Toe Warmers - Footlets
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Attached is a pattern for footlets which I have used inside my winter boots for years. These are made of fine yarn and can even be worn inside shoes during Fall and Spring seasons for extra warmth.
Note the needle size is U.K. The U.S. equivalent is size 1 (one)
MATERIALS: (1 oz) ball of Patons Canadian Fingering 3 ply or Patons Nylox 3ply. ( U.S. fingering weight).
2 no. 13 Milward knitting needles or whichever needles you require to produce the tension given below. Note the needle size is U.K. The U.S. equivalent is size 1.
TENSION; 9½ sts and 13 rows = 1 inch (2.5 cm) in stockinette st.
SIZES: stockinette size 8 to 10.
Cast on 27 sts,
Work 3 rows garter st. (plain knitting every Row)
4th Row: K 3, * Inc 1 st in next st., K 3, Repeat from * to end of Row. (33 sts on needle).
K 1 Row.
These 5 rows complete border for top of heel.
TO make heel:,
1st Row: *K 1. SI 1, being careful not to tighten yarn behind the slipped st. This prevents a ridge. Repeat from * to last st. K 1.
2nd Row: K 1, Purl to last st, K 1.
Repeat these 2 rows 16 times (L-18 times) then 1st Row once.
To shape heel:
1st Row- P 17 (L- P 18), P 2 tog. P 1. Turn.
2nd Row: K 3, Sl 1, K 1, Psso, K 1. Turn.
3rd Row: P 4, P 2 tog, P 1. Turn.
4th Row: K 5, SI 1, K 1, psso, K 1. Turn
5th ,Row: P 6, P 2 tog, P 1. Turn.
6th Row: K 7, S1 1, K 1, psso, K 1. Turn.
7th Row: P 8, P 2 tog, P 1. Turn.
8th K9, Sl 1, K 1, psso, K 1. Turn.
9th Row: P 10, P 2 tog, P 1. Turn.
10th Row: K 1, SI 1, K 1, psso. K 1. Turn.
11th Row: P 1 2, P 2 tog, P 1. Turn.
12th Row: K 13, SI 1, K 1, psso, K 1. Turn.
13th Row: P 14, P 2 tog, P 1. Turn.
14th Row: K 15, SI 1, K 1, psso, K 1. Turn
15th Row: P 16, P 2 tog, P 0 (L-P 1). Turn.
16th Row: K 16 (L-K 17), SI 1, K 1, psso, K0 (L-K 1), 17 sts on needle (L-19 sts).
With right side of work t facing and using a spare needle with points at both ends, Pick up front of each of the 18 sl sts along right side of heel. With right side of work facing, join yarn and knit these loops.
Knit the 17 heel sts.
With spare needle, Pick up loops along left edge of heel and knit. (53 sts. on needle).
Next Row; K 3, purl to last 3 sts, k 3.
Next Row; k 3, k 2 tog, Knit to last 5 sts, sl 1, k 1, passo, k 3.
Repeat these 2 rows until you have 41 sts on needle.
Keeping border of 3 sts in garter st each end of needle, continue even in stockinette st for 5 rows for size 8, 9 rows for size 9 or 13 rows for size 10, ending with purl Row.
Next Row: K 2, Inc 1 st in next st, Knit to last 4 sts, Inc 1 st in next st, K 3.
Continue increasing 1 st inside border every alternate Row to 65 sts on needle, ending with knit Row.
Next Row: P 31, p 2 tog, p 32.
Purling all sts on purl rows, continue even in stockinette st until work, from where sts were picked up for instep measures; 4 ins (10 cm) for size 8, 5 ins (13 cm) for size 9, 6 ins (15 cm) for size 10.
Note: These measurements make footlets approx. ½ inch (1 cm) shorter than stockinette length, to allow for stretch and give a firm fit, Length may be adjusted at this point.
To shape toe:
1st Row: K 13, sl 1, K 1, psso, K 2, K 2 tog, K 26, sl 1, K 1, psso, K 2, K 2 tog, K 13.
Purl 1 Row.
3rd Row: K 12, sl 1, K 1, psso, K2, K 2 tog, K 24, sl 1, K 1, psso, K 2, K 2 tog, K 12.
Purl 1 Row.
5th Row: K 11, sl 1, K 1, psso, K 2, K 2 tog, K 22, sl 1, K 1, psso, K 2, K 2 tog, K 11.
Continue decreasing 4 sts across Row in this manner every alternate Row to 24 sts n needle, ending with knit Row. Cast off purl wise loosely.
To make up; Sew sides of work together from end of garter st border to toe.
Placing this seam at center of cast off sts, sew cast- off sts of toe together. If desired 2 or 3 rows of shirring elastic may be sewn through garter st border.
When you have to join a new ball of yarn or when replacing a knot, the simplest way is to join at the beginning of a new Row, even if you have tp pull back a partly knitted Row. It is preferable, if possible to join at a sea edge.