Thursday, August 6, 2009

Wide Ankle House Socks

My Mother has been having her ankles swell. She asked for a pair of socks that would be good with loose fitting shoes or slippers. Her birthday is in a couple of weeks so I put together these.

Wide Ankle House Socks
Fits US shoe size 8 to 9 with wide ankle
188 yds worsted weight yarn. I used Redheart Super Saver in Peruvian Print ( see note at end of pattern)
Size 6US & 8US dpns. Set of 5 each
Gauge 4 sts. by 6 rows = 1” on size 8

2 by 2 = knit 2 stitches, purl 2 stitches, repeat. Continue in this manner.
K2tog = knit 2 stitches together
Sl 1 = slide one stitch purl wise
Skp = slip one stitch knit wise, knit the next stitch, pass the slipped stitch over the knit stitch.
P2tog = purl 2 stitches together

Cast on 40
place on four size 8 dpns evenly, careful not to twist stitches when joining.

2 by 2 ribbing for 2”
Knit even for 4”

Heel Flap
Knit needle # 1 with sz. 6 dpns, turn and sl 1, purl all the way across needles # 1 and # 4, keeping all heel stitches ( 20 ) on one needle. You will not be working with needles # 3 & # 4 for the heel flap.
Work heel flap for 2 ½ ” as follows
Sl 1, k to end
Sl 1, p to end
End with a knit row

Round heel
Sl 1, p11, p2tog, p1 turn
Sl 1, k5, k2tog, k1 turn
Sl 1 at the start of each row, knit or purl ( depending on the row your on ) to one before gap, decrease over gap, knit or purl one more stitch and turn.
Repeat until all stitches have been worked ending with purl row ( decrease will be the last stitch )

Pick up stitches along gusset ( still using smaller needles ), making one stitch at side of heel flap ( using the bar between ) knitting into the back loop of all picked up stitches, to avoid holes.
I kept to the smaller needles on the soles and larger on the tops of the feet to give a stronger sole, yet stay a little more “roomy” on top.

After picking up stitches on right side, knit across needles # 2 & # 3 using sz. 8 dpns. Then pick up stitches on left side using size 6 again ( needle # 4 ).

Knit to center of heel using needle # 4, place stitches back on 4 dpns, by sliding the other half of the heel stitches to needle # 1. You should have half the heel stitches and the gusset stitches on needle # 1 ( sz. 6 ). 10 stitches on needle # 2 & # 3 each ( sz. 8 ) and the other side gusset and heel stitches on needle # 4 ( sz. 6 ).
Knit one round.

Start gusset decreases
Knit to last three stitches of needle # 1 then k2tog, k1. Knit across needles #2 & # 3 to needle # 4, k1, skp, knit to end of round.
Knit next round.
Keep decreasing in this manner until you have 10 sts left on gusset each needle.

Knit for 4”, switch to all smaller sized needles, knit for 1” ( for a total of 5 “ from end of heel ) this adds to the strength for the tops of the toes.

Needle # 1: k to last 3 sts., k2tog, k1.
Needle # 2: k1, skp, k to end of needle.
Needle # 3: k to last 3 sts., k2tog, k1.
Needle # 4: k1, skp, k to end of needle.

Knit next round.
Repeat decreases until you have 5 sts remaining on each needle. Graft together, weave in ends.

Color Note
I used Redheart Super Saver in Peruvian Print, one skein of yarn for both socks. I wanted to make sure the white and gray specks were around the ankle, so I cut the yarn at the start of that section, then cut it again after 40 yards, I rewound it so the white/gray sections would be at the end of the ball. I did that twice ( there were only 2 of the white/gray sections of yarn on that skein ). I used the rest of the yarn as it was wound on the skein. So I did have one extra cut in the yarn just before the heel. I’m sure they would come looking good without this extra step.
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