Knitted Afterthought Heel Socks

The Knitted Afterthought Heel Socks are a delightful and ingenious creation in the world of knitting! These socks feature a unique design, making for a fun and interesting project for knitters of all levels.Whether you're a seasoned knitter looking to try something new or a beginner eager to expand your skills, the Knitted Afterthought Heel Socks are a fantastic choice for your next knitting adventure!

SIZE S (M:L)

Foot length is fully adjustable within the pattern. Finished sock meas 5mm (1/4in) less than actual foot length, to ensure a good fit.

YARN

CoopKnits Socks Yeah! (4ply weight; 75% superwash merino wool, 25% nylon; 212m/231yds per 50g skein)

A Sphene; 1 x 50g skein

B Kunzite; 1 x 50g skein

NOTE: If you want to make identical socks, you will need 2 skeins of the main shade.

NEEDLES & ACCESSORIES

1 set 2.25mm (UK 13/US 1) double-pointed needles (DPNs), or circular needles, 80cm long, for Magic Loop method

Stitch markers

Tapestry needle

Small quantity of smooth 4ply waste yarn

TENSION

36 sts and 50 rows to 10cm over st st on 2.25mm needles

CUFF

Using 2.25mm needles and yarn A, cast on 64 (72:80) sts. Pm and join to work in the round, being careful not to twist sts.

Round 1: *K1, P2, K1; rep from * to end. Work this round a further 19 times (20 rounds total).

LEG

Change to yarn B. Rounds 1-54: Knit.

HEEL SET-UP

Next round: K32 (36:40), use a piece of waste yarn to knit 32 (36:40) sts to end of round. Slip these 32 (36:40) sts back on to left needle and then knit them again with the working yarn.

You will now have 32 (36:40) sts of waste yarn in your fabric. After completion of the toe, you will return to these sts, unpick the waste yarn and work an 'afterthought' heel.

FOOT

Continue to work in st st as set until sock measures 10 1/2 (11:13) cm less than the desired foot length when measured from the row of waste yarn sts.

TOE

Change to yarn A.

Round 1: K1, SSK, K26 (30:34), K2tog, K1, pm, K1, SSK, knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1. 60 (68:76) sts.

Round 2: Knit.

Round 3: *K1, SSK, knit to 3 sts before marker, K2tog, K1, slm; rep from * once more. 4 sts dec'd.

Rep last 2 rounds a further 9 (10:12) times. 40 (44:52) sts dec; 20 (24:24) sts remain.

Cut yarn, leaving a 30cm tail. Graft sts together using Kitchener stitch. Weave in ends.

AFTERTHOUGHT HEEL

With yarn A, pick up the right leg (or side) of the 32 (36:40) main yarn sts under the row of waste yarn sts. Turn the sock and rep the process again, picking up 32 (36:40) sts from the other side of the waste yarn. You should now have 64 (72:80) sts on your needles. Carefully remove the waste yarn, ensuring all sts are safely on your needles. Begin to work in the round.

Round 1: K32 (36:40), pick up and knit 2 sts in the gap between the sole and in step, K32 (36:40), pick up and knit 2 sts in the gap between the sole and instep. 68(76:84) sts.

Size S only

Round 2: *K32, K2tog; rep from * once more. 66 (-:-) sts.

Size M only

Round 2: *K17, K2tog; rep from * to end. -(72:-) sts.

Size L only

Round 2: Knit. - (-:84) sts.

All sizes

Knit 8 rounds.

SHAPE HEEL

Size L only

Round 1: *K12, K2tog; rep from* to end. - (-:78) sts.

Round 2: Knit.

Round 3: * K11, K2tog; rep from * to end. - (-:72) sts.

Round 4: Knit.

Size M and L only

Round 5: * K10, K2tog; rep from * to end. - (66:66) sts.

Round 6: Knit.

All sizes

Round 7: *K9, K2tog; rep from * to end. 60 sts.

Round 8: Knit.

Round 9: *K8, K2tog; rep from * to end. 54 sts.

Round 10: Knit.

Round 11: *K7, K2tog; rep from * to end. 48 sts.

Round 12: Knit.

Round 13: *K6, K2tog; rep from * to end. 42 sts.

Round 14: Knit.

Round 15: *K5, K2tog; rep from * toend. 36 sts.

Round 16: Knit.

Round 17: *K4, K2tog; rep from * to end. 30 sts.

Round 18: Knit.

Round 19: *K3, K2tog; rep from * to end. 24 sts.

Round 20: Knit.

Round 21: *K2, K2tog; rep from * to end. 18 sts.

Round 22: *K1, K2tog; rep from * to end. 12 sts.

Round 23: *K2tog; rep from * to end. 6 sts.

Break the yarn, leaving a 15cm tail. Thread tail through the remaining sts and pull tightly to close the heel. Weave in ends.

Block gently, following any yarn care instructions on the ball band.

Make a second sock the same, reversing yarns A and B.

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