Repeat Performance – Part 2

Now that our toes are complete it is time to add some texture stitches to the top of the foot known as the instep.  I have chosen to pair the garter rib with a unique stitch that I call the “Stubble Stitch” (important info on this stitch below).  This handsome design will be repeated in a mirror image on the second instep – Repeat Performance!

Mirror image designs create interest without much effort.  I have taken the guesswork out of how to accomplish mirror imaging by providing you with a chart for each sock.  Use Sock #1 chart for the instep of your first sock and Sock #2 chart for the mirror image on the second sock.  Going from chart to chart may seem cumbersome at first but the design establishes itself quite quickly.  I think you will have it memorized in no time and will enjoy the easy repeat.

If you are new to charts you will find their visual cues a handy reference.  A chart is read from right to left and from bottom to top.  For a tutorial on charts watch the “Charts” Video.  This video will walk you through both flat and circular knitting charts (as used here).  The circular knitting chart portion begins at the end of the video at the 6:00 mark.

Remember that the charts here are for the instep only and you will need to knit all of the sole stitches (stockinette) to complete each round. In other words, on the odd numbered rows the texture stitches are worked over the instep with the sole remaining in all knit. Every even numbered row of the chart is all knit.  This means that you will knit all 64(72) stitches of EACH sock on an even round.

If you are knitting 2aat this is the order in which the socks will be worked:

  • On 1st sock, work Sock #1 chart over instep stitches.
  • On 2nd sock, work Sock #2 chart over instep stitches.
  • Knit all the sole stitches of 2nd sock.
  • Knit all the sole stitches of 1st sock.

The Stubble Stitch (See Stubble Stitch” Video) is a quirky little nub that will give your knitting depth and interest.  This stitch is executed by working a yarn over followed by two purl stitches.  The yarn over is then passed over the two purl stitches and off the right hand needle.  The charted symbol for the Stubble Stitch is two horseshoes .  Every time you see the double horseshoes you will work the Stubble Stitch  ONE time. The symbol covers two chart squares (much like a cable stitch symbol) because this is what the stitch will look like in your knitting after it is completed.  In this pattern every Stubble Stitch is separated by two knit stitches.

To clarify how to use the charts with the Stubble Stitch, I will use Sock #1 Medium Size as an example of how to knit Row 1.  Work as follows (Stubble Stitch is in parentheses):

K1, p2, k2, p2, k2, p2, k2, p2, k4, (yo, p2, pass yo over 2 purl stitches), k2, (yo, p2, pass yo over 2 purl stitches), k2, (yo, p2, pass yo over 2 purl stitches), k3.

The Stubble Stitch was worked 3 times in Row 1 of Sock #1.

Lastly, the Stubble Stitch requires a yarn over before the two purl stitches.  Western-style knitters (yarn held in right hand) will need to take care to execute the yarn over correctly.  This is covered in the Stubble Stitch and Yarn Over videos.

I hope this lengthy explanation is helpful to you.  The sock is really very simple and I’m sure you will do just fine.  Remember, I am here and on Ravelry should you have any questions!

Part Two

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Stubble Stitch – yo, p2, pass yo over the two purl stitches and off the right hand needle.  See “Stubble Stitch” Video

yo – yarn over.  See “Yarn Over” Video

Directions are for Medium Size (Large Size in parentheses when necessary).

First 32(36) stitches will form the instep (top of foot), with second 32(36) stitches forming the sole.


Sock #1

Work Sock #1 chart in appropriate size over instep stitches (see below).

Knit all sole stitches.

Continue knitting in pattern until foot measures 2” less than desired length of foot ending after Row 4.

Sock #2

Same as Sock #1, using Sock #2 chart in appropriate size over instep stitches (see below).

Sock #1 – Medium Size

Sock #2 – Medium Size

Sock #1 – Large Size

Sock #2 – Large Size

STOP!  Next week’s clue brings us the heels knit two at a time.  Happy knitting!

