Whale Done Socks KAL: The Leg

This lesson is the sixth in the Whale Done Socks skill building KAL and we are working on the leg.

If you need to review any lessons, links are available in the KAL Introduction. If you would like a printable copy of the entire pattern, the Whale Done Socks Pattern is available in my shop.

Lesson 6: The Leg

In my opinion, the biggest advantage of knitting socks from the toe up is that you can adjust the length of your sock leg based on the amount of yarn you have available.

As you can see in the picture above, I worked one of my socks from the outside of my skein and one from the center. As I approach the end of my yarn, I could knit one row at a time on each sock leg to use every last inch of my yarn. However, since I have already made this pattern a few times, and I like ankle socks, I'm just going to make the ribbed cuff one inch long.

Before you start the leg, you may recall that after working the heel of our sock, one triplet stitch remained at each side of the heel. As you work the rest of the sock (in rounds now, not rows), simply knit all three strands of the triplets together as a single stitch.

Leg Pattern

The first 8 rnds of the leg are worked almost identically to the foot in stockinette stitch (all knit) on the back of the leg and two repeats of the Whale Tails pattern across the top of the foot.

Ribbing begins on Rnd 9.

Rnd 1: One tr st should be on the right needle at the beginning of this rnd, k30, k all strands of the next tr st together, [p1, k3, k2tog, k1, yo, p2, yo, k1, skpo, k3, p1] twice.
Rnd 2: K all strands of the next tr st together, k31, [p1, k6, p2, k6, p1] twice.
Rnd 3: K32, [p1, k2, k2tog, k1, yo, k1, p2, k1, yo, k1, skpo, k2, p1] twice.
Rnd 4: K32, [p1, k6, p2, k6, p1] twice.
Rnd 5: K32, [p1, k1, k2tog, k1, yo, k2, p2, k2, yo, k1, skpo, k1, p1] twice.
Rnd 6: K32, [p1, k6, p2, k6, p1] twice.
Rnd 7: K32, [p1, k2tog, k1, yo, k3, p2, k3, yo, k1, skpo, p1] twice.
Rnd 8: K32, [p1, k6, p2, k6, p1] twice.
Rnd 9: P1, [k2, p2] to last 3 sts of the round, k2, p1.

Repeat Rnd 9 until ribbing measures one inch or your desired length.

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Here are my socks so far. Post a picture of your sock(s) on Facebook and/or Instagram with #thechillydog and tag me @thechillydog. Then share a link to your post on the KAL Giveaway page to earn entries for a chance to win a knitty treat.

In the final lesson of our KAL I'll teach you the Suspended Bind Off.
Whale Done Socks KAL Tutorial: Knitting the perfect cuff for toe up socks

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