by Dilys Sutherland (c) 2002
This is a nice pattern done in any sold colour. The lace panels are down each side of the leg, but the foot is knit plain, so is easy to do.
**Special Abbreviation: ssk - this is an alternative to the old psso decrease. To ssk, you slip the next two stitches knitwise, then insert the tip of the left hand needle into the front of these two stitches, then knit them together. If you prefer, you could always use the psso decrease instead. (Slip 1, knit one, pass slipped stitch over), but I find the ssk is quicker and neater.
DK or sport weight yarn
Fern Lace Panel Pattern
Round 1: p1, k1, (k2tog) twice, (yo, k1) 3 times, yo, (ssk) twice, k3, p1
Rnd 2, and every alternating round: p1, k15, p1
Rnd 3: p1, (k2tog) twice, yo, k1, yo, k3, yo, k1, yo, (ssk) twice, k2, p1
Rnd 5: p1, k3, (k2tog) twice, (yo, k1) 3 times, yo, (ssk) twice, k1, p1
Rnd 7: p1, k2, (k2tog) twice, yo, k1, yo, k3, yo, k1, yo, (ssk) twice, p1
Rnd 8: as Rnd 2
Cast on 58 stitches, divided thusly: Needle 1 - 23 stitches, Needle 2 - 12 stitches, Needle 3 - 23 stitches
Work k1, p1 for 12 rounds, then...
Knit the leg in stockinette stitch, incorporating the Fern Lace panels as follows:
Round 1: k6, work 1st round of pattern, k12, work 1st round of pattern, k6
Round 2: k6, work 2nd round of pattern, k12, work 2nd round of pattern, k6
Continue knitting until the 8 rows of the Fern Lace panels have been repeated 6 times. Knit 1 round, decreasing 2 stitches evenly (56 st)
Next: Knit 14 stitches from needle 1, turn. Purl these 14 stitches, and 14 stitches from needle 3. (These are the 28 stitches for the heel flap. Leave the rest of the stitches on another needle.)
First row: *sl 1, k1. Repeat from * to end. Turn
Second row: sl1, purl to end.
Repeat these 2 rows for another 22 rows. (Total of 24 rows for the heel flap.)
Turning the Heel:
Row 1: sl 1, k14, k2tog, k1, turn
Row 2: sl 1, p3, p2tog, p1, turn
Row 3: sl 1, k4, k2tog, k1, turn
Row 4: sl 1, p5, p2tog, p1, turn
Row 5: sl 1, k6, k2tog, k1, turn
Row 6: sl 1, p7, p2tog, p1, turn
Row 7: sl 1, k8, k2tog, k1, turn
Row 8: sl 1, p9, p2tog, p1, turn
Row 9: sl 1, k10, k2tog, k1, turn
Row 10: sl 1, p11, p2tog, p1, turn
Row 11: sl 1, k12, k2tog, k1, turn
Row 12: sl 1, p13, p2tog, p1, turn
Row 13: Knit (16 st)
With needle 1, puck up 13 stitches along the side of the heel flap. With needle 2, knit across 28 stitches. With needle 3, pick up 13 stitches along the other side of the heel flap, and 8 stitches of the heel. Slip the remaining 8 stitches of the heel onto needle 1.
Shaping the instep:
Rnd 1 (decrease round): Knit to last 3 stitches of needle 1, k2tog, k1. Knit across needle 2. On needle 3, k1, ssk, knit to end.
Rnd 2: knit
Repeat these 2 rounds to 56 stitches. Knit even for 40 rounds.
Shaping the toe:
Rnd 1 (decrease round): Needle 1 - knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1. Needle 2 - k1, ssk, knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1. Needle 3 - k1, ssk, knit to end.
Rnd 2: knit
Repeat these 2 rounds until 16 stitches remain. Graft toe stitches with Kitchener Stitch
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