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Knit­ted polka dot socks are a treat for feet

We love a quirky pair of an­kle socks paired with cute shoes. Or sim­ply be­ing able to fash­ion­ably pad around the house, and this pair by Anna Wilkin­son is per­fect for ei­ther op­tion. It might look daunt­ing, but the beauty of knit­ting in the round with dou­ble-pointed nee­dles is that you’re always work­ing a RS row. Most knit­ters can knit quicker than they can purl so, once you get used to han­dling the nee­dles, it’s nice and quick.

Socks (make two)

Us­ing 2.25mm dou­ble-pointed nee­dles and CC, cast on 78 sts. Ar­range the sts so there are 22 sts on the first nee­dle, 17 sts on the sec­ond, 17 sts on the third, and then 22 sts on the fourth. Join in a round and mark beg of round with a stitch marker. Break off CC and join in MC. Next round: K to end of round. Next round: (From first nee­dle) k2, p1, k1, p2, k2, p2, k1, p1, k2, p1, k1, p2, k1, p1, k2, (from sec­ond nee­dle) p1, k1, p2, k1, p1, k2, p1, k1, p2, k2, p2, k1, (from third nee­dle) p1, k2, p1, k1, p2, k1, p1, k2, p1, k1, p2, k1, p1, (from fourth nee­dle) as from first nee­dle. Re­peat the last round a fur­ther 11 times. Change to your 2.75mm dou­ble-pointed nee­dles. Round 1: (From first nee­dle) k2, p1, k1, p2, k2, p2, k1, p1, k2, p1, k1, p2, k1, p1, k2, (from sec­ond nee­dle) k17, (from third nee­dle) k17, (from fourth nee­dle) k2, p1, k1, p2, k2, p2, k1, p1, k2, p1, k1, p2, k1, p1, k2. Re­peat the last round a fur­ther four times. Round 6 (dec round): (From first nee­dle) k1, ssk, k1, p2, k2, p2, k1, p1, k2, p1, k1, p2, k1, p1, k2, (from sec­ond nee­dle) k17, (from third nee­dle) k17, (from fourth nee­dle)

k2, p1, k1, p2, k2, p2, k1, p1, k2, p1, k1, p2, k1, k2­tog, k1. Con­tinue work­ing as set, work­ing a dec round on the fol­low­ing 5th, 23rd, 28th, and 48th rounds. [68 sts]

Shape the heel

Please note: here you con­tinue to work in rows rather than rounds across the 34 sts on first and fourth nee­dles to form the heel flap. Hold the other 34 sts on sec­ond and third nee­dles for sock up­per. Next row: (From first nee­dle) k17, turn. Next row: P34, turn. Row 1: Sl1, k33, turn. Row 2: Sl1, p33, turn. Re­peat th­ese last 2 rows a fur­ther 15 times. Row 1: Sl1, k21, ssk, turn. Row 2: Sl1, p10, p2­tog, turn. Row 3: Sl1, k10, ssk, turn. Row 4: Sl1, p10, p2­tog, turn. Re­peat Rows 3 and 4 a fur­ther nine times un­til 12 sts re­main on the nee­dle for the heel. Next row: K12 heel sts, pick up and k17 sts from row ends up first side of heel flap, k34 sts held on sec­ond and third nee­dles for up­per, pick up and k17 sts from row ends of sec­ond heel flap and then knit the first 6 heel sts again. [80 sts] There are now 23 sts on first nee­dle, 17 sts on sec­ond nee­dle, 17 sts on third nee­dle and 23 sts on fourth nee­dle. Con­tinue work­ing in rounds as fol­lows: Round 1: (From first nee­dle) k20, k2­tog, k1, (from sec­ond nee­dle), k17, (from third nee­dle) k17, (from fourth nee­dle) k1, ssk, k to end of the round. Round 2: K to end of round. Re­peat th­ese last 2 rounds un­til there are 17 sts on both the first and fourth nee­dles. [68 sts]

Shape the foot

Con­tinue to work in st st un­til the foot mea­sures 7" from the back of the heel or 2½" less than required fin­ished foot length.

Shape the toe

Round 1: K to last 3 sts on first nee­dle, k2­tog, k2, ssk, k to last 3 sts on third nee­dle, k2­tog, k2, ssk, k to end of round. Round 2: K to end of round. Re­peat the last 2 rows un­til 20 sts re­main, end­ing in round 1. [20 sts] Next round: K5 sts on first nee­dle, then break off the yarn, leav­ing a long tail of ap­prox­i­mately 12" to sew up the sock.

To make up

Place 10 sts from sec­ond and third nee­dles onto one nee­dle, then place 10 sts from first and fourth nee­dles onto an­other nee­dle. Us­ing a long tail threaded through

Dis­trib­ute the stitches over four nee­dles, then use the fifth empty nee­dle to work the stitches.

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