Basic Top Down Sock Pattern continued

GUSSET

1 Next round: KI 8 (8, 9, 9, 10, 10) sts. Using an empty needle, k 8 (8, 9, 9, 10, 10) sts. Rotate work and with the same needle, pick up 13 (14, 15, 16, 17, 18) sts along side of heel flap.

2 Work across 26 (28, 30, 32, 34, 36) sts of instep.

3 Pick up 13 (14, 15, 16, 17, 18) sts along other side of heel flap using an empty needle. K rem 8 (8, 9, 9, 10, 10) sts. The heel is now complete and the round begins at the center back heel.

DECREASE FOR THE GUSSET Round 1

2 Needle 2: Knit all sts.

3 Needle 3: Knit all sts.

Round 2

1 Knit all sts.

2 Rep rounds 1 and 2 until 52 (56, 60, 64, 68, 72) sts remain.

3 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.

SHAPE THE TOE Round 1

o Needle l: K to last 3 sts, k2tog, ki. 0 Needle 2: Ssk, kl, k to end. 0 Needle 3: K to last 3 sts, k2tog, kl. Q Needle 4: Ssk, kl, k to end.

Round 2

o Knit all sts.

0 Rep rounds 1 and 2 until 26 (28,30,32,34,36) sts rem. 0 Rep round 1 until 12 (12,16,16,18,18) sts rem. OKto the end of Needle 1. Cut yarn and graft toe. 0 Weave in ends and block.

Top-Down Socks chapter

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