I have been offline for a few days dealing with a bit of a flu. You’d think it gave me lots of time for knitting, but not really. Mostly, it gave me time for being cranky. Everything sucked. Anyway, I am back on the needles and working through my design of these socks using the “Eyelet Swirls” pattern from Vogue Stitchionary Volume One: Knit and Purl.
So if you’ve been knitting along with me so far you should have 3 full repeats of the stitch pattern, ending with row 18. If this is too short for you, do another repeat of the pattern. There should still be a total of 60 stitches on 3 double point needles (dpns). You will now work back and forth across 32 stitches to create the heel flap. To do this, place the first 30 stitches of the round on a single needle. This is now dpn 1.
With RS facing, work heel flap set-up row as follows:
Slip the first stitch as if to knit with yarn in back (wyib), *k1, slip 1 wyib* ; repeat across, ending with a k1. AT THE SAME TIME increase 2 stitches evenly across row by making working a left-leaning M1 for two of the knit stitches. 32 stitches on dpn 1.
Begin Heel Flap:
Row 1 (WS): Slip 1st stitch as if to knit wyib, purl across
Row 2 (RS): Slip 1st stitch as if to knit wyib, *k1, slip 1 wyib;* repeat across ending k1.
Repeat these two rows until there are 18 slipped stitches along the side of the heel flap and ending with Row 1.
Now we’re ready to turn the heel.
Row 1 (RS) : slip 1st stitch as if to knit wyib, k16 stitches, slip slip knit (ssk), k1, turn work
Row 2 (WS): slip 1st stitch as if to purl with yarn in front (wyif), p 3, p2tog, p1, turn work.
Row 3: slip 1st stitch as if to knit wyib, k4, ssk, k1, turn work.
Row 4: slip 1st stitch as if to purl wyif, p5, p2tog, p1, turn work.
Continue working short rows back and forth in this way, working to one stitch before the gap created by the slipped stitch on the previous row and using the ssks and the p2togs to close that gap. Work until all stitches are worked and ending with a WS row. There should be 18 stitches on dpn 1.
And that’s as far as I’ve gotten. Next, I’ll pick up stitches along the sides of the heel flap to create the gussets. At the same time, I’ll continue the stitch pattern across dpns 2 and 3.
ARE YOU WITH ME? if not, leave a comment here and I’ll help you along.