Sunday, 1 March 2015

Socks, socks, knitted socks for the Yal, 2015


YAL Year of the Flower 2015  March project




BOUQUET OF FLOWERS, SOCKS, cuff down

Hello lovely friends!  This month is filled with socks - my most favourite thing to make.  I designed a knitted sock for the YAL for March, but I haven't forgotten the crocheters .  There's a pair of slip-ons for you to dance around in at home.  :-)  See the next post.  


Inspiration for the arrangement
watercolour of the design
sample of the design...

This delicate sock pattern has been a delight to knit with its easy 6 row repeat. I hope you can see the bouquet of flowers.

Materials
350m sock yarn, 4ply
Circular needle    2.5 needles or 5 x 2.5 double pointed needles (dpns)
Stitch markers-  2
Gauge: 2.5mm needles, 9sts x 9 rows = 1in

Bouquet of flowers graph
-
|
-
|
m
|
|
|
/3
|
|
|
m
|
|
|
6
-
|
-
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
5
-
|
-
|
m
|
|
-
/3
-
|
|
m
|
|
|
4
-
|
-
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
3
-
|
-
|
m
|
-
-
/3
-
-
|
m
|
|
|
2
-
|
-
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
1
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16


Repeat this around all needles…
The anatomy of a sock is simple...
the anatomy of a sock...


Abbreviations
 Knit
 Purl
M – Make 1
/3 – Purl 3 tog     = slip 1, knit 2 together, pass slip stitch over the knit 2 together; 2 stitches have been decreased
ssk = slip one knitwise, slip the next one knitwise, insert left needle into front of both slipped stitches and knit (Find this here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGwcYW3GG3M)

M1  (below) - Work to the place where the increase is to be made. Insert the left needle from front to back into the horizontal strand between the two stitches: Knit the stitch through the back loop as shown. On the purl side, insert the needle from front to back and then purl the stitch through the back loop. (Find it here on Knitwitch’s site… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmUSinUjZbE)


CUFF  



Cast on 65 stitches using the continental cast on.(Find this here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjpLK8w2rkM ) This gives a stretchy opening.

Divide the stitches equally between the circular needle’s two ends – 32 ON LEFT NEEDLE, 33 ON RIGHT.

TWO TIPS TO AVOID THE BEGINNING GAP:  
                     1. Cast on ONE more stitch then necessary Before starting, knit the first stitch onto the right needle and then pass the second stitch on the right side over the one you just knit.
                     2.  Weave the tail into the knitting on the first row as you go.  This can be pulled on later to help close up the gap at the beginning.

 To start, knit the first stitch then pass the second stitch on the right needle (the extra stitch) over the stitch you have knitted.  This is quite awkward and is not compulsory but it does help to minimise the beginning gap! 

 *Weave in the tail at the back as you knit the first row.   
This cuff is a standard rib pattern: K1, P1 all round.  Repeat this until your cuff measures 1 ¼ inches or 3cm ( or longer if you wish). Place a marker at the beginning of the first round.

Leg  


NOTE: Every second (even) row is the same:   knit 13, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1
Work Rounds 1-6 of pattern 9 times by repeating it around the 64 sts.   (If you want a longer sock, repeat the pattern 11 times.)

Heel Flap – worked on ONE needle back and forth, not in the round, as follows:
Set up row 1:  K16.   Turn your work so that the WS is facing.
Set-up Row 2: Sl 1 purlwise, purl the 16 st you just knit and then purl the next 16. These 32 will now all be on one needle.  Arrange the cable so the other two- 16 st sections-  are on the other needle end; these form the INSTEP and will lie dormant while you work the heel flap.  Keep them separated by the stitch marker.
The heel flap will be worked back and forth on the first 32 sts that you knitted. 

HEEL FLAP INSTRUCTIONS

heel flap worked  back and forth 
All sl1 will be done purlwise- insert your needle as if to purl then slip the stitch onto the right side needle ( if you are right handed) . 
Row 1 : Sl 1, k31. Turn…
Row 2
 : Sl 1, p31. Turn…
Repeat these 2 rows 14 times more. There will be 15 slipped sts along each side edge of the heel flap.

