These socks were inspired by the February Socktopia theme Forever in my Heart, and a red and magenta Cherry Tree Hill Supersock mill end. This pattern is written for two circulars/magic loop. I will say 1st circ and 2nd circ for the sake of clarity. If you are using magic loop, I mean front half of the loop and back half of the loop.
1 skein Cherry Tree Hill Supersock (shown in red and magenta mill end)
One 40″ size 0 circular or two 24″ size 0 circulars
38 sts/59 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch
Cast on 78 stitches, and divide evenly between the two needles.
Work in K1, P1 rib for 1.5 inches.
Use stitch markers to divide the stitches into 13-stitch sections. You will have six sections.
Over the next 16 rounds, work the heart lace panel in the 2nd, 4th, and 6th sections. Work even in the 1st, 3rd, and 5th sections.
Over the next 16 rounds, work the heart lace panel in the 1st, 3rd, and 5th sections. Work even in the 2nd, 4th, and 6th sections.
Repeat these 32 rounds once more, hearts will be staggered around the leg portion of the sock.
Work heel flap across the 39 stitches on the first needle.
Row 1: *Sl1, K1* to last stitch, K1
Row 2: Sl1, Purl to end
Row 3: Sl1, *Sl1, K1* to end
Row 4: Sl1, Purl to end
This is called an “eye of partridge” heel flap.
Work these four rows 9 times (36 rows) or until heel flap is desired length.
Row 1 [RS]: K21, SSK, K1, turn work
Row 2 [WS]: Sl1, P4, P2tog, P1, turn work
Row 3 [RS]: Sl1, K5, SSK, K1, turn work
Row 4 [WS]: Sl1, P6, P2tog, P1, turn work
Row 5 [RS]: Sl1, K7, SSK, K1, turn work
Row 6 [WS]: Sl1, P8, P2tog, P1, turn work
Row 7 [RS]: Sl1, K9, SSK, K1, turn work
Row 8 [WS]: Sl1, P10, P2tog, P1, turn work
Row 9 [RS]: Sl1, K11, SSK, K1, turn work
Row 10 [WS]: Sl1, P12, P2tog, P1, turn work
Row 11 [RS]: Sl1, K13, SSK, K1, turn work
Row 12 [WS]: Sl1, P14, P2tog, P1, turn work
Row 13 [RS]: Sl1, K15, SSK, K1, turn work
Row 14 [WS]: Sl1, P16, P2tog, P1, turn work
Row 15 [RS]: Sl1, K17, SSK, K1, turn work
Row 16 [WS]: Sl1, P18, P2tog, P1, turn work
Row 17 [RS]: Sl1, K19, SSK, turn work
Row 18 [WS]: Sl1, P20, P2tog, turn work
Row 19 [RS]: K 21 Sts
Pick up 18 stitches along first edge of heel flap.
Switch to the 2nd circ where the instep stitches had been on hold. Continue working the heart lace panel, beginning again on row 1 in the 1st and 3rd sections that remain. This should maintain the staggered heart pattern.
Switch back to the 1st circ and pick up 18 Sts along other edge of heel flap.
Work in the round, maintaining heart lace pattern over instep stitches. On every other round, decrease for gusset on the 1st circ as follows: K1, SSK, K to 3 Sts before end of needle, K2tog, K1. Work gusset decreases until 39 Sts remain on 1st circ.
Work even on bottom of foot, and maintain heart lace pattern on top of foot. Work in this manner until sock comes up to the tip of your smallest toe.
Round 1: On each needle, K1, SSK, work to 3 Sts before end, K2tog, K1.
Round 2: Work even.
Note: You may finish any heart panels in progress once you begin the toe increase section, but do not start any new heart panels. The socks as shown have 6 tiers of hearts on the foot portion (and 4 on the leg) but I have large feet and most people will probably only have room for 5 tiers.
Continue toe decreases until 18 Sts remain. Finish by grafting the 9 Sts on the first needle to the 9 Sts on the second needle.
Enjoy! If you ever end up making these, please let me know!