22 thoughts on “Repeat Performance – Part 2

  1. You have a great attitude! If you knit all the stitches every other round for the leg (as the chart states) your knitting will now go much faster. I wouldn’t take out all your hard work either.

  2. Michelle
    I now understand why I have been so confused. I went back and read the instructions for phase 2 and realized that I was not knitting the even number row all the way around. Da. I now have my own unique design. I plan to knit it differently when I get to the leg, if I ever get there. Thank you for your patience. I guess I was so eager to get started that I did not read the instructions throughly. Knitter beware..Always read the instructions first. Oh well it still looks o.k. but I am not going to take it out at this point. Too many hours invested.

  3. I’m all done and waiting for the heel directions. What time do you put them on the site? I’m an early riser and up at 5 to get my kids off to school. Your killing me. Having a blast but can’t stand the wait, it’s worst than Christmas morning.

  4. The problem with your puppies sounds so familiar; my kitten, Fiona, munched on my 40″ addi needles, and the cord was then too rough to use. So I switched to 2 circulars. I know now to keep them in a knitting bag when I am not using them. Don’t we love these pets. Good to know about the nail file trick.

  5. What a lovely textured pattern for this stocking. These are going to make a lovely Christmas present for someone on my list.

  6. It’s good that you are able to customize the heel to your foot and your knitting.
    My trip was fabulous! A group of friends went to Nashville – what a fun town!

  7. thank you, I’ve found in the past that when a toe up pattern says leave 2 inches I’m better off leaving 1 3/4. I’ll check my row gauge against yours to see if that will hold true in this case as well. Hope you had a good trip =)

  8. You are correct that you would knit to 7 3/4″. If you are knitting with circular needles you can try the socks on at any time and just stop when you are 2″ shy of the back of the heel.

  9. Those darn pups! I’m so glad you could rescue your work. I did you the nail file trick once when I accidentally nicked my cord with my scissors. I hope the rest of the socks are less eventful!

  10. I am traveling today and my sock is at home. When I get home tonight I will give you my row gauge. It really just matters how long the foot measures and not so much how many rows.

  11. Would you please explain how to measure the foot so you know how long to make the foot before the heel begins? I measured to the base of my large toe and it measures 1 3/4 inches.
    From the tip of my toe to the back of my heel I measure 9 3/4 inches. Does this mean I should knit 7 3/4 inches for the foot?
    Thanks for your help.

  12. Great fun, I just love the socks. So do the two schnauzer puppies, MY MISTAKE
    TO LET THE KNITTING IN AN OPEN BAG. The two had a good time with my
    green yarn but I was able to save it using some oooo knitting needles Now I am smarter and the knitting is in a zippered bag sure hope they cannot open a zipper.
    My only problem was the needles they chewed slashes in the 1’s not once but
    twice. So I did go and get a new set of needles but they made short work of that
    one on the second try. I went to the Skacel site and found another outlet to get some new needles while I was out of state. The shop owner said it is a funny thing
    there seems to be a lot of people using the size 1 needle in lace. She said I cannot
    keep them in stock and I just ordered some. So Michelle your knitting kal is very popular in Illinois and Wisconsin. I know i purchased a few extra colors to make
    socks I just love the patterns. It is so relaxing. and 3 more size 1 needles. I now know that puppy teeth can wreck the plastic part of the needles. Oh one thing you can do to help is file the plastic with an emery board it does the trick until you get the new needles. Joan

  13. Could you let us know what your row gauge is? I think mine may be less than yours and I don’t want to end up with socks that are too short. Thanks.

  14. I am a little bit confused about the example you gave above. Our toes are done. My toe measures 2 inches. The foot I am knitting for is a 10 inches from tip of toe to heel. The directions say to stop 2 inches short. So I want to knit 6 inches of this week’s pattern. Is this correct?

  15. So much fun! But Michelle, if I’m making these for a woman who wears a size 8 shoe, how many inches should I have before I stop for the week? I wear size 10 1/2 so I don’t want to measure them against my feet. Thanks!

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