Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Let's knit some socks!

This will be the first session.

The rest of the sock instructions will follow tomorrow.
This sock is fairly easy to make, after the square cuff.

These will be socks with mitered square cuffs.

You will need

5 dbl pointed needles, 2.5 mm (US 2)

DK / 8 ply Wool/nylon mix yarn
about 400 yrds (390 m) (100 gr)

Gauge: 13 sts = 2" or 5 cm
20 rows = 2" or 5 cm

Size: women's medium (can be adjusted with more/less rows in the foot part)

Cast-on videos here.

First square: Long tail cast on 25 stitches

Knit one row

From here on, every second row (3, 5, 7, 9 etc.) will be knitted (garter stitch)

Row 2: k11, k3 tog, k11 (23 sts)
Row 4: k10, k3 tog, k10 (21 sts)
Row 6: k 9, k3 tog, k9 (19 sts)
Row 8: k 8, k3 tog, k 8 (17 sts)
Row 10: k7, k3 tog, k7 (15 sts)
Row 12: k6, k3 tog, k6 (13 sts)
Row 14: k5, k3 tog, k5 (11 sts)
Row 16: k4, k3 tog, k4 (9 sts)
Row 18: k3, k3 tog, k3 (7 sts)
Row 20: k2, k3 tog, k2 (5 sts)
Row 22: k1, k3 tog, k1 (3 sts)
Row 24: k3 tog (1 st)

One square done.

Do not cut the yarn, instead continue and pick 13 stitches from the side of the square you just finished. Pick the stitches from the loop between the nubby things that come when you knit every stitch, even in the beginning of the row.

You now need to cast on, on the same needle, 12 more stitches. I used Single cast-on.
When you knit these stitches, make sure you twist the loop so that it will form a nice and firm stitch. If you don't, the stitch will be very loopy and stretchy and difficult to hold on to.

Now we have 25 stitches on the needle, let's knit one row, and then continue the same way as on the first square.

You now will have two squares knitted together. Repeat the pick-up from the side, and casting on 12 new ones, amounting to 25 stitches again. You are now ready to start the third square.

Knit the first row and continue as in the first square.

The last square is now ready to go and you will do the same as with the other squares.

When you have finished the 4th square, do not cut the yarn, instead start picking up stitches on the side that has the nubbies showing. Pick up 48 stitches and divide them on 4 needles.

Join the stitches and start stockinette stitch in the round. When ever you feel like doing some whip stitching, join the squares to form a closed cuff.


Janet said...

Oh, how I wish I could do this with you!! But I think you've lost me on socks!! I still can only knit something straight and flat like a scarf. But it's still fun to follow along and see your progress.

womens socks said...

I think it is not the first time you are knitting socks....

mattress said...

Why only socks ??? I guess socks are really easy to do.