Fire and Sea socks

Fire and Sea Socks- Knit Design in the Digital Era

My love for you is hot as fire.  My love for you is as deep as the sea.

I finally got my first Ipad.  Since we move and travel a lot, this was one step closer to making our world more digital, and more transportable.  Thanks to Interweave Knit’s excellent digital patterns, I am able to carry epatterns, emags, and ebooks easily wherever I go, without cluttering up my house.

                What I did not realize was that there we also other great knitting design apps out there.  I have designed several items while I knit them making chicken scratch marks on a piece of paper, and then never being able to replicate them again.  With these great knitting apps, I can type in my pattern as I go. 

I designed these simple socks for my husband for Valentine’s Day so that I could try out some of these great design apps.  The Knit Designer helped my type out my pattern with its knitting keyboards, and reminded me of all the parts of the pattern I needed to include.  This app will do some simple fair isle as seen on the Fire and Sea Socks, but StitchSkech will do much more intense fair isle with colors.  I used knitCompanion to mark and keep track of my pattern while I was knitting it.  Finally, to convert the pattern all into one pdf file with pictures, I used Printer Pro.


It was a ton of fun putting these apps together to design, knit and publish the Fire and Sea Socks!


Fire and Sea Socks



Men's 7-9 or women's 8-10


16 sts and 22rnds in st st = 2in

Materials Needed:

Sport weight

100g for main color

50g for contrast color

Used: MC Cascade yarn heritage sock yarn 400m/100g color #5637

CC #5607

Needles US size 1 (2.25mm) or size to obtain gauge




CO 72 stitches in a loose cast on with contrasting color.

K2P2 rib for 2 in

Change to main color

Continue in K2P2 rib until sock measures 9.5in or desired length to top of heel.


Put 18 sts on needle 1, 36 sts on needle 2, and 18 sts on needle 3

Join cc and work needles 1 and 3 only for the heel flap back and forth as follows.

Row 1 (RS) knit

Row 2 (WS) K1tbl, P34, sl1 with yarn in front

Row 3 (RS) k1tbl, k34, sl1 with yarn in front

Repeat rows 2 and 3, 16 more times, then row 2 again (36 rows total)

Turn heel

Row 1 (RS) K23, ssk, turn work.

Row 2 (WS) sl1, p10, p2tog, turn.

Row 3 (RS) sl1, k10, ssk, turn.

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until all the sts have been worked ending with a WS row. 12 heel sts



With needle 1 k6 stitches in cc and then cut yarn leaving a long 8 in tail

Join mc and knit to end of heel stitches.

Pick up 18 sts on side of heel flap and ktbl

With needle 2 pick up and knit 1 st table at beginning of instep, then k36, then pick up and k 1 st

tbl at end of instep.

With needle 3 pick up and knit 18 sts tbl along other side do heel flap, then knit first 6 sts from

needle 1 again

86 sts, needle 1: 24 sts, needle 2: 38 sts, needle 3: 24 sts

Round 1 on needle 1 k to last 2 sts, k2 tog, on needle 2 ssk, k to last 2 sts, k2 tog, on needle 3

ssk knit to end

Round 2 knit

Round 3 on needle 1 knit to last 2sts, k2tog, on needle 2 knit, on needle 3, ssk, knit to end.

Repeat rounds 2 and 3 until 72 sts. (18, 36, 18)


Cont in k until piece measures 6.5in or 2.5 in less then desired length from the back of the heel.

Complete pattern chart. Break mc.


Use cc.

Round 1 k6, k2tog , rep to end

rd 2-7 knit

rd 8 K5, K2tog , rep to end

rd 9 to 13 knit

rd 14 K4, k2tog , rep to end

rd 15 to 18 knit

rd 19 K3, k2tog , rep to end

rd 20 to 22 knit

rd 23 K2 k2tog rep to end

rd 24 to 25 knit

rd 26 K1, k2tog rep to end

rd 27 knit 18sts .

rd 28 K2tog .


Weave yarn through remaining sts, or use Kitchener stitch to finish.

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