Our Mineral Silk glistens like nature herself, a spider web at dawn or moonlight on a dewy field, and these sweet Pom Pom Mineral Socks bring the sparkle right to your toes!

Pom Pom Mineral Socks | Purl Soho

Holding a strand of our hand-dyed Posy plus our beautiful new Mineral Silk, you knit these little socks from the toe up, ending at the cuff with Posy on its own, and topping it all off with soft and squishy Posy pom poms.

Pom Pom Mineral Socks | Purl Soho

The pure silk in Mineral Silk bounces light in thousands of directions at once. Add a touch of “synthetic sparkle” that scatters stardust across the silken base, and things get pretty scintillating! Posy serves to add flexibility, stretch, and coziness… Everything socks need.

Pom Pom Mineral Socks | Purl Soho

Our Pom Pom Mineral Socks Bundle includes one skein of each yarn and is available in six very pretty palettes, perfect for beauty-loving souls and soles who want to let it shine!

Pom Pom Mineral Socks | Purl Soho

Designed for Purl Soho by Jake Canton.

Materials

Pom Pom Mineral Socks | Purl Soho

Our Pom Pom Mineral Socks Bundle includes…

  • Yarn A: 1 skein of Purl Soho’s Posy, 75% superwash merino, 15% cashmere, and 10% nylon. Each skein is 318 yards/100 grams; approximately 200 (250, 290, 318) yards required. We used the color Lilac Mist.
  • Yarn B: 1 skein of Purl Soho’s Mineral Silk, 75% silk and 25% synthetic sparkle. Each skein is 394 yards/50 grams; approximately 87 (105, 123, 140) yards required. We used the color Crystal Pink.

NOTE: If making the largest circumference and foot length sizes you may need an extra skein of Pocket Posy to make the pom poms.

Our Bundle comes in five more palettes! They are…

MOURNING DOVE + ALMOND ICE

Yarn A: Posy in Mourning Dove; Yarn B: Mineral Silk in Almond Ice

HEIRLOOM WHITE + MICA GRAY

Yarn A: Posy in Heirloom White; Yarn B: Mineral Silk in Mica Gray

PINK NECTAR + PEACH GOLD

Yarn A: Posy in Pink Nectar; Yarn B: Mineral Silk in Peach Gold

DRIZZLE GRAY + OPAL BLUE

Yarn A: Posy in Drizzle Gray; Yarn B: Mineral Silk in Opal Blue

TEAL TWILIGHT + STARRY NIGHT

Yarn A: Posy in Teal Twilight; Yarn B: Mineral Silk in Starry Night

You will also need…

Gauge

27 stitches and 42 rounds = 4 inches in stockinette stitch, holding Yarn A and Yarn B together

Sizes

Junior (Adult Small, Medium, Large)

  • Finished Circumference: approximately 6 (7, 8¼, 9) inches. NOTE: Choose a size that is approximately 1 inch smaller than the circumference of the wearer’s foot.
  • Foot Length: Adjustable

Notes

Construction

You will knit these socks from the toe up to the cuff.

Slip Stitches

Slip stitches purlwise with yarn in back unless directed otherwise.

Increases

RLI (Right Lifted Increase): Lift right leg of stitch below next stitch on left needle onto left needle and knit it. [1 stitch increased]

LLI (Left Lifted Increase): Lift left leg of stitch 2 rows below stitch on right needle onto left needle and knit it through the back loop. [1 stitch increased]

For more information on these techniques, please visit our Lifted Increase Tutorial.

Short Row Shaping: Wrp-t (Wrap And Turn)

  • On the right side: Keeping yarn in back, slip next stitch purlwise from left needle to right needle. Bring yarn to front. Return slipped stitch to left needle. Bring yarn to back. Turn work so wrong side is facing you.
  • On the wrong side: Keeping yarn in front, slip next stitch purlwise from left needle to right needle. Bring yarn to back. Return slipped stitch to left needle. Bring yarn to front. Turn work so right side is facing you.

For more information about this technique, please visit our Short Row Tutorial.

Pattern

Toe

With scrap yarn, use a One-Step Provisional Cast On to cast on 8 stitches.

Holding 1 strand of Yarn A and 1 strand of Yarn B together, leave an 18-inch tail and knit 1 row.

Divide stitches among 3 double pointed needles as follows: 4 stitches on Needle A; 2 stitches on each Needle B and C.

Place marker (pm) and join for working in the round, being careful not to twist the stitches.

Round 1: For Needle A, k1, yarn over (yo), knit to last stitch on needle, yo, k1; for Needle B, k1, yo, knit to end of needle; for Needle C, knit to last stitch on needle, yo, k1. [4 stitches increased]

Round 2: Knit to end of round, knitting all yarn overs through the back loop to close the hole.

Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 seven (9, 11, 12) more times, knitting all yarn overs through the back loop. [40 (48, 56, 60) total stitches: 20 (24, 28, 30) stitches on Needle A; 10 (12, 14, 15) stitches on each Needle B and C]

Foot

Knit every round in stockinette until Foot measures 6 (6¾, 7½, 8¼), or 2 (2¼, 2½, 2¾) inches less than desired foot length, measuring from cast-on edge. Here’s how long you’ll want the final Foot length…

Final Foot Length

Junior Sizes

US size 1Y (European 32) = 7¾ inches
US size 2Y (33) = 8 inches
US size 3Y (34) = 8½ inches
US size 4Y (36) = 8¾ inches
US size 5Y (37) = 9 inches
US size 6Y (38) = 9⅜ inches
US size 7Y (39) = 9⅝ inches

Women’s Sizes

US size 4 shoe (European 35) = 8⅜ inches
US size 5 shoe (36) = 8⅝ inches
US size 6 shoe (37) = 9 inches
US size 7 shoe (38) = 9¼ inches
US size 8 shoe (39) = 9⅝ inches
US size 9 shoe (40) = 10 inches
US size 10 shoe (41) = 10⅜ inches

Men’s Sizes

US size 7 shoe (European 39) = 9⅝ inches
US size 8 shoe (40) = 10 inches
US size 9 shoe (42) = 10½ inches
US size 10 shoe (43) = 10¾ inches
US size 11 shoe (44) = 11 inches
US size 12 shoe (45) = 11½ inches
US size 13 shoe (46) = 11¾ inches

Gusset

Round 1: For Needle A, knit to end of needle; for Needle B, RLI (see Notes), knit to end of needle; for Needle C, knit to end of needle, LLI (see Notes). [2 stitches increased]

Round 2: Knit to end of round.

Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 seven (7, 7, 8) more times. [56 (64, 72, 78) total stitches: 20 (24, 28, 30) stitches on Needle A, 18 (20, 22, 24) stitches on each Needle B and C]

Turn Heel

NOTE: For this portion of the pattern, you will be working back and forth in short rows, turning the work part way through each round rather than continuing to the end. For extra help, see Notes.

Knit to end of Needle A. You will now work stitches on Needles B and C only…

Short Row 1 (right side): For Needle B, knit to end of needle; for Needle C, K6 (6, 8, 10) yo, k1, wrp-t. [1 stitch increased]

Short Row 2 (wrong side): P14 (14, 18, 22) purling yarn over through the back loop, yo, p1, wrp-t. [1 stitch increased]

Short Row 3: Knit to 4 stitches before wrapped stitch (knitting yarn over through the back loop), yo, k1, wrp-t. [1 stitch increased]

Short Row 4: Purl to 4 stitches before wrapped stitch (purling yarn over through the back loop), yo, k1, wrp-t. [1 stitch increased]

Repeat Rows 3 and 4 two (2, 3, 4) more times. [64 (72, 82, 90) total stitches: 20 (24, 28, 30) stitches on Needle A; 22 (24, 27, 30) stitches on each Needle B and C]

Next Row (right side): Knit to end of Needle C, working wrapped stitches with their wraps as you come to them.

Rejoin for working in the round:

Next Partial Round: For Needle A, knit to end of needle; for Needle B, knit to end of needle, working wrapped stitches with their wraps as you come to them.

Heel Flap

You will now, again, work the stitches on Needles B and C only.

Set-Up Row 1 (right side): For Needle C, k9 (11, 13, 14), slip slip knit (ssk), turn work. [1 stitch decreased]

Set-Up Row 2 (wrong side): Slip 1 (see Notes), p19 (23, 27, 29), p2tog, turn work. [1 stitch decreased]

Row 1 (right side): *Slip 1, k1, repeat from * to 1 stitch before gap, ssk (with the 2 stitches on either side of gap), turn work. [1 stitch decreased]

Row 2 (wrong side): *Slip 1 with yarn in front (wyif), purl to 1 stitch before gap, p2tog (with 2 stitches on either side of gap), turn work. [1 stitch decreased]

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 nine (9, 10, 12) more times [42 (50, 58, 62) total stitches: 20 (24, 28, 30) stitches on Needle A; 11 (13, 15, 16) stitches on Needle B and C]

Next Row: For Needle B, slip 1, knit to end of needle; for Needle C, knit to 2 stitches from end of needle, ssk. [41 (49, 57, 61) total stitches: 20 (24, 28, 30) stitches on Needle A; 11 (13, 15, 16) stitches on Needle B and 10 (12, 14, 15) on Needle C]

Pm and rejoin for working in the round.

Next Round: For Needle A: Knit to last stitch, slip 1 stitch to Needle B; for Needle B, k2tog, knit to end of needle; for Needle C, knit to end of needle. [40 (48, 56, 60) stitches: 19 (23, 27, 29) stitches on Needle A, 11 (13, 15, 16) stitches on Needle B and 10 (12, 14, 15) on Needle C]

Leg

Work in stockinette stitch, knitting every round for 1 inch.

Cut Yarn B and switch to smaller needles.

Continuing with just Yarn A, work in stockinette stitch, knitting every round for 1 inch.

Bind off knitwise.

Pom Pom

If you’re using Purl Soho’s Pom Pom Maker Set, use the Small Pom Pom Maker and the 1½ inch Trim Guide to make a pom pom with Yarn A. Follow the basic instructions for a Solid Pom Pom found in our Pom Pom Tutorial.

Attach Pom Pom

Thread each pom pom tail separately through the rolled bind-off edge to the inside of the sock. Tie the tails into a knot, then thread the tails up through the pom pom itself and trim them flush with the pom pom.

Finishing

Graft Toe

Use Kitchener stitch to graft Toe closed. If you need help with this, please visit our Kitchener Stitch Tutorial.

Weave + Block

Weave in the ends, and then make another sock!

Block both socks by soaking them in room temperature water, squeezing out the excess water, and laying them flat to dry. To wash socks, add a little gentle soap to the water and lay flat to dry.

Pom Pom Mineral Socks | Purl Soho
Pom Pom Mineral Socks | Purl Soho