by Dilys Sutherland (c) 1998
These knit up in a few hours, and are very warm and thick. They were inspired by the Boar Oar Mittens from Pine Meadow News. Part of the fun of these is to find three colours that work well together, if you choose to use more than one colour.
8 mm (US 11) dpn's
Worsted weight yarn, three strands to be used as one.
Using three strands as one, cast on 24 stitches. Knit in stockinette stitch on two of the needles for 18 rows, kniting the first ans last stitch of each row. Join into rounds, with 8 stitches on each of three nedles, and continue in the round for 12 rounds.
Begin decrease for toe:
Round 1: *k2, k2tog. Repeat from * to the end of the round.
Rnd 2: knit
Rnd 3: *k1, k2tog. Repeat from * to the end of the round.
Rnd 4: knit
Rnd 5: *k2tog. Repeat from * to the end of the round.
Cut yarn, leaving 10" tail. Thread through the remaining stitches, draw up tightly, and weave in end.
"Squaring the heel":
To sew the heel edge into a "heel-shaped" piece, follow these steps:
1) Turn right sides together.
2) Starting at the top edge, sew the seam two thirds of the way towards the fold.
3) Take a stitch into the folded edge and pull the yarn so you draw the fold towards the sewn seam.
4) This will form an upside-down T shape. Sew shut the two parts sticking out either side.
5) Turn right side out, and you have a squared heel.