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If my total sock number is 60 and my heel is 30 how many do I decrease? Also can someone help me figure out the written (step by step) instructions for doing it in k2p2 ribbing? The entire bottom of the foot (including the heel) is done in that. I tried doing it once and had to restart. I think I managed to find all my stitches and picked them up and now just to figure those two parts out. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Anyone? I really want to finish this sock up tonight! This is the very last thing on it...I'm so close!
 

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Do the decreases to the same number you used to start the toe or the number given in the pattern for unwrapped stitches - at a guess I would say do the decreases until you have 24 sts left (12 on each side of the heel).<br><br>
Doing ribbing on an afterthought heel is going to be very tricky. Continuing the rib pattern working from the sole of the sock side is easy, but the side worked from the cuff end is going to look messy no matter what you do because of the way the stitches are picked up. As I see it you have four options:<br><br>
You can work a few rounds in plain stockinette and then start the ribbing pattern again. This works to your advantage since you need to pick up a few stitches on either side of the heel to close up the holes.<br><br>
You can work the whole heel in stockinette - by far the easiest<br><br>
You can work the whole heel in reverse stockinette - may be a nice design feature and the heel is going to be super soft on the inside because of this<br><br>
You can say the heck with it and deal with that messy line on the cuff side of the heel<br><br>
No matter what you decide to try out - put in a life line, it will make life so much easier. In future if you do a sock with a ribbed sole and you want the ribbing to continue over the heel you really have to do a short-row heel (sorry if I'm rubbing salt in).<br><br>
Working the decreases in the ribbing pattern - divide the sts over 4 dpns. Needle 1 starts the round on one side of the heel or the other. Needle 1 and 3, always k1, ssk then follow the ribbing pattern. Needles 2 and 4, work in pattern until 3 sts rem, the k2tog, k1. I am assuming that you will be picking up sts on both sides of the heel and then working straight for a few rounds before starting the decreases, don't worry about working these sts into the ribbing pattern, just knit them and use them as the starting points for the decreases.<br><br>
Hope this helps a bit and makes sense.
 

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Ahhh thank you! That was very helpful! I figured once I decided to the afterthought heel that following the pattern was going to tough through there. If the pattern is designed to have ribbing for a more custom fit (the pattern is <a href="http://marniemaclean.com/patterns/Wyvern/" target="_blank">right here)</a> will changing the heel to plain stockinette alter the fit very much. I'm worried it will do that and not be large enough for the intended since the pattern is designed to use the ribbing.
 

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I don't think so, but you may want to go a little bit smaller on the decreases (less than 24) or add 3-4 rounds straight before starting the decreases to compensate.
 
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