Bob is on his way to Ohio to visit the boys. I dropped him off this morning at 5:00 a.m. and I miss him already. One week is going to seem like one month. I know he will have a great time with the boys. His sisters are so excited that he is “coming home”. His suitcases were crammed with handknit Christmas gifts for all the family. He has also assured me that he will be showing off his Cleveland Browns beanie and socks to everyone he can!
Pattern for Brown’s socks
size 5 dpns
Plymouth Encore Worsted in brown & orange
Cast on 40 sts in MC. Divide sts evenly onto 4 needles, being careful not to twist. Place marker for beginning of rnd. Work in k1, p1 rib for 7 rows. Switch to CC and work 5 rows in k1, p1 rib. Switch back to MC and do 7 more rounds of ribbing. Then switch to Stockinette and knit until piece measures 6″ [15 cm] from begShape Heel Flap
Knit across 10 sts on first needle, turn. Switch to CC.
Row 1 (WS) With empty needle, sl 1 st, purl 9 sts on first needle and 10 sts on needle 4 – 20 sts for heel flap. Work back and forth on these sts in rows.
Row 2 * Sl 1, k 1; rep from * across.
Rep last 2 rows until a total of 21 rows have been worked, ending with a Row 1.Turn Heel
Next Row (RS) Sl 1, k 11, skp, k 1, turn.
Next Row Sl 1, p 5, p2tog, p 1, turn.
Next Row Sl 1, k 6, skp, k 1, turn.
Next Row Sl 1, p 7, p2tog, p 1, turn.
Continue to work in this manner, having 1 more st before decs on each row until 12 sts remain. Switch back to MC.Gussets
With first needle, knit across 12 sts of heel, pick up and k 12 sts along side of heel flap, M1 between heel flap and next (instep) needle, with second needle, work 20 sts across 2 instep needles, with third needle, M1 between instep needle and heel flap, pick up 12 sts along remaining side of heel flap, work across 19 sts of heel flap – 58 sts. Place marker for beg of rnd.Dec Rnd K 17, k2tog, k 20, k2tog, k 17.
Knit 1 rnd.
Rep last 2 rnds until 40 sts remain.Foot
Work even in St st until foot measures about 1 1/2″ [4 cm] less than desired length to beg of toes. Then switch to CC and work 1 round before starting toe decreases.Shape Toe
Dec Rnd K 7, skp, k 2, k2tog, k 14, skp, k 2, k2tog, k7.
Knit 1 rnd.
Rep last 2 rnds until 16 sts remain. Divide sts evenly onto 2 needles. Cut yarn, leaving a long tail.Grafting Holding the 2 needles parallel with wrong sides of fabric together, thread a large-eyed blunt needle with one of the yarn ends and work as follows:Insert needle as if to p into first stitch on front needle. Insert needle as if to k into first stitch on back needle. Then follow steps 1-4 as outlined below.
- Insert needle as if to k through first st on front needle and let the st drop from needle.
- Insert needle into 2nd st on front needle as if to p, and leave st on needle.
- Insert needle into first st on back needle as if to p and let it drop from needle, then
insert needle as if to k through 2nd st on back needle and pull the yarn through, leaving st on needle. Repeat Steps 1-4 until all sts have been grafted. When finished grafting, adjust tension as necessary. Weave in ends.