STYX heel socks by La Maison Rililie

STYX heel socks

June 2020
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
36 stitches and 48 rows = 4 inches
in Stocking stitch
US 0 - 2.0 mm
303 - 448 yards (277 - 410 m)
K1, K2, A1, A2, A3 (see below for details on sizes)
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This multi-pattern ★ offers an array of possible socks, customisable depending on the wearer’s anatomy and needs.

Choose between several looks and styles which can be used with two versions of the new and innovative STYX heel:

The main idea of the STYX heel is to provide a shape that fits better, by changing the standard short row method into something that can be customised for various heel types.
This is done by treating sections of the heel differently: By working the two halves in different ratios, one creates a curved line along the usual “seam” which forms a more anatomical shape, hugging the heel better than traditional short rows do.

For a more flattering fit on various shapes and width of feet, the pattern offers two heel constructions to choose from: The Styx classic and the Styx high arches heel (found in a separate PDF of this multi-pattern).
Both are quickly interchangeable for all sizes in this pattern.

Here a toe up construction with a gusset is used: This method provides a good fit and the ability to check the length of the sock quickly and easily during knitting.
It also presents the advantage of using up different bits of yarn; just weigh them first and halve the amount to use in each sock!

All variants also offer the possibility to choose between two options in relation to colour choices on toe, heel and cuff and each option is described in detail in the instructions.

Included (in PDF A) are two stripe options as well as a color block sequence for working your socks.

The option for a cute, asymmetrical cuff is given (in the lace motif option of PDF B) which is worked with short rows that are finished with a decorative crochet bind off, adding a whimsical little bow to the side of each sock.

Different photo-tutorials are included, which explain some new way to work symmetric decreases at the heel and the special bind-off found in PDF B.

A big Grazie to Michela LaMicky for translating this pattern into Italian!
Et un grand merci à Patricia patamodeler pour la traduction en Français!

★ More info on the included construction choices: 

This is a multi-pattern, in which you get:
• 2 separate PDFs with different textures and cuff options, both with Styx Heel Classic: 

PDF A for the St st version and
PDF B for the Broderie Anglaise Lace stitch (or any other motif with an 8 st repeat) and an asymmetric cuff design.

• 1 separate PDF to exchange for Styx heel high arches, if needed (check definition below).

• 1 separate PDF with the Quick Map+ that showcases various combinations that can be worked using this multi-pattern: It 
is advised to consult this map first, before starting.

Definition High Arches: 
Usually the foot has three types of arches: normal, flat, high. Most shoes and socks are made for normal arches (the classic heel that can already be found on p.5 of this PDF will cater to both flat and normal arches). 

If you find your sock generally feels tight around the area that goes from the heel and across your foot just below the ankle, and you often have difficulties passing the sock over your heel when you put it on, that probably comes from having high arches and/or high insteps.
In this case it is advised to use the extra PDF “Styx heel high arches” and to simply switch that page in place of the classic heel found in this PDF.

(Shoe / Foot sizes)

K1: Children’s 9-12 / 26-30 EU = 6½ in /16.5cm foot circumference.
7 in / 18 cm foot length.

K2: Children’s 1-4 / 31-34 EU = 7½ in /19cm foot circumference. 8¼
in / 21cm foot length.

A1: Women’s 5-7 / Men’s 4-6 / 35-38 EU = 8 in /20.5cm foot
circumference. 9½ in / 24cm foot length.

A2: Women’s 8-10 / Men’s 7-9 / 38.5-43 EU = 9 in /23cm foot
circumference. 10¼ in / 26cm foot length.

A3: Women’s 11-14 / Men’s 10-13 / 44-48 EU = 9¾ in /25cm foot
circumference. 11 in / 28cm foot length.

MEASUREMENTS of Finished Socks
(with negative Ease)
About 5¾(6¼,6¾,8,8½)in or 14(16,17,20,21)cm foot
circumference, 6½(7¾,8¾,9¾,10½)in or 16(19,22,25,26)cm foot length from back of heel to tip of toe (with option for adjusting foot length).


Any kind of sock yarn at 230 yards or 210 m / 50gr: 
Total amount of yarn: 2 skeins or 66(75, 91,93,98)gr 277(315,381,391,410) m or 303(344,417,428,448) yards.

Depending on if and how you intend to use 2 or more colours the amount for each colour might be different.

For the decorative bow crochet BO in PDF B you’ll need approx. 10-20 gr of Merino yarn in Sport or DK weight.

Needles: 2mm / US 0 DPN

Other: Removable stitch markers (4), tapestry needle.

For decorative bow crochet BO in PDF B: crochet hook 2mm / US 0.

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