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Maizy Ruffled Socks
Designed and Knit by Laura Andersson
For Crystal Palace Yarns

Materials
2 - 50 gr balls Maizy (82% corn fiber - 18% elastic nylon) - Maizy color used in sample socks: #9759 "iguana" [2 balls will make all 4 socks.]
Crystal Palace DPN & Circular Needles:  

(a) 16" circular needles for the ruffles in US size 3 (3.25 mm).
(b) double-pointed needles (dpn) in US sizes 2 and 1.5 (2.75 and 2.5 mm).

Gauge: 8-8.5 stitches per inch (32-34 sts/10 cm) over stockinette stitch.
Note 1: the foot and heel on the adult sock are deliberately worked to a tighter gauge to enhance wear. I personally do not like the feel of the tight foot gauge on my leg; so the leg is worked with a more "relaxed" gauge. Wear is likely not an issue for an infant sock so the entire sock can be knit with one needle size.

Inspiration: Maizy is an exciting new yarn made from corn. I love how it's thus a renewable resource, but the real joy with Maizy is how it feels - so nice to knit with and to wear! The iguana colorway was just plain exciting to work with and somehow led me to thinking ruffles. There IS an animal called a "frilled or ruffled iguana"…do you think that had any influence on my ruffles? Here's a Crested Iguana photo.



12 week old Princess Leia inspects the socks.

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Details: Infant size is for 3-6 months or larger. Adult size is written as a ladies Medium (size 8 US, with a 9 in foot, and 8.5 in ankle); changes for Small and Large are in ( ). Any increases or decreases needed for design optimization are worked at the center back.

Infant Sock
Ruffle
1. With the short circular needle in the larger size, cast on 120 sts. Do not join.
2. Purl 1 row and join, being careful not to twist. Knit 1 round.
3. *(K1, k2tog) around; you should now have only 80 sts remaining. Knit 1 round
4. *(K2tog around); you should now have only 40 sts. Knit 1 round.

Leg

5. Work in k2p2 ribbing for 1 in (2.54 cm).
6. Purl 1 round. This is the anchor for the 2nd ruffle to be done later.
7. Work in k2p2 ribbing for ~2 in (5 cm)

Heel

8. Knit 11; turn and purl 22.
9. Place the remaining 18 sts on a piece of waste yarn or holder to be used later for instep.
10. Work heel as follows: a) *(Sl-1, k1) across; turn. b) Sl-1 st and P across; turn.
11. Work the two rows above until the heel is ~1.5 in (3.81cm) from start.

Turn Heel

12. Knit 11, k2, k2tog, k1, turn.
13. Sl-1, p3, p2tog, p1, turn.
14. Sl-1, knit to 1 st before gap, k2tog, k1, turn.
15. Sl-1, purl to 1 st before gap, p2tog, p1, turn.
16. Repeat rows 14 and 15 until all sts have been worked. End on wrong side.

Gusset Pickups.

17. Knit across .5 of the sts - these will end up on needle #3.
18. With a new needle, knit the remaining sts
19. Pick up and knit the slipped loops going down the side of the sock.
20. Look carefully at the gusset st. You will return to the k2p2 rib pattern as worked- this should
start exactly as a k2. The instep will be worked in rib until all the gusset decreases are completed.
21. You are about to pick up the gusset sts going up the other side of the sock.
22. Pick up and knit all the slipped sts on the remaining gusset side, and knit the sts on needle 3.

Gusset Decreases

23. Knit one round with no changes.
24. The gusset decreases will be worked as 2 rounds:
a) decrease round: Needle 1, knit across to last 3 sts; k2 tog, k1; Needle 2, k2p2 rib;
Needle 3, Knit 1, Sl-1, knit 1, pass slip st over; knit.
b) Plain round: on needles 1 and 3, knit. On needle 2, work in rib as established.
25. Knit the 2 rounds of the gusset decreases until your stitch count returns to the starting number of sts after ruffle (40).

Foot
26. Knit foot in stockinette stitch (knit every round) until the sock length is ~2.5 in (6.35 cm) from back of heel.
27. Prepare for the toe decreases.
Toe
28. Check to see that you have 10 sts on each of needles 1 and 3, with 20 sts on needle 2.
29. The toe decreases are worked in two rounds:
a) Needle 1: knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, and k1. Needle 2: K1, Sl-1, k1, pass slip st over (psso),
knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, and k1. Needle 3: k1, sl-1, k1, psso, knit to end.
b) knit all sts, with no changes.
30. Knit the toe, alternating the a) and b) rows until ~20 sts remain.
31. Work every round as a decrease round - Needle 1: k to last 3 sts, k2tog, and k1. Needle 2: k1,
Sl-1, k1, pass slip sts over (psso), k to last 3 sts, k2tog, and k1. Needle 3: k1, sl-1, k1, psso, k to end.
32. When you have only ~8 sts remaining, cut the yarn leaving an 8 in (~20 cm) end.
33. Close toe as desired. My preferred method is to use a crochet hook and pull the yarn end
through each st, and drop it off needle. Pull snugly to gather and move end to inside.

