At the risk of sounding like the Southern Californian I used to be, I must say it’s been cold here lately. Not South Island cold, or New York cold, but this winter has been colder than last, which is my only benchmark because I missed so many. The opportunity to wear all my wool sweaters must be celebrated! Nights have been especially chilly and since we don’t keep our house overly heated in the interests of being responsible electricity consumers, extra clothing has crept into my bed. I’ve drawn the line at wearing a hat, but my Novella Socks/leg warmers have been keeping my legs cozy. This brought me to thinking about the old fashioned bed socks popular in many of my vintage knitting books, and how useful a pair might be. I made these for my Mum, Daphne (hence the heart-shaped bobble motif), but I’ve now started on a pair for myself. I plan to wear them inside my clogs once spring approaches.
I wonder if anyone loves Koigu Kersti as much as I do? Because it’s a crepe yarn I’m guessing it will never pill, which makes it perfect for these sockettes which will be much worn, rubbed and loved. It combines indestructibility with beauty and softness, thanks to the merino wool and the fantastic colour sense of the dyers at Koigu. It might even be my Desert Island yarn, although it would have to compete with its sister KPM for that honour. I had to restrain myself from adding pompoms to the ties since the heart motif was already sounding my cuteness alarm, but you could pile it on, or leave out the bobbles and add the poms or tassles, like ladies in the old knitting books who, in my opinion, new a thing or two about glamour, in bed.
Here’s the pattern.
note: if you’re not sure how to make I-cord on double pointed needles, there’s a tutorial on the Waste Not, Want Not post.
Raspberry Bed Socks
Koigu Kersti 100% merino wool; 50g/100m/114yds; 2 hanks K1184
Extra fingering weight yarn or ribbon for ties. [I used Koigu KPM 1184]
Set of 5 Size 3.25mm (US3) and 3.5mm (US4) 18cm[7”] double pointed needles
2 removable markers
3 stitch markers, 1 in contrasting colour
To fit foot length 18(20.5,23) cm/7(8,9) inches
22 sts & 36 rows = 10cm/4” in garter stitch on larger needles
24 sts & 32rows = 10cm in stst on larger needles
Make bobble (mb)
Beginning with next stitch on Left Needle, cast on 4 sts by knit cast on method. Knit these 4 sts, dropping original stitch off needle. On Right Needle, pass the 3rd stitch over the 4th st and off the needle, repeat for 2nd and 1st stitches. There is one stitch left.
With larger needles, cast on 7 sts, work in garter stitch, increasing at each end of alternate rows 5 times–17sts Work 22(26,30) rows straight, placing removable marker at each end of 15th row.
Decrease each end of next and following 4th row twice –11sts
Work 36(40,44) rows garter stitch.
Decrease each end of next row and following 2 alternate rows–5sts
Work one row. Bind off.
With RS of sole facing, beginning at last bind off stitch (at heel), and working toward toe or wider end of sole, pick up and knit 33(39,45) sts to first removable marker (discard removable marker), place stitch marker, 35 sts to next removable marker (including 7 sts from cast on sts of sole), pm, 38(44,50) to end (including 5 sts from bind off sts of sole), pm for beg of round–106(118,130) sts.
Begin toe decreases.
Rnd 5: K to 1st marker, [ssk, k2] three times, ssk, k3, mb, k3, [k2tog, k2] three times, k2tog, k to end–98(110,122) sts
Rnd 7:K to marker, k11, mb, k3, mb, k to end.
Rnd 9:K to marker, [k1, ssk] three times, mb, k7, mb, [k2tog, k1] three times, k to 5 sts before end of rnd, ssk, k1, k2tog–90(102,114) sts
Rnds 10 & 11: Knit
Rnd 12:K to marker, k6, [mb, k3] twice, mb, k to end.
Rnd 13:K to marker, k3, ssk, k11, k2tog, k to end–88(100, 112) sts
Rnds 14: K to marker, k7, mb, k3, mb, k to end.
Rnds 15&16: Knit
Begin short rows:
Row 17:K to marker, k14, wrap, turn,
Row 18:P10, wrap, turn,
Row 19: K9, wrap, turn,
Row 20:P8, wrap, turn,
Row 21: Knit to end.
Rnd 22: K to marker, k5, [ssk] twice, k1, [k2tog] twice, k to end–84(96,108) sts
Change to smaller needles.
Rnd 23: *K1, p1; repeat from * to end.
Rnd 24: *K1, p1, yo, p2tog; repeat from * to end.
Rnd 25: as Rnd 23
With smaller needles, cast on 3 sts, make I –cord 56cm[22”] long. Thread through eyelets and tie a knot in each end.