I wanted to create something special for my sister's wedding. Since it was on 7-7-07, the idea for this 7-heart pair of socks was born. If you prefer though, it would be easy to make the heart panel or the ribbed cuff longer for a longer leg.
This pattern was originally created with the magic loop technique. To adapt to DPNs, you will need to divide the stitches between the needles in a way that makes sense to you. This pattern also assumes familiarity with basic sock construction and picking up stitches for a gusset.Although I had several offers for test knitting, I have not heard back from them since July. If you find any errors in this pattern please let me know.
Sample Yarn: Art Yarns Supermerino (104yd/50g) or replace with a dk yarn
Suggested Needles: US Size 3-4s
Gauge: 13 sts/2” & 16.5 rows/2”
Finished size: This sock has a finished circumference of 8" (may be slightly less if using a dk yarn, check gauge), but the lace panel is very stretchy.
Magic cast-on 11 sts on each needle. Increase at the beginning and end of each needle for the first 2 rounds and then every other round until there are 23 on each needle (for a total of 46)
Heart Pattern* Lace Panel:
Rnd 1: k6, yo, k2tog, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, sl1, k1, psso, yo, k6
Rnd 2 (and all even rows): knit even
Rnd 3: k7, yo, k4tog, yo, k3, yo, k4tog, yo, k7
Rnd 5: k7, k2tog, yo, k5, yo, sl1, k1, psso, k7
Rnd 7: k6, k2tog, yo, k7, yo, sl1, k1, psso,, k6
Rnd 9: k5, k2tog, yo, k9, yo, sl1, k1, psso, k5
NOTE: On Row 1, the number of sts is increased to 25. On Row 3, it is reduced back to 23.
When you are 2-3" short of your total foot length (consider your row gauge to make this choice, 2 was ok with a fairly tight row gauge but did not have lengthwise ease), work the center 16 sts as a heel flap. Knit in stockinette for 2" or desired heel flap length ending with a WS row. Note which row you are on for the lace pattern for later!
Knit 15 and turn. Purl 14 and turn. Continue with one less st in each row until there are only 6-8 sts being worked. (You should finish with a WS row.)
Knit across the rest of the row and pick up stitches along the left side of the heel flap. When you get to the lace panel needle, work in the next row of the chart. Then with the heel flap needle pick up the stitches along the right side of the heel flap. Feel free to mark the center stitch of this needle to mark the beginning of the round.
*Knit until 3 sts before the end of the needle (exact number of sts knit will depend on how many sts were knit in the heel flap and subsequently picked up). K2tog, k1. Work lace panel in next chart row. K1, sl 1, k1, psso, knit to center panel. Knit next lace panel row, and then knit even.* Repeat until there is once again 23 sts on the heel needle.
Knit heel needle even and work 7 repeats of the lace chart. Continuing to work the heel needle even, work another 5 rows of the lace panel. Knit 1 row completely around before starting a 1X1 rib. Use a sewn bind-off to finish.
*Adapted from: The Ultimate Knitting Book by the editors of Vogue Knitting.
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