July 22, 2011

The Fountains of Portland Complete Pattern

STOP, dear pattern seeker! This pattern is extremely user UN-friendly!! I noticed it when I went back and tried to use it for a friend recently. 

So, I have been working very hard to fix it for you all. Please go to the new Fountains of Portland page for the new pattern. There, you will find a free pdf download on Ravelry, and in 3 sizes, too. 

Please feel free to let me know of any errors in the new pattern, as it is still not an officially "tested" pattern (since it is still a free one) at earthtogspatternhelp@gmail.com.

Thank you for using my pattern, and you can find my other two free patterns to the right of this page in the bar. The links will send you to Ravelry for free downloads. Those have been used by others and are just fine : ) 

Happy kitting!! Janelle

The Fountains of Portland:

Size 9" foot circumference
Gauge: 8stitches to 1 inch in stockinette and in fan pattern
Yarn: Patons Kroy Summer Stretch Sock Yarn--I didn't even use one whole skein!
Needles: Size 1

Top Down, using DPN's or 2 Circulars ( I used 2 Circulars, you could even use one circular to do the ruffle, then transfer the stiches to 2.)

Part I: Fancy, flouncy, ruffly ankle

Ruffle Section

CO 150 stitches for ruffle.

*Ruffle is worked in groups of 10, for every 10 stitches cast on, you will have 4 remaining.

Carefully join work in the round, so as not to twist (this is a little tricky with so many stitches, but it gets much better once the ruffle is done!) Mark the beginning of the round.

Work ruffle as follows:

K10, then pass the 9th, 8th, 7th, 6th, 5th and 4th stitches over the 10th stitch. This creates little mock crochet shells. Do this 15 times. You will end with 60 stitches.

Next round: Knit
Next round: Knit, decreasing evenly by 4 stitches. For example, every 15 stitches or so. End with 56 stitches.

Next Section, Eyelets

Round 1: K2, P1, K2, P1, K2
Round 2: Repeat row 1
Round 3: K2, P1, K2Tog, YO, P1, K2
Round 4: Repeat row 1

Repeat rows 1-4, 3 times. You will have 3 eyelets. See photo above. On the end of each round, you will have a wider ribbing than the other spots, this is correct and this will eventually be the back of the sock.

Next 2 rounds: Knit

Bobble Section

Round 1: *Knit 3; MB, repeat from * to end, 14 bobble made.
Round 2: Knit. (Alternative Option for round 2: *K3, K1tbl, repeat from * to end of round. I found that knitting through the back loop, "tbl", on the previous bobble stich, made the bobble stand out a little more.)
Round 3: Knit, evenly decreasing stitches by 2 to equal 54 stitches at the end of the round. Getting scary?

*Note on MB: Make bobble. I used this one: Knit into the front, the back, and again into the front of the next stitch. Turn work to wrong side, K3, turn work to front side, P3, pass last two stitches over the first one.

Right now, your ruffle will seem a little loose compared to the rest of the stitches. That's ok. That's what I think helps it stand up a little.


Part II: Finishing the ankle and transitioning to the heel flap and heel turn

Begin next section with 54 stitches.

Don't be scared--remember our formula!

9" circumference woman's foot, with 25% stretch= 6.75" x 8 stitches per inch in our given yarn = 54 stitches. (We will--more or less--continue to use approx this many...with a few tweaks to fit the sock)

The next 12 rounds will be worked in a version of the classic Fan Stitch in a 17 stitch repeat + 3.

NOTES: By SSK4Tog, I mean slip 4 from the left needle to the right as if to knit, then knit the 4 together as though doing a ssk. I find that this lays the pattern out better, leaning it left. Final note on this section: on Round 4, optional knitting tbl on the previous ssk4tog stitch helps it further lean left. (At least I thought so!!)
Round 1: Knit
Round 2: Knit
Round 3: P3; **K4Tog; *YO, K1, repeat from * 5 times; SSK4Tog; P3**. Repeat from ** to ** to end of round, equaling 3 "fans."
Round 4: Knit (OR alternative tlb option: *K16, K1tbl, repeat 3 times from *, K3.)

