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Panda Silk Ribbons 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.

Size: woman's size medium-large [8-9 US]

Details: The cuff is traditional feather and fan done with two different colorways of Panda Silk: solid & tonal. After the cuff is turned, the design for the leg is a novel vertical striped pattern.

Yarn: 4 - 50 gr balls Crystal Palace Panda Silk - 2 in solid & 2 coordinating tonal colorway (model shown is in strawberry cream #3003 & berry tones #4003 )
Needles: Crystal Palace Bamboo  or STAR Bamboo DPN in 2 sizes - US #1.5 for heel and foot; US #2 for lacey cuff & vertical stripes. .
Gauge: 8.5 sts/in (34 sts/10 cm) on foot with smaller needles; 9 spi over the vertical stripes with larger needles.

bet = between; CO = cast on; cont = continue; k = knit; k2tog = knit 2 sts together; p = purl; PM = place maker; PU = pick up; rep = repeat; rnd = round; RS = right side; st(s) = stitch(es); WS = wrong side; yo = yarn over

Cast-on & Cuff
With larger dpn (or needles needed to obtain correct gauge), & solid color, CO 75 sts. P 1 row & join, being careful not to twist. PM for end of round.
Work lacey cuff as follows (12 st rep with extra 3 sts at beg):
Rnd 1: k1, p1, k1 *[(k2tog) twice; (k1yo) 4 times; (k2tog) twice]; rep around.
Rnds 2 & 3: k1, p1, k1; K around.
Rnd 4: k1, p1, k1; P around.
Work 4 reps of pattern with solid color. Change to tonal yarn, and work in pattern for 6 reps.

Ribbon stripes:
Work Rnds 2 & 3 once more, inc 3 st evenly around.
Rejoin solid color.
Work as K3 A (solid), K3 B (tonal). Work as loosely as possible, and use larger needle if necessary to keep knitting loose so sock will fit. The extra 6 sts should be sufficient to aid in this.

Stripes should be knit until they are long enough to show below lacey cuff. Cuff shown in pattern is ~3-3.25 in. depending on where in "wave" you measure; ribbon band is ~3.5 in. long.

Cut tonal yarn & work heel with solid only.
K across 20 sts; turn & P back across 40 sts. Set rem sts aside for instep.
Work heel as follows:

a) *(Sl-1, k1) across; turn.
b) Sl-1 st and P across; turn
Work two rows above until heel measures 2.5 in. from start.

Turn Heel

K across 22 sts; k2tog, k1, turn.
a) Sl-1, p5, p2tog, p1, turn.
b) Sl-1, K to 1 st before gap, k2tog, k1, turn.
c) Sl-1, P to 1 st before gap, p2tog, p1, turn.
Rep these last two rows until all sts have been worked. End on WS.

Gusset Pickups

Continue with solid yarn.
K across half sts - these will end up on needle #3.
With a new needle (#1), PU & K slipped loops going down side of sock.
With another needle (#2) work instep sts as k2-p2 rib.
Now with new needle #3, PU gusset st going up other side of sock & K sts on needle 3.

Gusset Decreases:
Cut solid yarn, change to tonal for gussets & foot.
Needles 1 & 3 are worked as k1-p1 rib, with care to keep last st on needle 1 & 1st st on needle 3 as K st. Needle 2 is worked as k2-p2 rib.
Work 1 rnd with no changes.
Now work gusset sts:
Dec round: Needle 1, work k1-p1 rib across to last 3 sts; k2 tog, k1; Needle 2, work k2-p2 rib pattern; Needle 3, K1, Sl-1, purl 1, pass slip st over; & work as k1-p1 rib across.
Plain round: needles 1 & 3 are worked as k1-p1 rib. Needle 2 is worked as k2-p2 rib.
Work these 2 rnds until returned to original CO number: 72 sts or desired # for your foot.

Foot: Remainder of foot is worked as St st only (K every round). Cont knitting until foot is ~7.25 in. or ~2 in. shorter than your longest toe. Cut tonal yarn & attach solid yarn for toe.

Check to see that sts are dispersed properly: ~ half on needle 2, with other half split evenly between needles 1 & 3.
Toe decs are worked in 2 rounds:
Round 1: Ndl 1: K to last 3 sts, k2tog, and k1; Ndl 2: K1, Sl-1, k1, pass slip st over (psso), K to last 3 st, k2tog, and k1; Ndl 3: k1, sl-1, k1, psso, K to end.

Round 2:
K all sts, with no changes.
K toe, alternating rnds 1 & 2 until only ~20 sts rem.
K every rnd as a dec rnd -
Needle 1: K to last 3 sts, k2tog, and k1.
Needle 2: k1, Sl-1, k1, pass slip st over (psso), K to last 3 sts, k2tog, and k1.
Needle 3: k1, sl-1, k1, psso, K to end.
When only ~8 sts rem, cut yarn leaving 8 in. (~20 cm) end.
Close toe as desired. Laura's preferred method is to use a crochet hook and pull yarn end through each st, and drop it off needle. Pull snugly to gather and move end to inside.

Using crochet hook or tapestry needle, weave in yarn ends from toe and cast-on. If you work in end diagonally, through 3 sts upwards & 3 downwards, it won't work free easily.

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

See all 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.

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Last revision of this page July 12, 2012