I’ll bet you were all just waiting with baited breath for the second part of this pattern so you could knit your very own pair of Steeler Socks (or not.)
Well if not, DEAL. You are getting more pattern.
Once the sock reaches the point where your leg meets the top of your foot, you can begin to turn the heel.
Then place 27 heel stitches on one needle and 27 instep stitches on another. Pick the yarn that you wish to use for your heel. I went with the gold color.
Begin Short Row Heel Part I (working only the heel stitches):
Row 1: K26, move yarn forward as if to purl, slip the last stitch. Then turn your work.
Row 2: slip the first stitch, thus wrapping the first unworked stitch and purl across to last stitch, move the yarn back as if to knit and slip the last stitch.
Row 3: Slip the first stitch and knit across to the last stitch before the last wrapped stitch, bring yarn forward, slip one and turn.
Row 4: Slip the first stitch and purl across to the stitch before the last wrapped stitch, bring yarn back, slip one and turn.
Repeat these last two rows until only 11 stitches remain in the middle. At this point, it should look like the photo.
Heel part II
(working back and forth on heel stitches only)
Row 1: Knit across the 11 stitches in the middle, knit the first wrapped stitch by picking up the wrap and knitting both the wrap and the stitch together. Move yarn forward as if to purl and slip the next stitch (you have just wrapped that stitch a second time).
Row 2: Slip the first double wrapped stitch and purl across the middle stitches to the first wrapped stitch. Purl that stitch by picking up the wrap and purling it with the stitch. Move yarn back and slip the next stitch.
Continue last two rows, working the double wrapped stitches on the ends by picking up both wraps and working the together with the stitch. Continue until you have all 27 stitches, unwrapped, back on the needle.
And more to come after the next Steeler game!