Complete these 4 rounds 3 times. It will make 3 "fans," one will soon be a front center, and the other 2 will spread over the gussets. There will be one longer purl section (6 purls, to be exact), which will appear under the wider rib from our earlier eyelet rib pattern. Together, these will create a sort of "seam" on the back.

Get ready to rearrange your stitches.

Heel Flap Section

Center the "middle" fan on the instep (on the instep cable, if using 2 cables, on the front 2 dpn's if using those.) and center the "seam" I keep talking about on the heel.

Knit the rest of the stitches that are now on the heel flap so you can begin with a wrong side row.
27 stitches on instep
27 stitches for heel flap (you will add one stitch by M1 ("making one") Purlwise on the first row to make 28 stitches. This will make the fan centered on the heel.)

Heel flap is worked back and forth on on cable or on one dpn.

Begin on WS row.

Heel fan pattern:

Row 1 (WS): S1Pwise, M1Pwise, P 26. Total Heel stitches now: 28.
Row 2 (RS): S1P, P6, K4tog; *YO, K1, repeat from *5 more times; SSK4tog; P7.
Row 3 (WS): S1P, P27
Row 4 (RS): S1K, K27

Row 5: S1P, P27
Row 6: S1P, P6, K4tog; *YO, K1, repeat from *5 more times; SSK4tog; p7
Row 7: S1P, P27
Row 8: S1K, K27

Repeat rows 5-8, 4 more times to equal approximately 2.5 inches and 6 completed sets of "fans."

Turning the Heel:

Begin with 28 stitches.

Row 1: S1P, P14, P2Tog, P1
Row 2: S1P, K4, SSK, K1
Row 3: S1P, P5, P2Tog, P1
Row 4: S1P, K6, SSK, K1
Row 5: S1P, P7, P2tog, P1
Row 6: S1P, K8, SSK, K1
Row 7: S1P, P9, P2Tog, P1
Row 8: S1P, K10, SSK, K1
Row 9: S1P, P11, P2Tog, P1
Row 10: S1P, K12, SSK, K1
Row 11: S1P, P13, P2Tog, P1
Row 12: S1P, K14, SSK

There will not be an available stitch for a final K1 at the end of row 12.


Part III: Gusset decreases, foot and toe and finishing up

Okay! We've completed the ruffly top of our sock, the ankle, heel flap and the heel turn. We still have 27 stitches on the instep needle(s) and we have 16 stitches left on the needle with the heel stitches on it and now will be picking up stitches for our gusset.


Pick up ( I hate when patterns say "pick up and knit!!!" It sounds like 2 actions, when you really only need one!!) 14 stitches down the side of the heel flap where you left off, to the left of the flap with its RS (right side of the fabric) facing you. I like to pick up an extra stitch at the end of the picked up stitches in the corner before the instep. I feel like it helps keep tiny holes to a minimum. You can always eliminate these later on during your gusset decreases.

Now, pause for a moment to look at your instep. In order to maintain our pattern in the center, we will need to add one stitch to the instep as we knit across. (In this "beta" version of the pattern, we have to do this. In my final product, available later on Ravelry as a pdf, there will be no extraneous decreases/increases. But, since I really wanted to share this before Sock Summit and since we are this far in before I figured that out, we must press on! It still works, it just seems a little tedious.)

Look at where your pattern is, and count 7 stitches on either side of the spots where you knit 4 together in previous rounds. One side will already have 7 stitches and one will need one more to make 7. That's where you add your extra stitch to total 28 on the instep as you knit across.

