This photo tutorial will walk you through the steps of the gusset decrease section using the Magic Loop method for knitting in the round which also applies to using dpn’s. Let’s get started!
Get your chart you made for keeping track of gusset decreases and stitch pattern for the top of the sock. The numbers on the left side of the chart are the round numbers, numbers across the top are the sequence of pattern repeats, on the right side of the chart are the decrease and stitch pattern. Odd numbered rounds are always decrease and knit across the top of the sock while even numbered rounds you knit across the gusset section and pattern stitch across the top of the sock.
Knit across the heel to the end of the heel section. Slip stitch marker.
This is what your heel section should look like when you reach the end.
Knit across the first gusset section to 3 stitches before your stitch marker separating gusset section from the top of the foot. K2tog (knit 2 together), Knit 1. Slip marker.
Your first gusset stitches and decrease should look like this.
Knit across top of the foot in pattern per your pattern instructions. Slip marker.
After slipping the stitch marker separating top of the foot and second gusset Knit 1, SSK (slip, slip, knit). To perform the SSK you will slip 1 stitch as if to knit, slip the next stitch as if to knit. Photo above shows how to slip your stitches.
Insert your left needle into the front of the 2 slipped stitches and knit them together with the right needle. Photo above shows proper position of left and right needles to perform the stitch. Remember the left needle is always in front of the right needle for this stitch.
Notice the SSK (Slip Slip Knit) leans to the right. This is the correct angle for this stitch. Knit across the remaining gusset stitches to stitch marker between the gusset and heel.
You have now successfully performed the first set of gusset decreases. Your second gusset section should look like this. You’re ready for Round 2 of the gusset decrease section. In Round 2 you will knit across the heel, first gusset section, pattern stitch across top of foot, knit across second gusset section.
Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 until you have the required stitch count per your pattern for the size you are making. Remember to check off each round on the chart at the end of each round. There is nothing more frustrating than having to figure out which round you are on in this section! Even experienced sock knitters forget at times losing precious knitting time in having to get back on track.
**NOTE: At times I decrease the gusset section a bit more than the pattern calls for as I have narrow feet. You can do this for a better fit and not affect the pattern stitches of the top of the foot.