Shell Socks

Another fun pattern by a talented sock designer. Hope you enjoy making them

By: Sharon Bergersen

Materials – 100 gm of fingering weight sock yarn

One set of (5) dp needles, size 1
Gauge: 6sts. = 1″

Pattern – (multiple of 7 sts)
Rnds 1 and 2 – Knit around
Rnd 3 – *(yo, p1, p3tog, p1, yo, k2) Repeat from * around
Rnd 4 – Knit around.

Directions – Cast on 56 sts over 4 needles. Work k1, p1 rib for 1-1/2″.

Begin pattern. Work until sock top measures 6″ from beginning or desired length to heel.

Heel Flap –
Work across first needle and turn work. Sl1, p across remaining 13 sts plus the 14 sts on needle four. Turn work.
Row 2: (Sl 1, K1) across needle

Repeat the last two rows, completing 23 rows, ending with a purl row and right side facing you.

Turn Heel:
Row 1: Sl 1, K15, SKP (Slip, knit and pass slip stitch over), K 1, Turn work
Row 2: Sl 1, P 5, P 2 tog, P 1, Turn.
Row 3: Sl 1, K 6, SKP, K 1, Turn.
Row 4: Sl 1, P 7, P 2 tog, P 1, turn

Continue in this manner, working one more stitch before decrease on each row until all sts have been worked. .

Knit across and begin gussets.

Pick up 12 sts along the side of the heel flap, M 1 in loop between heel flap and instep needle, work pattern across two instep needles, M 1 in loop between instep needle and heel flap, pick up 12 sts. along other side of heel flap. Divide heel sts between needles 1 and 4. Work 1 row around, knitting M 1 st with the last st. on each side of the gusset and maintaining pattern on instep needles.

Decrease Round: Knit to 3 sts from end of first needles, SKP, K1. Work pattern on instep sts. K1, K2 tog, knit remaining sts. on fourth needle.
Work one round with no decrease, always maintaining pattern on instep.

Repeat these two rounds until heel needles (1 & 4) have 12 sts. on each needle.

Work around as established until foot length is 1-1/2″ less than desired length from back of heel.

Decrease Round: Work until 3 sts remain on first needle, SKP, K 1.
K1, K2tog, K remaining sts on needle two.
Knit sts on needle 3 until 3 sts. remain, SKP, K1.
K1, K2 tog, K remaining sts on needle 4.
Knit two rows.
Repeat these three rows twice. Then work decrease row every other row three times.

Work decrease row every row until 5 sts. remain on each needle. Combine sts from needles 1 and 4 on one needle and sts. from needles 2 and 3 on one needle.

Graft toe