Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Village Socks

The Village Socks are an easy to memorize squishy rib pattern that will fit multiple size legs/feet without having to change the stitch count! These socks are easy and fast to knit, perfect for catching up on your favorite tv show or making for holiday gifts. The pattern is needle ambiguous and easy to customize with your own heels and toes preference. I found them perfect to break up the funky color spiral I was getting from my Madtosh.


Village Socks 
All Knit Up Designs

Ravelry: sierrak2010
Instagram: allknitup



437 yards fingering weight yarn (Madtosh Twist Light used in sample) 
Needle: Hiya Hiya 9 inch circular US 1.5 / 2.5 mm 
Pattern uses Modified Eye of Partridge Heel Flap and Wedge Toe

K: knit 
P: Purl 
P2Tog: Purl two together
K2Tog: Knit two together
SSK: Slip, slip, knit 
SM: Slip marker 
WYIF: With yarn in front
WYIB: With yarn in back 
----
Cast on 64 stitches and join in the round, being careful not to twist. (Place a stitch marker at the beginning of the round) 

Knit 1, Purl 1 for nineteen rounds

Set-up round: Knit in 1x1 rib until last two stitches, P2Tog

Farrow Rib

Round 1: * Knit 2, Purl 1 * repeat across row
Round 2: * Knit 1, Purl 2 * repeat across row 

Repeat these two rounds for your preferred leg length. (I repeated for 3.5 inches, the leg length is now 5 inches from cast-on)

Tip: The top of the foot will have an odd number of stitches, the heel flap will have an even number.

Starting heel flap. (You will be working flat on half of your stitches) 

Turn work with wrong side facing, you will be working back across the last 32 stitches

 Tip: I switch to using a DPN for the heel flap and turn when using a 9 inch circ

Row 1: Knit 3, Purl 29
Row 2: Purl 3 * Knit 1, slip 1 knitwise with yarn in back * repeat to last 3 stitches, knit 3
Row 3: Knit 3, purl across
Row 4: Purl 3, * Slip 1 knitwise with yarn in back, Knit 1 * repeat to last 3 stitches, knit 3 

Repeat these 4 rows eight times total (You will have 16 Garter bumps along the edge) 



Starting the heel turn:

Row 1: Slip 1 purlwise wyif, P16, P2Tog, P1, turn
Row 2: Slip 1 knitwise wyib, k3, ssk, k1, turn
Row 3: Slip 1 pw wyif, P4, P2Tog, P1, turn
Row 4: Slip 1 kw wyib, K5, ssk, k1, turn 
Row 5: Slip 1 pw wyif, P6, P2Tog, P1, turn
Row 6: Slip 1 kw wyib, K7, SSK , K1, turn
Row 7: Slip 1 pw wyif, P8, P2TOG, P1, turn
Row 8: Slip 1 kw wyib, K9, SSK, K1, turn
Row 9: Slip 1 pw wyif, P10, P2TOG, P1, turn
Row 10: Slip 1 kw wyib, K11, SSK, K1, turn
Row 11: Slip 1 pw wyif, P12, P2TOG, P1, turn
Row 12: Slip 1 kw wyib, K13, SSK, K1, turn
Row 13: Slip 1 pw wyif, P14, P2TOG, P1, turn

Row 14: Slip 1 kw wyib, K 15, SSK, K1

(You should have closed all ‘gaps’ and have 18 stitches from the heel flap and turn) 

Now you will pick up and knit 16 stitches along the heel flap (one stitch for every garter bump) 

Once you’ve picked up the first side of the gusset, pick up one extra stitch in between the gusset and top of the foot (This helps close up any small hole between gusset and foot) 

   Tip: Stitches picked up between gusset & foot should be knit through the back loop. 

Place marker A after picking up and knitting the stitch between gusset and foot 

Work pattern across top of foot, place marker B. 

