I am working on an old Christmas stocking pattern created in 1948 by Grace Ennis. It is not the easiest pattern to read for someone new to socks and intarsia and carrying floats. The pattern is knitted flat until it gets to the heel and then it goes to the round. I’ve never knitted a sock before so I’ve learned quite a few new things. Thank goodness for Youtube and KnittingHelp! But I’m not sure about the gusset.
According to the directions, "Now use a 4th working needle and knit the foot round and round as with a plain sock, and at the same time form the triangular gusset which widens the ankle, by decreasing 1 stitch at the forward point of each underfoot needle ON EVERY ROW, until only 18 stitches remain on each underfoot needle. You will probably decrease 20 or 22 times depending on whether 28 or 30 stitches were picked up along the heel edge.
The pattern did not call for a slip stitch on the heel so there are probably more decreases in the original pattern than in my version. (I slip stitched on the first stitch of the heel). I have decreased about 12 stitches and am back to the original number of stitches. My question - after a decrease row in the gusset, am I suppose to knit one row round and then alternate with a decrease row? If I am reading the directions correctly, there is a decrease on every row (K2 and a SSK).
Am I suppose to alternate a knit row with a decrease row? Does knitting a row every other round make a difference? I would appreciate help/advice.