Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Cornucopia Socks (Free Sock Knitting Pattern)

Spiral socks are loads of fun to knit. I think they are very addictive, in fact. I always seem to be knitting just a little more to see the spiral twist around the socks. I am so mesmerized when I knit them, that before I know it, I am done with a sock, and on to the second one.
In this version of the spiral sock, knit with
SockPixie's Sock Yarn , I wanted to increase the effect of the spiral, by adding strong textural elements. Eyelets, and textured decreases give the socks a lot of movement. The colors and the movement made the name Cornucopia perfect for these new socks. I know I am a little early for fall, but what can I say, creativity knows no limits!
The pattern is simple and easy to memorize. I would say that the only tricky thing is that you may have to go get your next stitch from the other needle.
I have given directions for 64 stitches only as the pattern has a lot of stretch in it, and can fit a wide range of sizes.

: 1 skein SockPixie Sock Yarn in Cornucopia
Gauge: 8 sts/inch in st st on US 1


Note: In order to complete the pattern, at the end of a needle, you may need to "borrow" a stitch from the next needle. Get the stitch and transfer it so that you can complete the pattern, then transfer that last stitch you just completed back but treat it as an already worked stitch. If, for example, what followed your transfer was K3, the stitch that you moved back and forth, would count as the first of the K3, and you would not need to knit it again. It would just become the first stitch on your right needle. This may sound complicated, but will become obvious as you do it, as you will follow the spiral movement of the stitches.

R1: *K5, P3* Repeat from * to *
R2: *K2, YO, SL1, K1, PSSO, K1, P3* Reapeat from * to *.
R3: P1, *K5, P3* Repeat from * to *, end P2.
R4: P1, *K2, YO, SL1, K1, PSSO, K1, P3* Repeat from * yo *, end P2
R5: P2, *K5, P3* repeat from * to *, end P1
R6: P2, *K2, YO, SL1, K1, PSSO, K1, P3* Repeat from * to *, end P1
R7: *P3, K5* Repeat from * to *
R8: *P3, K2, YO, SL1, K1, PSSO, K1* Repeat form * to *
R9: K1, *P3, K5* Repeat from * to *, end K4.
R10: K1, *P3, K2, YO, SL1, K1, PSSO, K1* repeat from * to *, end (K2, YO, SL1, K1, PSSO)
R11: K2, *P3, K5* Repeat from * to *, end K3
R12: K2, *P3, K2, YO, SL1, K1, PSSO, K1* Repeat from * to *, end ( K2, YO, SL1, K1, PSSO).
R13: K3, *P3, K5* Repeat from * to *, end K2
R14: YO, SL1, K1, PSSO, K1, *P3, K2, YO, SL1, K1, PSSO, K1* Rpeat from * to *, end K2.
R15: K4, *P3, K5* Repeat from * to *, end K1
R16: K1, YO, SL1, PSSO, K1, *P3, K2, YO, SL1, K1, PSSO, K1*, Repeat from * to *, end K1.

Rows 1 through 16 form the pattern.


Cast on 64 stitches. Divide stitches: Circular method 32 on each for circulars// 4 dpts 16, 16, 32 // 5 dpts 16 on each //
Join round.
Knit in K1P1 rib for 1 1/2"

Continue in stitch pattern over the desired length for the leg.


You will be working on only half the stitches 32.
R1: Knit to the last 2 stitches, wyif slip next stitch, bring yarn to back, and slip wrapped stitch back to left needle. Turn.
R2: Purl to the last 2 stitches, wyinb slip next stitch, bring yarn back to the front, slip wrapped stitch back to left needle.
R3: knit to 1 stitch before the last wrapped stitch, wrap the stitch as above, turn.
R4: Purl to 1 stitch before las wrapped stitch, wrap stitch, turn.
Repeat R3 and R4 until 14 stitches remain unwrapped at the center of your heel.
Continue shaping the heel as follows:
R1: Knit to the wrapped stitch, knit the wrap together with the stich, and wrap the next stitch by wyif slipping the next stitch, bringing the yarn to the back and returning the wrapped stitch back to the left needle, and turn.
R2: Purl to the wrapped stitch, purl stich an wrap together through the back loops, wrap next stitch by wyib slipping the next stich, bringing the yarn back to the front, and slipping the wrapped stitch back to the left needle
R3: Knit to the wrapped stitch, slip wrapped stitch to right needle, with left needle pick up the 2 wraps, and place the on the right needle. Slip the 2 wraps and the stitch back to the left needle, and knit the 3 together. Wrap next stitch as above, and turn.
R4: Purl to the wrapped stitch, slip the wrapped stitch to the right needle. With left needle pick up the wraps and place them on the right needle. Transfer the wraps and the stitch one by one back to the left needle, and purl the 3 together through the back loop. Wrap the next stitch. Turn.
Repeat R3 and R4 until all stitches are consumed. The first and the last stitch on the needle will each have 1 wrap, which you will knit together on the first round of the rest of you sock.


