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Elegant Ribbing

Simple and addictive.  Just what a sock knitter needs.

Materials: less than 2 balls of fingering or sock weight
yarn. Needles to gauge (I used size 2 US).

Cast on 64 stitches. Join into a round, being, as always,
careful not to twist your stitches. Knit in k2 p2 rib for an
inch, or your preference. Begin pattern. It should take
about 5 pattern repeats to get to where you want to
break for the heel. Make a notation what row of the
pattern you stopped on if you want to continue pattern
down the foot of the sock. I have done an ordinary
heel--feel free to substitute your favorite instead! On half
the number of stitches, (32 in this case) work back and
forth in Heel stitch. That is, on right side rows, Slip one,
K1 across. On wrong side rows, purl across. Slip the
first stitch of every row, knit or purl, to form a nice chain
edge. Work 32 rows in heel stitch (16 loops on your
chain edge. Turn heel as follows: K17 stitches, k2 tog,
k1. Turn. Slip first stitch, purl 3, p2tog, p1 turn. Slip
first stitch. Knit to one stitch before the gap, k2tog, k1
turn. On Purl sides, p to 1 before the gap, p2tog, p1
turn. Slip first stitch of every row, to prevent holes.
When you've used up all the stitches this way, prepare to
pick up for the gusset, ending on a WS row.

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Adapted from Barbara Walker's First Treasury:
 
LT:  Knit second stitch on left hand needle, behind the first stitch, keeping it on the needle.  Knit first stitch.  Slip both off left hand needle.

RT:  Knit second stitch on left hand needle *in front of* first stitch, keeping it on needle.  Knit first stitch.  Slip both off left hand needle. 
 
Rounds 1-5: k1 p2 *k2 p2* around, end k1.

Round 6: *LT RT* around

Round 7: p1 k2 *p2 k2* around, end p1.

Round 8: p1 RT *p2 RT * around, end p1.

Round 9: (like round 7) p1 k2 *p2 k2* around, end p1.

Round 10: *RT LT* around.

Rounds 11-14: (like rounds 1-5) k1 p2 *k2 p2* around, end
k1.

Repeat 14 round repeat of pattern. Rounds 1-5 and 11-14 are
simple k2 p2 ribbing, you can do more or less between crosses,
as you desire!

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