Knitting with the Monsters...

My life with two toddlers and two cats, all of whom are out to drive me nuts and destroy my knitting!

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Socks, socks, socks

So, in the interest of helping out anyone else who a) would like to try socks also, b) has a toddler somewhere to knit for and c) is a little frightened by sheer number of patterns, let alone 'turning a heel'...

Here's the pattern my friend Ling sent me, slightly modified for my own yarn and monster foot Maddie...

My socks were made with Lornas Laces in Desert Flower - one skein this far has gotten me two socks and hopefully the third since my first original didn't quite work out... Socks were knit on 2 addi turbo 2.5cm x 40cm circulars, this pattern is for dpns or 2 circulars, knit from top down to toes.

1.Cast on 50 stitches in picot cast on:
Using Knitted Cast-on, *CO 5 sts, BO 2 sts, slip st rem on right needle back to left needle, repeat from *

2. Work 2x2 ribbing for 10 rows.

3. Switching to stockinette, knit 30 rows for the leg (or until it seems long enough)

4. Heel Flap:

Knit 13 sts, turn
Row 1: sl first st, p24 turn (move the rest of st to spare needles)
Row 2: sl first st, knit 24, turn

Work row 1& 2 for 12 rows

5. Shape heel

Row 1: sl first st, p13 st, p2 tog, p1 turn

Row 2: sl first st, knit 5, ssk, k1 turn

Row 3: sl first st, p6 p2tog p1 turn

Row 4 sl first st k7 ss2 k1 turn

Continue until all the st in the heel flap are included (14 st on the needle)


-pick up 7 st knitwise down side of heel flap, place marker.

-Knit 24 st from cuff, place marker, pick up 7 st from other side of heel flap.

7.Gusset shaping

Row 1: k to within 3 st of marker, k2tog, k1 and knit to next marker, k1 ssk, k to end of round

Row 2: knit row

Repeat until 50 st remai

8. Foot

Knit 30 rows

**or to the measurement of the foot before the toes (so basically from just after the heel to just before the toes.

9. Toe shaping

Row 1: k to 3 st before first marker, k2tog k1, k1 ssk, knit to 3 st before next marker k2tog, k1, k1 ssk knit to end

Row 2: knit

Repeat until 18 st remain.

10. Graft toes using kitchener st. Then you are done!!!

*** I should say here I still haven't quite got the kitchener stitch down pat. I do some other version of it, so if you don't know what kitchener stitch is then I can't help you. Sorry...

I hope Ling doesn't mind that I've put her pattern up. It's really a very basic sock but if you're anything like me then you might NEED basic. Ling said she frogged her first attempt about 7 times before finishing it but I'm way too lazy for that. Hence the ill fitting first sock. hmm. I should have tried it on Maddie when she was awake - using two circs allows for that but again, I was too lazy. Story of my life I'm afraid...


At 10:05 PM , Blogger Ling said...

I don't mind that you've posted the pattern!! But it is very "fly the seat of your pants" kinda pattern. The picot edging is very cute!!

At 11:00 PM , Anonymous Anne said...

OK - I'm about to be a total blog whore, but if you want to try another pattern sometime, I've just published one on my blog...

(I can't quite believe I've just been so blatant!)

The picot edging from Ling's pattern sounds really fun.

At 10:50 PM , Blogger Lainey said...

I can never remember the kitchener stitch so i just do a three needle bind off - just like you did on maddie's cardi (?? I think??)Looks fine and is much easier!!

At 11:58 PM , Blogger Alice said...

I must try knitting socks on circulars. I do get fed up with having to put my knitting onto scrap yarn in order to try it on.

That Desert Flower is beautiful. What a lovely sock for a little girl.

At 7:21 PM , Blogger Kath said...

Thank you for the pattern - I guess I will have to try that now! At least their for little feet!


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