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Folksy Socks

by Linda

[Folksy Socks]

I wanted to do a simply patterned stripe, and once I'd done the first stripe, it struck me as rather 'folksy' looking, particularly in these colours, hence the name.

    [Folksy Socks]

  1. Cast on 44 sts with beige, do 17 rows k2 p2 ribbing - 16/12/16
  2. Knit one round with burgundy.
  3. Next round, *k1 with burgundy, k1 with beige*.
  4. Next round, *k1 with beige, k1 with burgundy*.
  5. Next round, *k1 with burgundy, k1 with beige*.
  6. Knit one round with burgundy.
  7. These five rounds make one stripe pattern.
  8. With beige, knit five rounds in plain stocking stitch.
  9. Heel Flap: Using both strands, k 15 sts, turn. K the 15 sts just worked, and 15 more sts from next needle - total 30 sts on needle.
  10. Work garter st on these 30 sts for 30 rows, slipping the first st of each row.
  11. Turn Heel: K18, k2tog, turn.
  12. Slip 1, k8, k2tog, turn. Repeat until 10 sts remain, end right side facing.
  13. Working with beige only, onto first needle knit these 10 sts, pick up 16 sts along side of heel flap. On second needle, pick up a st between first and second needle, knit across, pick up a st between second and third needle. On third needle, pick up 16 sts on side of heel flap, knit 5 sts from the first needle. 21/16/21
  14. Knit one more round with beige.
  15. With burgundy, work the 5 row stripe pattern.
  16. Knit across first needle. On second needle k2tog, knit across to last 2 sts, k2tog. On third needle, knit across. 21/14/21
  17. Work one round with beige.
  18. Knit to within last 8 sts of first needle, k2tog, k6. Knit across second needle. On third needle, k6, k2tog tbl (or ssk), knit to end of needle.
  19. Work these last two rounds four times in total (8 beige rounds) - 17/14/17.
  20. With burgundy, work the 5 round stripe pattern.
  21. Knit one round plain with beige.
  22. As before, knit across first needle. On second needle k2tog, knit across to last 2 sts, k2tog. On third needle, knit across. 16/14/16
  23. Knit 6 more rounds plain.
  24. Work the five row stripe pattern.
  25. Continue repeating 8 rounds plain with beige, and then the five round stripe pattern til you're about an inch short of the desired foot length, preferably after having just worked at least a few rounds of beige (it looks nicer this way). Rearrange sts to 11/23/12.
  26. Working with both beige and burgundy together, on first needle knit to within last 3 sts, k2tog, knit last st. On next needle, k1, k2tog tbl (or ssk), knit to within last 3 sts, k2tog, knit last st. On last needle, k1, k2tog tbl (or ssk), knit last st.
  27. Continue decreasing EVERY ROW til 14 sts remain on needles - 3/7/4. Knit sts from first needle onto third needle, break yarn and graft toe.
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