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crocheted shell sock pattern

I'm planning on doing a knit-year-in-review post later, but first I'd like to share my crocheted sock pattern that I designed for the Crochet pattern a day calendar. I'm not sure how long it'll be available online at the website, so I wanted to post it here, too.

INSTRUCTIONS
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Ch 11, sc in 2nd ch from hook (mark stitch) & in next 8 ch, work 3 sc in last chain stitch, marking center of the 3 sc.

Rounds 2, 3, 4: work in continuing spiral rounds with no starting chain in round unless otherwise noted. Sc around, working 3 sc in each marked stitch around. At the end of the last round you should have 36 sc. Remove markers.

Round 5: Sh st in first stitch, (skip two sc, sh st) rep to end of round.

Round 6: 1 sh st in each ch one space around.

Foot
Repeat for as many rounds as needed to equal two inches less than your total foot length. Measure carefully & mark number of rows of shell pattern, so that when you make your second sock your socks match exactly. (21 shell rounds were worked in size 8 sample sock) DO NOT FO!

Heel Opening
Flatten sock so that your toes are positioned correctly, and mark each side of foot. Work in pattern to the first marker, ch 24, sk to next marked stitch. Heel will be worked later after sock top is finished.

Sock Top
Moving markers up each round, continue working top of sock as foll:

Next round: starting with 24 ch space, (sh st, sk 2 ch) rep to end of ch space. Continue working in shell pattern as for foot for 2 (3 for large ankle) rounds.

Decrease round:
Next round: (Dec sh st over next two shell spaces, work in pat to next marker) rep until two more rounds are worked for a total dec of 4 sts.

Ribbing
Work 40 dc evenly spaced around.

Round 2 ribbing: work fpdc in first stitch, (bpdc in next stitch, fpdc in next stitch) rep to end of round.

Round 3 & following rounds: Work fpdc in all fpdc stitches & bpdc in all bpdc stitches.

Repeat around for as many desired rows or until you almost run out the 100 grams of yarn, FO.

Afterthought heel: using separate 50 gram ball of yarn, work sc evenly around the chain space & onto the other side of the sock. (55 sc worked in sample)

Work 3 rounds even, then dec 4 sc every other round until 12 (15 for larger sock) sc remain. Try on your socks frequently at this point & make sure your heel fits you well, and change how often you decrease if needed.

End off, sew seam, and enjoy your socks!



FPDC - Front Post Double Crochet
YO, insert hook from front to back to front around post of st indicated, draw up loop, (YO, draw through 2 loops on hook) twice. Skip stitch behind Fpdc on working row.
BPDC - Back Post Double Crochet - Bpdc:
YO, insert hook from back to front to back around post of st indicated, draw up loop, (YO, draw through 2 loops on hook) twice. Skip stitch behind Bpdc on working row.

SH ST - Shell Stitch
Work (two hdc, ch 1, two hdc) all in same space.

DEC SH ST - Decrease Shell Stitch
Work hdc in space, then (yo, insert hook into same space & draw yarn through, yo, insert hook into ch 1 space of the next shell stitch, yo, & draw through all loops on hook, ch 1, work 2 hdc in ch 1 space

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