Crunchy Leaves Socks: A Slipped Stitch Pattern

Howdy, fellow creative persons.

I’ve got a new sock pattern for you just in time for the weekend. I gave them the same name as my Crunchy Leaves Hat Pattern because I used the same stitch pattern. I never said I was creative with naming.

Crunchy leaves knitting socks pattern

The socks contain a two-color slipped stitch pattern with only one color worked per round. Each color is worked for two rounds, then the alternate color is used.

I’ve created the pattern for 4 different sizes, but make these suckers any size you want. Just cast on a multiple of 4, and you’re on your way. Feel free to contact me for different sizing help.

If you’ve made socks before, you’ll have no problem with these. Just use the size of needle you use for all your other sock patterns. I have the most ridiculously tiny feet in the world, so I always use size 0 for my socks.

Just like with needle size, cast on the same number of stitches (multiple of 4) that you cast on for other socks.

Please let me know if you have any questions. I’m happy to help; have a great weekend.

Enjoy!

Sizes and Gauge

Extra small (52 stitches), Small (60 stitches), Medium (68 stitches), Large
(76 stitches)

Gauge: 4 inches = 30 stitches in pattern.

Materials

Size US1.5 (2.5 mm) long circular needle for
Magic Loop OR two circular needles OR set of
double pointed needles, OR size needed to
obtain gauge.

140 (150, 160, 170) yards fingering weight sock
yarn in Main Color. I used Premier Yarns Serenity Sock in Soft White

90 (100, 110, 120) yards fingering weight sock yarn in Contrasting Color. I used Premier Yarns Serenity Sock Weight in Burgundy.

2 stitch markers

Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Abbreviations

K – Knit

P – Purl

MC – Main Color

CC – Contrasting Color

SSK – Slip, slip, knit

K2tog – Knit 2 together

P2tog – Purl 2 together

Sl1 – Slip 1

St(s) – Stitches

Wyib – With yarn in back

Wyif – With yarn in front

Method

Cuff and leg

Crunchy leaves knitting socks pattern

CO 52 (60, 68, 76) sts. Join for knitting in the round.

K1, P1 to end. Work 1×1 ribbing for ¬ĺ inch or desired cuff length.

Attach CC.

Setup Round: Using CC, K2. *Sl1 wyib, K3. Repeat from * to last 2 sts, Sl1 wyib, K1. Switch to MC.

Round 1 (MC): *Sl1 wyif, K3. Repeat from * to end of round.

Round 2 (MC): *Sl1 wyib, K3. Repeat from * to end of round. Switch to CC.

Round 3 (CC): K2. *Sl1 wyif, K3. Repeat from * to last 2 sts. Sl1 wyif, K1.

Round 4 (CC): K2. *S1 wyib, K3. Repeat from * to last 2 sts. Sl1 wyib, K1. Switch to MC.

Work Rounds 1-4 for 5 inches or desired length, ending with a Round 4.

Continue with MC for Heel Flap and Heel Turn

Heel Flap

Place the next 25 (29, 33, 37) sts on hold for top of foot. The remaining 27 (31, 35, 39) sts will be worked back and forth for the heel flap, beginning with a WS row.

Setup Row (WS): Sl1 pw, P2, *Sl1 wyib, P3. Repeat from * to end.

Row 1 (RS): *Sl1 wyib, K1. Repeat to last stitch, k last st.

Row 2 (WS): Sl1 purlwise wyif, P to end

Repeat rows for 2.25 inches or desired heel flap length, ending with a WS row.

Heel turn

Row 1 (RS): Sl1 wyib, K 15 (17, 19, 21) sts, SSK, K1, turn work.

Row 2 (WS): Sl1 wyif, P6, P2tog, P1, turn work.

Row 3 (RS): Sl1 wyib, K to 1 st before gap, SSK (to close gap), K1, turn work.

Row 4 (WS): Sl1 wyif, P to 1 st before gap, P2tog (to close gap), P1, turn work.

Repeat rows 3 and 4 until all sts have been worked. 17 (19, 21, 23) sts remain.

Resume working in the round.