Turning the Heel

Row 1. : K17, ssk, k1.
Row 2.  Sl1, p3, p2tog, p1 .
Row 3.  Sl1, K4, ssk, k1
turning the heel
Row 4.  Sl1, p5, p2tog,  p1
Row 5.  Sl1, K6, ssk, k,
Row 6.   Sl1, p7, p2tog, p1
Row 7 : Sl1, k8, ssk, k1 
Row 8
 : Sl1, p9, p2tog, p1.
Row 9
 : Sl1, k10, ssk, k1.
Row 10
 : Sl1, p11, p2tog, p1.
Row 11
 : Sl1, k12, ssk, k1.
Row 12
 : Sl1, p13, p2tog, p1.
Row 13
 : Sl1, k14, ssk, k1
Row 14
 : Sl1, p15, p2tog, p1. 18 sts remain.
Row 15
 : K9.  This brings you to the centre of the heel. 
 From this point, needles will be situated with the number 1 at the middle of the heel.

Gusset  

Gusset joins the heel to the body of the sock
Tbl = through the back loop – this is done because the row before is a purl row and the stitches will have a twist if you don’t knit through the back loop. 

Reminder: Beginning at the centre of the heel, the gusset will be all knit and is termed as needles 1 and 4 (which are on one circular point, 
 and needles 2 and 3   (on the other circular pointed end) are knitted from the patterned graph.  
Round 1:
Using Needle 1, knit the remaining 9 sts of  the heel flap, pick up and k 15 sts along side edge of heel flap (1 st in each slipped st) and  then 1 st between top of heel flap and held instep sts (16 sts)

For needles 2 and 3, k 16 sts of the pattern, put a marker, knit the next 16 sts of the pattern

For Needle 4, pick up and k 1 st between instep sts and top of heel flap, pick up and k 15 sts along side edge of heel flap, k remaining 9 sts of heel flap. 82 sts: 25 sts each on Needles 1 and 4, 16 sts each on Needles 2 and 3.

Round 2: K9, k14 tbl, k2tog; work Row 2 of flower Pattern over sts on Needles 2 and 3; ssk, k14 tbl, k9.

Round 3: K to end of Needle 1; work next row of flower pattern over sts on Needles 2 and 3; k to end of Needle 4.

Round 4: K to last 2 sts of Needle 1, k2tog; work next row of flower pattern over Needles 2 and 3; ssk, k to end of Needle 4.

Repeat Rounds 3 and 4 seven times more. 64 sts  (16 sts on each needle).

Foot
Continue in pattern as set, working sts on Needles 1
  as knit and sts on Needles 2 and 3 in the flower Pattern, until work measures approx. 1.5 inches less than desired length to the toe, ending with Row 6 of the flower Pattern.   
foot in progress, pattern on the top (needles 2 & 3) ,
plain knit on the bottom (needles 1 & 4)




Toe
1. 
 K  all around
2. Decrease Round
: K to last 3 sts on Needle 1, k2tog, k1,
                               k1, ssk, k to end of Needle 2,
                               k to last 3 sts on Needle 3, k2tog, k1,
                               k1, ssk, k to end of Needle 4.

Repeat these 2 rounds 8 times more. (28 sts remain).
Using Needle 4, k to end of Needle 1.
Slip sts from Needle 2 to Needle 3. You now have 14 stitches on each needle and will now use kitchener stitch to close off the toe. 
(Splendid Sticks blog – an excellent resource for yarny things)  Find  how to do  Kitchener stitch here...http://www.creativeknittingmagazine.com/blog/?p=5316


FINISHING

Weave in all ends and block well. 
Don't worry if you don't have sock blockers. This is a wonderful tutorial on how to make sock blockers. http://yayforyarn.com/diy-sock-blocker-tool/

Dampen your socks and slide them over the blockers. Leave to dry.  


Tag me on Instagram or comment below if you join us for the Yarn A-Long! 

I'll be off stitching a new sock.  :-) 

Lu x



Ravelry: Lu Douglas
Instagram: @wildaboutyarn
Etsy shop: www.etsy.com/au/shop/ludouglasdesigns