Men's Checked Socks Pattern #404

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2 balls Sock yarn m.c. (1 oz. ball)
1 ball Sock yarn c.c. (1 oz. ball)
1 pair knitting needles each No. 1 and No. 2
1 set sock needles No. 2
1 card Nylon for heel and toe reinforcement
2 stitch holders

GAUGE: 6 ½ sts. = 1 inch


1st row c.c. : K across row.

2nd row c.c. : P across row.

3rd row m.c.: * K 4, slip 1 (yarn in back of work), repeat from * across row end K 4.

4th row m.c.: * P 4, slip 1 (yarn in front of work), repeat from * across row end K 4.

5th row m.c.: like 3rd row.

6th row m.c.: like 4th row.

Repeat these 6 rows for pattern.

With m.c. and No. 1 needles cast on 64 sts. and work back and forth in ribbing K 2, P 2 for 3 inch. Change to No. 2 needles and pattern and work even until sock measures 7 inch., ending with 1st row. Break off m.c. With c.c. P across 16 sts. and slip them to a holder, P across next 32 sts. for instep and P across the rem. 16 sts. and slip them to another holder. Attach m.c. and work over instep sts. only in pattern for 2 ½ inch. Slip sts. to a sock needle (2nd needle). HEEL: Slip the 16 sts. from one holder and the 16 sts. from the other holder to one needle for heel (make sure that center of heel is center of sock). Attach a ball of m.c. and Nylon. Start on right side, work as follows: 1st row: * slip 1, K 1 repeat from * across row. 2nd row: P across row. Repeat these 2 rows for 28 rows. Turn heel on right side: Slip 1, K 16, K 2 tog., K 1, turn. Slip 1, P 3, P 2 tog., P 1, turn. Slip 1, K 4, K 2 tog., K 1, turn. Slip 1, P 5, P 2 tog., P 1, turn. Slip 1, K 6, K 2 tog., K 1, turn. Continue to work this way always working 1 more st. on each row until 18 sts. are left on heel needle. Break yarn and cut off Nylon. Right side facing you, pick up with m.c. and a sock needle 14 sts. on one side of heel. K across 9 heel sts. (3rd needle). Take another sock needle, K the rem. 9 heel sts., pick up and K 14 sts. on other side of heel (1st needle). Work over 1st and 3rd needles only. 1st row: P back. 2nd row: K 1, slip 1, K 1, p.s.s.o. the K st., K to the last 3 sts. on 1st needle, K 2 tog., K 1. Repeat these 2 rows until there are 32 sts. on 1st and 3rd needles .tog. Work as long as instep sts. Connect the 3 needles and work all around on sock needles until foot measures 8 inch. from back of heel for size 10; 8 ½ inch. for size 10 ½; 9 inch. for size 11; 9 ½ inch. for size 11 ½, or 2 inch. shorter than desired length. Start to decr. for toe: Attach Nylon. 1st round: K to within 3 sts. of first needle, K 2 tog., K 1. On 2nd needle, K 1, slip 1, K 1 and p.s.s.o. the K st., K to within 3 sts., K 2 tog., K 1. On 3rd needle, K 1, slip 1, K 1 and p.s.s.o. the K st. K to end. 2nd round: K around. Repeat these 2 rounds until 20 sts. are left. Weave sts. tog. Sew up back and side seams. Steam lightly.

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