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Diagonal Stitch Merino 5 Socks 
Sized for both Women and Men
Designed and Knit by Laura Andersson
For Crystal Palace Yarns

Inspiration: Merino-5 is a new worsted weight merino yarn spun from super-soft Australian Merino wool with the bonus of being machine washable!
This yarn is fun to knit - fast & enjoyable & sooo soft!

Details: The design is an interesting diagonal stitch which is not hard to learn but increases your knitting pleasure. There is a small baby cable at the center back leg for extra fun &  ease in design orientation.
The pattern can, if you choose, be carried down the foot to the toe.
Because the size changes are made by changing the number of sts in the repeat, you will want to be sure to highlight the repeat for your desired size. The Merino-5 yarn is very stretchy, so there is some flexibility in the sizes.

Crystal Palace Yarns Merino 5  : 2 balls=(Sizes A & B: women's small & med); 3 balls=(Size C: woman's large/man's small-medium); 4 balls=(Size D: woman's X-large/man's large).
Crystal Palace Bamboo DPN in 2 sizes, US 4 (3.5 mm) for leg, &  US 3 (3.25 mm) for heel & foot, or size required to obtain gauge.

Merino-5 Models shown:
Woman's sock in Violets (9812) & Man's sock in Fall Herbs (#9809).

Gauge: 6.25 - 6.5 sts/inch (25 - 27 st/10 cm) over St st with larger needles.

BO-bind off; beg - begin(ning), CO-cast on; cont-continue; dec-decrease; EOR-end of row; K-knit; K2T-mini cable (see below)  ; PM-place marker; psso- k1, sl-1, pass slip st over; PU-pick up; P-purl; rem- remaining; rep-repeat; rnd-round; RS-right side; Sl1-slip one; St(s)-stitch (es); St st-Stockinette stitch; WS-wrong side

Stitch Techniques:
k2T (mini cable): K2tog; do not move st off left needle but instead knit the 1st st and move both st to right needle. This st is alternated every other row with a simple K2.

Cast-on and Cuff
With larger DP Needles, CO on for desired size as follows:
Size A: 44 sts; Size B: 56 sts; Size C: 68 sts; Size D: 80 sts.
Do not join. P 1 row; divide sts & join, being careful not to twist. PM to designate end-of-round (EOR).
Work K2, P2 rib for 1.5-3 in. as desired for cuff.
K 1 round & modify st count: add 1 st to all sizes:
size A: 45 sts; size B: 57 sts; size C: 69 sts; size D: 81 sts.

Beg the pattern, starting with rnd 1.

Size A: Woman's Small (13 st repeat)
Rnd 1: p2, k2T, p2 *(k1, yo, k3, k2tog, k2, (sl-1, k1, psso), k3, yo); rep from * to marker.
Rnd 2: p2, k2, p2 *(k all st), repeat from * to end of rnd.

Size B: Woman's Medium (17 st repeat)
Round 1: p2, k2T, p2 *(k1, yo, k5, k2tog, k2, (sl-1, k1, psso) k5, yo); rep from * to marker.
Round 2: p2, k2, p2 *(k all st); repeat from * to marker

Size C: Woman's Large/Man's Small-Medium (21 st repeat)
Rnd 1: p2, k2T, p2, *(K2, yo, k6, k2tog, k3, (sl-1, k1, psso), k6, yo); rep from * to marker.
Rnd 2: p2, k2,p2 *(k all st); rep from * to marker.

Size D: Woman's XL/Man's Large (25 st repeat)
Rnd 1: p2, k2T, p2 *(K3, yo, k7, k2tog, k4 (sl-1, k1, psso), k7, yo); repeat from * to marker.
Rnd 2: p2, k2, p2 *(k all st); rep from * to end of rnd.

Note 1: Put marker bet each pattern repeat. Arrange sts on needles so end "yo" of repeat is not first or last st on needle.
Work in patt for ~5 -7 in. (usually longer for man's sock); end with rnd 2.

Switch to smaller needles for heel & foot (this enhances wear).

Move EOR marker over 3 sts to left, to middle of K2T mini cable (3 of six cable sts are to right of marker & 3 sts are to left of marker).
Follow instructions for your size:
Size A: k13, turn &  p26. Place the rem 19 sts on holder for instep (this should be the centermost 13-st repeat, with 3 sts on each side of it).
Size B: k17, turn &  p34. Place the rem 23 sts on holder for instep (this should be the centermost 17-st repeat, with 3 sts on each side of it).
Size C: k21, turn &  p42. Place the rem 27 sts on holder for instep (this should be the centermost 21-st repeat, with 3 st on each side of it).
Size D: k25, turn &  p50. Place the rem 31 sts on holder for instep (this should be the centermost 25-st repeat, with 3 sts on each side of it).

Work heel as follows:
a) *(Sl-1, k1) across; turn.
b) Sl-1 st &  P across; turn.

Work 2 rows above until heel measures:
Size A: 2.25 in/5.7 cm from start
Size B: 2.75 in/6.99 cm from start
Size C: 3.0 in/7.62 cm from start
Size D: 3.25 in/8.26 cm from start

Turn Heel
K across over half of sts, k2, k2tog, k1, turn.
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 rows 14 &  15 until all sts have been worked. End on WS.

Gusset Pickups
K across half of the sts - these will end up on needle #3.
PU &  K slipped loops going down side of sock.
Look carefully at instep st. There are 3 sts, then pattern for your size, then 3 sts.
Work these as [(p1,k1,p1) (your pattern st) (p1, k1, p1)] for every row until all gusset decs are completed. At that point either stop or continue pattern until toe.
PU gusset st going up other side of sock & knit sts on needle 3.

Gusset Decreases
K one rnd with no changes.
Gusset decs worked as 2 rnds:
Dec rnd: Needle 1, K across to last 3 sts; K2tog, K1; Needle 2, work in pattern; Needle 3, K1, Sl-1, K1, pass slip st over K st (psso); K.
Plain rnd: on needles 1 & 3, K. On needle 2, work in pattern as established.
K 2 rnds of gusset decs until st count returns to starting number of sts for chosen size.

K foot in St st (K every rnd) until the sock length is ~2.5 in (6.35 cm) from back of heel.

Toe (prepare for toe decs)
Check to see that sts dispersed properly: ~ half on needle 2, with other half split evenly bet needles 1 &  3.
Note: if patterning instep, change to K only here.
Toe decs are worked in 2 rounds:
Round 1
Needle 1: K to last 3 sts, K2tog, &  K1.
Needle 2: K1, Sl-1, K1, psso, K to last 3 sts, K2tog, &  K1.
Needle 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.
Work every rnd as dec rnd -
Needle 1: K to last 3 sts, K2tog, & K1.
Needle 2: K1, Sl-1, K1, psso, K to last 3 sts, K2tog, &  K1.
Needle 3: K1, Sl-1, K1, psso, K to end.
When only ~8 st rem, cut yarn leaving 8 in. (~20 cm) end.
Close toe as desired. Preferred method is to use crochet hook & pull yarn end through each st & drop it off needle. Pull snugly to gather & move end to inside.

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

Merino 5 Woman's Sock Designed and Knit by Laura Andersson, Ph.D

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, Fifty States, is in progress. 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).

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 Merino 5 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