Now pick up and knit one extra stitch between the top of the foot and the next side of the gusset, pick up and knit 16 garter bumps from heel flap. (You now have 83 stitches on your needles, 31 from marker A to B, 52 from marker B to A) 

Knit one round plain (no increasing/decreasing, follow pattern at top of the foot) 

After knitting this round, stop three stitches before marker A 

Round 1: K2TOG, K 1, sm, work in pattern to next marker, sm, K 1, SSK 

Round 2: Knit to marker, sm, work in pattern to next marker, sm marker, knit to three stitches before marker A

Repeat these two rounds until you have 32 stitches left between marker B and A 

Round 1: K2TOG, K 1, sm, work in pattern to next marker, sm, knit (You are only decreasing on one side)

            (You now have 31 stitches between each marker)

Continue working in pattern across top of foot and knitting along the bottom until foot length measures 1.5 inches less than desired length. Cut yarn and start knitting the toe with contrast color. 

Start toe decreases three stitches before marker A (When knitting in the round becomes uncomfortable, switch to Double Point Needles) 

Round 1: K2TOG, K1, sm, K1, SSK, knit to three stitches before next marker, K2TOG, K1, sm, K1, SSK

Round 2: Knit entire round 

Repeat these two rounds until sock measures length of foot. (Stitch count will be determined by the length of your toe box.)

Complete the sock with a kitchener stitch. (Here are links to two different tutorials) 



Monday, September 4, 2017

Tour de Sock Round 3

After having so much trouble with the last pair from the competition I was slightly worried about the third pattern coming out. I loved this one! The pattern is Indecisions and it was really enjoyable to knit, lacier than I usually choose to knit my socks but they'll look great with my wardrobe.


The yarn is my hand-dyed, originally intended for my marled fade but was kind of a failed dye job. I was looking for more of a light tan color with the speckles, obviously my over dye was too dark and I came out with more of a brown than tan.  Once I saw the pattern I knew this yarn would work great, it would show off the pattern while also showing off the yarn!


The pattern was really simple to follow and there were written instructions for the leg! Yes! The foot was charted but I was easily able to work with that. I first tried to cable these without a cable needle and didn't enjoy it at all so I just whipped out my cable needle and went to town.

This is the third pattern out of six, I'll have a post up later this week with the the fourth pattern!


Friday, August 18, 2017

Tour de Sock Round 2

Unfortunately this round was kind of a failure. There is an air of mystery surrounding the challenge because we (as the knitters) have no idea what the pattern is going to look like. We get an estimated yardage count and how many extras we have to have and then it's a waiting game until it's released.


Our mystery this stage was these amazing colorwork socks Kanteletar! Here's the down-low, I am not a color work knitter nor am I a chart knitter. Written instructions just work so much better for my brain function, but compete I did. Until I realized that I missed repeating a chart...in the cuff.



I was going to complete the sock in our allotted nine days, until I measured the sock against its mate to see if I could start the foot chart and realized the leg was short. I ripped back half the freakin sock!


So I've committed to working on the colorwork sock when I complete each stage early so that they will be done by the end of the competition. If I don't do this I'm not sure that they will get completed, but I really want some new Christmas socks! We got round 4 Monday night so I've been knitting my fingers off! Also, look at the cute new bag I made!




Thursday, August 10, 2017

Double Lines

Here is the last installment of the 2017 Summer Stripes Series! Here are pattern numbers one, two, and three of the series. I definitely think this is going to be a summer tradition, I'll save my self-striping designs for when the numbers start crawling up. Without further ado, here is Double Lines!


Double Lines
Self-Striping Sock Series
All Knit Up Designs

Ravelry: sierrak2010
Instagram: allknitup



437 yards fingering weight yarn (West Yorkshire Spinners used in sample)
Needle: Hiya Hiya 9 inch circular US 1.5 / 2.5 mm 
Pattern uses Modified Eye of Partridge Heel Flap and Wedge Toe

K: knit
P: Purl
P2Tog: Purl two together
K2Tog: Knit two together
SSK: Slip, slip, knit
SM: Slip marker
WYIF: With yarn in front
WYIB: With yarn in back
----
Using contrast color: Cast on 60 Stitches. (Place a marker at the beginning of the round)

Knit 1, Purl 1 for 18 rounds

Cut contrast color and switch to main color before starting Twin Rib leg section.

