Going West Socks Instructions

Hi, Knitters,

Here are the supplemental instructions for the Going West Socks to use along with your Smooth Operator Socks pattern. I hope you enjoy knitting these as much as I did.

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Going West Socks Supplemental Instructions
Susan B. Anderson
Needles: US size 1 or 2.25mm dpns or size to obtain gauge
Gauge: 8 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch

Note: Sample socks are the 64 stitch size in the SOS pattern.
Yarn included in the Going West Kit:
C1 Huron (navy)
C2 Tattersall (tan)
C3 Strawflower (blush pink)
C4 Bluff (blue)
C5 Ellie Grey (lt. grey)
C6 Big Woods (green)
Extra color provided in Kit: Folkstone (dk. grey) use as another stripe color or fill in as you like.
Use the Smooth Operator Socks pattern for the stitch numbers and techniques in combination with the following instructions.

Going West Socks instructions:
K1tbl Knit one stitch through the back loop
Cast on stitches for desired size in C1.
Rnds 1-12: (K1tbl, p1) repeat to the end of the round.
Repeat the following Striping and Colorwork Rounds until you reach the desired length for the leg before placing the waste yarn for the heel.
Note: Have the beginning of the round on the side of the sock. This way the place where you are carrying and switching colors and weaving in ends will be on the side of the sock and not the bottom or top of the sock. I didn’t use a jogless jog but you could try that if you like. I find with skinny stripes the jogless jog isn’t as effective.
Striping Pattern:
Switch to C2. Leave C1 attached.
Rnds 1 and 2: Knit.
Switch to C1.
Rnds 3 and 4: Knit.
Switch to C2.
Rnds 5 and 6: Knit.
Rnd 7: (K1 with C1, k1 with C2) repeat to the end of the round.
Rnd 8: (K1 with C2, k1 with C1) repeat to the end of the round.
Repeat Rnds 1-8 two more times using C1 and C2.
Break C1 and C2.
Repeat Rounds 1-8 using C3 and C4 three times.
Break C3 and C4.
Repeat Rnds 1-8 using C5 and C6 three times.
Heel Placement Note: I placed my heel after the first repeat of Rnds 1-8 in the section using C5 and C6. You may like a longer or shorter cuff to your sock so place the heel to your preference. I suggest placing the waste yarn in between one of the stripes.
Heel: Place the waste yarn to hold the stitches as directed in the Smooth Operator Socks pattern. After working beyond the waste yarn for about 3-inches come back and work the heel using C1 or Huron.
For the heel, I used the Single Line Decrease method (found on page 14 of the SOS pattern) for decreasing both the heel and toe. The original k2tog decrease method used in the SOS pattern will work fine, too.
Continue repeating Rnds 1-8 and also repeating the colors C1 and C2, C3 and C4, and C5 and C6 in the stripes as set, until you reach the desired length for the foot of your sock.
Toe: I used C1 or Huron for the toe. I started the toe after completing a stripe. I used the same Single Line Decrease method as for the heel (found on page 14 of the SOS pattern). Again, the original k2tog decrease sequence in the pattern would work fine, too.
Weave in all ends. Block as desired.
Enjoy your super wooly and colorful socks!

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  • Rachel, The clogs are the Martina style and they are Dansko clogs. I love them. I have them in red and black! Great for showing off your handknit socks.

    Susan B. Anderson
  • Hi Susan! Love the socks—also love the shoes. What kind are they? They look like they go very well together, so I want to complete the look…LOL!

    Rachel Peterson


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