Monday, November 30, 2015

Basic Socks on 12 inch circular needle: A sock miracle!

Size: Ladies medium
Materials:
~300 yards fingerling weight sock yarn, pictured here is Opal sock yarn in colour 625, Winterbild
~US size 1 circular needle, 12 inch
~set of three US size 1 double pointed needles
 
 
Gauge:
32 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches square in St St
Cast on:
Using the 12inch circular needle, cast on 60 stitches, join in the round.
Cuff:
Work one inch of k1 p1 ribbing, or whatever cuff you love.
Body:
Work in stockinette stitch, or whatever stitch you love for about 7 inches. So easy!!! Just knit continuously in the round. No worries about laddering, no need to fiddle.
 
 
Heel:
The heel is worked over 30 stitches, the other 30 just stay on your needle while you do this.
~ K15 stitches, turn.
~ purl across 30 stitches, turn
Row 1 ~ *slip 1, knit 1* repeat from * to * across 30 stitches
Row 2 ~ slip 1, purl across
Repeat rows 1 and 2 for 30 rows.
Turn the heel:
OMG! I love this part!!
~ knit across 17 stitches, ssk, knit 1, turn
~ slip 1, purl 5, p2tog, purl 1, turn
Row 1 ~ slip 1, knit to one stitch before gap, ssk, knit 1, turn
Row 2 ~ slip 1, purl to one stitch before gap, p2tog, purl 1, turn
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until you have worked all heel stitches, 18 stitches remain.
 
 
Gusset:
OMG! I hate doing this row. Soldier through it!
1. Knit 18 stitches
2. Take a breath and pick up the 15 long stitches along the side of the heel flap.
3. Pick up one extra stitch, by knitting an extra stitch in the row just below the heel flap. Place a marker.
4. Knit the 30 stitches of the instep. These are the 30 stitches that have been patiently waiting on you needle since before the heel.
5. Place another marker, pick up an extra stitch.
6. Take another breath, or maybe a sip of wine, and pick up the 15 long stitches along the other side of the heel flap.
7. Place a different colored marker to mark the beginning of the round.
Gusset Decreases:
Row 1 – Knit to 2 stitches before first marker, k2tog, Slip marker. Knit to the next marker, slip marker, SSK.
Row 2 – knit  all stitches
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until 60 stitches remain. TA DA!
 
 
Foot:
Slip marker, Knit, removing the other two markers as you come to them. Continuing knitting until foot is two inches less than the desired total foot length.
Toe:
Now you have to abandon the beloved 12inch circular. Sorry. But I have worked out how to finish with 3 double points, not 5.
Set up on two double points, 30 stitches on each needle:
Knit 15, place marker to mark centre of heel, knit 15
Using a second double point, knit 30.
It will look like this:
 
 
Row 1 ~ Using the third needle, knit 1, ssk, knit to 3 stitches from end of first needle, k2tog, knit one
Turn your work around, and knit now off the second needle,
Knit 1, ssk, knit to 3 stitches from end of second needle, k2tog, knit one.
When you move from one needle to the next, be sure to give the yarn a good tug to keep things tight, this is critical!
Row 2 ~ knit all stitches on first needle, turn work, knit all stitches on second needle
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until 30 stitches remain.
Repeat Row 1 until 16 stitches remain.
 
 
Image
Cut yarn and graft toe with Kitchener stitch.
 
 

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