Sock Talk III
It's gusset time!!! As you may recall I am making a pair of socks for my husband. I will quickly review the numbers so far. I cast on 68 stitches (17 stitches per needle for four needles). Last week I made the heel flap then turned the heel.
I have fourteen stitches after turning the heel. Knit across seven and now you have seven stitches on two needles and 17 stitches on two needles. Here comes the fun gusset part and some magical math. I'm sure you're wondering how many stitches to pick up across the flap edge. Easy! You pick up 1/4 of your cast on number. This number for me is 17. Starting on needle #1-knit seven stitches from heel turning, pick up 17 stitches. needles #2 and #3 knit across and resume sock pattern, needle #4 pick up 17 stitches and knit across seven heel turning stitches.
For the second row I knit through the back loop of all the picked up heel flap stitches to make a tighter edge-I also think it looks pretty.
Gusset shaping is more magical math. How many stitches do I need to decrease? Well again, easy, you want to get back to your original number of cast on stitches which for me is 68 stitches. How fast you do your decreases is a personal preference. I decrease at the end of needle #1 (k2 tog) and the beginning of needles #4 (SSK) every three rows. Some people prefer every other row. All you need to remember is what you do for the first sock so you can repeat exactly what you did on the second sock.
Happy knitting everyone!