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Free Knitting Pattern: Ladder Twist Socks Knit

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Lion Brand® Wool-Ease® Sportweight
Pattern #: 1237

Whimsical twisted ladder stitches work their way up these socks. Requires one ball. Shown in Dark Rose Heather. Set of 5 size 3 (3.25 mm) double pointed needles.

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SKILL LEVEL:  Intermediate (Level 3)

SIZE: One Size


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Wool-Ease® Sportweight

Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 660-139: Wool-Ease Sportweight Yarn: Dark Rose Heather (discontinued)
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Wool-Ease® Sportweight
Sorry, product is discontinued; no colors are available.
*Wool-Ease® Sportweight (Article #660). · Solids, Heathers, Prints: 80% Acrylic, 20% Wool.
· Frosts: 70% Acrylic, 20% Wool, 10% Nylon
· Color #301 White/Multi: 78%Acrylic, 19% Wool, 3% Polyester
· Color #402 Wheat, #403 Mushroom: 86%Acrylic, 10% Wool, 4% Rayon.; package size: 5.00oz/140.00 gr. (435yds/397m) pull skeins

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Ladder Twist Socks Knit

Lion Brand® Wool-Ease® Sportweight


24 sts = 4" (10 cm). BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE.

When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

Making a Gauge Swatch


C2F Slip 2 sts to cn and hold in front; k 2 sts, then k 2 from cn.
M1 (make 1) An increase worked by lifting the horizontal thread lying between the needles and placing it onto the left needle. Work this new stitch through the back loop.
SKP Slip 1 st, k 1 st, pass slip st over.

Cast on 48 sts (12 on each needle). Join being careful not to twist sts.
Rib Pattern
Row 1: *K 1, p 1; repeat from * around.
Row 2: Knit around.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for 1 1/2".

Begin Cable Pattern (12 st repeat)
Row 1-3 *(P 1, k 4, p 1, k 6); repeat from * around.
Row 4 *(P 1, C2F, p 7); repeat from * around.
Repeat these 4 rows for pattern until work measures 6 1/2" or desired length from beginning, ending with Row 2. Knit across needle one and turn work.

Heel Flap
Row 1: Slip 1, then purl remaining sts across Needles 1 and 4. Place these 24 sts on one needle for heel flap.
Row 2:(Slip 1, k 1) across needle. Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until 21 rows have been completed, ending with a purl row and RS facing you.

Turn Heel
Row 1: Slip 1, k 13, SKP, k 1. Turn work.
Row 2: Slip 1, p 5, p2tog, p 1. Turn.
Row 3: Slip 1, k 6, SKP, k 1. Turn.
Row 4:Slip 1, p 7, p2tog, p 1. Turn. Continue in this manner, working one more stitch before decrease on each row until all heel flap sts have been worked. Knit across 14 heel sts and begin gussets.

Pick up 12 sts along the side of the heel flap, M1 in loop between heel flap and instep needle, work pattern across two instep needles, M1 in loop between instep needle and heel flap, pick up 12 sts along other side of heel flap. Divide heel sts between Needles 1 and 4. Work 1 row around, knitting M1 sts together with 1st and last instep sts. Maintain pattern on instep needles.
Round 1 (dec): Knit to 3 sts from end of Needle 1, SKP, k 1. Work instep pattern on Needles 2 & 3. K 1, k2tog, knit remaining sts on Needle 4.
Round 2: Work one round with no decrease, always maintaining pattern on instep. Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 until there are 12 sts on each needle - 48 sts.

Work around as established, continuing pattern on instep, until length of foot from back of heel is 1 1/2" less than desired.

Round 1 (dec): Knit to 3 sts from end of needle 1, SKP, k 1. K 1, k2tog, k remaining sts on Needle 2. Knit to 3 sts from end of Needle 3, SKP, k 1. K 1, k2tog, k remaining sts on Needle 4.
Round 2 Knit one round.
Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 until 5 sts remain on each needle. Combine sts from Needles 1 and 4 on one needle and sts from Needles 2 and 3 on one needle.

Graft toe
Holding the 2 needles parallel with wrong sides of fabric together, thread a blunt tapestry needle with one of the yarn ends and
1) insert it as-if-to-knit through the first st on the front needle and let the st drop from the needle.
2) Insert the needle into the second st on the front needle as-if-to-purl and pull the yarn through, leaving the st on the needle.
3) Insert the needle into the first st on the back needle as-if-to-purl and let it drop from the needle, then
4) insert it as-if-to-knit through the second st on the back needle and pull the yarn through, leaving the st on the needle. Repeat 1-4 until all sts are gone. When finished, adjust tension as necessary. Weave in ends.<

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cn = cable needle dec = decreas(e)(s)(ing)
k = knit p = purl
RS = right side st(s) = stitch(es)
tog = together  

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