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Monday
Apr142008

Whit's Knits: Pom Pom Peds

Remember Tretorn tennis sneakers? The canvas ones with the bright colored little arch on the side? And remember how you had to wear them with the little peds with pom poms on the cuff?

In the mid-70's Chris Evert rocked the classic combo. The pom pom was probably meant to keep the sock from slipping down into the the sneaker. Such a whimsical solution to such a practical problem!

A decade later The Official Preppy Handbook ordained Tretorns with Pom Pom Peds a "must-have". In Connecticut, the hypocenter of preppy behavior, where the Handbook was barely satirical, we all competed to have the newest Tretorns, the most pom pom socks, the best color combinations. Sick stuff, but, man, I loved wearing those socks!

Now, two decades later, I'm loving making these socks! They reduce sock making to the most fun parts, to the action of the sock: the heel, the gusset, the toe. And so many color possibilities, I could fill a drawer... -Whitney

 

The Materials

  • 2 skeins of Anzula's Squishy, 80% superwash merino, 10% cashmere and 10% nylon.  These colors are Hyacinth and Au Natural. Two skeins (one of each color) makes 4 pairs of socks!
  • 1 set of US #2 double pointed needles. I used Crystal Palace's 6 inch bamboo needles.

 

The Pattern

Gauge

8 stitches = 1 inch in stockinette stitch (See our Circular Gauge Tutorial for tips on knitting an accurate gauge for in-the-round projects.) 

Finished Size

Fit most women: 7 1/2 inches in circumference and adjustable length

Note

The how-to photos in this pattern are from our original Pom Pom Peds post which used a yarn that is no longer available. So, don't mind the unexpected color!

The Cuff

With the Contrast Color, cast on 60 stitches to three double pointed needles.

Round 1: *K1, p1, repeat from * to end of round.

Repeat Round 1 five more times.

Change to the Main Color and knit 3 rounds.

The Heel Flap

Knit 15 stitches and turn the work so the purl side of the fabric is facing you.

PPPturntopurl.jpg

Purl 30 stitches. (The 30 stitches that you just purled are the beginning of the heel flap. For this section, you will be working back and forth on just these 30 stitches.)

Arrange the stitches so that the 30 heel flap stitches are on one needle. Put the remaining stitches on hold on two needles (15 stitches each). 

PPP30heelflapsts.jpg

(Again, work the following rows back and forth, turning the work between each row.)

Row 1 (right side): *Slip 1 purlwise, k1, repeat from * to end of 30 stitches.

Row 2 (wrong side): Slip 1 purlwise, purl to end of 30 stitches.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 fifteen more times.

PPPheelflap.jpg 

Turning the Heel

Still just working the heel flap stitches:

Row 1 (right side): K17, ssk, k1, turn the work so the wrong side is facing you and there are 19 stitches on the left needle and 10 stitches on the right needle. 

Row 2 (wrong side): Slip 1 purlwise, p5, p2tog, p1, turn the work. (18 stitches on the left needle and 10 stitches on the right needle)

Row 3: Slip 1 purlwise, knit to 1 stitch before the gap, ssk (with the stitch before the gap and the stitch after the gap), k1, turn.

Here's the so-called "gap":

PPPgap2.jpg

Row 4: Slip 1 purlwise, purl to 1 stitch before the gap, p2tog, p1, turn.

Repeat Rows 3 and 4 until all the heel stitches have been worked and 18 stitches remain on the needle. 

Magic!:

PPPheelturned.jpg 

The Gusset

Knit across the 18 heel stitches.

With the same needle (now called "needle #1"), pick up 17 stitches along the heel flap. (35 stitches)

PPPgusset1.jpg

With a new needle (needle #2), knit across the 30 stitches that have been on hold.

PPPgusset2.jpg

With a new needle (needle #3), pick up 17 stitches along the other side of the heel flap.

PPPgusset3.jpg

Still with needle #3, knit 9 stitches from needle #1. 

Now there are 26 stitches on needle #1, 30 stitches on needle #2, and 26 stitches on needle #3. Needle #1 is the beginning of the round (at the middle of the heel).

PPPgusset4.jpg

Round 1: Needle #1 - knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1. Needle #2 - knit all the stitches. Needle #3 - k1, ssk, knit to end.

Round 2: Knit.

Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 until 60 total stitches remain (15 stitches on Needle #1, 30 stitches on Needle #2, and 15 stitches on Needle #3).

PPPgusset5.jpg 

The Foot

Maintaining 15 stitches on Needles #1 and #3 and 30 stitches on Needle #2, knit evenly until the piece measures 2 inches less than the desired final length, measuring from the back edge of the heel.

PPPfootlength.jpg

Here's a guideline for final sock lengths:

   US size 6 shoe (European 37) = 9 inches

   US size 7 shoe (38) = 9 1/4 inches

   US size 8 shoe (39) = 9 5/8 inches

   US size 9 shoe (40) = 10 inches

I'm making socks to fit a size 7 shoe, so I knit the foot until it measures 7 1/4 inches (9 1/4 inches - 2 inches).

The Toe

Round 1: Needle #1 - knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1. Needle #2 - K1, ssk, knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1. Needle #3 - k1, ssk, knit to end.

