This tutorial is based on the baby sock pattern in the Berwyn’s Adventures Collection #07, which is written to be knitted on either dpns or on one circular needle using the magic loop method. I recommend a fairly long circular needle, maybe 100cm, so that you have plenty of wiggle space for moving stitches around. This tutorial shows you step by step how to work the magic loop method from casting on to the end of the heel. It assumes a good understanding of the basics of knitting. You might find the tutorial confusing to read unless you are actually following the pattern at the same time!
To start off, you will need a circular 4mm needle, 50g of Libby Summers Fine Aran and the Berwyn's Adventures pattern booklet.
Step 1: Cast on the number of sts stated in the pattern for your chosen size.
Step 2: Divide the sts evenly between the two ends of your circular needle, taking care not to twist the stitches at their base as you do so.
Step 3: Join to work in rounds, taking care not to twist work. Do this by moving the sts closest to the ball of yarn onto the flexible section of the needle, and then start to knit the sts from the rigid end of the needle, making sure they are all facing the same way with the base of the stitches all facing downwards. Pull the yarn tight against the first stitch so you don’t get a break between rows.
Step 5: Knit across all the sts on rigid section of needle, and then move these sts down onto the flexible section of needle. Move the sts from flexible section of needle up onto the other rigid end of needle, so you can work them next....
Step 6: MB. Work the next set of sts to complete the round and place your marker to show where each round begins. Pop it on the RH side of needle and slide it down to sit with the sts on flexible section. This photo shows your work after you have done this and are just about to start the next round.
Step 7: Work rounds 1 - 13 in this way, following the instructions given for the moss stitch edging on rounds 5 - 8.
Step 8: Round 13: K7 (7, 8, 8), turn. The photo shows work turned to the wrong side.
Step 9: The heel flap requires you to work 11 (11, 13, 13) sts, so isolate the extra sts needed to complete this round from the sts left on your flexible needle, and move them onto the rigid section of the needle to join the 7 (7, 8, 8) sts worked before you turned. This photo shows the 7 sts on the right hand side of the flexible needle and the four extra stitches isolated on the left hand side of the flexible needle just before sliding them down to join the 7 sts already worked.
Step 10: You can then put the marker aside and complete the heel flap as directed.
Step 11: Complete the heel as directed, leaving you with 6 (6, 8, 8) sts.
Step 12: Shows the position of your work just before picking up the stitches for the gusset.
Step 12: Picking up the stitches for the gusset
Step 13: Push the stitches you have just picked up down onto the flexible section of the needle to allow you to knit across the 12 (12, 14, 16) sts which were previously left on the felxible section of the needle, now pushed up onto the rigid section.
Step 14: Pick up and knit stitches along the other side of heel flap as directed.
Step 15: Knit across 3 of the 6 (6, 8, 8) sts left when you previously completed the heel flap (see photo from Step 11).
Step 16: Place marker for new beginning of round, so round begins midway across the heel.
Step 17: Work five rounds of shaping as directed to complete the heel and then you are ready to knit the foot.
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