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The Sneaker liner project: Perfect Striped anklet pattern

I love stripped socks, in colour changing or plain yarn, but I really don’t like the way a heel flap interrupts the stripes. I have tried a short row heel, but the rows don’t line up neatly, so I developed this sock. It uses top down construction and an afterthought heel. There is a great tutorial for the afterthought heel here.

Materials: 25grams each of 2 different coloured sock weight yarns - a little more if you have big feet.

2.5mm x 5 double pointed needles

Small amount of waste yarn

Instructions:

Using colour 1: Cast on 60 stitches.

Divide stitches evenly over 4 needles. Join for knitting in the round, being careful not to twist. Place marker to indicate beginning of the round.

Knit 4 rows 1 x 1 ribbing in colour 1. Change to colour 2 and knit 4 rows 1x 1 ribbing. Returning to colour 1 knit 4 rows plain. The leg can be lengthened by knitting extra stripes here.

Place afterthought heel: Knit 30 stitches onto waste yarn, then reknit them with colour 2.

Foot: Continue knitting plain, changing colours every 4 rows. Measuring from the waste yarn and the FRONT of the ankle, knit until it is 5 centimetres shorter than your toes.

Toes: Round 1:

Needle 1: K1 SSK knit to end of needle. Needle 2: Knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog k1. Needle 3: k1 ssk knit to end of needle. Needle 4 : Knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog k1.

Round 2: Knit to end of round.

Repeat rounds 1 and 2 until 16 stitches remain.

Kitchener remaining stitches.

Heel: Remove waste yarn. Place live stitches on needles. Beginning with colour 1 follow the Toes instructions.

Wear and admire your perfect stripy socks.


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