Round 2: Knit.

Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 until 32 total stitches remain.

Then, repeat Round 1 until 12 total stitches remain.

With Needle #3, knit the 3 stitches from Needle #1 so that there are 6 stitches on each of two needles.

PPPtoetip.jpg 

Use the Kitchener Stitch to close the toe. 

PPPtoe.jpg 

The Pom Poms

I used the Susan Bates Pom Pom Maker to make the smallest size pom poms. (Please visit our Pom Pom Tutorial if you need help with your pom pom maker.)

PPPpompoms.jpg 

When you tie the pom pom in half leave generous tails so that you can use them to sew the pom pom to the top back of the ped. Bring the tails to the inside of the ped, tie a knot (yes, a knot!), and very thoroughly weave the ends in to the cuff.

PPPpompomon.jpg

Now switch the colors and make another pair!

 

 

Reader Comments (19)

Изумительные носочки! Да и все, что вы делаете, очень красиво!
April 16, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbili
I love this pattern. I'll try to make it and send you pictures. Thank you very much. Regards.
June 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterenenaro
I absolutely love these and can not find instructions anywhere for a Magic Loop version... Do you have these written up for magic loop, or could you break it down for me? I get confused when it says needle numbers?

Thank you,
Donna
May 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDonna
Hi Donna,

I would recommend using a marker at the points where this pattern indicates the end of a double pointed needle. So, for example, once you've picked up for the gusset and you have 26 stitches on needle #1, 30 stitches on needle #2, and 26 stitches on needle #3, I would place a marker after the 26th and 56th stitches (the final marker, after the 82nd stitch, would be the beginning of the round).

I hope this helps! Please let us know if you have any other questions!

Whitney
May 6, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I love the look of these and am looking for my first sock project. Is there any hope of a pattern for these for toddler/child? I'd love to make them for my niece!
May 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle
Hi Michelle-

This pattern is not available in a child/ toddler size but we do have another great sock pattern that might fit the bill here: http://www.purlbee.com/the-purl-bee/2013/3/28/whits-knits-toddler-socks.html

Thank you for your question!

Molly
May 29, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Do you wear these in hot summer weather? Wool seems so hot, but I've been wanting to try knitting some socks.
May 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSue
Hi Sue-

We don't necessarily wear these on the hottest days but socks are a great summer knitting project because they are so portable and small. And they would be great to wear on a cooler summer night around the house.

Thank you for your question!
Molly
May 30, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I still wear tretorns and have been looking for a pattern just like this. I don't like wearing socks, so it's ped's or nothing. Thank you so much
June 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJenm
Hi,
I've spotted this pattern months ago and now I'm ready to knit my first pair of socks.
Is this pattern recommanded for a person who's going to knit socks for the first time ?
Reading the instructions, it seems easy... Thank you
June 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarie-Claude
Hi Marie-Claude-

Yes, this is a great first sock pattern.

Thanks for your question!
Molly
June 5, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
This is my first attempt at socks and so far the pattern is great, but I am getting hung up on the toe section...I have 20 sts on each needle (60 total) but as I follow the decreases needle #2 ends up with a lot fewer sts. So for example, when I get to having 32 sts left, I have 13 on needle #1, 6 on needle #2, and 13 on needle #3. I know I'm doing something wrong, but I think I followed the decreases as written (1 decrease at the end of the first needle, 1 decrease at the beginning and end of the 2nd needle and one decrease at the beginning of the 3rd needle). Help! I really want to finish my sock!
September 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMelyssa
Hi Melyssa,

The problem is that you should have finished the Gusset section with 15 stitches on Needles #1 and #3 and 30 stitches on Needle #2, and you should have left them that way.

I just edited the pattern a bit to make that more obvious! I'm so sorry for your likely frustration and I hope this sets you on the right path!

Whitney
September 19, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
What a great pattern and I love the detailed instructions. I have a question. What would I need to do to increase the size? Thanks for any help you can provide.
October 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie
HI Annie,

The easiest way to make anything bigger is to use bigger yarn and/or to work at a bigger gauge. Other than that, it's a pretty complicated thing to alter the size of a sock pattern, and unfortunately, we just don't have the resources to do that right now.

Thanks so much for asking, though!

Whitney
October 23, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Ah! I'm in love with these socks. I was just thinking that I was officially finished with sock knitting when I saw this pattern. Purl Bee does it again!
February 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCGW
I'd love to make these for my mom for Mother's Day, but she is allergic to wool. Have you made these socks with a cotton or other non-animal fiber yarn? Just wondering if there is anything you would recommend. Thanks!
April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMolly
I just finished my first footie and I had to let you know that I love this pattern. It was very well written and worked out wonderfully. Thanks for offering it for free. I'll be making lots of them. Happy Knitting!
June 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRhonda Wilcox
I have almost finished mine in self striping flag lookin' yarn, red and white stripes a mixed blue and white field of stars area, and I can't wait to do the Pom poms, maybe one red and one blue and white, and I have to get some Birkenstocks to wear them with when it gets "cold" thanks for the nice pattern. Wish I had done the solid color as in your photo. It's cuter.
July 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

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