Monday, September 15, 2008

The Weasley Homestead Sock Pattern

The Weasley’s Homestead
By Erica Lueder

Materials

Yarn: Fingering Weight - approx 350- 400yds

Sample sock knit with Fresh From the Cauldron’s Superwash Sock Yarn in the Burrow Colorway.

Needles: US 2 (2.75mm) – set of 2 Circular Needles, or size needed to obtain gauge.

Gauge: 36 sts per 4 inches (10cm)

Elongated Rib Stitch Leg Pattern
(Repeat from * to *)

Rows 1-6: *p2, k2*

Rows 7-12: *k2, p2*

Slightly Modified Garter-Stitch Edged Eye of Partridge Heel
Row 1: k3, p to end
Row 2: p3, *k1, sl 1* to last 3 sts,
k3
Row 3: k3, p to end

Row 4: p3, *sl 1, K1* to last 3 sts, k3

INSTRUCTIONS:

Cuff

CO 64 sts, divide evenly over 2 circular needles (32 sts each needle). Join for knitting in the round.

Work 12 rows of ribbing: *k2, p2*

Leg

Begin Elongated Rib Stitch Leg Pattern for a total of 3 pattern repeats or until you have reached your desired length ending with row 12 of pattern.

Heel Flap

The heel flap is worked using ndl 2; ndl 1 is holding the instep sts. Knit the Slightly Modified Garter-Stitch Edged Eye of Partridge Heel Pattern for a total of 8 pattern repeats (32 total rows) ending with Row 4 of the pattern. This leaves 16 edge sts for pick up after the heel is turned.

Heel Turn

With WS facing you,
Sl 1, p 16, p2tog, p1, turn

Next row: sl 1, k3, ssk, k1, turn
Next row: sl 1, p4, p2tog, p1, turn

Next row: sl 1, k5, ssk, k1, turn

Next row: sl 1, p6, p2tog, p1, turn
Next row: sl 1, k7, ssk, k1, turn

**continue in this manner until all sts are have been knit – there should be 18 heel sts left on the needle at this point.**

Pick up (pu) the heel flap sts.

Using the ndl holding the heel sts (now referred to as ndl 1): pu 16 sts along the heel flap, pu 1 extra st between the heel flap and the instep (to close the gap), pm, k across half of the instep sts (16 sts) in pattern. Switch to the other needle (now referred to as ndl 2).

Using ndl 2: continue across second half of the instep sts (16 sts) in pattern, pm, pu 1 extra st between instep and heel flap (to close gap), pu 16 heel flap sts, continue to knit across half of the heel sts (9 sts)

**at this point there should be 42 sts on each needle**

Gusset

Set up row:
Ndl 1: k across the heel and heel flap sts until you reach 2 sts before the marker, ssk,
sm, continue to knit across the instep sts in pattern.

Ndl 2: k across the instep sts in pattern, sm, k2tog, k to end

Now we’re ready to get going on the gusset J

Row 1: Ndl 1: k to 3 sts before marker, k2tog, k1, sm, knit instep sts in pattern
Ndl 2: k across instep sts in pattern,
sm, k1, ssk, k to end

Row 2: Ndl 1: K to marker, sm, continue across instep sts in pattern
Ndl 2: k across instep sts in pattern,
sm, k to end

**Repeat these 2 rows until there are 32 sts left on each needle (17 gusset rows total, not including the set-up row)**

Redistribute the sts so ndl 1 carries the instep sts and ndl 2 carries the sole sts.

Instep

Continue knitting in pattern (ndl 1: the Elongated Rib Stitch Leg Pattern, ndl 2: St st) until you have reached your desired length ending with row 14 of the Brick Stitch Leg Pattern.

Toe

Decrease rounds are knit as follows:

*k1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1*
Row 1: decrease (30 sts per ndl)

Row 2: knit
Row 3: decrease (28 sts per ndl)
Row 4: knit
Row 5: decrease (26 sts per ndl)
Row 6: knit

Row 7: decrease (24 sts per ndl)
Row 8: knit
Row 9: decrease (22 sts per ndl)
Row 10: knit
Row 11: decrease (20 sts per ndl)
Row 12: knit

Row 13: decrease (18 sts per ndl)
Row 14: knit
Row 15: decrease (16 sts per ndl)
Row 16: knit
Row 17: decrease (14 sts per ndl)
Row 18: knit

Row 19: decrease (12 sts per ndl)

Row 20: decrease (10 sts per ndl)

Finishing

Cut yarn leaving a 10 inch tail and weave through remaining sts using the Kitchener technique. Weave in all ends and congratulate yourself on knitting a beautiful sock J Now knit the other one if you haven’t already.

Abbreviations:

CO: cast on
k: knit
k2tog: knit 2 stitches together
ndl: needle
p: purl
p2tog: purl 2 stitches together
pm: place marker
pu: pick up
sl 1: slip one stitch as if to purl
ssk: slip, slip, knit
St st: Stockinette Stitch
sts: stitches

WS: wrong side
wyib: with yarn in back

wyif: with yarn in front

Inspiration:

The Weasley Family is one of my favorite “characters” in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Series. When I think about the individual Weasley Family members all together the words strength, foundation, love, warmth, unity, and character all come to mind. I decided to pair this colorway with the Elongated Rib Stitch Pattern because the colorway provided the family’s “warmth” and the stitch pattern provided the family’s “foundation”. I want to note, the Elongated Rib Stitch Pattern is not my own; I have seen it used in several different projects and have changed no part of it for this “pattern”. This “pattern” (or non-pattern) is simply how I constructed this particular pair of socks.

9 comments:

fillyjonk said...

Thank you for sharing this! I love the Weasleys too, and I will be making my own pair of socks using this pattern.

Erica said...

You're so welcome! You'll have to share pictures when you're done :) The socks knit up rather quickly too, which is always nice.

Bea said...

Yeah! Another one for my queue. Its going to be full of your patterns soon!

LizzieK8 said...

Super pattern! Love all things HP! and I love that you picked up things other than book titles or main characters to base your patterns on!

MorganAside said...

Gorgeous socks! I can't wait to try it. I've added it to my ravelry que.

Jean said...

I love the fact that you wrote this for the 2 circular needles method as that is what I use. This sock is now on my to do list. Thank you so much for the pattern.

MorganAside said...

Love this pattern! I finished mine back in February. I used dpns instead of circulars. They turned out great! Thanks!!!
I will be posting a picture of them to my blog eventually.

twinsetellen said...

Very handsome pattern! Added to my queue and I think I even have the perfect yarn for them. Thanks!

claquee said...

So glad to have come across your site! I am a longtime knitter who is crazy for socks:: always looking for new, simple patts. love seeing what my needles can make! ;-) I think I will be making a couple of your patterns for my own family, for nieces and nephews we don't get to see v. often:: We read the HP series out loud (in French) and have a loose tradition of taking time to read together every night. (Have you heard of the Alice Ozma book 'the reading promise'? i read it just a couple of weeks ago and it is v. inspiring!) bla bla... anyway, thanks again for such a wide range of patterns.