Machine Knit “Lenny Ray” Bed Socks

My husband loves is bed socks so much, and I am having so much fun making them, that I whipped up a new “recipe” for them over the weekend.  It’s largely the same as the previous socks I posted, but this time they are ribbed and a bit more colorful.

He loves colorful, while I more of a “subtle” and “earth tone” person.  He is on a tropical kick and loves rock-a-billy music (he’s a musician and artist), so they fit his personality perfectly.

Lenny Ray Bed Socks

Machine:  Silver Reed LK-150 or any Mid-Gauge Machine
Size:   Men’s Size 9-11
Yarn:  Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn Sport & Sport Neons  (Sun Yellow, Orange, Turquoise)
Yardage:  Less than 1 skein of each color

Mast tension 5, Stitch Dial tension 5

Start Sock 1
Cast on 25L to 25R with e wrap cast on.
Knit 8-10 rows with contrasting color waste yarn.
Toe:
With Carriage On Left (COL), pull all needles left of 0  to hold position
Set carriage to NOT knit the needles in hold.
Load yarn that will be used for the toe.
Set stitch dial tension to 4
Knit to the right.  All needles RIGHT of 0 should have knit and all needles left of 0 should still be in hold
Perform short rows until there are 9 stitches in the middle (8 in hold on each side)
Reverse short row until all needles are back in work
Make sure you end with the carriage on right (COR)  (If it’s on the left, just knit it over to the right)
Foot
Load yarn color to be used for the sock
Change Carriage dial tension back to 5
Set carriage to knit ALL needles (even the ones in hold)
Reset counter
Knit 1 row from right to left.
Insert a lifeline
Knit 37 rows (Carriage will be on left)
Drop every 4th stitch (on column at a time) and latch back up to create purl columns (ribbing)  but ONLY on the stitches left of 0 (on the side opposite the toe)
Heel:
Load yarn that will be used for the heel color.
Repeat instructions for the toe.
Ankle & Cuff:
Load yarn color to be used for the ankle & cuff
Change Carriage dial tension back to 5
Set carriage to knit ALL needles (even the ones in hold)
Reset counter
Knit 1 row from right to left.
Insert a lifeline
Knit 32 rows (Carriage will be on right)
Drop every 4th stitch (on column at a time) and latch back up to create purl columns (ribbing)  but ONLY on the stitches left of 0 (on the side opposite the toe)
Knit 1 row from right to left.
Cast off.
Finishing:
Kitchener stitch the toe to the sock foot
Mattress Stitch the side seam.
For Sock 2:
You will repeat the same instructions but this time make the heel and toe on the needles to the left of 0 (rather then the needles to the right of 0).
Where the instructions for sock 1 say “carriage on left” (or right), it will now be the opposite
Otherwise the sock is constructed in the very same manner / just the opposite direction.
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