Our socks are nearly finished, guys! And just in time for it to get all hot and summery. (Nothing better than wearing big woolen socks in the July heat. Ick!)
Let’s get started!
With the Main Color, knit back across the heel flap, moving the marker as you go. Using the same needle, pick up and knit 12 (13, 14, 15) stitches along the side of the heel flap.
Knit across the next 24 (26, 28, 30) stitches normally (these are the top of the foot).
Then, with your spare needle (the one we set aside at the beginning of the heel flap), pick up another 12 (13, 14, 15) stitches along the remaining side of the heel flap and knit to the marker. Remove marker.
You’ll have the stitches arranged on 4 needles. Two (the ones on the top of the foot) will have 12 (13, 14, 15) stitches each, and the other two (the ones on the sole of the foot) will have more. The beginning of the row from now on will be between the two “sole of the foot” needles. Confused? This might help.
Now that we’re all set up for the foot, it’s time to start knitting.
- K to 2 before the end of the first needle, k2tog. K the next two needles even. On the fourth needle, ssk, then knit to the end.
- K all stitches even.
Repeat these two rows, alternating decrease and even rows, until all needles have the same number of stitches (12 (13, 14, 15) stitches each). You’ve finished the gusset and it’s all easy sailing (er… knitting) from here.
Knit all stitches even until the sock measures 2 inches shorter than desired from heel to toe. End at the bottom of the sole. Break yarn and get ready for some exciting toe action next week!