Adjoin Socks by Lara Neel
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Adjoin Socks

Knitting
August 2014
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches and 44 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 1 - 2.25 mm
350 - 525 yards (320 - 480 m)
Women’s XS (Women’s S, Women’s M/Men’s S, Women’s L/Men’s M, Men’s L, Adjustable Size); shown in size Women’s M

“Adjoin” means to be next to and joined with, and is used sometimes when discussing boundaries between properties. It fits for this sock, which has a very different sort of heel shaping. Instead of wrapping around the heel with short rows, a flap is extended from the bottom of the sock to the back of the heel. It is then bound off. Stitches are picked up from the top of this flap to continue the leg. There is no gusset, but the depth of the heel shaping makes up for it.
If you haven’t worked a toe-up sock before, never fear. This sock uses a “Training Wheel” toe that I designed with you in mind.
There is a very simple chart to follow, but I’ve also included stitch-by-stitch instructions for the stitch motif, if you prefer to work that way.
If the stitch motif doesn’t appeal to you (I can see it wouldn’t work for many men), you can ignore the instructions about it and instead simply work in stockinette for the foot and the front of the leg.

So, to sum up:

  • An easy toe-up start
  • an unusual heel
  • an unusual bind off for the back of the heel, which lies flat and looks very cool
  • no grafting
  • both stitch-by-stitch instructions and plug-in-your-own numbers are included