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Spindle by Jennifer Crawford

I love knitting socks, and I adore twisted stitches, so it was only natural I would eventually combine the two. This pattern uses a motif that might look a little bunched and plain on the needles, but opens up into a lovely double diamond pattern when on the foot. The pattern itself is continuous around the leg, with no visible start or end. 





Woman’s Medium (Large)
Finished Circumference: about 7.5 (8) inches
Sample socks shown in Medium


Knit Picks Essential (75% superwash merino wool, 25% nylon; 231 yards/50 grams): 23695 Grass, 2 (3) balls


US#1 (2.25 mm): 32” or 47” circular (recommended; can use 5 double pointed needles or 2 shorter circulars if preferred)


Approx 9 sts = 1”  in St st.


Tapestry needle; cable needle; 3stitch markers

Pattern Notes

Socks are worked top down, from cuff to toe. Recommended method is to use one large circular needle; knitter is free to use double pointed needles if preferred, but should be aware that the Twist motif will require transfer of stitches between needles once per pattern repeat.  

When doing Twist chart, knit all Knit stitches through back loop for better visual effect.


CO 80 (88) stitches. If using DPNs, divide evenly between four needles Join to work in the round, being careful not to twist.

Ribbing: K1, *p2, k2, rep from * until 1 st rem, k1 (note – ribbing is done in this way to allow Twists to flow cleanly from the ribbing)
Repeat ribbing for 15 rnds, or until ribbing measures approx 1.5”.


Set-up Rnd: *P3, k2, p3, rep from * to end of row.

Work Twist pattern as per chart A until leg is approximately 6” from cast on row, ending with row 16. 

Rnds 9 and 10 may be a bit confusing at first, because the twist motif in this pattern is continuous around the sock, so at this point, the first and last stitches of the row are twisted together, as follows:

Rnd 9: knit the first stitch of the rnd, then follow the chart as described. There is an extra ‘stitch’ at the end of Rnd 9 in the chart; this indicates that you twist the last stitch of the rnd with the first stitch of the next rnd.

Rnd 10: Because you twisted the first stitch with the last stitch, you do not knit the first stitch again (this is designated by the completely black square at the start of this row in the chart).


Note: The heel flap is worked flat, using 38 (42) sts.

Setup: P1 (3), and slip the newly worked st(s) to the previous needle.  The heel flap is worked on the next 38 (42) sts.  
Size Medium: Slip the 39th st to the next needle to allow you to work just the heel flap sts by themselves.
Size Large: You will need to slip one stitch from the other needle onto the active needle in order to have 42 active sts.  You will have 46 sts on the other needle.

Row 1 (RS)
: *S1 wyb, k1, rep from * to end.
Row 2: S1 wyf, p to end

Repeat these two rows 18 (19) more times, or until heel flap reaches desired length (about 2”).

Turn Heel

Row 1 (RS): Sl 1, K23 (25), ssk, k1, turn
Row 2: Sl 1, p9, p2tog, p1, turn
Row 3: Sl 1, k to st before gap made on previous row; ssk, k1, turn
Row 4: Sl 1, p to st before gap made on previous row; p2tog, p1, turn

Repeat rows 3 and 4 until all heel sts have been worked; 24 (26) sts rem.


Set-up Rnd:
a) K12 (13), place marker (Marker #1), k12 (13)
b) Pick up 18(19) sts along left side of flap. Place marker (Marker #2).
b) P1 (3), knit Rnd 1 of Chart B, p1(3). Place marker (Marker #3)
c) Pick up 18 (19) sts along right side of heel flap
d) K to Marker #1 in middle of heel flap, which now indicates start of rnd.

Rnd 1:
a)    K until 3 sts bef Marker #2, k2tog, k1.
b)    P1 (3), work next rnd of Chart B, p1 (3)
c)    K1, ssk, knit to Marker #1 in middle of heel

Rnd 2:
a)    k to Marker #2
b)    p1 (3), work next row of Chart B, p1 (3)
c)    K to Marker #1 in middle of heel.

Repeat these two rnds until only 38 (42) sts remain on heel flap. Then repeat Rnd 2 until foot measures about 2” less than desired length.

Set-up Rnd:
a)    K to Marker #2
b)    P1 (3), p9, p3tog, p16, p3tog, p9, p1(3)
c)    K to end of row

Rnd 1:
a)    K to 3 sts before Marker #2 , k2tog, k1
b)    K1, ssk, k to 3 sts before Marker #3, k2tog, k1
c)    K1, ssk, k to end of rnd

Rnd 2: Knit all sts

Repeat these 2 rnds until only 16 sts remain.

Cut yarn, leaving long enough tail for grafting. Graft toe using Kitchner stitch.

Weave in ends.

About the Designer: Jennifer Crawford

Jennifer Crawford learned to knit just a few years ago and has been obsessed with yarn and pointy sticks ever since. She lives in California with her husband and six yarn-stealing cats, and blogs about her knitting here.

Pattern and images © 2009 Jennifer Crawford. Contact .

elann summer 09


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