Gull Wing Lace Socks Materials: All of the socks are made with 4 ply sock yarn. Specific yarn requirements will be listed with each pattern Needles: All of the patterns use a set of four 2.75mm (US 2) double point needles Tension: 30 sts = 4" on 2.75mm (US 2) needles worked over stocking stitch. Some of the pattern stitches used will yield a different tension, so be sure you check your tension over stocking stitch. Basic Pattern Instructions: You can use these instructions to make a pair of basic socks in any 4ply yarn. The pattern for the lace socks shown, will follow. Cast On: Cast on 64 sts and divide onto 3 needles as follows: 16 sts on the 1st needle, 32 sts on the 2nd needle, and 16 sts on the 3rd needle. Heel Turning: All of the patterns have the same heel instructions. Shape your heel as follows: Work across the sts on the 1st needle. Now you will only be working back and forth on the 32 sts of the 2nd needle for the heel. Row 1: *Slip 1, K1* Repeat to the end. Row 2: Slip 1, Purl the remaining 31 sts. Repeat these two rows, 16 times. 32 rows. Next row: K18, K2tog, turn to the wrong side. Slip the 1st st on the left needle, P4, P2tog, turn to the right side. Slip the 1st st on the left needle, K5, K2tog, turn to the wrong side. Slip the 1st st on the left needle, P6, P2tog, turn to the right side. Continue turning back and forth in this manner, working one more st per side until all of the sts on the needle have been worked, ending on a wrong side row. 18 sts remain. Divide these 18 sts in half onto two needles and slip the sts from the other two needles onto one. With the right side facing, knit across the 9 sts of the next needle. This will bring you to the new starting point for the rounds of the foot section. Knit across the 9 sts of the following needle then pick up and K 16 sts along the left edge of heel onto this needle. Work across the 32 instep sts of the next needle in pattern stitch. Pick up and K 16 along the right edge of the heel and knit the remaininng 9 sts onto this needle. This will now bring you to the beginning of all following rounds with the needles and sts set up as follows: 1st needle, 25 sts, stocking stitch. 2nd needle, 32 sts, pattern stitch. 3rd needle, 25 sts, stocking stitch. Work the next two rounds as follows, 9 times: Rnd 1: Knit to last 2 sts of the 1st needle, K2tog. Work 32 sts of 2nd needle in pattern st. SSK first 2 sts of the 3rd needle then knit to end. Rnd 2: Work all sts as established without decreasing. When there are 16 sts on the 1st and 3rd needle, continue as established without further decreasing until the foot is the desired length, less 1 ½ inch. Toe Shaping: Work all sts in stocking stitch. Rnd 1: K to last 3 sts of the 1st needle, K2 tog, K1. K1. SSK then K to the last 3 sts of the 2nd needle, K2tog, K1. K1, SSK, K to the end of the 3rd needle. Rnd 2: Knit. Repeat these 2 rnds 5 more times. 40 sts remain. Repeat Rnd 1 only, 5 times. 20 sts remain. Slip the sts of the first and third needles onto one. Graft the sts together. Grafting Instructions: Hold the two needles with the sts to be grafted together. The one closest to you will be referred to as the front needle and the one furthest from you will be referred to as the back needle. With the right side of the knitting facing you, break the tail end at least three times the width of the sts to be grafted. Thread the tail end through a blunt yarn darner and position the yarn so that the tail end is on the right. Sew into the first st of the front needle as if to purl, pull yarn through while leaving the st on the needle. Sew into the first st of the back needle as if to knit, pull yarn through while leaving the st on the needle. *Sew into the first st on the front needle as if to knit, letting it slip from the needle, then sew into the next st on the front needle as if to purl, letting it remain on the needle. Pull yarn through Sew into the first st on the back needle as if to purl, letting it slip from the needle, then sew into the next st of the back needle as if to knit, letting it remain on the needle. Pull yarn through*.. Repeat from * to * to last st remains on each needle. Insert the darner into the st on the front needle as if to purl. Draw yarn through. Insert the darner into the st on the back needle as if to knit. Draw yarn through. Let both sts slip. Please read through the basic pattern at the beginning of the leaflet for directions for cast on, needle set up, heel turning and toe shaping. Cast on according to basic pattern and work cuff as follows: Cable Twist Cuff Rnd 1: Work in K2, P2 rib Rnd 2: *K2, P2, Right Twist as follows: K2tog while leaving both sts on the left needle, K into the 1st st again before transferring to the right needle, P2*. Repeat to end of rnd. Rnd 3 : Work in K2, P2 rib Rnd 4: *Right Twist, P2, K2, P2* Repeat to end of rnd Repeat these 4 rnds 3 more times, then repeat the first 2 rnds once more. Note: The next round will adjust the number of sts for the patterned part of the sock. This is to compensate for the looser tension of lace knitting. Next rnd: *K2tog, K6*. Repeat to end of rnd, 14 sts on 1st needle, 28 sts on 2nd needle, 14 sts on 3rd needle for a total of 56 sts. Continue Leg section in Lace Pattern: Rnd 1: *K1, K2tog, yo, K1, yo, SSK, K1* Repeat to end of rnd Rnd 2: Knit Rnd 3: *K2tog, yo, K3, yo, SSK* Repeat to end of rnd Rnd 4: Knit Repeat these 4 rnds until leg measures 8 to 9 inches from the cast on edge. Next rnd: Adjust the stitch count as follows: Work 14 sts of 1st needle in lace pattern. *Increase in next st, K6* across 28 sts of the 2nd needle. 32 sts on the 2nd needle. Turn heel as given in the Basic Pattern, but count the last row worked as if it were the first row of heel turning instructions. This sock will only have 28 instep sts that are worked in pattern for the remainder of the foot. When the foot section is 1 ½ inch less than the desired length, work next rnd as follows: Knit 16 sts of the 1st needle. *Increase in next st, K6* across 28 sts of the 2nd needle. Knit 16 sts of the 3rd needle. This readjusts the stitch count back to 64 sts. Shape Toe as given in the Basic Pattern Insstructions, grafting the last 20 sts together.