Mitered Triangles — Back Leg Panels

I’m excited to say that my version of Kathryn Alexander’s Mitered Triangles socks from New Directions in Sock Knitting is coming along nicely. To be sure, the heel is the most complicated part. I think it’s going to be smooth sailing from here on out.

To begin, the heel pyramid is joined to the held Sole Panel stitches with a three-needle bind-off.

Because there are 4 more stitches on the heel needle than the sole needle, 1 stitch at each end of the heel needle is placed on a marker (below left). To account for the other 2 extra heel stitches, 2 stitches are picked up in the garter ridges along the sole panel as the heel and sole are joined in the bind-off.  The completed bind-off is shown below right.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next step is to create the Back Leg Panels.

The first panel is worked off the Third Heel Triangle. In the image at left, the Third Heel Triangle stitches are on my needle, minus the two stitches that are placed on holders.

To begin, I used the same pink yarn to work a Left-Leaning Triangle; then I used dark navy for a Right-Leaning Triangle and a Left-Leaning Triangle; then I used dark purple for a Right-Leaning Triangle and a Left-Leaning Triangle; and I finished with turquoise for a last Right-Leaning Triangle and a last Left-Leaning Triangle, as shown below.

Next, I picked up stitches along the inside edge of this panel and knitted a garter ridge in preparation for joining it together with the Second Back Leg Panel.

I then worked the Second Back Leg Panel off the held stitches of the Fourth Heel Triangle, beginning with a Right-Leaning Triangle, and then repeating Left- and Right-Leaning Triangles with each of three colors (red, dark turquoise, pink). I’m sorry to mention that there’s an error in the Pick-up row of the Second Back Leg Panel. At the end of the pick-up row, you should purl 1 Rusty Rose heel st from holder (the wrong side is facing at this point so you don’t want to knit this stitch). The two Back Leg Panels are joined with a  three-needle bind-off.

And now, the completed back half of the sock with stitches picked up along the left edge in preparation to join with the front leg panel. Woot!