Mother- in-Law’s Socks

This pattern is the same as the MIL socks. Only difference is this one is constructed from the top down.

By: Sharon Bergersen

Material: 2 balls Woolease

Needle Size: US 3 (3.25 mm)
2 balls woolease

Description:
Cuff: 8 inches
Calculated Cuff Measurement: 8 inches.
Garter stitches makes a very attractive zig zag pattern over the entire sock

Pattern Stitch:

Round 1 and every other row: Knit:
Round 2: *k3, p3; rep from *.
Round 4: P1. * k3, p3; repeat from *, end last repeat p2 instead of p3.
Round 6: P2, * k3, p3; repeat from *, end last repeat p1 instead of p3.
Round 8: * P3, k3; repeat around.
Round 10: P2, *k3, p3, repeat from *, end last repeat p1 instead of p3.
Round 12: P1, * k3, p3; repeat from *, end last repeat p2 instead of p3.

Twisted Ribbing:

Row 1: K2, P2
Row 2: K2 one at a time through back loop p2.

Ribbing and Leg:

Cast on 48 stitches. Join in a ring being careful not to twist. Mark join as the beginning of the round and center of heel. Divide stitches over 4 needles.

Begin twisted rib pattern above for 2 inches. Divide across needles. (12, 12, 12, 12). Beginning with Needle 1 and leg pattern knit until your leg length is 8 inches or desired length.

Begin Heel:
NOTE: Heel is worked in rows on 24 stitches.

Heel Pattern:

Row 1 Slip 1, *k1, slip 1 repeat across from *
Row 2 and 4 Slip 1, purl across
Row 3 Slip 1, *slip 1, k1 repeat across from * until the last 2 stitches, k2.

Knit in heel pattern until you have 24 heel flap rows. Heel flap shape should be close to square. End with a purl row.

Turn Heel as follows:

Row 1: K14, ssk, K1 turn
Row 2: Sl 1, P5 sts, P2 tog, P1, turn
Row 3: Sl 1, K6, ssk, K1, turn
Row 4: Sl 1, P7, P2 tog, P1, turn

Repeat rows 3 and 4, increasing 1 additional K or P stitch after the Sl 1 until all side stitches are consumed. End with a purl row.

Gusset:

Knit to the center of the heel. Using a spare needle, knit across the remaining heel stitches. Pick up and knit 12 stitches from the side of the heel flap and knit one stitch in the gusset corner (Needle 1). Knit in pattern across needles 2 and 3. With needle 4 pick up and knit one stitch in the gusset corner and then pick up and knit 12 stitches from the side of the heel flap.

Knit the remaining heel stitches. Stitch count is (20, 12, 12, 20) respectively.

Gusset Decrease and Sock Foot:

Rnd 1:

Needle 1: Knit until the last 3 stitches, k2 tog, k1.
Needle 2 and 3: Work in pattern around.
Needle 4: K1, SSK, knit around.

Rnd 2: Work in pattern around.
Repeat these 2 rounds until total stitches equal 48. (12, 12, 12, 12)

Sock Foot:

Continue knitting in stockinette on needles 1 and 4 and in pattern on needle 2 and 3 until you are approximately 1 inch from the top of your longest toe.

Shape Toe:

Knit 4 stitches, K2 tog, three rounds plain – do this once.
Knit 3 stitches, k2 tog, two rounds plain – do this once.

After you have done the last decrease round above continue decreasing until you have 8 stitches in the round.

Leave an 8 inch tail. Thread a blunt darning needle and pull through all stitches. Weave inside through the purl bump securely and trim tail.