Lion Brand® Wool-Ease®
22 sts + 28 rows = 4 in. (10 cm) in Stockinette st worked in the round (knit every round). When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size
specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be
sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what
the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person.
If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller
size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.
BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE.
Making a Gauge Swatch
SW (slip and wrap) Bring yarn to front, slip next st, turn, wrap yarn around slip st and slip same st back onto right hand needle. On next row, work wrapped st by picking up wrap and working together with st on left hand needle.
ssk (slip, slip, knit) Slip next 2 sts as if to knit, one at a time, to right needle; insert left needle into fronts of these 2 sts and knit them tog.
K1, p1 Rib (even number of sts)
Round 1: *K1, p1; rep from * to end.
Repeat Round 1 for Rib pattern
Grafting Hold 2 needles parallel with WS of work together. Thread a large-eyed blunt needle with yarn end and work as follows: Insert needle as if to purl into first stitch on front piece. Insert needle as if to knit into first stitch on back piece. Then follow steps 1-4 as outlined below. 1) insert needle as if to knit through first st on front needle and let the st drop from needle. 2) Insert needle into 2nd st on front needle as if to purl and pull the yarn through, leaving st on the needle. 3) Insert needle into first st on back needle as if to purl and let it drop from the needle, then 4) insert it as if to knit through 2nd st on back needle and pull the yarn through, leaving st on needle. Repeat 1-4 until all sts are gone. When finished, adjust tension as necessary. Weave in ends.
With A, cast on 32 (36, 40) sts. Divide evenly onto double pointed needles. Join, taking care not to twist sts and place marker (pm) for beginning of round.
Work in k1, p1 rib for 1 in. (2.5 cm).
Work in St st until piece measures 3 1/2 (4, 4 1/2) in. (9 (10, 11.5 cm) from beg.
K15 (17, 19) sts for heel, leave remaining sts unworked. Work back and forth in short rows for heel shaping.
Row 1 (WS): P14 (16, 18), SW next st, turn.
Row 2: K13 (15, 17) sts, SW next st, turn.
Repeat last 2 rows with 1 less st before SW until 8 sts remain.
Next Row (RS): K8, knit wrapped st, SW. turn.
Next Row: P9, purl wrapped st, SW, turn.
Repeat last 2 rows adding 1 more st each row until 15 (17, 19) sts have been worked.
Resume working in St st on all sts until foot measures 3 1/2 (4, 4 1/2) in. (9 (10, 11.5 cm) or desired length less about 1 ½ in. (3.8 cm), end last rnd 7 (8, 9) sts before beg of rnd marker. Move end of rnd marker to this point.
Next Rnd: K8 (9, 10), pm for first marker, k16 (18, 20), pm for second marker, k8 (9, 10).
Next Rnd: K to last 3 sts before first marker, k2tog, k1, sl marker, k 1, ssk, k to 3 sts before second marker, k2tog, k1, sl marker, k1, ssk, k to end of rnd marker.
Next Rnd: Knit.
Repeat last 2 rnds until 8 sts remain. Divide sts onto 2 needles and graft sts together.
Ears (make 4)
With B, cast on 5 (6, 7) sts. Work in garter st (k every row), inc 1 st at each end every other row 3 times, every 4th row twice. Knit 3 rows.
Next Row: With B, k 5 (6, 7) sts, join C and k5 (6, 7) sts, join a second ball of B and k to end of row. Knit 6 rows in colors as established. Bind off.
Sew ears to sides of socks below ribbing. With B, embroider straight st eyes on front of sock. Weave in ends.