One Down and One To Go!

Yesterday I finished a sock and I'm a little excited about this because it's been on my needles since April! I really like the Serenity Sock yarn that I picked up for Joann's ages ago. It knits up well and I'm looking forward to seeing how it wears.  The color I'm using is called Surf and is a self-striping yarn.  The lace design really works well with the striping.



The pattern I am using is Los Monos Locos , a toe up sock pattern that I have slightly modified.  

Here's my modifications:

Cast On:

I used the Turkish cast on, casted on 12 stitches and increased to 34 stitches for each needle. 


Foot:

For the lace stitch pattern, it was followed exactly except I made a k1 at the beginning and at the end of the stitch pattern (k1, work lace pattern, k1).   I worked 8 repeats of the pattern then started the gusset stitch increase.

The Gusset:
Round 1: On needle 1, continue to work in pattern as before. On needle 2, k1, kf&b, K until 2 stitches remain, kf&b, K1
Round 2: On needle 1, continue to work in pattern. On needle 2, knit all stitches.
Continue to work rounds 1 and 2 until there are 58 stitches on needle 2
Turning the Heel -- Working back and forth ONLY on needle 2, turned the heel as follows: 
Row 1 (RS): k32, SSK, K1, turn 
Row 2 (WS): Slip 1, P7, P2tog, P1, turn 
Row 3: Slip 1, K8, SSK, K1, turn 
Row 4: Slip 1, P9, P2tog, P1, turn 
Row 5: Slip 1, K10, SSK, K1, turn 
Row 6: Slip 1, P11, P2tog, P1, turn
Continued in this manner until all the stitches are worked and you again have 34 stitches on needle 2.
The Leg 
I worked the lace design for the front and a twisted rib pattern for the back ( k2 in back, purl 2, k2 in back).

I really like how it turned out and have casted on the mate today.  Hopefully the second sock won't take as long as the first sock did.

Until next time ~ happy knitting!

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