Here is the abbreviated version of the same instructions:

Pick up 14 stitches down the left side of the heel flap
Then knit across instep, keeping center pattern consistent and M1Kwise so 7 stitches remain on either side of fan portion of pattern.
Pick up 14 stitches on other side of heel flap

If using 4 dpn's:

Knit 8 heel stitches onto needle used to pick up last heel flap stitches, this will be needle 3.
Transfer remaining 8 heel stitches onto needle holding first heel flap pick up stitches. This needle will be Needle 1.
The instep needle will be Needle 2

Stitches will be divided:
Needle 1: 22 stitches
Needle 2: 28 stitches
Needle 3: 22 stitches

If using 2 circulars:
knit across heel stitches and down first picked up stitches. We want all the stitches except the instep stitches on one of the circular needles for now.

Stitches will be divided as follows (redistribute if needed):
Circular Cable 1: 44 stitches
Circular Cable 2: 28 instep stitches

Marking the beginning of the round:

For ease of instruction here, I am going to pretend that we are all using dpn's since the beginning of the round on the dpn needle 1 just works best for my brain to keep things straight. You can mark the center of your heel circular, if you like, as the beginning of the round, just to keep it all straight with me, if you are using 2 circulars and if it helps you.

You seasoned folks who know so much more than I do can chime in here with any advice!!!

Gusset decreases:

Round 1:
N1 (Needle 1): Knit to last 4 stitches, K2tog, K2
N2 (Instep stitches) : P7, K4tog; *YO, K, repeat from *5 more times; SSK4tog, P7
N3: K2, SSK, Knit to end of round

Round 2:
N1: Knit
N2: Knit
N3: Knit
(that one was rough...)

Round 3:
N1: Knit to last 4 stitches, K2tog, K2
N2: Knit
N3: Knit 2, SSK, Knit to end of round

Round 4:
N1: Knit
N2: Knit
N3: Knit

Repeat rounds 1-4 until there are 28 total stitches remaining on the heel section. It should work out that you complete 16 total rounds and end on round 4. Gusset completed.

28 Stitches Instep
28 Stitches Heel (Divided as 14 stitches on N1 and 14 stitches on N2)


For the foot, we are going to add a half-fan pattern to either side of the center fan. We are going to borrow a few stitches (literally 3) from N1 and N3 to do this. It creates a slightly wider pattern on the instep, reducing the visibility of a boring stockinette stitch sole. (Don't worry, you won't be walking on the lace!)

Here is how we will do it:

I moved 3 stitches each from N1 and N3 to my instep for ease of knitting, but you can do it however you like.

Round 1: K11; K4tog, *YO, K, repeat from *2 more times; P3, K4tog, **YO, K, repeat from **5 times more; SSK4tog, P3; ***K, YO, repeat from ***2 more times; SSK4tog, K11

Round 2: Knit all stitches (remember, you can knit through the back loops of the SSK4tog stitches from the previous round to help them lean left)

Rounds 3 and 4: Knit all stitches.

Repeat Rounds 1-4 until the total foot is about 1.5 inches from the total desired length. My foot is 9.5 inches long, so I stopped at slightly over 8 inches.

Toe Decreases:

If you slipped 3 stitches from N1 and 3 to the instep needle for ease of knitting the fan lace pattern, you may slip them back to their homes on N1 and N3 for the toe decreases.

14 Stitches on N1 and N3
28 Stitches on N2

Round 1:

N1: Knit to last 3 stitches, K2tog, K1
N2: K1, SSK, Knit to last 3 stitches, K2tog, K1
N3: K1, SSK, Knit to end of round.

Round 2:

Knit all stitches

Repeat rounds 1 & 2 until there are 8 stitches left on the instep needle and 4 each on N1 and N3. If you are using 2 circular needles, of course there will be 8 on each cable.

Rearrange needles as 8 Instep and 8 Heel as needed and give a little Kitchener stitch, slide 'em off and wear 'em!!

Need a little Kitchener help? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7jIzwO5Nv4

I just washed mine and they are hanging up on the sock blockers. Can't wait to wear them to work tomorrow!!

Comments/suggestions/errors found welcomed!

Thanks for playing : )


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