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Children’s Slipper Socks

© 2002 – Patti Pierce Stone

· color a:  1.5 ounces of worsted weight yarn
· color b:  .5 ounces of worsted weight yarn
· set of 4 x 4.25mm  (US 6) dpns
· gauge 18 sts = 10 cm

directions:
Cast on using color A, 32 sts and divide on 3 needles as follows(10/10/12)
(if you prefer to knit socks with 5 needles, divide 8/8/8/8 and work heel flap across needles 3 and 4)
Work 6 rounds:  k1 p1 rib
rnd 7/8:  knit around
rnd 9:  color B - purl  around
rnd 10/11: color A -  knit
rearrange stitches on needles as follows:
8/8/16

begin heel: color B
NOTE:  HEEL IS WORKED IN ROWS ON 16 STITCHES.

knit across needles 1 and 2, heel flap will be worked on needle 3

heel pattern:
Row 1  *Slip 1, k1  repeat across from *
Row 2  Slip 1, purl across
Knit in heel pattern until you have 12 heel flap rows.  Heel flap shape should be close to square.  End with a purl row.

turning the heel:
row 1:  k11, wrap next stitch, turn
row 2: p6 wrap next stitch, turn
row 3: k7 wrap next stitch, turn
row 4: p8, wrap next stitch, turn

Repeat rows 3 and 4, increasing 1 additional K or P stitch until all side stitches are consumed.  End with a purl row.

gusset:
Transfer all instep stitches to a one needle.
Knit to the center of the heel.  Using a spare needle, knit across the remaining heel stitches.  Pick up and knit 6 stitches from the side of the heel flap and knit one stitch in the gusset corner (Needle 1).  Knit in pattern across needle 2.  With needle 3 pick up and knit one stitch in the gusset corner and then pick up and knit  stitches from the side of the heel flap.  Knit the remaining heel stitches.

Stitch count is (15, 16, 15) respectively.

gusset decrease:
Rnd 1:
NEEDLE 1:  Knit until the last 3 stitches, k2 tog, k1.
NEEDLE 2:  Knit across instep.
NEEDLE 3:  K1, SSK, knit around.

Rnd 2:   Knit around

Repeat these 2 rounds until total stitches equal 32.  Transfer stitches as necessary so that you have returned to your original stitch placement.  (8, 16, 8)

sock foot: color A
Continue knitting in stockinette around until the length of the sock (from the end of the heel) is 1 1/2 to 2 inches from the top of your longest toe – approx 20 – 25 rows.

shape toe: color B
Rnd 1:  TOP OF FOOT - k1, ssk, k10, k2tog, k1
repeat for BOTTOM OF FOOT
Rnd 2: knit around

Repeat rows 1 and 2 until there are 6 toe stitches remaining on each the top and bottom of the sock.

Weave toe stitches together using the Kitchener stitch.




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