Between the bitterly cold temperatures, thawing frozen water pipes, a trip to the emergency room*, and shoveling eight inches of snow, I’ve got one Bloomin’ sock done, one Bloomin’ sock to go.
Usually, the gusset is on the side of the heel flap as shown here. You can see where I picked up the stitches from the heel flap to continue with the foot. It makes a triangle on the side. The gusset on these Bloomin’ socks is on the bottom so the pattern flows all around.
I knit six rounds of the stripe before beginning the decreases so I could end the sock sooner and still have enough room for my toes to wiggle. I finished with the Kitchener stitch. It looks loose and mangled in the photos. I wanted to see how I liked the sock before I tightened up everything and made a neatly finished toe.
*Mr. Aitch, not me. I finally convinced him after a week of discomfort to get the pain in his side and back checked out. He’s dealing with a kidney stone. Though not stone free yet, he is feeling somewhat better.