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Scotland Yard Socks

Calf length socks


Patons Beehive Fingering, 3-Ply – 4 ozs.

NOTE: Two pairs of Socks can be knitted from 7 ozs.

Knitting Needles, 1 set of four UK No 13/2.25mm/US 1


Foot – 10, 10½ or 11 ins


It is absolutely necessary to work at a tension to produce 9½ stitches to the inch in width.


Cast on 86 stitches (28, 30, 28) (28 on the first needle, 30sts on the second needle and 28 on the third)

1st round: * K1, P1, repeat from * to end of round.

Repeat this round, until work measures 4 ins.

Next round: Knit plain.

Repeat this round, until work measures 8 ins. from commencement.

Shape for leg as follows:

Next round: K1, K2tog, knit plain to last 3 sts, slip 1, K1,
psso, K1.

Work 5 rounds without shaping.

Repeat these 6 rounds six times (72 sts).

Continue in rounds of plain knitting, until work measures 12 ins from commencement.

To commence heel:

K18, slip last 18 sts of round onto end of same needle (these 36 sts are for heel).

Divide remaining sts onto two needles and leave for instep.

Work 35 rows on heel sts in alternate rows of purl and plain (always slipping first st purlways on a purl row and knitways on a knit row).

To turn heel:

K19, K2tog, K1, turn, P4, P2tog, P1, turn, K5, K2tog, K1, turn, P6, P2tog, P1, turn, K7, K2tog, K1, turn.

Continue in this manner until all sts are worked onto one needle (20 sts.)

Knit back 10 sts (thus completing heel).

Slip all instep sts on to one needle again.

Knit remaining 10 heel sts, knit up 16 sts at side of heel with a second needle knit plain across instep sts, with a third needle knit up 16 sts at side of heel and remaining 10 heel sts.

Shape for instep as follows:

1st round: Knit plain.

2nd round: First Needle – knit plain to last 4 sts, K2tog, K2;
second needle – knit plain;
third needle K2, slip 1, K1, psso, knit plain to end of needle.

Repeat these 2 rounds, until 72 sts remain

Continue without shaping, until foot measures (from where sts were knitted up at side of heel):

6 ins for 10-inch foot.
6½ ins for l0½-inch foot.
7 ins for 11-inch foot.

Shape for toe as follows:

1st round: First needle – knit plain to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1;
second needle – K.1, slip 1, K1, psso, knit plain to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1;
third needle – K1, slip 1, K1, psso, knit plain to end of needle.

2nd round: Knit plain.

Repeat 1st and 2nd rounds, until 28 sts remain in round.

Knit sts of first needle on to end of third needle.

Graft these sts.

Work another Sock in same manner.

With a slightly damp cloth and warm iron, press lightly.

The original publication of this pattern is in the public domain, however this digital version with updated language is copyright Sarah Bradberry, July 14th 2012. All rights reserved.