Cast on and complete ribbing for cuff as directed in the pattern.
You want the heart motif running down the right side of the sock.
All sizes are worked the same.
For both magic loop and double-pointed needles:
Designate half of the stitches for the back of the sock and the other half for the front of the sock.
On the front stitches on the first round after the rib begin the motif as follows:
K2, place a stitch marker, work the heart motif Row 1, place a stitch marker, knit to the end of the round.
Continue working the motif pattern in between the stitch markers. Repeat the heart motif as many times as needed to get the desired length for the leg. The sample has 3 full repeats on the leg and then the heel waste yarn was added.
Place the waste yarn or mark where you’d like the heel to be as directed in the pattern. Continue to work on the foot of the sock and including the heart motif chart in between the stitch markers.
Stop including the heart motif after a Row 16 of the chart before you start the toe decreases. You may have to stop the heart motif short of the desired length of the foot. You don’t want to stop mid-chart so be sure to complete the chart and ending closest to your desired foot length before starting the toe decreases.
After you stop the including the chart, continue to knit until you reach the desired foot length before starting the toe decreases. If you are already at your desired foot length begin the toe decreases.
Note: The sample sock has seven total chart repeats. Three heart motif repeats for the leg and 4 more repeats for the foot. The sock is the medium-size in the pattern and the length is to fit a US women’s shoe size 7.5-8.
Work the toe as usual after reaching the desired length as directed in the pattern.
Adding in the Heart Motif on the afterthought heel (same for the Right and Left sock):
Pick up the stitches as usual for the heel.
Begin the chart on the first round of the heel, making sure to place it on the back of the heel stitches and not the bottom of the foot heel stitches.
Try to center the chart in the heel stitches, it may not center perfectly.
For the sample in the photo I inserted the chart as follows for a 32-stitch heel:
k7, place a stitch marker, work the heart motif chart, place a stitch marker, k6.
Continue to work the Smooth Operator Heel pattern as usual including the 16 rows of the chart.
The left sock is worked exactly the same only on the front needle place the heart motif as follows:
Knit to the last 15 stitches on the front stitches or needle, place a stitch marker, work the heart motif chart, place a stitch marker, knit to the end of the round.
And there you have it, Smooth Operator Socks with hearts! Thank you for the support of this fun sock pattern.