Mini Waffle Socks

Mini Waffle Socks.
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© 2000, 2002 Sandrine Turner
Materials:
Lion Brand Wool-Ease, 3oz skein (197 yds) or similar light worsted weight yarn, or heavy DK weight yarn
req: 1 skein will make a pair of short ankle socks with self-coloured toe and heel or 1 skein main colour and part skein contrast for toes and heels if you want a longer sock.
Pattern as written will fit ladies' size 10 foot, or men's size 7-8.

Set 3.25mm needles (size 3 US)

Gauge: 6 stitches and 8 rows to the inch over stocking stitch.

SSK: Slip 1 stitch knitwise, slip 1 stitch knitwise, place twisted stitches back onto left hand needle, knit the two stitches together as usual.
tbl: through back of loop. knit into the back loop of the stitch to give it more definition.

Cast on 49 stitches and distribute on 3 needles (16, 16,16)

Work 12 rows 2x2 rib, passing last stitch over first stitch at the end of the first round to make a smoother join.

Mini Waffle pattern (aka Sand Stitch):
Row 1: k1 tbl,p1 rep from * to end
Row 2: k1 tbl, k1 to end

Work 25 rows in mini waffle pattern for single-skein socks, or to desired length.
Finish with row 1.

Divide for heel:
Knit 12 stitches from needle 1, slip remaining 4 stitches to needle 2, turn, sl 1 st, p11, then p11 from needle 3 onto same needle. Slip remaining stitches from needle 3 to needle 2.
Sock is now 23 sts on "heel" needle, and 25 stitches on "instep" needle.
This is done to line up pattern on instep for best effect - when worked in this manner, the instep pattern will have a line of the twisted knit stitches down each edge. If preferred, or if you are doing the instep in stocking stitch, simply use 12 sitches from each needle.

next row: sl1, k 22
next row: sl1, p 22
Work these two rows until the heel flap measures 2.75 inches, or depth required. (22 rows)
** If preferred, work in heel stitch across the needle:
1st row: *slip 1, k1, rep from * to end. turn.
2nd row: slip 1, purl to end.


Next row: slip 1, k14, K2 tog tbl, k1 turn
Next row: slip 1, p6, p2 tog, p1 turn (Note: if working on 24 heel stitches, p7 in this row instead)
Next row: slip 1, k7, k2 tog tbl, k1 turn

Repeat these last two rows, working one more stitch each time, till you have knit all the stitches across the heel. 14 stitches remain on heel needle.
Next row: sl 1, k13, do not turn.

Using another needle, pick up and knit 13 stitches along the side of the heel, making sure to pick up one between the heel flap and the instep stitches.
Using a third needle, knit across the instep stitches with second pattern row (being the next row of the pattern). Using the fourth needle, pick up and knit 13 stitches along the other side of the heel, using the same needle, k 7. Slide remaining 7 stitches onto the start of the needle with the first picked up stitches.
Place marker if desired to indicate beginning of round (in centre of sole of foot).

You will now have your sock stitches on three needles. (20, 25, 20)

Knit one round.
Next round: 1st needle: k to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1. 2nd needle: mini-waffle pattern across instep. 3rd needle: k1, SSK, k to end.

Continue decreasing in this manner every other round until needles 1 and 3 have 12 stitches each. Continue to work in rounds, keeping instep stitches in pattern, until the foot is required length, approximately 2 inches less than length of foot.

Shape Toe:
1st round:1st needle: knit to last 3 sts, k2 tog, k1, 2nd needle: k1, k2 tog tbl, k 8, k2 tog, k to last 3 sts, k2 tog, k1. 3rd needle: k1, k2 tog tbl, k to end.
2nd round: knit
3rd round: 1st needle: knit to last 3 sts, k2 tog, k1, 2nd needle: k1,
k2 tog tbl, k to last 3 sts, k2 tog, k1. 3rd needle: k1, k2 tog tbl, k to end.

Repeat last two rows until there are 6 stitches each remaining on needles 1 and 3, Then repeat last row only until needles one and three have only 4 sts each remaining. Finish toe with kitchener stitch, or by turning sock inside out and using a 3 needle bind off. (Holding needles parallel, knit one stitch from each needle together as one, and cast off in the usual way).

Make a mate to match or contrast, and enjoy toasty toes.


(c) Sandrine Turner, Aug 2000.

You are permitted to print out this pattern for your personal use, so long as the copyright notice is left intact.
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