and Knit by
by Laura Andersson
For Crystal Palace Yarns

A blend of 52% bamboo, 43% machine washable Merino wool and
5% combed silk makes this yarn wonderful in feel and lustrous in appearance.

Yarn: Crystal Palace Yarns Panda Silk #4002 "nutmeg"; 2 - 50 gr balls (204 yds ea) for women's medium/large, US shoe size 7.5-8.5

Needles: Crystal Palace Bamboo DPN US size 1.5 (2.5 mm) or size required to obtain gauge. Instructions are for using 4 DPN needles.

Gauge: 8 st/in. (32 st/10 cm) in St st with #1.5 US needles.

Changing Sizes: pattern is 6 st repeat. Add or subtract st in 6 st multiples to adjust sizing.

Cast-on: With #1.5 US DPN (or needles needed to obtain correct gauge), CO 72 sts. Do not join. P 1 row. Divide sts & join; placing marker for beginning/end-of rnd.

Begin Mini-Cable Pattern:
Mini-cable st = K2T: K2 sts together & K the first st separately. The mini-cable stitch has various names in the literature. It is essentially a twisted stitch, but is actually easier on the hands via this method and uses no cable needle.
Rnd 1: *(P2, K2T, K2T) around.
Rnd 2: *(P2, K4) around.
Work in pattern until sock leg is ~7 in. from CO, or desired length. End with Rnd 2.

The heel is worked on half+2 sts [38 sts].
K 19 sts. Turn. Sl-1, & P across 38 sts. Place rem 34 sts on holder for instep.
Heel Row 1 (front): *(Sl-1, K1), across. Turn.
Heel Row 2 (back): Sl-1 & P across remaining Sts. Turn
Rep these 2 rows until heel is 2.5 in, or desired length, from start.

Heel turn:

Setup rows: On front, K across 21 sts; K2tog, K1, turn. On back, Sl-1, P5, P2tog, P1, turn.
Front heel turn: Sl-1, K across to 1 st before gap; K2tog, K1, turn.
Back heel turn: Sl-1, P across to 1 st before gap; P2tog, P1, turn.
Repeat these two rows until all heel sts are used up, ending on heel back.

Gusset Pickup:

With new needle #1, K half of sts; this will be needle #3.
With new needle (to be needle #1) K rem sts. PU slipped sts going down side of sock.
With a new needle (needle #2) prepare to K instep sts. Sock instep continues in pattern as for leg, with slight change on two side edges.
PU & K sts going up heel side & K sts reserved on needle #3.

Gusset Decreases:

To dec back to initial 72 sts (or fewer if your foot circumference is smaller than your ankle), work 2 rnds.

Gusset rnd 1:

K all sts on needles 1 & 3; work needle 2 in pattern, alternating 2 pattern rnds as established above.

Gusset rnd 2:

Needle 1 - Knit across to last 3 sts; K2tog, K1.
Needle 2 - K in established pattern.
Needle 3 - K1, Sl-1, K1, PSSO, & K to end of needle.
Repeat Gusset rnds 1 & 2 until you have returned to starting number of sts.

Patterned Foot:
Sock as shown now has a change of pattern for remainder of foot.
Needles 1 & 3: work in K1, P1 rib.
Needle 2: Drop rnd 1 of mini-cable pattern & work only P2, K4 rib, with small modifications you made on two side edges.
Knit thusly until sock foot is ~2 in shorter than longest toe (2 in less than desired sock foot length)

Check arrangement of sts before beginning. You should have half sts on needle #2, and remaining half split evenly between needles 1 & 3. (Any extra sts go onto needle #2).
Toe rnd 1:
Needle 1 - K across to last 3 sts; K2tog, K1.
Needle 2 - K1, Sl-1, K1, PSSO; K across to last 3 sts; K2tog, K1.
Needle 3 - K1, Sl-1, K1, PSSO; K across to end.
Toe rnd 2: K only, with no decs, on all 3 needles.
Work toe, alternating rnds 1 & 2 until only ~20 sts remain.
Now work only Toe rnd 1 until only ~8 st remain.
Close the toe by your desired method.

Finishing: work in all ends. Make the 2nd sock.

Laura Andersson, the CPY Sock Guru, is working on new designs.

See all 24 colors of Panda Silk HERE

Laura is the editor (and author-designer) of Friendly Socks, Vol.1 & Vol. 2, Friendly Socks, Vol 2: A-Z and was recently released; a 3rd set Friendly Socks, Vol. 3, Fifty States, is in progress and planned for release soon. 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 2007 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 CP Yarns Panda Silk are welcome to print and share this pattern with customers of our yarns.

Retail shops in the USA should contact CPY Wholesale for information on purchasing Crystal Palace Yarns and email cpyinfo -at- (replace the -at- with @)

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Crystal Palace Yarns, 160 23rd St., Richmond, CA 94804
phone: 510-237-9988,  fax: 510-237-9809

Last revision of this page July 12, 2012