Start knitting in the round again over the 64 stitches, keeping the pattern going around the whole foot. Make sure to pick up the wraps for the 2 stitches, and knitting wrap and stitch together during the first round.
Continue Knitting in the round in pattern, until the foot is the appropriate length.


Circular Method
Knit toe in st st.
R1: K1,SSK, knit to the last 3 stitches on needle, K2tog, K1. Repeat on next needle.
R2: Knit
Repeat R1 and R2 for 1 inch, then repeat R1 only until there are 8 stitches left on each eedle.
Using the kitchener stitch, graft the toe closed.

Work stitches on needle 1. New begininng of round. Instep on needle 1, and sole on needles 2 and 3.
Needle 1: K1, SSK, knit to last 3 stitches, K2tog, K1
Needle 2: K1, SSK, knit to end
Needle 3: Knit to,last 3 stitches, K2tog, K1
R2: Knit
Repeat as for circular method until 8 stitces are left. Graft toe.

Work stitches on needle. New beginning of round.Instep on needle 1 and 2, sole on needle 3 and 4.
Needle 1: K1, SSK , knit to end
Needle 2: Knit to last 3 stitches, K2tog, K1
Needle 3: Same as needle 1
Needle 4: Same as needle 2
Repeat as for circular method until 8 stoitches are left. Graft toe.

For personal use only. Copyright, Caroline Dlugy-Hegwer, 2007.


www.time2use.com said...

Oh, how nice, Too Bad I don't actually knit.. This might actually be a great gift for someone.

Sockpixie said...

Could I convince you to learn? ;)

Caroline, the SockPixie

Romi said...

Those are gorgeous. Have you submitted your free patterns to knittingpatterncentral.com? You should. You'd get tons of hits. :)

SockPixie said...

Dear Romi,

Yes I have, and these last 2 patterns should be added to the list of patterns on the directory pretty soon. Thanks so much for the suggestion.
By the way, how was the Harlot's speech in Petaluma? ;)You were wearing a beautiful shawl!

Caroline, the SockPixie


Wool Winder said...

You know I've been mesmerized by spirals lately, so this pattern has my attention. The yarn color is beautiful too. It's nice to see how it knits up.

camillaknits said...

Okay, okay, you got me. The yarn is gorgeous, and just today I was battling sock ennui (thinking I should make my atty. a pair of socks, because he just doesn't *get* the knitting thing, and thinks I'll bury myself in the shop I'm opening.) He's a slight man, slim feet; THESE socks I think will do... and they look fun enough to knit, especially if that knitting is going to a 'muggle'. Once again you've put a 'pretty' out for us. Thank you so much. Camilla

SockPixie said...

Hi Camilla,

I hope you both enjoy the socks!

Caroline, the SockPixie

Anonymous said...

Hello Sockpixie girls, question on the pattern. No gusset?

SockPixie said...

Dear Kathleen,

Basically in the short row heel, you form a "cup" for the heel. Once you are done you can go on with the foot.

Caroline, the SockPixie

Romi said...

Hi Caroline - the Harlot was *wonderful*! She is hilariously funny with amazing comic timing. :)

Thanks for the compliment on my shawl. It's one of those wonderful items that are incredibly simple to knit and really impressive looking! ;)

Anonymous said...

Those are fantastic socks. Comfy and metaphorical, all at the same time!

I linked back to this pattern on my blog and a nice lady has posted a question in my comments. Could somebody swing by and help her out with her Cornucopia Socks?

She's here.

Thanks so much.


m said...

I really love the pattern, but I'm also having a problem with row 12 and having two stitches left over. This is the second time I've worked this row, and it's still coming out wrong. Any pointers?

SockPixie said...

Dear M,

I have to cast on and check row 12... So bear with me. I will be posting an update in the form of a new post, and will make any necessary corrections.

Thanks for your patience,

Caroline, the SockPixie

Tricia said...

Love the socks...the pattern and colors are just beautiful. I have two questions...one, did you figure out the problem with row 12? Second, I read at the beginning about needing to "borrow" a stitch...will this pattern not work if you just cast on 65 sts instead of 64? ~Tricia

evelin said...

Hi Caroline,

Thank you for this realy nice pattern. =) I just knitted a pair of socks with this and I feel like starting a second pair...addicting...

Alisha said...

I just finished sock one, and am about to cast on for sock 2. My yarn choice was a little off, but the pattern is stunning. I really like that the heel doesn't take away from the pattern.

crochet said...

I follow this site and recommend continuous. Thank you for sharing

Veronica Krawcewicz said...
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Caroline Hegwer said...

Dear Veronica,

There a lot of decreases that is true. The increases are made using yarn over, YO in the pattern.
Feel free to contact me on Ravelryif you need any more help.
I am Caroline Hegwer on Ravelry.

Happy knitting,


Veronica Krawcewicz said...

Thank you.