Sunday, January 20, 2013

Hi All
Many of you may not know but I am busy orientating to a new area in the hospital here. After 13 years in Neuro Intensive Care my poor sore little body needs a break so I have moved to what we call PACU and most people call Recovery Room. I am finding I am quite a bit less sore.I would say 80%! So I have a less time for my hobbies but I am enjoying being home every night.

On my needles I have 3 different pairs of socks in various stages, a couple or 4 sweaters, still spinning up Newfoundland dog hair on my Ladybug, and I completed an apron yesterday to sell at this year's annual Maritime spinning retreat. I have decided to cut out 5 every weekend and sew them together through the week.

Knitting at Read's is this Wednesday evening,the 23rd, at 6pm. Cancelled automatically if there is foul weather.

Just purchased a lovely turkish spindle from Threadsthrutime on Etsy.Yeah! I am delighted by this as I have been wanting 1 for over a year now. There only 6 left so if you want one you better get on to it.

Anyways I must go as I spent way more time looking at things on Etsy than I should have and I must get my housework done and cut out 4 more aprons and finish a pair of those socks.

Hugs and Love
Cinna

Monday, January 7, 2013

Free Sock Pattern

I wanted to get this done by Christmas but just managed to finish them last night. They are done two at a time, toe up on one circular needle. They fit a ladies medium but like most toe up socks are easily adjusted for smaller or larger sizes by using smaller or larger needles or by trying them on and adjusting the total number of stitches used. I suggest 58 or 60 stitches for a smaller foot and try 68 or 70 stitches for a larger foot. I used self striping yarn and this creates a nice spiral effect.



 
Toe Up Spiral Socks
 
Ladies size Medium (7-8)
Yarn: 100grams self striping sock yarn (I used Knit Picks Stroll in Hard Candy Multi)
Needle: 40 inch 2.5mm circular
1 stich marker
Tapestry needle
Gauge:8.5 wide by 11 long over stockinette
Abbreviations:
sts=stitches
K=knit
K2T=knit 2 together
Rnd=round
RHN=right hand needle
LHN=left hand needle
m1R=with RHN tip lift bar between sts back to front and knit through the front
m1L= with RHN tip lift bar between sts and place front to back on LHN and knit through the back
 
Cast on 10sts on each needle using Judy`s Magic Cast On|Figure Eight Cast On or cast on of your choice. This is sock B. Slide these 20 sts down the cable and cast on for sock A. Put the stitch counter on the yarn tail of Sock A.
Rnd1:Knit 1 round
Rnd2:K1,m1R,knit to 1 stitch before last stitch and m1L,K1
 Continue these 2 rounds until there are  32sts per needle or a total number of 64sts.
Pattern for instep the sts on the sole and back of leg are knit plain throughout
Rows 1&3:Knit
Row2:*K2T but leave sts on LHN and knit a stitch in between the 2 sts just knit together and then slide sts off needle* on instep sts only of Sock A&B
Row4:K1,*K2T but leave sts on LHN and knit a stitch in between the 2 sts just knit together and then slide sts off needle to 1st before last st,K1 on instep sts only of Sock A&B
 Continue in pattern until 2 or 2.5 inches before end of foot and start Short Row heel. The heel is made back and forth on sock B then sock A before continuing in the round in the pattern.
My favourite way to make the heel is to knit across to 2nd to last stitch. Wrap the 2nd to last stitch and turn. Purl back to 2nd to last stitch and wrap the 2nd to last stitch and turn. Now knit to the stitch in front of the wrapped stitch and wrap and turn it. Repeat on the purl side. This way it matters not how many stitches your pattern has this should always work. Decide how many stitches you`ld like to leave unworked in the center of the heel and work the wraps on either side. For example if your pattern has a total of 48sts then there are 24sts per side. If you want 8sts left unworked on the heel then you work (wrap) 8sts on either side of the center.
Turn the heel by unwrapping,double wrapping and unwrapping the double wrapped sts.
Row 1 – Knit to the first wrapped stitch. Pick up the wrap around that stitch and place it on the LHN. Knit the stitch and wrap together as one stitch through the back. Wrap the next stitch on the LHN (this is now double wrapped). Turn your work. 
Row 2 – Purl to the first wrapped stitch. Pick up the wrap around that stitch and place it on the left needle. Purl the stitch and wrap together as one stitch. Wrap the next stitch on the LHN. Turn your work. 
Row 3 – Knit to wrapped stitch. This is a double wrapped stitch. Pick up the 2 wraps and knit 3 together (that is the 2 wraps and the original stitch) through the back. Wrap the next stitch on the LHN. Turn your work
Row 4 – Purl to wrapped stitch. This is a double wrapped stitch. Pick up the 2 wraps and purl 3 together ( that is the 2 wraps and the original stitch). Wrap the next stitch on the LHN. Turn your work.
Repeat rows 3 and 4 until all wrapped stitches have been worked. The last stitch on each end of your needle will be wrapped after the last double wrapped stitch is unwrapped  as per rows 1 and 2. First on Sock B then Sock A. Continue in rounds in established pattern.
There are many tutorials online to aid you with this technique. Try a search of `Short Row Heels`` in your search engine
 Close any gaps in between the instep and sole of sock pick up and knit a stitch.
Knit the leg to desired length then knit a cuff in knit 2, purl 2 ribbing of desired length.

 

copyright January 2013 by C.A.Greenslade