Basic Flat Sock

Pattern (continued)

GUSSET HEEL

1 Place 14 (15, 16, 17, 18, 19) sts from each side of instep onto one needle, with split at center. Join yarn with right side facing.

2 Row 1 (RS): * K1, sl 1 *, rep from * to * across.

4 Rep rows 1 and 2 until you work 28 (30, 32, 34, 36, 38) rows in total. TURN THE HEEL

1 Row 1: K 16 (17, 18, 19, 20, 21) sts, ssk, k1, turn.

3 Row 3: SI 1, k to 1 st before gap, ssk (1 st from each side of gap), kl, turn.

4 Row 4: Sl 1, p to 1 st before gap, p2tog (1 st from each side of gap), p1, turn.

5 Rep rows 3 and 4 until you work all heel sts, ending if necessary on the last rep with k2tog and p2tog

6 16 (18, 18, 20, 20, 22) sts rem. Break yarn, leaving sts on needle. GUSSET

0 With right side facing, rejoin yarn at top of heel flap.

2 Next row (RS): Pick up and k 14 (15, 16, 17, 18, 19) sts along side of heel flap, k 16 (18, 18, 20, 20, 22) sts, pick up and knit 14 (15, 16, 17, 18, 19) sts along other side of heel flap.

DECREASE FOR THE GUSSET

3 Rep rows 1 and 2 until 28 (30, 32, 34, 36, 38) sts rem.

4 Work even on these sts until piece measures 5.5 (6.5, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9) inches from the back of the heel, or 2 inches less than desired total foot length.

LOWER TOE

3 Rep rows 1 and 2 until 14 (15, 16, 17, 18, 19) sts rem.

5 Row 4 (WS): P1, p2tog, p to last 3 sts, p2tog tbl, p1.

6 Rep rows 3 and 4 until 6 (6, 8, 8, 10, 10) sts rem.

7 Place these sts on a holder or piece of scrap yarn.

8 With yarn threaded on darning needle, sew center back leg seam. Sew foot side seams.

9 Graft or gather toe.

0 Weave in ends and block.

You can flatten the seams inside your flat sock to make them more comfortable. Turn the sock inside-out and cover with a damp cloth, then lightly press the seams with a warm iron.

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Toe-Up Socks

Toe-up socks are worked just as they sound—the sock is cast on at the toe and then you work upward towards the leg. Toe-up socks are perfect when you want to maximize the length of your sock with no leftovers! If you are unsure how much yardage you have, toe-up socks enable you to get the most sock out of a limited amount of yarn.

Cast On and Knit the Toe 106

Knit the Foot 114

Knit the Heel 116

Knit the Leg and Cuff 128

Bind Off 131

Basic Toe-Up Sock Pattern 134

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