Mystery Monkey Socks Finished

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Meet my adorable Mystery Monkey that Ronnie sent me earlier this year in Monkey Sock Swap ONE.  This little monkey has been hanging on to the Mystery Monkey Sock Pattern since the beginning of that swap.  With only good intentions, I began posting a monkey sock pattern that I had designed in installments for the participants in the swap.  These installments were intended to be spread out over four weeks but I let life get in the way of posting the instructions.  So, I have been a bad poster of mystery instructions…or so my little monkey tells me!

Little monkey is happy now…………….the last instructions have been posted and here is a picture of the Mystery Monkey Socks with my humblest apologies to all who have been knitting along with the installments.

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If you would like to knit these Mystery Monkey Socks yourself, type ‘Mystery Monkey Socks’ in my search box and all the instructions should come up. 

Hmmm?  Whats that you ask?  Little Mystery Monkey?  Yes, he is one happy monkey now!

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Mystery Monkey Socks – Part 6

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Break off grey yarn and attach natural.  The Round starts at the instep.

Needle 1:  (instep) 18 sts

Needle 2:  (instep) 18 sts

Needle 3:  16 sts

Needle 4:  16 sts

Slip first stitch of Needle 1 to Needle 4.

Slip last stitch of Needle 2 to Needle 3. 

Now you will have 17 sts on each needle.

Round 1:

Needle 1:  K1, ssk, K to end of needle.

Needle 2:  K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1.

Needle 3:  K1, ssk, K to end of needle.

Needle 4:  K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1.

Round 2:

Knit to end of each needle.

Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 five more times ending with 44 sts.

Decrease Round – Repeat this round every round until you have 16 sts left.

Needle 1:  K1, ssk, K to end of needle.

Needle 2:  K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1.

Needle 3:  K1, ssk, K to end of needle.

Needle 4:  K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1.

Mystery Monkey Sock, Part 5

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GUSSET DECREASES

Round 1

Needle 1:  Knit in established instep pattern.

Needle 2:  SSK , K to end of needle

Needle 3:  Knit to last 2 sts, K2tog.

Round 2 

Needle 1:  Knit in established instep pattern.

Needle 2:  K1, ssk, K to end of needle.

Needle 3:  Knit to last 3 sts, K2 tog, K1.

Round 3

Needle 1:  Knit in established instep pattern.

Needle 2:  Knit to end of needle.

Needle 3:  Knit to end of needle.

Repeat Rounds 2 and 3 until you have a total of 68 sts.

 

Mystery Monkey Socks, Part 4

Picking Up Gusset Stitches
Have you ever experienced that dreaded gusset hole? The little hole peeking through where the heel joins the foot?

Last summer I learned a technique from Charlene Schurch that will help you to avoid that gap at the top of your gusset forever! I will explain this tried and true technique in a moment but if you want an excellent explanation with pictures, please take a look at Sensational Socks by Charlene Schurch. I have used this book to teach several friends how to knit socks. It is one of my favorite knitting resources.

Let’s pick up those stitches for our heel gusset………….

We are going to drop down to 4 needles for the gusset. Our stitches will be on 3 needles and the 1 empty needle will be our working needle.

Using the empty needle, pick up 18 sts along the right side of the heel flap. The grey slipped st will be the last st you pick up. Now 2 additional sts will be picked up at the top of the gusset. To do this you need to look for the horizontal bar between the first instep stitch and the heel-flap stitch. Those little sts that loop over on either side of the bar will be the sts we pick up. Using gusset needle insert the needle into the loop on the heel flap side and pick up 1 st. Pick up the right half (instep side) and put that loop on the gusset needle. Now you have 20 sts.

Needle 1: Knit all the instep sts onto a single needle following the K3, p1 pattern. 35 sts.

Needle 2: With empty needle, pick up 2 sts at the top of the gusset on either side of that horizontal bar. Then, pick up and knit 18 sts along the left side of the heel flap. 20 sts.
With Needle #2 continue to knit 9 sts from heel flap for a total of 29 sts on Needle#2.

Needle 3: With empty needle knit 10 remaining heel sts. Then, knit the 20 sts picked up from the right side of the heel flap.

Your needles should now have the following stitch counts:
Needle 1: 35 sts
Needle 2: 29 sts
Needle 3: 30 sts
Total on all 3 needles: 94 sts.

Mystery Monkey Socks, Part 3

Part 3
The Traditional French Heel

To prepare for heel flap, rearrange 68 sts as follows:
Needle 1: 16 sts
Needle 2: 19 sts
Needle 3: 13 sts
Needle 4: 20 sts

Transfer Needle 3 sts to Needle 4. These are the 33 heel sts.

Heel Flap
Turn Needle 4 around to ws. You will begin to work across wrong side.
Break off grey yarn and join natural(white) yarn for heel flap.

Row 1(ws): Sl1, purl to end of needle, turn.
Row 2(rs): *Sl1, k1; repeat from * across row to last st, K1.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 (16x) ending after completing a right-side row.

Heel Turn
Begin turning heel on a wrong side row. Slip all sts purlwise. Break off natural(white) yarn and join red yarn.

Row 1: Sl1, p17, p2tog, p1. Turn to rs.
Row 2: Sl1, k4, ssk, k1. Turn.
Row 3: Sl1, p5, p2tog, p1. Turn.
Row 4: Sl1, k6, ssk, k1. Turn.
Row 5: Sl1, p7, p2tog, p1. Turn.
Row 6: Sl1, k8, ssk, k1. Turn.
Row 7: Sl1, p9, p2tog, p1. Turn.
Row 8: Sl1, k10, ssk, k1. Turn.
Row 9: Sl1, p11, p2tog, p1. Turn.
Row 10: Sl1, k12, ssk, k1. Turn
Row 11: Sl1, p13, p2tog, p1. Turn.
Row 12: Sl1, k14, ssk, k1. Turn.
Row 13: Sl1, p15, p2tog, p1. Turn.

Row 14:  Sl1, k16, ssk, k1.

Heel turn is complete. 19 sts remaining.

Mystery Monkey Sock – Part 1

We are having lots of fun with the Monkey Sock Swap! I have to include three monkey items in my package along with the socks and ever since the swap began I seem to be spying monkey things everywhere I go. Round #2 sign-ups are open if any of you are interested 🙂

Here is a close-up of the Monkey Sock I’m knitting. It really is a fun pattern and knits up quickly. This is the first time I’ve used Cherry Tree Hill yarn and now I will add it to my list of favorite yarns. All this thinking of monkeys and knitting Monkey Socks has made me want some good old traditional Monkey Socks! I’m using yarn from my stash so this is actually a Knit From Your Stash 2007 project. If you have some white, red and grey yarn in your stash then come join me for the Monkey Mystery Sock. I would love the company!

I’ll be posting the directions every several days as I’m designing them as I knit.

MYSTERY MONKEY SOCKS
Monkey Materials
red fingering weight yarn, 50 g
white fingering weight yarn, 50 g
grey fingering weight yarn, hopefully only 50g

Set of 5 US #1/2.25mm double-point needles

Directions
With red yarn CO 68 sts using Continental method.
Divide the sts evenly onto 4 needles (17 sts each needle). Join into a round being careful not to twist sts.

Work 7 rows of twisted rib (K1 tbl, p1) to end of round.
Change to white yarn and knit 1 row.
Work 14 rows of plain rib (K1, P1) to end of round.