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Primary Socks

Primary

Description:
Primary Socks created by Elspeth McKee.

Elspeth McKee is a graduate student, knitter, librarian and stay at home mom in the Silicon Valley. She is also a blogger and aspiring podcaster and can be found online at http://elspeth.us
These are fraternal twin socks in primary colors.

Size:
standard women's sock, adjustable to fit length of foot.

Materials:
2 skeins Filatura di Crosa 501 (100% superwash wool, 50 gms, 137 yds) or other DK weight yarn
4 size 4 (U.S.)dpns
waste yarn
2 stitch holders or extra needles
tapestry needle
gauge in circular stockinette on size 3 needles: 28 stitches x 32 rows over 4"

Sock A:

CO 40 sts. Place 10 stitches on each working needle and join into a round. Do 6 rows in 2 x 2 ribbing. Follow pattern until cuff measures 5": K6, P2, K6, P2, K4

Create heel position:

Using waste yarn, knit across 20 stitches. Going back to main sock yarn, knit across waste yarn, and continue in pattern across next 20 stitches. The beginning of the round remains the same.

Complete reps in this way: first 20 sts, knit (foot), second 20 stitches, pattern (instep). Complete about 1 1/2 inches of foot. Place foot and instep stitches on stitch holders or spare needles.

Complete heel:

Go back to heel area, and carefully pull out waste yarn, putting one stitch on one needle, one stitch on the another. There will be 20 stitches on each needle. Starting with the beginning of the round, knit across 20 stitches. On another needle, pick up 2 more stitches from the hole between the heel stitches and knit across 10 stitches from the other needle of held stitches. Using a third needle, knit across the last 10 held stitches and pick up two more stitches from the hole on the other side.

Row 1: Needle 1: K1, ssk, knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, K1; Needle 2: k1, ssk, knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1; Needle 3: k1, ssk, knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1.
Row 2: Knit
Row 3: Needle 1: K1, ssk, knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, K1; Needle 2: k1, ssk, knit to end; Needle 3: knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1.

complete rows 2 and 3 until there are 20 stitches left on the heel. Graft the remaining stitches together.

Toe:

Return to the foot. After removing the stitch markers or holding needles, continue the foot as established until measurement from the heel is about 2 inches/ 10 cm. less than desired length. Begin decreases:

Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Needle 1: K1, ssk, knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, K1; Needle 2: k1, ssk, knit to end; Needle 3: knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1.

Repeat rows 1 and 2 until desired length is reached (I ended at 10 stitches on each needle).

Sock B:

CO 40 sts. Place 10 stitches on each working needle and join into a round. Do 6 rows in 2 x 2 ribbing. Follow pattern until cuff measures 5": K2, P2, K6, P2, K6, P2.

Create heel position:

Using waste yarn, knit across 20 stitches. Going back to main sock yarn, knit across waste yarn, and continue in pattern across next 20 stitches. The beginning of the round remains the same.

Complete reps in this way: first 20 sts, knit (foot), second 20 stitches, pattern (instep). Complete about 1 1/2 inches of foot. Place foot and instep stitches on stitch holders or spare needles.

Complete heel:

Go back to heel area, and carefully pull out waste yarn, putting one stitch on one needle, one stitch on the another. There will be 20 stitches on each needle. Starting with the beginning of the round, knit across 20 stitches. On another needle, pick up 2 more stitches from the hole between the heel stitches and knit across 10 stitches from the other needle of held stitches. Using a third needle, knit across the last 10 held stitches and pick up two more stitches from the hole on the other side.

Row 1: Needle 1: K1, ssk, knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, K1; Needle 2: k1, ssk, knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1; Needle 3: k1, ssk, knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1.
Row 2: Knit
Row 3: Needle 1: K1, ssk, knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, K1; Needle 2: k1, ssk, knit to end; Needle 3: knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1.

complete rows 2 and 3 until there are 20 stitches left on the heel. Graft the remaining stitches together.

Toe:

Return to the foot. After removing the stitch markers or holding needles, continue the foot as established until measurement from the heel is about 2 inches/ 10 cm. less than desired length. Begin decreases:

Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Needle 1: K1, ssk, knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, K1; Needle 2: k1, ssk, knit to end; Needle 3: knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1.

Repeat rows 1 and 2 until desired length is reached (I ended at 10 stitches on each needle).

Graft remaining stitches together and weave in ends.


Heel


Waste Yarn