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Thrummed Socks Knitting Pattern

Linda Boudreau

thrummed socks knitting pattern
Women's large

4 ounces of Briggs & Little worsted weight wool
1 hank of wool roving. This is usually purchased in a large ball and there is more than enough in one ball to make at least three pairs of socks.
Size 5 US (4 mm) double pointed needles-set of 4
Size 3 US (3.25 mm) double pointed needles-st of 4

20 sts=4 inches on larger needles

Working With Roving

When working will wool roving pull off do not cut three inch sections. I take the wool roving and pull two separate strands from the ball, then I tear it off as one piece, and tear off at least 18 sets for each round, only tearing them off as the rounds come up.

Twisted rib:
k1, p1 ribbing, knitting into the back loop of each knit st

With smaller needles, CO 48 sts. Divide 16 sts over 3 needles. Join and mark beg of round.
Work in Twisted Rib for 20 rows or desired length of cuff.

Change to larger needles and knit three rounds.

Begin pattern with roving
K2, then holding the two strand thrum knit it together with the next stitch. I hold mine on top of the stitch and knit as usual. I use a thrum stitch every third stitch. On the next round knit in back of the thrum stitch and this will lock the stitch in place.

Rep the above pattern of three plain rounds and one thrummed round until desired length or 8½ inches from the beginning.

Heel Flap
I do not put the thrum stitches in the heel as I feel it would make it more difficult to put work boots on, but you most certainly can if knitting for snow boots.

K12 and place remaining stitches on Needle 2. Turn, sl 1, p12 and place rem sts on needle 2.
Working on these sts only, work flap as follows:
Row 1: *sl 1, k1; rep from * across
Row 2: sl 1, p across rem sts

Repeat until heel flap measures 2½ inches or desired depth.
End with purl side facing.

Turn Heel
Sl 1, p12, p2tog, p1, turn.
Sl 1, k3, k2tog, k1, turn.
Sl 1, p4, p2tog, p1, turn.
Repeat until you have 16 sts on needle.

With same needle continue and pick up 12 sts down the right side of heel, work across the sts on the front needle, pick up and 12 sts on the left side of the heel.

Needle 1 - left side of center heel - knit to within last 3 sts of end of needle, k2tog, k1.
Knit across center needle.
On next needle, k1, sl 1, k1, pass slipped stitch over, knit to end of needle.
Next round knit even.

Repeat the above decreases until you have 48 sts rem.
Redistribute so you have 16 sts on each needle.
Knit three rounds, start thrummed round.
Repeat for desired length or in my case 6½ inches.

Shape Toe
Needle 1: K to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.
Needle 2: k1, sl 1, k1, pass slip stitch over, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.
Needle 3: k1, sl 1, k1, pass slip stitch over.
Round 2: Knit even.
Repeat above until you have 24 sts rem. Leave 12 inch tail for grafting.

Graft Toe
Place 12 stitches on each of two needles. Using a wool or darning needle *place needle into first stitch on front needle as if to knit and slip off needle, put needle in next stitch on needle as if to purl and leave on needle, let yarn go under the first needle and working on the back needle, insert needle into first stitch on back needle as if to purl and remove from needle, insert needle into next stitch as if to knit and leave on needle.* Go under the needles and back to the front and repeat from * to * until you have one stitch left and secure in place.

The thrummed socks are time intensive but well worth the effort. They are wonderful knit as slippers as well; just make the slipper top shorter.

This pattern is copyrighted as a Linda Boudreau original and may be distributed free of charge, but not to be knitted and resold without express permission of the originator. North Kentville Knits - 1998 copyright.

See Abbreviations and the Glossary for help.