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Mother Socks

by Linda

My daughter and myself were both in need of warm socks for winter, so I thought, why not make a pair for each of us - and Mother and Daughter Socks were born.

[Mother Socks - Click for Larger Image]

Mother's has a rolled cuff, and Daughter's has a ribbed, fold down, contrasting cuff. Mom's is a tad larger. Both use variegated chunky yarn worked at a high gauge for warmth. This is my version. Daughter Socks can be found here.

  1. With variegated, cast on 33 sts.
  2. Work even for at least 40 rounds.
  3. Rearrange sts to 8/17/8.
  4. K8, turn, k16, turn - first row of heel flap made.
  5. With solid, k16, turn. K16 and turn again.
  6. With variegated, k16, turn. K16 and turn again.
  7. Continue working 2 rows solid, then 2 rows variegated til you have 6 solid stripes. Right side of work should be facing, and you're at the point where you'd be ready to begin working your first of the two variegated rows again.
  8. Break solid, and continue using variegated only.
  9. K11, k2tog, turn - leaving last 3 sts unworked.
  10. Sl1, k6, k2tog, turn - leaving last 3 sts unworked.
  11. Repeat the above 2 rows til 8 sts remain on ndl.
  12. With the right side of your work facing, knit those 8 sts, pick up a st in each purl knot along the side of the heel flap and 1 more between the heel flap and instep stitches - 21 sts on ndl.
  13. Knit across the 17 instep sts.

    [Mother Socks]

  14. Pick up a st between the instep sts and the other side of the heel flap, then pick up one st in each purl knot - total 51 sts on ndls.
  15. Work 3 rounds even.
  16. Rearrange sts to 16/19/16.
  17. K to within last 3 sts on ndl 1, k2tog, k1. Knit across ndl 2. On ndl 3, k1, ssk, knit to end of ndl - total now 49 sts on ndls - 15/19/15
  18. Work 3 rounds even.
  19. Work another decrease round (47 sts), 3 rounds even, a decrease round (45 sts), 3 rounds even, a decrease round (43 sts).
  20. Work 1 more decrease round followed by one round even - 41 sts in the round.
  21. Rearrange sts to 13/15/13. Work even til 6 inches from edge of heel flap, or desired length.
  22. Rearrange stitches to 10/21/10
  23. Using solid again, knit to within the last 3 sts at end of ndl 1, k2tog, k1. On ndl 2, k1, ssk (or k2tog tbl), knit 7, k2tog, knit to within last 3 sts of ndl, k2tog, k1. On ndl 3, k1, ssk, knit to end of needle - 36 sts on ndls.
    Note: The knitting of 2 sts tog halfway across ndl 2 is done only on this first decrease round. Do not repeat this decrease on future decrease rounds.
  24. Work one round even.
  25. Work another decrease round (32 sts), another even round, then three more decrease rounds. You now have 20 sts on ndls - 5/10/5.
  26. Knit the 5 sts from ndl 1 onto ndl 3. Graft toe closed.
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