This simple cuff-down anklet uses a worsted weight yarn so it’s super-quick to work up and the Strong heel keeps the stripes mostly uninterrupted. It’s a great intro to this fun heel and the best part (for me) is no picking up of stitches!
1 skein (218 yards) Knit Picks Felici Worsted in Time Traveler.
One pair of US #6 (4.0 mm) circular needles in your preferred length for magic loop. I prefer 24” for this so I can avoid a lot of sliding of the yarn on the cables, but many people prefer 32” or even 40”.
22 sts and 28 rows = 4”/10 cm
errata added August 13, 2017
Please see our standard abbreviations.
RLI – Right Lifted Increase
LLI – Left Lifted Increase
See our tutorial on Lifted Increases.
CO 44 sts and join in the round, being careful not to twist.
Rnd 1: *K2, p2, rep from * around.
Work above round for 1”.
For the rest of the sock, Needle 1 (N1) has the instep sts and Needle 2 (N2) has the heel sts.
Move 2 sts from N1 to N2 so N2 starts and ends with a K2. You’ll have 24 sts on N2.
Rnd 1: (N1): Work in est ribbing patt; (N2): k1, rli, k until 1 st rem, lli, k1
Rnd 2: (N1): Work in est ribbing patt; (N2): k around.
Rep rnds 1 and 2 until there are 46 sts on N2.
This part is worked flat, just over N2.
Turn the sock so you are ready to work a WS row.
Setup Row 1 (WS): Sl1, p18, pm, p1, p2tog, p1, turn.
Setup Row 2 (RS): Sl1, k3, ssk, k1, turn.
Row 1 (WS): Sl1, p until 1 st of gap, p2tog, p1, turn.
Row 2 (RS): Sl1, k until 1 st of gap, ssk, k1, turn.
Rep above 2 rows until all side sts have been worked and N2 is back to 24 sts.
Return to knitting in the round.
Next Rnd: Work in est ribbing patt; (N2): k around.
Rep above rnd until you have 2” of the foot rem.
Move the 2 sts back from N2 to N1 so each needle has 22 sts.
Dec Rnd: (N1) K1, k2tog, k until 3 sts rem, ssk, k1, rep for N2 (4 sts dec’d)
Plain Rnd: Knit around
Rep above 2 rnds until there are 14 sts on each needle (a total of 28 sts).
Then, just work Dec Rnd until there are 8 sts on each needle (a total of 16 sts).
Join the 2 edges with Kitchener Stitch.
You’re done! Now CO for Sock #2 before you lose your mojo.