Sock Week: Gussett

Today we’re going to do the sock gusset.  I don’t know why, but I always feel like “gusset” is a vaguely dirty word.  I don’t know why though.  I  guess I’m just being weird.

Anyway, the sock gusset is the part of the foot right next to the heel.  To make the gusset, you’ll decrease two stitches every other row, until you’re back down to your Sock Number of stitches.  It’s super easy, and kind of fun watching your little decreases line up nicely.

So, remember how your needles were numbered last week?  Starting at the back of the heel/bottom of the foot, and working your way around in the knitting direction like this:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASo, needles 1 and 4 are the bottom of the foot, and needles 2 and 3 are the top of the foot.

See how there are approximately a billion stitches on needles 1 and 4?  And see how there are only stitches equal to 1/4 of your Sock Number on needles 2 and 3?  We want to decrease stitches on needles 1 and 4 until they have the same number of stitches as needles 2 and 3.  Does that make sense? (I can’t actually see your response, since this is the internet, but I’m going to assume you are nodding or at least giving me a blank look.)

OK, so here’s what we’re going to do:

Row 1: Knit to two stitches before the end of needle 1.  Knit these two stitches together (k2tog).  Knit needles 2 and 3 with no decreases.  On needle 4, slip, slip knit (ssk) to work the first two stitches together, then knit to the end of the row.  You will have decreased 2 stitches on this row.  If you need a reminder about the difference between k2tog and ssk, try this video.

Row 2: Knit even (no decreases).

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until all of your needles have the same number of stitches.  See how the decreases line up nicely, and make cool triangle-y shapes on both sides of your sock?  That’s your gusset.


Next time:  Instep (the stupid-easy part…. yay!)

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