By Erica Lueder
Yarn: Fingering Weight - approx 350-400yds. Sample sock knit with Garnstudio DROPS Fabel in the colorway 914. Note – Sample sock was test knit and photographed by Anna (Absinthia on Ravelry).
Needles: US 1 (2.25mm) – set of 2 Circular Needles, or size needed to obtain gauge.
Gauge: 40 sts per 4 inches (10cm)
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
CO 72 sts, divide evenly over 2 circular needles (36 sts each needle). Join for knitting in the round.
Work 20 rows of ribbing: *k1,p1*
Knit 1 row. Begin the main leg pattern (see chart below) for a total of 3 pattern repeats or until you have reached your desired length ending with row 24 of pattern.
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 for a total of 9 pattern repeats (36 total rows). This leaves 18 edge sts for pick up after the heel is turned.
With WS facing you,
Sl 1, p 18, 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 20 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 18 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 (18 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 (18 sts) in pattern, pm, pu 1 extra st between instep and heel flap (to close gap), pu 18 heel flap sts, continue to knit across half of the heel sts (10 sts)
**at this point there should be 47 sts on each needle**
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
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 36 sts left on each needle (21 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.
Continue knitting in pattern (ndl 1: the main leg pattern, ndl 2: St st) until you have reached your desired length ending with row 24 of the main leg pattern.
Decrease rounds are knit as follows:
*k1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1*
Row 1: decrease (34 sts per ndl)
Row 2 & 3: knit
Row 4: decrease (32 sts per ndl)
Row 5 & 6: knit
Row 7: decrease (30 sts per ndl)
Row 8 & 9: knit
Row 10: decrease (28 sts per ndl)
Row 11: knit
Row 12: decrease (26 sts per ndl)
Row 13: knit
Row 14: decrease (24 sts per ndl)
Row 15: knit
Row 16: decrease (22 sts per ndl)
Row 17: knit
Row 18: decrease (20 sts per ndl)
Row 19: knit
Row 20: decrease (18 sts per ndl)
Row 21: decrease (16 sts per ndl)
Row 22: decrease (14 sts per ndl)
Row 23: decrease (12 sts per ndl)
Cut yarn leaving a 10 inch tail and weave through remaining sts using the
CO: cast on
k2tog: knit 2 stitches together
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
Inspiration:Minerva McGonagall is one tough lady and one of my favorite characters from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Series. Crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle, I always wondered what type of socks she would wear while teaching her students Transfiguration. I ended up going with this stitch pattern because of the simple elegance and because I thought it might speak to her normally hidden girly-side.