Negative Space Socks

Who says socks shouldn’t be worn in the summer? Worked up in a bright and fun summertime color, these far-out socks will keep your feet cozy as the AC works its magic.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: One size

Gauge: Not specified

Materials

Yarn: Ella Rae Lace Merino Extrafine Superwash (100% merino wool; 459 yards [420 meters]/100 grams): #51 Lavastone (1 skein)
Needles: US size 1 double pointed needles or size needed to obtain gauge

Abbreviations

Psso: Pass slip stitch over
Sl: Slip
K2tog: Knit 2 together

Pattern

Cast on 64. Join to work in the round being careful not to twist.
(K1, P1) around.
Continue for 15 rounds.

Leg

Rnd 1: P2, *k2, yo, k2tog, p4; repeat from * around to last 2 stitches, p2.
Rnd 2: P2, *k4, p4; repeat from * around to last 2 stitches, p2.
Rnd 3: P2, *sl 1 knitwise, k1, psso, yo, k2, p4; repeat from * around to last 2 stitches, p2.
Rnd 4: Repeat round 2.
Repeat leg rounds 1-4 until the leg measures approximately 6 inches (or desired length).

Heel Flap

Set up for heel flap– place next 32 stitches on needle one and put 16 stitches each on next two needles.
Heel flap will be worked back and forth on needle 1.
Row 1: (sl 1 purlwise, k1) across to end of heel flap row.
Row 2: Sl 1 purlwise, p to end.
Repeat previous 2 rows fifteen times more. You will have 16 slipped stitches on each side of your heel flap.
Repeat Row 1 one more time.

Turn Heel

You will be starting at the wrong side of the heel, still continuing to work back on forth on those 32 stitches on needle 1.
Row 1: Sl 1 purlwise, p17, p2tog, p1, turn to work back in the other direction.
Row 2: Sl 1 purlwise, k5, k2tog, k1, turn to work back in the other direction.
Row 3: Sl 1 purlwise, purl to 1 stitch before the gap that you made from turning the row before, p2tog, p1, turn to work back in the other direction.
Row 4: Sl 1 purlwise, knit to 1 stitch before the gap that you made from turning the row before, k2tog, k1, turn to work back in the other direction.
Repeat rows 3-4 until all the stitches have been worked. The last two rows worked, you will end with a p2tog and a k2tog. You will have 18 stitches remaining on needle 1.

Gusset Setup

Using a free needle, pick up 16 stitches along the side of the heel using the 16 slipped stitches as your guide. This is now needle 1.
Slip the 16 stitches from needle 3 onto needle 2 so there are now 32 stitches on needle 2. Knit across all 32 stitches on needle 2. This is the top of your foot on the sock.
With the working yarn, and a new needle, pick up the next 16 stitches along the other side of the heel. With this same needle, knit 9 stitches heel stitches. Place the remaining 9 stitches on needle 1.
You will now have 25 stitches on needle 1, 32 on needle 2, and 25 on needle 3. The beginning of the rounds will be in the middle of the heel stitches.

Gusset Decreases

Rnd 1: Knit all stitches.
Rnd 2: Needle 1- knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1; needle 2- knit all stitches; needle 3- k1, ssk (slip two stitches separately knitwise, knit the slipped stitches together through the back loops), k to end of needle.
Repeat rounds 1-2 until there are 16 stitches on needles 1 and 3 (32 stitches will remain on needle 2).

Foot

Continue knitting all stitches around until the length of the foot section (from the back of the heel) measures 2 inches less than the actual foot length.

Toe

Rnd 1: Needle 1- knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1; needle 2- knit 1, ssk, knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1; needle 3- knit 1, ssk, knit to end of needle.
Rnd 2: Knit all stitches.
Repeat rounds 1-2 until there are six stitches on needles 1 & 3 and twelve on needle 2.
Place needle 3 stitches onto needle one and knit across so the yarn is at the end of the needle.
Cut a 10 inch long tail and seam up the end using the Kitchener Stitch.
Weave in all ends. yarn ball

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