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Chain is a pair of luxurious ankle socks.
Directions are for women’s average size (9-11)
1 Hank Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine (100 grs), #1207 Salt & Pepper
1 Set (5) double pointed knitting needles (dpn), size 2 (2.50 mm) OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE
Cable needle (cn)
5 St markers – 1 a different color
30 sts = 4”; 40 rnds = 4” in St st
TO SAVE TIME, TAKE TIME TO CHECK GAUGE
Sl 1 st to cn and hold in BACK, k1, k1 from cn
Rnd 1: P3, CB2, p3.
Rnd 2: P3, k1, M1k, k1, p3 – 9 sts.
Rnds 3-9: P3, k3, p3.
Rnd 10: P3, k1, drop st formed by M1k off needle and allow to unravel 8 rnds, k1, p3 – 8 sts.
Rep these 10 rnds for Cable Pat.
With dpn’s, cast on 60 sts. Join, being careful not to twist sts. Divide sts evenly onto 5 dpn’s. Mark for beg of rnd with different colored marker and carry marker up (this marker will be in center of heel). Work even in k1, p1 ribbing for 1”.
Establish Cable Pat: Rnd 1: K11, place marker, work Rnd 1 of Cable Pat over 8 sts, place marker, k22, place marker, work Rnd 1 of Cable Pat over 8 sts, place marker, k11. Work even keeping sts between markers in Cable Pat and remaining sts in St st (k EVERY rnd) until 10 rnds of Cable Pat have been completed twice, then rep Rnds 1 and 2 of Cable Pat once more – 22 rnds total (62 sts on needle). Sl 15 sts before and after heel marker onto dpn – 30 sts. Leave remaining 32 sts on dpn’s for instep.
Shape Heel Flap: Row 1 (RS): * Sl 1, k1, rep from * across. Turn.
Row 2 (WS): Sl 1, purl across. Turn. Rep these 2 rows 11 times more (24 rows total), end on Row 2.
Turn Heel: Short Rows: Row 1 (RS): Sl 1, k19, SSK, turn.
Row 2: Sl 1, p10, p2 tog. Turn.
Row 3: Sl 1, k10, SSK. Turn. Rep Rows 2 and 3 until 12 sts remain on needle, end on Row 2.
Heel Gusset: Rnd 1: K6, place different colored marker (this is now beg of rnd and is in center of heel flap); k6, pick up and k12 sts along side edge of heel flap, pick up and k1 st where heel flap and instep join, work across 32 instep sts as k2, p3, sl marker, k22, sl marker, p3, k2, pick up and k1 st where instep and heel flap join, pick up and k12 sts along the other side of heel flap, k6 – 70 sts. Divide sts onto 4 dpn’s.
Dec Rnd: K13, k2 tog, place marker, work Rnd 4 of Cable Pat to next marker, sl marker, k22, sl marker, work Rnd 4 of Cable Pat over 9 sts, place marker, SSK, k13 – 68 sts. Work 2 rnds even. Rep Dec Rnd, (knitting 1 less st before 1st dec and after 2nd dec each time) every 3rd rnd 4 times more – 60 sts.
Foot: Work even in pat as established until foot measures 1½” less than desired length. Drop markers on each side of Cable Pats and work all sts in St st.
Shape Toe: Dec Rnd: * K12, k2 tog, k2, SSK, k12, rep from * once more – 56 sts. Knit 3 rnds. Rep Dec Rnd, (knitting 1 less between decs each time) on next row, every 2nd row once more, every other rnd 3 times, then EVERY rnd 7 times – 8 sts. Sl 4 sts onto each of 2 needles. Holding needles parallel with each other, weave toe sts tog using Kitchener st.