Gratis Knits: Winter 2008

Intended for incipient designers, Gratis Knits will be a platform for knitters to submit original and unpublished patterns (featuring a yarns and products available for sale at Knit Purl). A selected pattern will be featured in the next season’s newsletter and the designer will receive a $50 gift card to the store. The deadline for the Spring 2008 Newsletter will be March 1, 2008. Please submit patterns to info (AT) knit-purl (DOT) com.

Snowdrops Socks

By Sara Morris


Women’s XS (S, M, L, XL)

6.5 (7, 7.5, 8, 8.5)” foot circumference


  • 1 ball Noro Kureyon Sock (shown in color S180)
  • set of 5 US 1.5/ 2.5mm 6” DPNs
  • tapestry needle
  • tape measurer
  • 2 stitch markers

8 sts & 12 rows/ 1” in stockinette

This sock is knit from the toe-up.

SNOWDROP LACE INSERT: (worked over 11 sts)

  • Row 1: YO, SL2K, YO, K5, YO, SL2K, YO

  • Row 2 & all even rows: K11
  • Row 3: YO, SL2K, YO, K5, YO, SL2K, YO
  • Row 5: K3, YO, SSK, K1, K2TOG, YO, K3
  • Row 7: YO, SL2K, YO, K1, YO, SL2K, YO, K1, YO, SL2K, YO
  • Row 8: K11




Using Turkish CO method; CO 22 sts over 2 DPNS (11 sts per needle) and knit one round. Redistribute stitches as follows: 5 sts on N1, 6 on N2, 5 on N3, and 6 on N4.

  • Row 1: *K1, YO, K9, YO, K1* twice

  • Row 2: *K1, K1 tbl, K9, K1 tbl, K1* twice
  • Row 3: *K1, YO, K11, YO, K1* twice
  • Row 4: *K1, K1 tbl, K11, K1 tbl, K1* twice

Continue increasing in this manner (4 sts every other row) until there are 34 sts TOTAL (17 on instep, 17 on sole). On next increase round (odd #’d row):

  • K1, YO, K2, PM, work ‘Row 7’ of Snowdrop Lace insert, PM, K2, YO, K2, YO, K15, YO, K1.

On all even rows to follow: *K1, K1 tbl, K to last 2 sts on instep/ sole, K1 tbl, K1* twice. After this row start with Row 1 of Snowdrop Lace insert between the stitch markers.

Continue increasing the toe while working the Snowdrop Lace insert between stitch markers, until there are 50 (54, 58, 62, 66) stitches TOTAL.


Work the stitches as established: K7 (8, 9, 10, 11), SM, work Snowdrop Lace insert, SM, K to end of round. Continue in this manner until sock measures 2” less than total foot length OR 7 (7.25, 7.5, 7.75, 8)” from the CO edge. End with an even row.


Work across the instep, keeping the Snowdrop Lace insert in pattern. The directions below are for the 25 (27, 29, 31, 33) heel sts on N3 & N4:

  • Row 1: K 24 (26, 28, 30, 32), W&T
  • Row 2: P 23 (25, 27, 29, 31), W&T
  • Row 3: K to next unwrapped st, W&K
  • Row 4: P to next unwrapped st, W&T.

Repeat Rows 3 & 4 until there are 11 sts that have not been wrapped. On the next row:

  • K11, PU&K the wrap and stitch together, W&T (next st)
  • P12, PU&P the wrap and stitch together, W&T
  • RS: K to next wrapped st, PU&K the 2 wraps and stitch together, W&T
  • WS: P to next wrapped st, PU&P the 2 wraps and stitch together, W&T

Continue in this manner until all stitches and their wraps have been worked. End with a WS row. Turn. K across 25 (27, 29, 31, 33) heel sts. New row starts here.


Resume pattern as established in the foot:

  • K7 (8, 9, 10, 11), SM, work Snowdrop Lace insert, SM, K to end of round.

Continue in this manner until piece measures approximately 9 (8.75, 8.5, 8.25, 8)” from the base of the heel. By this point the second repeat of the colorway should be close.


Rows 1 – 12: *K1, P1* across.

BO loosely. Work second sock as for first, starting it at the same point in the color repeats as the first if desired. Weave in ends and block.





Cast on




Yarn over

K tbl

Knit stitch through the back of the loop


Slip, slip, knit


Slip one stitch, knit 2 together, pass slipped stitch over


Knit 2 together




Wrap the next stitch and turn work

PU & K

Pick up and knit

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