by Dilys Sutherland (c) 2002

I did this simple slip-stitch pattern in various warm colours for a bright, festive look. You could experiment with blues and greens for an "ocean" look, shades of beige, cream and brown for a more neutral look, or apple green, lemon yellow,and orange for a citrusy look. Have fun!!

**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/Sportweight yarn. I used the following colours:
A (red)
B (yellow)
C (orange)
D (pink)
3.25 mm dpn's (US 3's)

Slip Stitch Pattern:
NOTE: When slipping a stitch while purling, move yarn to back of work, slip the stitch, then move yarn to front of work again.
Round 1 & 2: In
, knit
Rnd 3: In
, k1, sl1, *k3, sl 1. Repeat from * to last 2 stitches, k2
Rnd 4: In
C, p1, sl 1, *p3, sl 1. Repeat from * to last 2 stitches, p2

Rnd 5 & 6: In A, knit
Rnd 7: In
, k3, *sl 1, k3. Repeat from * to last stitch, sl 1
Rnd 8: In
, *p3, sl 1. Repeat from * to end
Rnd 9 & 10: As 7 & 8
Rnd 11 & 12: As 1 & 2
Rnd 13 & 14: As 3 & 4
Rnd 15 & 16: As 1 & 2
Rounds 17 - 20 are worked as rounds 7 - 10, but using colour
D in place of colour B

The Sock Pattern
Cast on 56 st in
. Work in k1, p1 ribbing for 10 rounds.
Next round: increase 4 stitches evenly (60 stitches)
Work the leg following the Slipstitch Pattern (rows 1 - 20) two full times, then rows 1 - 16 once. When these have been completed, knit one more round in A, decreasing 4 stitches evenly (56 stitches)

Next (still in
A): Knit 14 stitches from needle 1. Turn. In D
, 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.)

Heel Flap:
First row: *sl 1, k1. Repeat from * to end
Second row: sl1, purl to end.
Repeat these two rows of another 22 rows. (A total of 24 rows for 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, pick up 12 stitches along the side of the heel flap. With needle 2, knit across 28 stitches. With needle 3, pick up 12 stitches along the other sode of the heel flap,and 8 stitches of the heel. Slip the remaining 8 stitches of the heel onto needle 1.

Shaping the instep:
Round 1 (decrease round): On needle 1, knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1. On needle 2, knit. On needle 3, k1, ssk, knit to end.
Round 2: knit.
Repeat these 2 rounds to 56 stitches.

Knit 31 rounds in colour
Knit 3 rounds in colour
Knit 4 rounds in colour

In colour
Round 1 (decrease round): Needle 1 - knit to last three stitches, k2tog, k1. Needle 2 - k1, ssk, knit to last three stitches, k2tog, k1. Needle 3 - k1, ssk, knit to end.
Round 2: knit.

Repeat these 2 rounds until 16 stitches remain. Graft the toe stitches with Kitchener Stitch.

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