Slipstitch rib socks

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KNITTING THE SOCKS (MAKE 2)

Using 3mm needles, cast on 84 sts and divide as evenly as possible onto three dpns. Place a marker onto the needle to mark the beginning of the round.

See step 1

Rounds 1-6: (Pi, ki) to end. Begin working in slip-stitch rib as follows. Rounds 7-9: (Pi, si 1, pi, ki) to end. Round 10: (Pi, ki) to end. Continue in slip-stitch rib as set by rounds 7-10 until sock measures 18cm (7m) from end of ki, pi rib (about 84 rounds), ending with round 10.

HEEL FLAP

Work 27 sts of next round to create the heel flap as follows. Row 1 (RS): (SI 1, ki) 13 times, si 1, turn. Row 2: P27, turn.

See step 4 overleaf

Working backwards and forwards in rows on these 27 sts only, continue in slip-stitch pattern as set by rows 1-2 until the heel is as long as it is wide (about 26 rows).

HEELTURN

Row 1 (RS): (SI 1, ki) 9 times, si 1, turn. Row 2: P11, turn.

GUSSET AND FOOT

Work across the 19 sts of heel flap as follows: (si 1, ki) 9 times, si 1. Pick up and knit 12 sts down the left side of the heel, working into the back of each stitch to eliminate any holes that may occur. Place marker, ki, *pi, si 1, pi, ki; repeat from * until there is 1 stitch before the other side of the heel flap, then ki and place marker.

measurements

Length from heel to toe: 28cm (nin) Length from top to heel: 25cm (loin)

yarn

DK-weight yarn (70% alpaca, 30% wool; approx. 26sm/289yds per i00g/40z ball) x 2 balls (green)

needles

Four 3mm double-pointed needles tension

36 sts x 47 rows = 10cm (4m) in patterned rib using of 3mm needles abbreviations dpn(s) - double-pointed needle(s); k - knit; p - purl; rs - right side; si - slip stitch from left to right needle without working it, with yarn at WS of work; st(s) - stitch(es); tbl - through back of loop; tog - together; ws - wrong side

Divide the cast-on stitches evenly onto three dpns and place a marker at the beginning of the round.

The slip-stitch rib pattern is based on ki, pi rib, but slips a stitch instead of knitting it at regular intervals. Keep the yarn at the WS of the work when slipping a stitch.

Continue the slip-stitch rib pattern, making sure that you work the stitches correctly to build up a regular pattern.

Using a spare dpn, pick up and knit 12 sts up the second side of the heel. Rearrange the stitches as evenly as possible over three dpns so that beginning of round is just right of centre heel (100 sts).

See steps 5-8

Round 1: Knit to within 2 sts of marker, k2tog, slip marker, work in slip-stitch rib pattern to marker, slip marker, k2tog tbl, knit to end (98 sts).

Round 2: Work in (ki, si 1) heel pattern to marker, slip marker, work in slip-stitch rib pattern to next marker, slip marker; beginning with si 1, work in heel pattern to end of round.

Rounds 3-24: Repeat rounds 1-2 eleven times (76 sts).

Continue working in heel pattern and slip-stitch rib pattern as set until foot is 24cm (9'/2in) long from end of heel. K19, place marker, then knit until there are 19 sts remaining of round. The start of round should now be at the side of the foot for shaping the toe; move the round marker. Rearrange the sts on three dpns as necessary.

See step 9

Starting the heel by working back and forth in rows across 27 sts.

When the heel flap is as long as it is wide, prepare the stitches for working the gusset and foot. Start by working across the heel stitches once more.

Round 1: K2tog tbl, (si 1, ki) to within 2 sts of marker, k2tog, k2tog tbl, (si 1, ki) to last 2 sts of round, k2tog (72 sts). Round 2: Knit

Round 3: K2 tog tbl, (ki, si 1) to within 2 sts of marker, k2tog, k2tog tbl, (ki, si 1) to last 2 sts of round, k2tog (68 sts). Round 4: Knit.

Rounds 5-8: Repeat rounds 1-4 (60 sts). Round 9: As round 1 (56 sts). Round 10: Knit.

Round 12: K2tog tbl, knit to within 2 sts of marker, k2tog, k2tog tbl, knit to last 2 sts of round, k2tog (48 sts).

Rounds 13-16: Repeat rounds 11-12 twice

Round 17: As round 3 (28 sts). Rearrange the remaining sts onto two dpns, with start of round at side of foot. Graft the toe seam.

I I Pick up and knit 12 sts down the left side of the heel flap. Work into the back of each stitch that you pick up; this will help to prevent any holes from appearing.

FINISHING

Sew in any loose ends to WS on all pieces, then block and steam gently.

Slip-stitch rib socks see also ft Circular knitting using dpns, page 30 I Grafting, page 24

Place a marker, then work across the instep stitches and place another marker before picking up and knitting stitches up the right side of the heel flap.

I Make sure that the stitches are arranged as evenly as possible onto three dpns and that the beginning of the next round is just right of the centre heel.

Slip-stitch rib socks

Before you can shape the toe, you will need to rearrange the stitches on three dpns so that the beginning of the round is at the side of the foot. Move the round marker there.

see also ft Circular knitting using dpns, page 30 I Grafting, page 24

gifts galore

Hand-knitted socks make the perfect gift for friends and family. They look good, feel fabulous to wear and everyone will appreciate the time and care it took to make them.

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