Slip stitch heel gusset

I’m starting to knit a Christmas stocking, flat on 2 needles in Stockinette. As I reviewed the pattern, I’m not sure if I’m to slip the stitches purlwise or knitwise when knitting the heel gusset. Thank you in advance, any help will be greatly appreciated. Here are the directions:

Heel
Row 45 In white K13, change to red K25, yf, sl1, yb, turn
Row 46 sl1, P24, yb, sl1, yf, turn
Row 47 sl1, K23, yf, sl1, yb, turn
Row 48 sl1, P22, yb, sl1, yf, turn
Row 49 sl1, K21, yf, sl1, yb, turn
Row 50 sl1, P20, yb, sl1, yf, turn
Row 51 sl1, K19, yf, sl1, yb, turn
Row 52 sl1, P18, yb, sl1, yf, turn
Row 53 sl1, K17, yf, sl1, yb, turn
Row 54 sl1, P16, yb, sl1, yf, turn
Row 55 sl1, K15, yf, sl1, yb, turn
Row 56 sl1, P14, yb, sl1, yf, turn
Row 57 sl1, K13, yf, sl1, yb, turn
Row 58 sl1, P12, yb, sl1, yf, turn
Row 59 sl1, K11, yf, sl1, yb, turn
Row 60 sl1, P10, yb, sl1, yf, turn
Row 61 sl1, K10, yf, sl1, yb, turn
Row 62 sl1, P11, yb, sl1, yf, turn
Row 63 sl1, K12, yf, sl1, yb, turn
Row 64 sl1, P13, yb, sl1, yf, turn
Row 65 sl1, K14, yf, sl1, yb, turn
Row 66 sl1, P15, yb, sl1, yf, turn
Row 67 sl1, K16, yf, sl1, yb, turn
Row 68 sl1, P17, yb, sl1, yf, turn
Row 69 sl1, K18, yf, sl1, yb, turn
Row 70 sl1, P19, yb, sl1, yf, turn
Row 71 sl1, K20, yf, sl1, yb, turn
Row 72 sl1, P21, yb, sl1, yf, turn
Row 73 sl1, K22, yf, sl1, yb, turn
Row 74 sl1, P23, yb, sl1, yf, turn
Row 75 sl1, K24, yf, sl1, yb, turn
Row 76 sl1, P24, yb, sl1, yf, turn
Row 77 Change to white K39

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The informal rule is to slip purlwise unless it’s a decrease. When knitting a decrease, slip knitwise. That’s of course, unless your pattern directs otherwise.

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Thank you kindly, for the warm welcome. I can’t express how thankful I am for the information, salmonmac, you’re an angel. This is my first attempt at knitting anything resembling a stocking (sock) and I’ve frogged that darned heel twice but couldn’t get it to look right. Thank you again, sooo very much.

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