Exciting Summer Activity!

There is still plenty of time left to enjoy the rest of your summer. Why not design your very own vibrant pair of striped socks to help brighten those sunny summer days even more? These colorful socks designed by Nicola Susen are the perfect summer activity to keep you busy! Directions on how to make your very own pair are listed below:

Cast on 18[22, 27, 36, 38, 46, 49, 51, 55, 55, 56] stitches on each end of the circular needle for the foot using Judy’s Magic Cast-on.

Place a marker after the last cast-on stitch on the bottom needle – this will be used to place the heel – and then cast on 13[18, 25, 31, 38, 38, 42, 41, 44, 42, 49] more stitches onto each needle for the leg. 62[80, 104, 134, 152, 168, 182, 184, 198, 194, 210] sts total – 31[40, 52, 67, 76, 84, 91, 92, 99, 97, 105] on each needle.
The bottom needle – the needle with the marker – is the sole needle, and the marker indicated where the heel will be worked.

A row of knitting goes down the front of the leg, over the top of the foot, over the toes across the sole, the heel and then up the back of the leg. The toe-cap is worked at the break between the two needles, and the heel is worked on the point with the stitch marker, on the bottom needle.

Check to make sure that the first st to be worked is on the top needle. Note that if the stitches on one of the needles are oriented the other work, knit them through the back loop on the first row.

Setup row [RS]: Knit, working any twisted sts through the back loop. Mark the RS of the fabric with a safety pin or removable stitch marker.
The increases and decreases for the toes and the heel are always knit on the inside [WS] of the sock.
Left section
Row 1 [WS]: K to 1 st before heel marker, kfb, slip marker, kfb, k to last st of heel needle, kfb; on top needle, kfb, k to end of row. Turn. 4 sts increased.

Row 2 [RS]: Knit.

Repeat Rows 1 & 2 5[7, 8, 9, 10, 10, 10, 11, 11, 13, 14] more times. 86[112, 140, 174, 196, 212, 226, 232, 246, 250, 270] sts.

Center section
Knit 10[10, 12, 12, 12, 12, 12, 16, 16, 16, 22] rows.

Right section
Row 1 [WS]: K to 2 sts before heel marker, k2tog, slip heel marker, ssk, k to last 2 sts of sole needle, k2tog; on top needle, ssk, k to end of row. Turn. 4 sts decreased.

Row 2 [RS]: Knit all stitches on both needles, turn work.

Repeat Rows 1 & 2 5[7, 8, 9, 10, 10, 10, 11, 11, 13, 14] more times. 62[80, 104, 134, 152, 168, 182, 184, 198, 194, 210] sts.

Knit 1 more row.

FINISHING
Final row [RS]: Knit all stitches of the sole needle. Stop at center of toe.

Cut the yarn, leaving a tail of approx. 60 inch. Join the stitches using Kitchener stitch, making sure to maintain the garter stitch pattern. Weave in ends.

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