Cat Lady Socks by Arenda Holladay*

Cat Lady Socks by Arenda Holladay*

 

Beyond the Pattern

Yes, I admit it. I am a Cat Lady (see my Instagram account for proof), and I’ve used this cat motif several times. When we decided to use stash yarn for some our designs in this issue, I went straight to my very large bag of Redfish DyeWorks Silk Sock yarn I’ve collected over the years. I chose orange and yellow as a tribute to my next-door neighbor’s ginger cat.

 

The samples show that I not only reversed the colors for the second sock but also the direction of the cat heads. On sock 2, the cat heads are upside down so you can see them when looking at your own foot!

 

I used Size 1 needles as I wanted a very dense fabric for the socks. As I was testing the design, I started with Size 2 needles and 64 stitches but the fabric was too light.

 

Sizes

S (M, L)

 

Finished Measurements

Foot Circumference: 8″
Foot Length: 9 (10, 11)”
Length from Heel to Top of Cuff: 8.5 (9.5, 10.5)”

 

Materials

Redfish DyeWorks SILK SOCK (420yds/382m, 100g/3.5oz, 75% Superwash Merino, 25% Silk): 1 skein each #Y4d Orange (Color A) and #Y2b Yellow (Color B)
Size 1 (2.25mm) circular needles or size needed to obtain gauge
Stitch markers
Tapestry needle

 

Gauge

In stranded St st, 40 sts & 48 rnds = 4″/10cm. To save time, take time to check gauge.

 

Abbreviations

Inc1R—Right-slanting lifted increase: Knit into the purl nub below the next st. Then knit the st.
Inc1L—Left-slanting lifted increase: Knit the st. Then knit into the purl nub below the st just knitted.

 

Stitch Pattern

Cat Lady Charts A and B.

 

DESIGNER NOTE—If you have not knit toe-up socks before or worked short-row heels, use Judy’s Magic Cast-On for casting on, and you will find links to other helpful videos at the end of the pattern.

 

Sock 1

Toe

With one circular needle, using Judy’s Magic Cast-On method and Color A, CO 20 sts on each needle. Knit 1 rnd.
Inc Rnd: *K1, Inc1R, knit to the last 2 sts on needle, Inc1L, k1; rep from * for sts on 2nd needle. Knit 1 rnd.
Rep previous 2 rnds until there is a total of 80 sts (40 sts per needle).
Work 1 rnd in pat as est, ending on right side of toe.

 

DESIGNER NOTES—When stranding, be careful not to strand the Color B too tightly behind the stitches worked in the background color. If you do, the stitches in the cats’ heads will be smaller and the stitches in the background color will be puckered.

 

It is not necessary to cut the yarn after Rnd 8 of the charts. For Sock 1, Color B can be carried up from the cat’s left ear to the first stitch in the chin on Rnd 13. For Sock 2, where the cats are upside down, Color A can be carried up from the cat’s left chin to the right ear. Repeat this procedure for all of the cat heads. The beginning of the round will spiral around the sock to the left.

 

Instep and Sole

Next Rnd: Work sts from Cat Lady Chart A 10 times around the instep and sole. Rep the sts of the Cat Lady Chart A 2 (2, 3) times.

 

DESIGNER NOTE—The Cat Lady pattern is not worked on the heel stitches. As you have worked the chart, the beginning of the round has shifted to the left each time a row of cat heads has been worked. To avoid cutting the Color B, work the short-row heel on the opposite side (instep) of where Color B was last used.

 

For Size S, there are 5 rows of cat heads; for Size M, 6 rows; and for Size L, 7 rows. When the repeats are complete, work to the opposite side and begin the heel shaping.

 

Sizes S & L

Work Rnds 1–10 one time. Work to the side of the sock ready to begin the heel.

Size M

Work Rnds 1–22 one time. Work to the side of the sock ready to begin the heel.

 

Shaping the Heel

Row 1 (RS): Using yarn from the other end of the skein, k39, leaving the final st on the needle. This is the first short row. Turn.
Row 2 (WS): Work yo at beg of row by placing working yarn under right needle, purl the first st (There are now 3 loops on the right needle: the unworked st, the yo, and st just purled.), p37, leaving the last st on the left needle. This is the second short row. Turn.
Row 3: Work yo at beg of row by placing working yarn over right needle, knit the first st. (There are now 3 loops on the right needle: the unworked st, the yo, and the st just knit.) Work sts up to the yo/st pair, turn.
Row 4: Work yo at beg of row by placing working yarn under right needle, purl sts up to the yo/st pair, turn.
Rep Rows 3 and 4, beg each row with yo and working one less st each row until there are 9 sts between the yo/st pairs, ending on RS. There are 14 yo/st pairs on the right side of the heel and 15 yo/st pairs on the left side of the heel.

 

Turning the Heel

Row 1 (RS): YO, k10 (up to first yo), adjust mount of yo, k2tog, turn.
Row 2 (WS): YO, p11 (up to first yo), ssp, turn.
Row 3: YO, k12 (up to first yo), adjust mount of 2 yo’s, one at a time, k3tog, turn.
Row 4: YO, p13 (up to first yo), sssp, turn.
Rep Rows 3 & 4, beg each row with yo and working one additional stitch each row until all yo’s have been worked. At each turn on the last two turns, work yo’s at the beg of row. After the last turn, cut the yarn and resume using the yarn used for the foot and work up to the yo at the left side of the heel.

 

Joining Heel to Instep

Sl yo to the next needle with the sts for the top of the foot, p2tog. (If there is a large gap, it may be necessary to pick up an additional st in the gap. If so, work a k3tog.) Work up to the last st on the top of the foot. Pull the working yarn tight to eliminate excess yarn. Work in pat as est. (If there is a large gap, you can use the yarn tails to close the hole.)

 

DESIGNER NOTE—Once the heel is complete, work the Cat Lady pattern until the desired length. 

 

 

Leg

Work in pat as est until there are 4 (4, 6) total multiples of the Cat Lady pattern.

Sizes S & L

Work Rnds 1–10 one time.

Size M

Work Rnds 1–22 one time.

 

DESIGNER NOTE—It is essential for any toe-up sock that the cuff be loose. A picot edge is worked at the top, but rather than bind off, the stitches are left “live.” It is folded over and the “live” stitches are grafted to form a hem. A link to a video demonstrating this technique is provided at the end of the pattern.

 

Picot Edge

Work 3 rnds in St st.
Next Rnd: *K2tog, yo; rep from * to end of rnd.
Work 4 rnds in St st. Graft sts to first rnd of picot edge.

 

 

 

 

Sock 2

Work as for Sock 1 but use Color B for the background color and Color A for the cat heads. Use Cat Lady Chart B instead of Cat Lady Chart A.

 

Finishing

Block if necessary and weave in all yarn tails.

 

Sock Techniques

The following links will help you with the techniques used in this pattern.

Judy’s Magic Cast On
Shaping the Toe
Short Row Heel Shaping
Turning the Heel
Joining Heel to Instep

 

Grafting Picot Edge

This blog entry shows how to graft the stitches. The blog entry includes a video.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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