Diamond Socks

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Materials Required:
3 ounces Navy
1 ounce each White, Med. Blue, Scarlet or Red, and Amber or Canary or colors of your choice
1 set Bobbins

GAUGE: 8 sts = 1 inch

Wind 3 bobbins of ▢ Main color (Navy), 1 bobbin ▧ (Med. Blue), 1 bobbin ▩ (Amber or Canary), 1 bobbin ▣ White and 1 bobbin ■ (Scarlet or Red).
With main color cast on 64 sts loosely, work in ribbing of K 2, P 2 for 2 inches decreasing 4 sts on last row of ribbing (60 sts). Work in stockinette st of (K 1 row, P 1 row) and follow chart for pattern.
1st ROW: With main color ▢ K 14, drop ▢, attach ▧ (When changing colors al­ways pick up new color from underneath, color which is dropped, thus twisting yarns around each other to avoid a hole), K 2, drop ▧, attach 1st bobbin or main color ▢ K 28, drop ▢, attach ▩ K 2, drop ▩, attach 2nd bobbin of main ▢ color K 14, turn. Continue to follow chart until 4 dia­monds have been completed ending with a P row.
HEEL: With Main color and a free double pointed needle K 16 sts (1 st half of heel), work across next 28 sts increasing 1 st in first and last st (30 sts for instep). Place these 30 sts on a holder. With a free double pointed needle work across remain­ing 16 sts (2nd half of heel), cut bobbins.
Join these 32 heel sts having the joining of the heel in center of needle. Work in stockinette st (K 1 row, P 1 row) for 2½ inches (always slipping first st at begin­ning of each row on the 2½ inches of heel piece), ending with a P row. Start to turn heel: Slip 1, K 17, slip 1, K 1, p.s.s.o., K 1, turn; Slip 1, P 5, P 2 tog, P 1, turn; Slip 1, K 6, slip 1, K 1, p.s.s.o., K 1, turn. Slip 1, P 7, P 2 tog, P 1, turn. Continue in the above manner until all sts have been worked ending with a K row (18 sts on needle). Divide these sts on 2 needles; with 9 sts on needle, pick up and K 16 sts on side of heel (1st needle), work across the 30 sts of instep (2nd needle), pick up and K 16 sts on other side of heel, work remaining sts of heel on 3rd needle. Work 1 round even. NEXT ROUND: De­crease as follows: 1st needle: K to within 3 sts of end of needle, K 2 tog, K 1; 2nd needle: K across; 3rd needle: K 1, slip 1, K 1, p.s.s.o., K to end of round. Repeat last 2 rounds until there are 64 sts on needles. Work even until foot measure 8½ inches or 2 inches less than length desired. DECREASE FOR TOE: Place one st from first needle and one st from 3rd needle on 2nd needle (16 sts on 1st needle, 32 sts on 2nd needle, 1 6 sts on 3rd needle), then decrease as follows: 1st needle: K to within 3 sts of end of needle, K 2 tog, K 1; 2nd needle: K 1, slip 1, K 1, p.s.s.o., work to within 3 sts of end of same needle, K 2 tog, K 1; 3rd needle: K 1, slip 1, K 1, p.s.s.o., and work to end of round. K one round even. Repeat these 2 rounds until 16 sts remain, 8 sts on 2nd needle and 4 sts on other 2 needles ending with first needle. K 4 sts from No. 1 needle to No. 3 needle and weave these sts tog.
FINISHING: Fasten all ends. Sew back of sock matching the diamonds.
Work other sock in same manner reversing diamonds to correspond.

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