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Dressy

Knitting
March 2013
Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi) ?
36 stitches and 48 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch
US 0 - 2.0 mm
430 yards (393 m)
S, M, L
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As every sock knitter knows, hand knitted socks are addictive, both to knit, and to wear. These socks were born from the need for cozy, comfortable socks that are elegant enough to be worn with dress shoes. Because once you’ve tasted the luxury of hand knitted socks, you never want to wear anything else, right?

Dressy is a very feminine lace sock, with details borrowed from old fashioned nylon stockings. A slightly ruffled edge leads down to the lace pattern. Halfway down the back of the leg, the line of twisted stitches expands into a gusset for the heel. The gusset continues into a small heel flap. Rapid decreases continue the line from the heel gusset. The sole is narrow, and thus virtually invisible when wearing more open shoes, like sandals. Closer to the toe the sole increases, for comfort and a beautiful line. A simple, unobtrusive toe finishes the sock.

The heel construction, a mix of traditional heel flap and gusset style heel, is a bit unusual, but gives an elegant and very comfortable sock. The lace pattern is only four rows and very easy to memorize.

Abbreviations
The following stitches are not in the standard abbreviations list.

M1L: Make 1 Left: Insert left needle, from front to back, under strand of yarn which runs between next stitch on left needle and last stitch on right needle; knit this stitch through back loop. 1 stitch increased.

M1R: Make 1 Right: Insert left needle, from back to front, under strand of yarn which runs between next stitch on left needle and last stitch on right needle; knit this stitch through
front loop. 1 stitch increased.

LLI: Left Lifted Increase. With left needle lift the stitch below the stitch just worked, and knit it. 1 stitch increased.

RLI: Right Lifted Increase. With right needle lift the stitch below the next stitch, and knit it. 1 stitch increased.

Charts:
Medium foot decrease chart row 11, first and last st should be p2tog.

Small foot decrease chart row 9, first and last st should be p2tog, second and second to last should be k.

Sole increases
In the 2nd part, Following round should read: K to 1 st before instep, k1tbl, work Foot Decrease Chart for appropriate size, k1tbl, k to end of round.