Alternate Heel Option for Octopus' Garden

Standard heel for Octopus’ Garden:

The heel is worked back and forth along the next 27 [31, 36, 38] stitches and using a new needle.  The remaining stitches will be held while you work the heel. (Slip the extra 2 [0, 2, 0] sole stitches onto instep needle.  This will balance the pattern on the instep.)

Flap:

Row 1 (right side): slip 1 stitch, knit to end.
Row 2: slip 1 stitch, purl to end.
Repeat rows 1 and 2.

Repeat these 2 rows 16, [16, 17, 17] more times.

27 [31, 36, 38] stitches

Turn Heel:

Row 1 [RS]: K15, [17, 19, 21] ssk, k1, turn work.                                                                                                 Row 2 [WS]: Sl1, p3, [5, 7, 8] p2tog, p1, turn work.

Repeat these two rows until all stitches have been worked.

Gusset:

16, [18, 20, 22] stitches remain.

You are now ready to pick up stitches to form the gusset.   Pick up and knit 16, [17, 18, 19] stitches.

Resume chart pattern where you left off over instep needle(s).

Using a new needle, pick up and knit 16, [17, 18, 19] stitches, then divide heel stitches so you have an equal number on each of the needles with gusset stitches.

Rnd 1: K to last 3 stitches of needle, k2tog, k1; work next round of chart pattern instep, k1, ssk, K to end of needle.

Rnd 2: K to end of needle, work next round of chart pattern over instep, K to end of needle.

Repeat Rounds 3 and 4 until you have decreased down to the original cast on number.

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