Plain Socks

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MATERIAL:
2 balls Sock yarn 3 ply (1 oz. ball) for short socks
3 balls Sock yarn 3 ply (1 oz. ball) for long socks
1 set sock needles each No. 1 and No. 2
1 card Nylon for heel and toe reinforcement

Cast on 64 sts. with No. 1 needles. Join, being careful not to twist sts. Work in ribbing K 2, P 2 for 3 ½ inch. (2 inch. for short socks). Change to No. 2 needles and K around until sock measures 6 inch. for short socks and 10 inch. for long socks. Slip 32 sts. to one needle for heel and divide the rem. 32 sts. on 2 needles for instep. Work over heel needle only. Attach Nylon. 1st row: (wrong side) P across row. 2nd row: * slip 1, K 1, repeat from * across row. Repeat these 2 rows for 27 rows. Now start to shape HEEL. With right side facing you, slip 1, K 17, K 2 tog., K 1, turn. Slip 1, P 5, P 2 tog., P 1, turn. Slip 1, K 6, K 2 tog., K 1, turn. Slip 1, P 7, P 2 tog., P 1, turn. Slip 1, K 8, K 2 tog., K 1, turn. Slip 1, P 9, P 2 tog., P 1, turn. Continue this way, always working 1 st. more on each row until 18 sts. are left on heel needle. Cut off Nylon. With another needle (first needle), pick up and K 14 sts. along one side of heel. K across all instep sts. (2nd needle). With another needle (3rd needle), pick up and K 14 sts. along other side of heel and K half of heel sts. to same needle. Slip the rem. heel sts. to first needle, end at center of sole. Decr. for instep as follows: 1st round: On first needle, K to within 3 sts., K 2 tog., K 1, K across instep sts. On 3rd needle: K 1, slip 1, K 1, and p.s.s.o. the K st. K to end. 2nd round: K around. Repeat these 2 rounds until there are 64 sts. left in round. Work even until foot measures from tip of heel 8 ½ inch. for size 10 ½; 9 inch. for size 11; 9 ½ inch. for size 11 ½; 10 inch. for size 12; 10 ½ inch. for size 12 ½, or 2 inch. less than desired length when finished. Now start toe decrease: Attach Nylon. 1st round: K around. 2nd round: On 1st needle, K to within 2 sts., K 2 tog. On 2nd needle: K 2 tog., K to within 2 sts., K 2 tog. On 3rd needle: K 2 tog., K to end. Repeat these 2 rounds until 20 sts. are left in round. Weave sts. tog. Steam lightly.


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