These Corn Row socks are worked cuff down with an easily remembered stitch pattern that looks much more complicated than it really is. Corn Rows is the perfect sock for those semi solid and variegated yarns as it really breaks up most yarns tendency to pool while still creating a visually interesting sock.
Yarn: 1 skein Malabrigo Sock Yarn (or any other sock yarn of your choice)
Needles: US 1 (either DPN or circulars the choice is yours)
Notions: stitch marker to mark beginning of row, tapestry needle to Kitchener stitch toe and weave in ends.
LT: Left Twist. From the back of piece place right hand needle into the front loop of the second stitch on the left hand needle, knit this stitch, then knit the first stitch through the front loop. Drop both stitches off left hand needle.
RT: Right Twist From the front of piece place right hand needle into front loop of the second stitch on the left hand needle, knit this stitch, then knit the first stitch through the front loop. Drop both stitches off the left hand needle.
CO 68 stitches evenly over two circular needles or four DPN’s
Join in round
Round 1-15: K2, P2
Next begin pattern:
Round 1: *RT, LT repeat from * till end of round
Round 2: Knit all stitches
Repeat rounds 1-2 until piece measures 7″ long or to taste.
Heel Flap: Worked over 32 stitches
Row 1: Sl 1, K1, LT, *[RT, LT] repeat from * till last 4 st (6 times) then RT, K2
Row 2: Sl 1, Purl all stitches
Repeat rows 1 & 2 until there are 16 slipped stitches on each side of heel flap
Row 1: (RS) Sl 1, K17, Sl1, K1, psso, K1 turn
Row 2: (WS) Sl 1, P5, P2tog, P1 turn
Row 3: Sl 1, knit to 1 st before gap made on previos row, Sl 1, K 1, psso, K 1 turn
Row 4: Sl 1, purl till 1 stitch before gap, P2tog, P 1 turn
Repeat rows 3 and 4 until all st have been worked ending with a wrong side row, 18 heel st remain.
Round 1: With needle 1 K 19 heel sts then pick up and and knit 18 sts along right side of heel flap. With needle 2 work 36 sts of the instep in established pattern, with needle 3 pick up and knit 18 sts along the left side of heel flap then knit the the first 9 st from needle 1 again. 90 sts total; 27 st on needle 1, 36 st of instep on needle 2, 27 st on needle 3. Rnd begins at the back of the heel.
Rnd 2: On Needle 1, knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, K 1, work instep st as established pattern, on needle 3 K1, Sl 1, K 1, psso, K to end of rnd. 2 st dec’d.
Rnd 3: Knit all sts on needle 1, work instep in established pattern, knit all sts on needle 3.
repeat rounds 2 & 3 9 more times 72 st remain. 18 st on needle 1, 36 st on needle 2, 18 st on needle 3.
Continue foot even in established pattern until the foot measures 2″ less than desired length ending with Rnd 2.
Dec Rnd 1: on needle 1, knit till last 3 stitches K2tog, K 1, on needle two, K 1, Sl 1, K1, psso, knit till last 3 sts K2tog, K 1, on needle 3, K 1 , Sl 1, K1, psso, knit till end of needle
Dec Rnd 2: Knit all stitches.
Repeat rounds 1 & 2 until 16 st remain, cut yarn and Kitchener stitch toe closed.