I'm knitting my first pair of socks and I have gotten to the part where I start to make the heel. Here is my pattern for this part:
3.Working on the inside of the sock, slip the first stitch of the next round and purl across a total of 40 (42) stitches, working all onto one needle. The heel flap is worked back and forth on just these stitches.
4.On the next row, *slip 1, knit 1. Repeat from * across.
5.Repeat these rows for a total of 39 (43) rows, ending on the knit side.
6.Begin to turn the heel. Slip 1, purl 20 (22), purl 2 together, purl 1. Turn the work.
7.Slip 1, knit 3, slip, slip, knit, knit 1, turn.
8.Slip 1, purl 4, purl 2 together, purl 1, turn.
9.Slip 1, knit 5, slip, slip, knit, knit 1, turn.
10.Continue in this manner, working one more stitch each row, until all stitches have been worked and 22 (24) stitches remain.
Now, my questions:
1. for step 3, does "working on the inside of sock" mean I have to do anything different?
2. I purled 42 stitches and now I just work with this one needle for the next little while?
3. for step 5, do I really do 43 rows of slip 1, knit 1? This seems like it would make a giant sock!
4. And to make these 43 rows, does it look like I kept turning the needle back and forth?
Maybe I'm making this harder than it is, it's just that it's my first time.
Thanks for your help!!