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To avoid hole in the middle beg with this technique:
Hold yarn end in the left hand and make a loop around left index finger (from left to right). Hold the loop with left thumb and index finger. Insert needle through loop, get yarn from ball, pull yarn back through loop, 1 YO (place yarn from the back and towards you) and pull YO through sts on needle, * insert needle through loop, 1 YO, pull YO through loop, 1 YO and pull YO through outermost st on right needle (i.e. the last st made) *, repeat from *-* until there are 10-10-12 sts on needle. Distribute sts on double pointed needles size 2.5 mm. Then work as explained in pattern – AT THE SAME TIME pull yarn end so that loop is tighten tog and the hole disappears.
See diagrams A.1 to A.12 – choose diagram for correct size. Work entire pattern in stocking st.
Work back and forth.
ROW 1 (= RS): Work until 1 sts remain, turn piece.
ROW 2 (= WS): Slip first st as if to P, tighten yarn and work until 1 st remains, turn piece.
ROW 3 (= RS): Slip first st as if to K, tighten yarn and work until 2 sts remain, turn piece.
ROW 4 (= WS): Slip first st as if to P, tighten yarn and work until 2 sts remain, turn piece.
Continue short rows the same way until 15 sts remain in the middle of row. Insert 1 marker.
Continue back and forth but now work 1 st more for every row over heel. To avoid holes in the transitions, lift the horizontal yarn before the st to be knitted up and slip it twisted on the needle. Work strand tog with next st (from RS K strand and st tog and from WS P strand and st tog). Work like this until all heel sts have been worked.
Worked from the toe and up.
Start with sunset and MAGIC CIRCLE - see explanation above - on double pointed needles 2.5 mm. On next round work as follows: * K 1, YO *, repeat from *-* entire round (K YO twisted on next round) = 20-20-24 sts. Insert 1 marker in a st in each side, 9-9-11 sts between each marker. Inc in each side of every marker as follows: * Work until 1 st remains before st with marker, 1 YO, K 3 (marker is in the 2nd st), 1 YO *, repeat from *-* 2 times in total (= 4 sts inc) - NOTE: On next round K YO twisted to avoid holes. Repeat inc every round a total of 5-3-3 times and then every other round a total of 4-7-7 times = 56-60-64 sts. REMEMBER THE KNITTING TENSION K 1 round.
Now work pattern according to diagram A.1 (= 14-15-16 repetitions on round). When A.1 has been worked, K 1 round with sunset while inc 2-2-0 sts evenly = 58-62-64 sts. Work next round as follows: A.2 (= 23-27-29 sts on top of foot), A.3 (= 3 sts), A.4 (= 29 sts under foot) and A.5 (= 3 sts). Continue like this until piece measures approx. 13-15-18 cm from toe. Continue as before but now work A.6 between A.3 and A.4 and A.7 between A.4 and A.5. Continue like this until A.6 and A.7 have been worked vertically = 70-74-76 sts.
Work A.2 as before (= 23-27-29 sts), change to sunset and work rest of round. Cut the yarn. Piece measures approx. 17-19-22 cm from toe. Slip the 41-45-47 sts mid top on foot on a stitch holder (i.e. A.7, A.5, A.2, A.3 and A.6) = 29 sts on needle for heel (= A.4). Work HEEL - see explanation above, work entire heel in sunset. After the short rows over heel, continue in stocking st and with sunset over the 29 sts on heel - AT THE SAME TIME at the end of every row (both from RS and WS), work last st on needle tog with outermost st from stitch holder (from RS K the 2 sts twisted tog and from WS P the 2 sts tog). Continue back and forth like this until the 6 outermost sts in each side on stitch holder have been worked tog with sts on heel. Slip the other 29-33-35 sts from stitch holder back on needle = 58-62-64 sts. Cut the yarn. NOW MEASURE PIECE FROM HERE!
Start new round in the side, i.e. 15-13-12 sts before first st in A.2 and work next round as follows: Work A.8 (= 15-13-12 sts) - NOTE: Beg on same row as next row in A.2 - continue A.2 as before, work A.9 (15-13-12 sts), finish round with A.10 (= 5-9-11 sts at the back of foot). Continue pattern until piece measures approx. 16- cm - adjust after a half or whole repetition of A.8/A.9 vertically = 64-68-70 sts. Now work A.11 (= 4 sts) over all sts - AT THE SAME TIME on first row inc 4-0-2 sts evenly = 68-68-72 sts. When A.11 has been worked, work A.12 (= 12 sts) over all sts - AT THE SAME TIME on first row inc 4-4-0 sts evenly = 72 sts. When A.12 is done, switch to double pointed needle size 2 mm and work rib (= K 1/P 2) with sunset until rib measures approx. 4 cm. Cast off with K over K and P over P. Fasten off. Knit another sock the same way.
= off white
= 1 YO between 2 sts, K YO twisted on next round to avoid holes
= rows that are repeat upwards
= no st (shows first/last st in A.4)