I don't get pedicures. I haven't painted my toenails since Liz and Jerm's wedding. However, if I did, I think I would love these socks! Instead, I'm just having fun making them. My push for County Fair entries led me to start the pedicure socks and I didn't want to just go plain so I got a bit creative. Here's the Pattern:
Ulterior Motive Pedicure Socks
Yarn: Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport in Irving Park (It's nail polish colored!)
Needles: Size 2 double points
Gauge: ~6.5 stitches per inch
CO 60 stitches (or a multiple of 12, use The Sock Generator to calculate heel)
Join being careful not to twist
K2 P2 ribbing for 20 rows
*K1 P1 K4 P1 K1 P1 K2 P1* Repeat 5 times around
Begin Open Ribbing, stitches in bold form 'lace' ribs with a 'p1 k1 p1' in-between. Pattern is over 12 stitches and repeated around.
Open Ribbing - Repeat each row around
Row 1: K1 P1 K1 Yo K2tog K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 Yo K1 P1.
Row 2: K1 P1 K4 P1 K1 P1 K3 P1.
Row 3: K1 P1 K1 Sl1 K1 Psso Yo K1 P1 K1 P1 K3 Pass 3rd stitch on right needle over first 2 stitches P1.
Row 4: K1 P1 K4 P1 K1 P1 K2 P1.
Repeat 8 times (32 rows added)
Put half of stitches (30) on 1 needle to work heel flap leaving a symmetrical section of rib pattern
On 60 stitches: K18 Turn, move 12 more stitches onto needle for flap. This makes a heel over 3 'K4' open ribs.
S1, and purl back 29 stitches
Knit heel flap in heel stitch:
Row 1: *s1, k1* across.
Row 2: s1, p across.
Repeat until heel flap is square (about 2.5 inches).
Slip 1, knit 19 stitches, SKP, k1, turn.
Slip 1, purl 9, p2tog, p1, turn.
Slip 1, knit 9, SKP, k1, turn.
Slip 1, purl to next-to-last stitch before gap, p2tog across gap, p1, turn.
Repeat until all stitches have been worked, ending on a purl row.
Knit across to end of needle.
Pick up for the gussets:
Pick up one stitch through each slip stitch loop on edge of heel flap.
Knit across the instep stitches.
With another needle, pick up one stitch through each slip stitch loop on edge of heel flap.
Still with needle 4, knit to center of heel.
Decrease rounds for the gussets:
Next round: knit to 3 sts from end of needle 1, k2tog, k1.
Instep: Continue in Open Ribbing beginning Row 1
needle 3- K1, SSK, knit to center of heel.
Alternate plain and decrease rounds until 60 total stitches remain.
For instep, Knit across first needle 'up from bottom' Continue Open Ribbing across top of foot, Knit back down. Work in this way to end on Row 4 of pattern repeat.
Work K1 P1 ribbing for 15 rounds.