Stepped in Moss Socks

Stepped in Moss Socks

Stepped in Moss Socks

Continuing on from Down to the Sea, I am not quite ready to stop with the Irish Moss… so here is Simply The Simplest Sock, the Moss Edit! 

Yarn, Needles & Notions

Yarn: WYS Signature 4 Ply Cocktails (100g ball).   Shown in Passionfruit Cooler.

Needles: 2.50 mm DPNs (or preferred sock needles).

Notions: Scissors, Darning Needle for ends, stitch marker

Gauge & Finished Size

Gauge: 32 stitches and 42 rounds to 10 cm / 4 ins measured over double moss stitch  

Finished Sizes: 

To fit foot circumference: 20 (21.5, 22.5, 24, 25.5) cm / 8 (8.5, 9, 9.5, 10) ins

Finished sock size: 17.5 (19, 20, 21.5, 22.5) cm / 7 (7.5, 8, 8.5, 9) ins

Abbreviations

K: Knit

P: Purl

K2tog: Knit 2 stitches together

P2tog: Purl 2 stitches together

SSK: Slip Slip Knit (a decrease stitch).  Slip the first stitch (next stitch on the left-hand needle) with the right-hand needle as if to knit, slip the second stitch as if to knit, then slide the left-hand needle into the front of both stitches and knit them together.

RS: Right side

WS: Wrong side

Pattern

Using a loose method (e.g. long-tail method), cast on 56 (60, 64, 68, 72) stitches.

Distribute equally over 4 of the DPNs.  Knit with 5th needle.

Join for working in the round, being careful not to twist.  Place marker to indicate the start of the round.  The first needle in the position after the round marker is referred to as needle 1, the next needle is needle 2 and so on.

Cuff

Working in 2x2 rib (k2, p2), work until the cuff measures 4 cm / 1.5 ins.  All sizes

Leg

Working in Irish Moss Stitch, work until sock measures 20 cm / 8 ins from cast-on edge.  Finish after completing Row 4.  All sizes

Irish Moss Stitch

Rows 1 & 2: K1, P1 to end

Rows 3 & 4: P1, K1 to end 

up close and Mossy

Irish Moss in 4 ply looks almost woven

Heel Flap (HF)

HF Row 1 (RS): Knit the next 28 (30, 32, 34, 36) stitches (from needles 1 & 2), turn work.
These stitches will be worked flat to create the heel flap.  The stitches on needles 3 & 4 (instep stitches) remain as they are until required for the gusset.  

HF Row 2 (WS): Slip 1 stitch purlwise (with yarn in front), p 27 (29, 31, 33, 35) stitches (end of heel stitches), turn work.

HF Row 3: Slip 1 stitch purlwise (with yarn in back), k 27 (29, 31, 33, 35) stitches (end of heel stitches), turn work.

Repeat HF Rows 2 & 3 10 (11, 12, 12, 13) more times, then HF Row 2 again.  24 (26, 28, 28, 30) HF rows in total

Heel Turn (HT)

HT Row 1 (RS): K 19 (20, 21, 23, 24) stitches, ssk, turn work.

HT Row 2 (WS): Slip 1 stitch purlwise (yarn in front), p 10 (10, 10, 12, 12) stitches, p2tog, turn work. 1 stitch decreased

HT Row 3: Slip 1 stitch purlwise (yarn in back), k 10 (10, 10, 12, 12) stitches, ssk, turn work. 1 stitch decreased

Repeat HT Rows 2 & 3 6 (7, 8, 8, 9) more times, then HT Row 2 again. 12 (12, 12, 14, 14) stitches remain

Next Row (RS):  K 12 (12, 12, 14, 14) remaining stitches (heel stitches) with RS facing.  Do not turn work.

Gusset

Setup Round:      

1. With RS facing, pick up and k 12 (13, 14, 14, 15) stitches through the slip stitch at the start of each heel flap row.  Pick up 2 additional stitches between the heel and instep stitches (this will prevent the hole that often occurs).

2. Working in Irish Moss pattern, knit 28 (30, 32, 34, 36) stitches on needles 3 & 4 (instep stitches).

3. Pick up and knit 2 stitches between the instep and the heel (matching the other side), then pick up and k 12 (13, 14, 14, 15) stitches through the slip stitch at the start of the heel flap rows. 

4. K 6 (6, 6, 7, 7) stitches from the heel stitches onto needle 1.  Place marker for the new start of the round.

Total stitches in the round: 68 (72, 76, 80, 84) stitches

Note: Following the change in round marker position, needle 1 is the needle before the marker and needle 2 is the needle after it.  The marker has moved, but not the number of the needles.

Gusset Round 1: 

Knit all stitches on needle 2 (for first only, knit into the back of picked up stitches),

work all instep stitches in Irish Moss stitch (keeping pattern correct),

knit all stitches on needle 1, (for first only, knit into the back of picked up stitches

Gusset Round 2:          

Knit to 3 stitches before start of instep, k2tog, k1,

work all instep stitches in Irish Moss stitch, keeping pattern correct

k1, ssk, knit to end of round. 2 stitches decreased

Repeat Gusset Rounds 1 & 2 5 times (for all sizes) until 56 (60, 64, 68, 72) stitches remain.

Heel and Instep

Irish Moss on Top with a Stocking Stitch Sole ... a bit like me perhaps!

Foot

Working in stocking stitch (knit every stitch) for all stitches on needles 1 & 2 and Irish Moss stitch for all stitches on needles 3 & 4 (instep stitches), work until foot measures 4.5 cm / 1.75 ins less than the desired finished length.

Toe

Toe Round 1: Knit to 3 stitches before the instep, k2tog, k2, ssk, knit to 3 stitches before end of instep, k2tog, k2, ssk, knit to end of round.  4 stitches decreased

Toe Round 2: Knit all stitches to end of round.

Repeat Toe Rounds 1 & 2 4 (5, 5, 6, 6) more times until 36 (36, 40, 40, 44) stitches remain.

Repeat Toe Round 1 5 (5, 6, 6, 7) more times until 16 stitches remain.  

Toe Graft

  1. Knit the stitches remaining on needle 2 onto needle 1.
  2. Move the stitches remaining on needle 3 onto needle 4 (instep stitches). 
  3. Graft heel stitches to instep stitches using Kitchener Stitch.  

Finishing & Care

Sew in ends using the yarn needle, block, wear, look fab!  Perhaps post a pic on Instagram, tagging us @loveliestyarnco & using hashtags #tlyclovelies & #loveliestyarnco, & share on Ravelry!

Follow instructions on ball.

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