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"Artichoke Socks"

MATERIALS:
1 skein of Opal yarn [or sock yarn of choice]
Set of 4 Size 0 dpns [or size needed for gauge]

GAUGE: approx 9 sts and 12 rounds = 1"

SIZE: Medium Adult

SKILL LEVEL: Experienced

DESIGNER'S NOTES:
These socks were so-named because the design resembles artichoke leaves, as depicted in the two insert pictures. The top insert shows how the design looks knitted with a mult-colored yarn.

Also, don't let the thin snake-like appearance of the sock pictured discourage you from trying out this pattern. When you put the sock on, it really looks beautiful on your foot and your ankle.



PATTERN STITCHES:
RND 1: p1, k2, p2, k4, k2tog, k4, yo, p2, yo, k4, ssk, k4, p2, k2, p1.
RND 2 and all even: p1, k2, p2, k 10, p2, k10, p2, k2, p1.
RND 3: p1, k2, p2, k3, k2tog, k4, yo, k1, p2, k1, yo, k4, ssk, k3, p2, k2, p1.
RND 5: p1, k2, p2, k2, k2tog, k4, yo, k2, p2, k2, yo, k4, ssk, k2, p2, k2, p1.
RND 7: p1, k2, p2, k1, k2tog, k4, yo, k3, p2, k3, yo, k4, ssk, k1, p2, k2, p1.
RND 9: p1, k2, p2, k2tog, k4, yo, k4, p2, k4, yo, k4, ssk, p2, k2, p1.

BEGIN SOCK:
CO 64 sts. Work in (p1, k2, p1) rib for 5 rnds. Begin Pattern Stitches and work the 9 rounds. Continue working repeating the 9 rounds of the Pattern Stitches to desired length of leg.

HEEL FLAP:
(NOTE: sock is shown with a short row heel and toe. If this is desired, work short rows over 32 sts until 12 sts remain. Included here are standard heel and toe directions for those who dislike short row heels and toes.)

K 32, turn. Sl 1, p 31. Work back and forth on these 32 sts, slipping 1st st of each rw, until flap measures 2-2 1/2". End ready to work a p rw.

HEELTURNING:
Rw 1: Sl 1, p 19, p3tog, t. Rw 2: Sl 1, k 8, ssk, t. Rw 3: Sl 1, p 8, p2tog, t. Repeat rws 2 and 3 until all sts are worked: 10 sts remain.

GUSSETS:
P/u and k 17 sts on side of heel flap. Work across instep in patt. P/u and k 17 sts on opposite side of heel flap, plus 5 heel sts. Work 2 rnds even, instep in patt. Next rnd: Ndl 1: k to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2. Ndls 2 and 3: Work in patt. Ndl 4: K2, ssk, k to end. Work 1 rnd even (instep in patt). Repeat these 2 rnds until 64 sts remain. Then work as established until 1 1/2-2" short of desired length.

TOE:
Ndl 1: K to last 4, k2tog, k2. Ndl 2: K2, ssk, k to end. Ndl 3: K to last 4, k2tog, k2. Ndl 4:. K2, ssk, k to end. Work 1 rnd even. Repeat the last 2 rnds until 52 sts remain. Then work dec rnd only until 16 sts remain. Weave toe.

Copyright : Megan Humphrey - 2003
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Every effort was made to insure accuracy of these instructions. If, however, an error is discovered, please bring it to our attention. Thank you.

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