I have written down the pattern I devised for my Block of Chocolate Socks. I always use 2.25mm needles and 72 stitches, but I have ‘reinterpreted’ the pattern for 2.75mm needles and 64 stitches if you prefer. I am thinking that excellent sock instructions abound, thus this pattern is the bare bones, so to speak!! Please leave a comment if the pattern is awry.
4 ply sock wool, 100g or meterage required
Block of Chocolate Pattern
Row 1: Purl
Row 2: Purl
Rows 3-11: P2, K6
Row 1: (S1 K1) to end of row
Row 2: S1 purl-wise, Purl to end of row
Using 2.75mm/2.25mm needles, cast on 64 (72) stitches in K1,P1 rib using cable cast on and divide stitches evenly on the needles: 16/24/24 or 24/24/24. Join and work 12 rounds in rib.
Change to the Block of Chocolate pattern and knit till required length is reached, ending with the 11th row if possible.
I like my socks to be symmetrical, so before I start the heel I like to rearrange the stitches. You may, or may not, be so obsessed!!
64 stitches: Slip 3 Knit stitches from the end of the last round onto the new needle and then continue knitting thusly: P2, K6, P2, K6, P2, K6, P2, K3. You should now have 32 stitches on your heel needle.
K3, P2, K6, P2, K6, P2, K6, P2, K3
72 stitches: Slip 5 Knit stitches from the end of the last round onto the new needle and then continue knitting thusly: P2, K6, P2, K6, P2, K6, P2, K5. You should now have 36 stitches on your heel needle.
K5,P2, K6, P2, K6, P2, K6, P2, K5
Leave the remaining stitches unworked on their needles and continue with heel pattern Row 2 and then work 35 more rows back and forth, or until the desired length is reached.
- S1, K 16/20, K2 tog tbl, K1, turn
- S1, P 3/7, P2tog, p1, turn.
- S1, K 4/8 , K2tog tbl, K1, turn
Continue this shaping as set until you have 18/22 stitches, ending with a purl row.
Knit across heel stitches, then pick up and knit 16/20 stitches along the side of the heel flap (Needle 1), work Row 1 of the BOC pattern (Purl) across the next 32/36 stitches (Needle 2) , then pick up another 16/20 stitches across the other side of the heel flap (Needle 3). Rearrange the stitches so that you have half the heel stitches on needles 1 and 3. This is what you should have now:
64/72 Needle 1: 25/31
Needle 2: 32/36
Needle 3: 25/31
Needle 2 will continue with the BOC pattern as set. Your stitches should look like this if you have previously symmetricised them!!!
64 stitches: K3, P2, K6, P2, K6, P2, K6, P2, K3
72 stitches: P3, K6, P2, K6, P2, K6, P2, K6, P3
Commencing now with Row 2 of the BOC pattern start the gusset decreases as follows:
Row 1 Needle 1: Knit 22/28 K2tog, K1
Needle 2: BOC pattern
Needle 3: K1, K2tog tbl, Knit 22/28 (SSK if you like)
Row 2 Needle 1: Knit
Needle 2 : BOC pattern
Needle 3: Knit
Continue decreasing as set until you have 64/72 stitches again:
16/32/16 or 18/36/18
Place a marker on this row and then continue with pattern as set,Knit on Needles 1&3 and BOC pattern on Needle 2, no decreases or increases, until the total foot length is 5 cm less than desired. (I do 34-6 rows)
The BOC pattern stops now and the toe is all plain knitting.
Row 1 Needle 1: Knit 13/15 K2tog, K1
Needle 2: Knit 1 K2tog tbl, Knit 26 /30, K2tog, K1
Needle 3: K1, K2tog tbl, Knit 13/15
Row 2 All: Knit
Continue as set until you have 24/32 stitches , and then work decreasing Row 1 twice: 16/24 stitches. Arrange the stitches so you have 8/12 on each of 2 needles and then graft the stitches together, sew in the ends and you have finished one sock. Now make another and you have a pair!!!