My favorite sock pattern — reloaded

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I have done this pattern twice already: it’s the Hermione’s Everyday sock pattern by Erica Lueder!
And both pairs of socks I have done are my absolute favorite… don’t ask me why. I don’t know for sure… but I guess it is the very simple knit&purl pattern that has such a beautiful impact, never bores you and that hugs the feet perfectly.

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I have taken the liberty to make made some modifications on this second pair (the first pair is this one), since I prefer the toe-up method for socks…
I thought that you might be interested in how exactly they were done and this is why I want to share this with you: step by step!

I used 2mm DPN’s and Sock-yarn from Lana Grossa (the toe, heel & cuff in a uni colour and rest of the sock in variegated yarn)

Toe:
CO 15×2 sts with Judy’s Magic Cast On in contrast colour and
inc immediately on the first row (it will be very fiddly to do this):
You should also distribute your sts on 4 DPNs directly on the set-up row:
Needle1: k1, kfb, knit 6 sts more.
Needle2: knit to last st, kfb.
Needles 3&4: repeat as for needles 1&2.
rnd2: knit one row
(I use a variation of the kfb stitch that avoids the purl bumps: after knitting the stitch leave the st you just knitted on the left needle, reinsert your needle tip into the same st purlwise and just slip this “half stitch” on the right needle (instead of knitting the same stitch through the back). On the next row knit this new stitch through the back to tighten it up).
(Update: I wrote a tutorial about this and you can see it here.)

For all next rows follow the following pattern:
rnd1: (k1, kfb, knit to last sts on next needle, kfb) repeat
rnd2: knit one row
repeat these two rounds till you get to 62sts for toe
Then make one more increase round, but only increase 1 sts on each side to get to 64 sts.

change to main colour, knit one round
and start the hermione stitch pattern:
on the instep only (you will knit in Stocking sts on the insole till heel)
rnd 1: k3, p1
rnd 2: knit
rnd 3: k1, p1, k2
rnd 4: knit
(Repeat all 4 rows)

Work until sock is 3.5 inches less than the length of your foot from toe to heel (in my case — for a 38 European shoe size — it was
14 pattern repeats / 5,5 inches).

Gusset Increases:
Continuing the pattern on needle 1 (instep), work gusset increases on needle two (insole) only.
Rnd 1: k1, place marker, m1, k30, m1, pm, k1
Rnd 2: knit
Rnd 3: k1, m1, slip marker, k32, slm, m1, k1
Rnd 4: knit
Rnd 5: k1, m1, knit to marker, slm, k32, slm, knit to last stitch, m1, k1
Rnd 6, knit
Work rounds 5 and 6 a total of 10 times, ending in a knit row.
You should now have 12 gusset stitches on either side of your markers, and the 32 insole stitches between the markers.

Heel
Knit in pattern across the instep (needle one). You will now be working back & forth on the insole needle only with the contrast colour: I am using the german short row method in this section, but you can use any short-row method you prefer:
with Main colour (MC)
Row 1: k12, slm, k to marker, turn.
Row 2: Slip st purlwise with yarn in front, pull yarn to back to make double st, bring yarn to front under needle and pull. Start using contrast colour (CC) and purl to marker, turn.
Row 3: Slip st purlwise with yarn in front, pull yarn to back to make double st, knit to one st before last double st, turn.
Row 4: Slip+pull as in row 2, purl to 1 st before double st from row before, turn.
Repeat rows 3 & 4, 6times, until you have 16 sts left in between the double sts (or half of the insole sts that were between the markers at the gusset section).
Row 17: Slip+pull, k15, DO NOT TURN.

Knit the 8 abandoned short row stitches that are on your left needle by knitting both loops of the double st as one.
Then pick up the first gusset stitch as such: rm, sl1 to right needle, pm back on left needle, pass next to last stitch on right needle over the slipped stitch, turn.
Row 18: sl1, p23, purl all 8 double sts (again purl both loops of the double st as one), rm, sl1 to right needle, pm back on left needle, pass next to last stitch on right needle over the slipped stitch, turn.
Row 19: sl1, k to marker, rm, sl1 to right needle, pm back on left needle, pass next to last stitch on right needle over the slipped stitch, turn. (Twist MC yarn with CC yarn once, to avoid holes)
Row 20: sl1, to marker, rm, sl1 to right needle, pm back on left needle, pass next to last stitch on right needle over the slipped stitch, turn.
Repeat rows 19 and 20 until all the gusset stitches have been knit in, ending in a purl row, turn.
Knit one row over the heel to get to MC yarn, that has been carried up on the other side.
Cut CC yarn.

Leg:
With the MC yarn, start the hermione pattern again on needle one. On needle two knit to end of the row only once, over the heel (to avoid purl bumps in the contrast colour). Continue in pattern, working on both needles the pattern for 4,5 inches (or 16 pattern repeats).

Cuff in contrast colour:
1 round knit
k2, p2 ribbing for 20 rounds
(the leg will be 6 inches in total with cuff)

Hope you’ll try your own pair of Hermione’s Everyday Socks, too!

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