Saturday, May 8, 2010

Prada Socks

When I saw the fall 2010 Prada collection making the rounded on ravelry, I knew I had to make the knee high single cabled socks.They were easy to recreate 2x2 ribbed knee high socks, with a contrasting colored cable running down the middle.
I used larger needles for the calf of the leg, then I would normally use. Then switched to a smaller sized needle, so that I wouldn't have to worry about decreases. I twisted my yarn in the back of the cables which I though was necessary so that the floats wouldn't be too long, but it made the cables look like they were ribbed cables. That was pointed out by someone at a SnB I attend (of course after 1.5 socks were done, haha) finishing the rest of the second sock, knowing i was cabling 'wrong' drove me absolutely crazy.
I love these socks and am waiting for fall/winter so I can wear them out. But I'm thinking about making another pair, maybe something more springy, for more instant gratification.
And with larger cables that pop.

Cabled knee high socks

This is how I knit these socks, less of a pattern and more of a guideline.

Main color 436 yards, I used Regina Silk (55% wool, 25% nylon, 20% silk)
Complementary Color 218 yards, Regina Silk
Needles DPN US #2 3.00 mm
US #2 2.50 mm

CO 64 stitches using larger needles
Using CC work in 1X1 rib for 3 inches or desired length.
K10 in CC color this will be the cable running done the front center of the sock. *P2 K2* ending with P2 using main color.
Redistribute stitches 16/32 (10 cable stitches in the center)/16

Start cable pattern.
When you get to the cable stitches, the CC yarn will be on the left, just use it to knit the current stitches on the right. (remember to not pull too tightly, but also not leaving it too loose.) After working cable stitches, knit with the main color in the same manner, make sure first and second stitch are snug but not tight. (there will be 1 MC and 1 CC float on the inside of the sock)
*Cable row 5/5(first sock cable all to the back, second sock cable all to the front)
work 9 rows*

After 6 inches or 7 or 8 completed cable repeats switch to smaller needles

Repeat cable pattern 15 more times (or until desired length)

End on a cable row

Heel flap using CC color (from the outside of the ball) on 2 16 st. needles
Sl1 (purl wise) K1
Sl1 Purl to end
repeat 15 more times (2 inches or desired length, or desired heel flap)

Turn Heel
Sl1 K16 K2tog K1 turn
Sl1 P5 P2tog P1 turn
Continue knitting the stitch before the gap and after together, until all stitches have been worked ending on the RS (or use desired heel)
18 stitches remaining.

Gusset and continue in cable pattern.
Pick up 16 stitches along heel flap (being carful not to make any gaps) knit, pick up 16 stitches.
*Dec, knit to last three of first needle K2tog k,knit needle with the cable, k, SSK knit to end of needle.
Knit/work round round*
Repeat until 64 stitches total (16/32/16)

Continue in cable pattern
Rib for the top part of the foot, knit stitches only on the bottom.

Make sure to stretch foot out, the cable will make it bunch up)
3 in from toe.
Switch to CC color, knit 3 rounds, then start decreasing.
K2tog,SSK, K2tog,SSK
Knit round
Repeat 10 more times
K2tog, SSK, K2tog,SSK
until 12 stitches left

Kitchener stitch toe closed.

Weave in all ends.

block if desired.


jessica said...

These are so cute! I just saw your pattern on ravelry, I cant wait to see what else you are knitting. I am a beginner so these are going in my favorites que for now but thank you for the pattern and inspiration.

ES said...

These are great. Love fashionable knitters. I have some knit picks gloss in black laying around now begging to be faux Prada socks. Thanks for the pattern.

Skirts next? ;)

Unknown said...

I was going to try to figure out how to do these socks and now I don't have to!!!
Thanks for getting there first and for sharing!

Debbie said...

These socks are amazing! Absolutely beautiful with so many different color possibilities! Thank you.

rosalia said...

amazing results! Love it!

Jesse said...

Wow, thank you for posting the pattern! I love the colours you used.

twalk59 said...

Can't wait to start these socks. Just need a little clarification about needle size. The pattern calls for #2us 3.00 mm and #2us 2.75mm. Would appreciate any help with this needle question. Thanks...

Unknown said...

may i buy a pair from you???

Misadventures in Knitting said...

Hi, sorry I haven't blogged in a while. (and I'm not really sure how to contact people back)
Twalk59-I used the larger sized needles for the cuff and the top half of the calf, then I just switched to the smaller size.
Julia- Yeah, I'm willing to do a custom order for you on etsy, if you want. There's a link to my shop on my blog. :)

Anonymous said...

hey jen yeah i for sure want those socks (exact ones in picture if you have those colors)! size small, i'm a 6.5. i had a problem signing up for an account on etsy though...not sure why. i'll try again and be in touch!

Anonymous said...

sorry, the above comment was me, julia, by the way.

Anonymous said...

hey Jen, just wondering whether the yarn used was 4ply or 6ply? Also I was you said the yarn to use is Regina Silk (55% wool, 25% nylon, 20% silk). I can only find a yarn called Regia Silk, is this the right one? Thanks for your help, Alice xx

Anonymous said...

would you make some of theses for my wife and i would pay you for them?
Pastor Chris