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Paul's Seven Socks

by Linda

These socks were ripped and restarted numerous times before completion. They were a late Valentine's Day gift for my sweetie, Paul, in 1998.

[Paul's Seven Socks]

NOTE: slipped st is always slipped purlwise

  1. Cast on 40 stitches on smaller dpns. Divide 10, 20, 10.
  2. Work k2 p2 ribbing - 7 rounds green, 7 rounds camel, 7 more green, 7 more camel, ending with 7 more green. (See where I got the name?)
  3. Change to larger dpns. Knit 14 rounds plain in green or make a small pattern if desired.
  4. Join camel. Knit across first needle (10 sts). Turn, purl across those same ten stitches, then purl across the ten stitches on the next needle. 20 sts on needle. 20 sts remain on instep needle to be worked later.
  5. Row 1 - slip first stitch, knit one, sl 1, k1 across, turn Row 2 - slip first stitch, purl across, turn. (Instead, you could slip one, knit accross for each row resulting in garter stitch for the heel flap.) Repeat these two rows 6 more times (total 14 rows). Right side of work is now facing you.
  6. Row 1 - slip 1, knit 12, ssk (or sl1 k1 psso), turn Row 2 - slip 1, ourl 6, purl 2 together, turn Row 3 - slip 1, knit 6, ssk (or sl1 k1 psso)
  7. Repeat rows 2 and 3 until all stitches have been worked and 8 heel stitches remain (4 on needle one and 4 on needle three), ready to work a right side row.
  8. Join green.
  9. Knit across 4 stitches on first needle. Pick up ten stitches or so along heel flap and another in the space between the heel and the instep stitches. Knit across instep stitches on second needle. For third needle, pick up a stitch in the space between the heel and the instep and then another ten or so stitches along the edge of the heel flap. Knit 4 remaining heel stitches onto same needle.
  10. Next round - knit evenly around
  11. Round 1 - (needle one) knit to within three stitches of end of needle, ssk (or sl1, k1, psso), knit one; (needle two) knit across instep stitches; (needle three) - purl one, purl two together, purl across Round 2 - knit evenly around
  12. Repeat these two rows until 10 stitches remain on each of needles one and three (back to original number of stitches). Work 2 or 4 more rounds in decrease pattern, depending on depth of instep / foot. Work even or til sock reaches bottom of little toe.
  13. Join camel. Decrease 4 sts in next round. 32 stitches remain (multiple of 8). Work 7th row even. Decrease 8 stitches evenly around next round, then every second round, til 8 sts remain. Cut yarn and pull through 8 sts to fasten toe.
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