This pattern comes from LUX Knitting Book (page 23), published by Lever Brothers Limited, Toronto, in 1938. Instructions are reproduced below exactly as they appear in the book. Enjoy!
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These practical sockees are just the thing for tennis, golf or badminton. They make your feet so comfortable in your sport shoes.
Materials: 2 ozs. 4-ply fingering wool; 1 set of 4 No. 13 needles
Size: May be made 9, 9½ or 10.
Tension: 9 sts., 13 rows = 1 inch.
Cast on loosely 56 sts. (20 - 20 - 16) on 3 needles. Join, taking care stitches are not twisted on needles.
1st round-- * K. 6, P. 2. Repeat from * to end of round.
2nd round-- Knit.
Repeat above 2 rounds until cuff measures 2½ inches.
To Make Heel
1st row-- K. 6, p. 2, K. 5. Slip last 15 sts. of previous round on to other end of this needle for heel (28 sts.). Divide remaining stitches on 2 needles and leave for instep. Work backwards and forwards on heel needle with the 28 sts. on it, as follows:
2nd row-- P. 13, P. 2 tog., P. 13.
3rd row-- K. 1, * S. 1, K. 1. Repeat from * to end of row.
4th row-- Purl.
Repeat 3rd and 4th rows 15 times.
Repeat 3rd row once.
To Turn Heel
1st row-- P. 14, P. 2 tog., P. 1. Turn.
2nd row-- K. 4, S. 1, K. 1, P.S.S.O., K. 1. Turn.
3rd row-- P. 5, P. 2 tog., P. 1. Turn.
4th row-- K. 6, S. 1, K. 1, P.S.S.O., K. 1. Turn.
5th row-- P. 7, P. 2 tog., P. 1. Turn.
Continue decreasing in this manner, until 16 sts. remain. Knit 8 sts.
Slip instep stitches on to one needle. Knit last 8 sts. of heel, and pick up and knit 17 sts. on side of heel with one needle. With another needle, work instep stitches in following manner: K. 1, P. 2, * K. 6, P. 2. Repeat from * until 1 st. remains. K. 1. With another needle, pick up and knit 17 sts. on other side of heel and knit remaining 8 sts.
To Shape Instep
1st round-- Knit.
2nd round-- First needle: knit until 3 sts. remain, K. 2 tog., K. 1. 2nd needle: K. 1, P. 2, * K. 6, P. 2. Repeat from * until 1 st. remains on needle, K. 1. 3rd needle: K. 1, S. 1, K. 1, P.S.S.O. Knit to end of needle.
Repeat last 2 rounds until 14 sts. remain on each of the first and 3rd needles.
1st round-- Knit.
2nd round-- First needle: knit. 2nd needle: K. 1, P. 2, * K. 6, P. 2. Repeat from * until 1 st. remains, K. 1. 3rd needle: knit.
Repeat last 2 rounds until foot measures 6½ inches from where stitches were picked up at heel for size 9 (7 inches for size 9½ and 7½ inches for size 10).
To Shape Toe
1st round-- * K. 6, K. 2 tog. Repeat from * to end of round. Knit 2 rounds even.
4th round-- * K. 5, K. 2 tog. Repeat from * to end of round. Knit 2 rounds even.
7th round-- * K. 4, K. 2 tog. Repeat from * to end of round. Knit 2 rounds even.
Continue to decrease in this manner until 7 sts. remain. Break wool and run it through remaining stitches. Draw close and fasten securely on wrong side.
Work a second sock in same manner.
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