Shape Gussets and Foot

Crunchy leaves knitting socks pattern

Rnd 1 (MC): Continuing with MC, Sl1 wyib, K to end of heel turn sts. Pick up one st in each slipped st along right edge of heel flap, plus one st between heel flap and top of foot. Place a marker for right side. *Sl1 wyif, K3. Repeat from * to last st of top of foot. Sl1 wyif. Place marker for left side of foot. Pick up one st between top of foot and heel flap, and in each slipped st along left edge of heel flap. K to end of heel flap, then K the picked up sts through the back loops to the right marker for beginning of round.

Rnd 2 (MC): Continuing with MC, *Sl1 wyib, K3. Repeat from * until one st before left marker, Sl1 wyib. K picked up stitches (on left side of heel flap) through the back loops, then K to beginning of round at right marker. Switch to CC.

Rnd 3 (CC): K2. *Sl1 wyif, K3. Repeat from *to 3 sts before left marker. Sl1 wyif, K2. Slip marker, K1, SSk, K to last 3 sts before right marker, K2tog, K1.

Rnd 4 (CC): K2. *Sl1 wyib, K3. Repeat from * to 3 sts before left marker. Sl1 wyib, K2. Slip marker, K to end of round. Switch to MC.

Rnd 5 (MC): *Sl1 wyif, K3. Repeat from * to last st before left marker, Sl1 wyif. Slip marker, K1, SSK, K to 3 sts before marker, K2tog, K1.

Rnd 6 (MC): *Sl1 wyib, K3. Repeat from * to last st before left marker, Sl1 wyib. Slip marker, K to end of round. Switch to CC.

Repeat rounds 3-6 until you are back to your original number of stitches. Continue working in pattern (slip stitch on top of foot and even knitting on bottom) without the gusset decreases until the sock is about 2 inches shorter than desired, ending with a Rnd 4.

Continue with MC.

Toe Decreases

Setup round: *Sl1 wyif, K3. Repeat to last st before left marker, Sl1 wyif. Remove marker, K1, replace marker. K to end of round.

Rnd 1: K to end of round.

Rnd 2: K1, SSK, K to 3 sts before left marker, K2tog, K1, Slip marker, K1, SSK, K to 3 sts before right marker, K2tog, K1.

Repeat Rnds 1 and 2 until toe is desired length, ending with a Rnd 2. Graft sts together.

Crunchy leaves knitting socks pattern

Repeat pattern for second sock. Block if you want; I never block socks. ūüôā

Pattern has only been tested  by me. Please let me know of any errors or questions.

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Eira Shawl and the Stanton Brioche Stitch

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I started this shawl about a year ago, then gave up on it. I¬† couldn’t get it to look the way I wanted, so it needed a time-out. A year time-out apparently.

Well, I picked it out of the discard pile recently and got back to work. And I’m pretty happy with the result.

While working on it, I waited for a name to come to me. Then the Universe provided a name by dumping a ridiculously large amount of snow on the Seattle area. Eira is a female name in Wales and means “snow” in the Welsh language.

Eira shawl knitting brioche

Eira shawl incorporates the super-cool reversible 2-color Stanton Brioche stitch created by Nancy Marchant in her Knitting Brioche book. I love this book, and highly recommend being comfortable with regular Brioche before attempting a modified version of the stitch.

knitting eira shawl stanton brioche stitch

The Stanton Brioche stitch is a combination of purls and slipped stitches with the contrasting color; and a combination of slipped stitches and Brioche knit stitches with the main color. The slipped stitches create a slipped stitch that is surrounded by TWO yarn-overs, while the Brioche knit stitches knit together the stitch with its TWO yarn-overs. I think it creates a more lacy look than regular Brioche.

If you’re familiar with regular Brioche, the Stanton stitch won’t be a problem.

I started the shawl with a triangle made from placing yarn-overs at the beginning of each row. The top of the triangle is bound off and the yarn-overs are then picked up and knit to create the rest of the shawl.

Eira shawl brioche knitting stanton stitch

I’m currently finalizing the pattern and plan to have it uploaded to Ravelry soon. If anyone is interested in test-knitting it, please let me know!

The snow is finally starting to melt here in the Seattle area. I hope it’s done for the year. Who else is ready for Spring and farmers markets and road-trips to the ocean?

Eira shawl brioche knitting stanton stitch

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