This is my second pattern ever done for others to read. I'm sorry I don't have a picture of this completed sock, I gave them to my mother for her birthday last year! It really is a gorgeous sock. If you make this sock, I would be more than happy to post a pic of your completed sock on this site!
The stretch of the sock really allows the pattern to be seen--and the waves across the instep look really neat!
2 skeins Socka sock weight yarn
1 set of 4 dpns, US size 2
Cast on 66 stitches. Join in circle, 22 stitches per needle. Work in k1 p1 rib for one inch. Work two repetitions of pattern (56 rows). Now do rounds 1-4 of pattern (so you'll have one other 'plain' round when starting on instep again, to get your bearings).
Divide for heel, with 33 stitches in reserve for instep, 33 for heel. Heel stitch. I did it as follows: k2 *sl 1 k1* across, slip last stitch purlwise wyif. WS row: purl each stitch, slipping last stitch purlwise wyif. When heel flap is appropriate length (about 2 1/2 inches for me) turn heel as follows: k20, k2tog, k1. Turn. Slip first stitch, purl7, p2tog, p1, turn. Slip first stitch, work to one stitch before the gap, k2tog, k1, turn. Continue working in this way till all heel stitches have been used up. Pick up stitches along chain stitch loops on heel flap. I pick up through both loops, and knit through back loop the next round around. Work *p1 k10* across instep 33 stitches. Pick up loops on other side of heel. Count stitches and figure out how many you need to "lose" in your gusset. Work gusset decreases as follows: N1(Needle 1) work to within 3 stitches of end, k2 tog, k1. N2 work across in pattern stitch. N3: k1 sl1 k1 psso, knit to end. Knit one round plain. Continue in this manner alternating the two rows until you've gotten back down to 66 stitches total. Don't worry if one side has one more decrease than the other.
Work foot length. I managed to get 2 more iterations of pattern down the foot, but i have big feet. Adjust accordingly. When about 2 inches short of desired length, begin toe decreases. I did a wedge toe, because it's the one I have memorized, but feel free to substitute another. If i made these socks again i'd probably do Nancy Bush's Long Toe. Anyhoo, decrease as follows: N1: work to within 3 stitches of end, k2 tog, k1. N2: k1 sl 1 k1, psso work to within 3 stitches of end, k2tog, k1. N3: k1 sl 1 k1 psso work to end. Knit one round plain. Alternate these two rows till you've gotten rid of 50% of your stitches, then decrease every round. When you've got about 20 stitches left in all, cut long tail and kitchener them together. Hurrah!
Japanese Feather pattern (Barbara Walker)
Instructions are for the first needle of the three. '3x' means repeat what's in the parentheses 3 times.
Round 1 and all odd numbered rows: p1 k 10 p1 k10.
Round 2: p1 k10 p1 k 10
Round 4: p1 k10 p1 k10
Round 6: p1 k1 (yo k1) 3x (ssk) 3x p1 k1 (yo k1)3x (ssk)3x
Round 8: p1 k1 (k1 yo)3x (ssk)3x p1 k1 (k1 yo)3x (ssk)3x
Round 10: same as round 6
Round 12: same as round 8
Round 14: same as round 6
Round 16: p1 k10 p1 k10
Round 18: p1 k10 p1 k10
Round 20: p1 (k2tog)3x (k1 yo)3x k1
Round 22: p1 (k2tog)3x (yo k1)3x k1
Round 24: as round 20
Round 26: as round 22
Round 28: as round 20.