MIL Socks (AKA My Mother- in- Law’s Socks)

bimilfinalPurl stitches creates a very pretty zig,zag pattern over the entire socks. This pattern is constructed toe up.

Materials: DK yarn (such as woolease)

Gauge: 6 stitches per inch

Needle Size: (US 3 ) 3.25 mm

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.

Toe Up Cast On:

Cast on 4 stitches leaving an 8 inch tail. Join in a ring being careful not to twist. Increase in each stitch (8 stitches). Knit one round even. Increase in each stitch (16 stitches). Knit one more round even.

Next Increase Rnd: *Knit 1, increase in the next stitch, repeat from * around (24 stitches). Knit 2 rounds even.

Next Increase Rnd: *Knit 2, increase in the next stitch, repeat from * around (32 stitches). Knit 3 rounds even.

Next Increase Rnd: *Knit 3, increase in the next stitch, repeat from * around (40 stitches). Knit 4 rounds even.

Continue in this manner increasing 1 more stitch between increases and knitting one more round in stockinette between increases until you have 48 stitches. Adjust stitch placement if required. (12, 12, 12, 12).

Begin Foot:

Continue stockinette stitch on needles 1 and 4 (sole stitches) and begin pattern if desired on needles 2 and 3 (instep stitches). Continue on 48 stitches until your sock reaches the point where your leg connects to your foot.

If desired, knit for an additional one-half inch to allow for ease.

Begin Heel:

NOTE: Heel is worked in rows on 24 stitches.

Heel Bottom Pattern:

Row 1 Slip 1, knit across

Row 2 Slip 1, purl across

Work in heel bottom pattern until you have 24 heel flap rows. Be sure to try your sock on. If your ankle is particularly deep you may need to add additional heel flap rows. End with a purl row.

Turn Heel as Follows:

Row 1: Sl 1, K13 sts, 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 Heel Back Patterning:

Place marker after the 8th stitch on needle 4 and after the 12th stitch on needle 1 to denote the edge of the heel flap and heel back patterning. You should have 24 stitches between the markers.

Heel Pattern:

Rnd 1 Slip 1, *k1, slip 1 repeat across from *

Rnds 2 and 4 Knit

Rnd 3 Slip 1, *slip 1, k1 repeat across from * until the last 2 stitches, k2.

Rnd 1:

Needle 1: Work in heel pattern until marker then knit until the last 3 stitches, k2 tog, k1.

Needle 2 and 3: Work in pattern around.

Needle 4: K1, SSK, knit until marker, work in heel pattern around.

Rnd 2:

Needle 1: Work heel pattern between markers and knit the remaining needle 1 stitches.

Needle 2 and 3: Work in instep pattern. Needle 4: Work heel pattern between markers and knit the remaining needle 4 stitches.

Repeat heel pattern rounds on heel stitches and pattern stitch rounds on instep stitches until total stitches equal 48. Transfer stitches as necessary so that you have returned to your original stitch placement. (12, 12, 12, 12).

Begin Sock Leg and Rib:

Beginning with Needle 1 and stitch pattern knit leg for 8 inches.

Stitches total 48.

Twisted ribbing pattern:

Row 1: K2, p2; rep. around

Row 2: K2 one at a time (through back loop) p2; repeat around.

When ribbing is approximately 2 inches or desired height, cast off loosely in rib.

When you have finished your sock, thread the 8 inch tail through a darning needle and weave it through your cast on stitches, tightening the cast on circle. Fasten off and trim the tail.

This pattern starts on a very limited amount of stitches and therefore is considered an advanced pattern. It is not recommended for the beginner knitter.