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.
This tutorial will walk you through the gusset decrease set up round. Written explanations are below photos. Let’s get started!
Before I begin the gusset decrease section I make a chart to keep track of the decrease rounds and the stitch pattern sequence. This makes it easy to keep track of where you are in the process. First we need to knit a set up round before we begin the decrease rounds.
Bring your back needle to the front needle, knit across the heel stitches in Magic Loop method.
This is what the heel stitches should look when you are at the end of the heel. Slip the stitch marker.
After slipping the stitch marker ktbl (knit through the back loop) across the gusset section to next marker.
This is what your ktbl gusset section should look at the end of the gusset section. Slip stitch marker between gusset and top of foot section.
After slipping the stitch marker knit in pattern across the top of the foot. Remember half your top of foot stitches will be on one needle while the remaining half will be on the other needle. At the end of this section slip the stitch marker.
After slipping the stitch marker ktbl across the second gusset stitches to end of that section. Slip marker.
You are now ready to begin the gusset decrease section of your sock. I will publish a photo tutorial for that section.
This photo tutorial will teach you how to pick up the gusset stitches using the Magic Loop Method. As always written directions are underneath the photos.
Bring enough cable out to easily reach the first slipped stitch. Place a stitch marker on your working needle. Insert your needle from the front to the back ensuring your needle goes through BOTH loops of the slipped stitch. The gusset you are creating here is on the left side of the turned heel.
Yarn over your needle and pull through the slipped stitch.
This is what your first picked up gusset stitch should look like.
Insert your needle into the next slipped stitch, yarn over and pull through the slipped stitch. Repeat this across the side of your sock for the required number of stitches in your pattern.
You have now completed the first gusset. Place a stitch marker after the last picked up stitch and the top of your sock and knit in pattern across the top of the sock.
Place another stitch marker on your working needle, pick up gusset stitches along the second side of your sock in the same manner as the opposing side. The photo above shows what your sock should look like at this point. Place another stitch marker after last picked up stitch. I recommend this stitch marker be a different color if possible as this is the beginning of the round.
You will have to adjust your cable and needles to knit in the round using the Magic Loop method. I usually split the top of the foot stitches in half, gently pulling the cable out slowly moving the stitches onto the needles. Remember to keep your working yarn in the back, sliding back needle out of stitches bringing it to the front needle to knit.
You are ready for the gusset decrease section of your sock. I will be publishing a photo tutorial for that section. Continue reading
Source: Magic Loop Turn Heel