Finishing

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

Final Ruffle

35. Remember that purl ridge we knit in the middle of the ribbing on the leg? It serves as the
easy pickup ridge for the final detail. Using a crochet hook or spare needle, pick up and knit
each stitch from the purl ridge. You will pick up 40 loops, and need to be consistent in choosing the top or bottom loop to pick up. Arrange the sts conveniently onto your needles.
36. Knit 1 round.
37. Increase 1 st in every st; you now have 80 sts.
38. Knit 1 round. You may need to use an extra dpn needle or a short circular needle.
39. Inc 1 st in every st; you now have 160 sts.
40. Knit 1 round.
41. Now bind off in purl: purl 2, bind off 1, etc. until all sts are bound off.
42. Cut the yarn and work in your end.

Adult Sock [ruffle & heel section edited 03-08-09]

Ruffle
1. With the short circular needle in the larger size, cast on 160 (216, 252) sts. Do not join.
2. Purl 1 row and join being careful not to twist. Knit 1 round.
3. *(K1, k2tog) around; you should now have only 112 (144, 168) sts remaining. Knit 1 round
Be prepared to switch to the larger size dpn.
4. *(K2tog around); you should now have only 56 (72, 84) sts. Knit 1 round.
Leg

5. Work in k2p2 ribbing for ~1 in (2.54 cm).
6. Purl 1 round. This is the anchor for the 2nd ruffle to be done later.
7. Work in k2p2 ribbing for ~2 in (~5 cm).
Heel
8. Change to smaller size needles. Knit 15 (19, 22); turn and purl 30 (38, 44).
9. Place the remaining 26 (34, 40) sts on a piece of waste yarn or holder to be instep later.
10. Work heel as follows:
a) *(Sl-1, k1) across; turn.
b) Slip the first st, and purl the remainder across; turn.
11. Work the two rows above until the heel is ~2.5-2.75 in from start.
Turn Heel

12. Sl1, Knit 15 (19, 22); K2tog, K1, turn.
13. Sl1, P3, p2tog, p1, turn.
14. Sl-1, knit to 1 st before gap, k2tog, k1, turn.
15. Sl-1, purl to 1 st before gap, p2tog, p1, turn.
16. Repeat rows 14 and 15 until all st have been worked. End on wrong side.
Gusset Pickups.

17. Knit across .5 of the sts - these will end up on needle #3.
18. With a new needle, knit the remaining sts.
19. Pick up and knit the slipped st loop going down the side of the sock. As you approach the
sts on the holder for instep, pick up an extra st and place this onto the instep needle (prevents
a hole in the gusset corner).
20. Look carefully at the gusset sts. You will return to the k2p2 rib pattern as worked- this should start exactly as a k2. The instep will be worked in rib until all the gusset decreases are completed.
21. You are about to pick up the gusset st going up the other side of the sock. Look at the corner and pick up an extra st along with the first slipped st; knit these two together.
22. Pick up and knit all the slipped st on the remaining gusset side, and knit the sts on needle 3.

Gusset Decreases
28. Knit one round with no changes.
29. The gusset decreases will be worked as 2 rounds:
a) decrease round: Needle 1, knit across to last 3 sts; k2 tog, k1; Needle 2, k2p2 rib; Needle 3: Knit 1, Sl-1, knit 1, pass slip st over; knit.
b) Plain round: on needles 1 and 3, knit. On needle 2, work in rib as established.
30. Knit the 2 rounds of the gusset decreases until your stitch count returns to the starting number of sts after ruffle = 72(56, 84).
Foot

31. Knit foot in stockinette stitch (knit every round) until the sock length is 2 in from longest toe.
32. Prepare for the toe decreases.
Toe

33. The toe is worked in alternating rounds:
a) Needle 1, work to the last 3 sts, k2tog, and k1; on needle 2, k1, sl-1, k1, psso. Work
to the last 3 st on the needle, and k2tog, k1. For needle 3: k1, sl-1, k1, psso and work to the end
of the needle.
b) knit across all needles with no sts changes.
34. Alternate these two rounds until you have ~ 20 sts remaining; then decrease every round.
35. When there are 8-12 sts remaining, cut the yarn, leaving an ~8 in end, and then close with your
favorite closure.
Finishing

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

37. Remember that purl ridge we knit in the middle of the ribbing on the leg? It serves as the
easy pickup ridge for the final detail. Using a crochet hook or spare needle, pick up and knit
each stitch from the purl ridge. You will pick up 72 (56, 84) loops, and need to be consistent in choosing the top or bottom loop to pick up. Arrange the sts conveniently onto your needles.
38. Knit 1 round.
39. Increase 1 st in every st; you now have 144 (112, 168) sts.
40. Knit 1 round. You may need to use an extra dpn needle or a short circular needle.
41. Inc 1 st in every st; you now have 288 (224, 336) sts.
42. Knit 1 round.
43. Now bind off in purl: purl 2, bind off 1, etc. until all sts are bound off.
44. Cut the yarn and work in your end.

Maizy is a new corn fiber yarn from Crystal Palace Yarns.
Maizy will arrive in July 2007

Maizy Ruffled Socks Designed and Knit by Laura Andersson, Ph.D

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 2007 release. 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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