This is the story of my awesome pink Chiberia Socks.
I really wanted to try a Fish Lips Kiss Heel. I’d seen so much love given to this bizarrely named heel method that I had to, HAD TO try it. Moral imperatives and all that.
And I really wanted to make some socks with this yarn that I dyed awhile back. Apparently I neglected to take a photo of it properly skeined, but this is what it looked like while it was drying…
It was a free-form experiment, and I was skeptical of it while it was drying. A teal dye tab that I thought was a proper blue snuck into the pot, and I really didn’t know what to think of the resulting green spots. But it was much prettier once it was wound and grew on me until I found myself utterly in love…
I am such a sucker for variegated yarns.
So, I was desperate to knit something with this yarn, unhappy with the patterns I was finding, and decided to make up my own. And it’s been stupid-cold in Chicago this year. I think we just wrapped up our second round with the polar vortex? Ugh. GO HOME, POLAR VORTEX, YOU’RE DRUNK. Somewhere, someone stopped shivering long enough to establish the #Chiberia hashtag while I was hiding under blankets and knitting these socks next to a space heater with my cat.
And thus the Chiberia Socks were born. Chiberia is a cuff-down sock with an easily memorized, dead simple 4 row pattern that uses long slipped stitches to break up the pooling. The slipped stitch lines run all the way to the end of the toe.
I knit all of my socks on circulars since I’m pretty sure that double points are spawned from something evil, but I’m sure you could do them on double points if you really needed/wanted to. But I’m telling you, magic loop is your friend! Magic loop 4-EVA!
Look! Look at the pretty! ♥
HERE’S THE PATTERN, TA DA!
Gauge is for wusses. (That means I have no idea because I was just kind of winging it here.)
CO 65 on Size 1.5 circular
Split between 2 needles: 35 stitches on the first, 30 on the second. Join to work in round.
Row 1: [P1, K3, P1] to end of round.
Repeat this row 14 more times (15 rows total)
20 repeats of stitch pattern, or about 7 inches
Rows 1-3: [K2, Slip 1 purl-wise with yarn in back, K2] to end of round.
Row 4: Knit
Use your favorite heel method. I used the Fish Lips Kiss Heel across 30 heel stitches and I liked it a lot. The pattern costs a whole $1 and is worth every penny. DO EET.
Continue stitch pattern to 2 inches before end of foot.
Note that the stitch pattern continues through the toe.
- Row 1: ssk first stitch, reduce by 6 more stitches evenly across top of foot (once in each K section, using ssk on right side and K2tog on the left), continuing in pattern to last 2 stitches of top of foot, K2tog last stitch of top of foot. For the sole, ssk first stitch, K9, K2tog, K to last 2 stitches, K2tog. You should now have 27 stitches on top of foot and 27 on the sole.
- Row 2: knit in pattern.
- Row 3: ssk, knit in pattern to last 2 stitches of top of foot, K2tog, ssk, knit across sole to last 2 stitches, K2tig
- Row 4: knit in pattern.
Repeat rows 3 & 4 until 30 stitches remain, ending on row 3
Final row: ssk, knit all stitches to last 2 stitches of top of foot, K2tog, ssk, knit to last 2 sole stitches, K2tog (26 stitches remain)
Graft toe using Kitchener stitch.
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