Twin Rib
Round 1: * K3, P3; repeat from *  
Round 2: * K1, P1; repeat from *
Repeat these two rows for your preferred leg length. (I repeated the pattern rows twenty two times)

Starting heel flap. (You will be working flat on half of your stitches)

- Note: If you would like to add a contrast heel flap start knitting with your second color

Turn work with wrong side facing, you will be working back across the last 30 stitches

 Tip: I switch to using a DPN for the heel flap and turn when using a 9 inch circ

Row 1: Knit 3, Purl 27
Row 2: Purl 3 * Knit 1, slip 1 knitwise with yarn in back * repeat to last 3 stitches, knit 3
Row 3: Knit 3, purl across
Row 4: Purl 3, * Slip 1 knitwise with yarn in back, Knit 1 * repeat to last 3 stitches, knit 3

Repeat these 4 rows eight times total (You will have 16 Garter bumps along the edge)

Starting the heel turn
Row 1: Slip 1 purlwise wyif, P15, P2Tog, P1, turn
Row 2: Slip 1 knitwise wyib, k3, SSK, k1, turn
Row 3: Slip 1 pw wyif, P4, P2Tog, P1, turn
Row 4: Slip 1 kw wyib, K5, SSK, k1, turn 
Row 5: Slip 1 pw wyif, P6, P2Tog, P1, turn
Row 6: Slip 1 kw wyib, K7, SSK , K1, turn
Row 7: Slip 1 pw wyif, P8, P2TOG, P1, turn
Row 8: Slip 1 kw wyib, K9, SSK, K1, turn
Row 9: Slip 1 pw wyif, P10, P2TOG, P1, turn
Row 10: Slip 1 kw wyib, K11, SSK, K1, turn
Row 11: Slip 1 pw wyif, P12, P2TOG, P1, turn
Row 12: Slip 1 kw wyib, K13, SSK, K1, turn
Row 13: Slip 1 pw wyif, P14, P2TOG, turn
Row 14: Slip 1 kw wyib, K 14, SSK

(You should have closed all ‘gaps’ and have 16 stitches from the heel flap and turn)

            If you used a contrast heel, you now cut your second color and add your first color back in before picking up your gusset stitches.

Now you will pick up and knit 16 stitches along the heel flap (one stitch for every garter bump)

Once you’ve picked up the first side of the gusset, pick up one extra stitch in between the gusset and top of the foot (This helps close up any small hole between gusset and foot)

   Tip: Stitches picked up between gusset & foot should be knit through the back loop. 

Place marker A after picking up and knitting the stitch between gusset and foot

Work pattern across top of foot, place marker B.

Now pick up and knit one extra stitch between the top of the foot and the next side of the gusset, pick up and knit 16 garter bumps from heel flap. (You now have 80 stitches on your needles, 30 from marker A to B, 50 from marker B to A)

Knit one round plain (no increasing/decreasing, follow pattern at top of the foot)

After knitting this round, stop three stitches before marker A

Round 1: K2TOG, K 1, sm, work in pattern to next marker, sm, K 1, SSK

Round 2: Knit to marker, sm, work in pattern to next marker, sm marker, knit to three stitches before marker A

Repeat these two rounds until you have 30 stitches left between marker B and A

Continue working in pattern across top of foot and knitting along the bottom until foot length measures 1.5 inches less than desired length. Cut yarn and start knitting the toe with contrast color.

Start toe decreases three stitches before marker A (When knitting in the round becomes uncomfortable, switch to Double Point Needles)

Round 1: K2TOG, K1, sm, K1, SSK, knit to three stitches before next marker, K2TOG, K1, sm, K1, SSK

Round 2: Knit entire round

Repeat these two rounds until sock measures length of foot. (Stitch count will be determined by the length of your toe box.)

Complete the sock with a kitchener stitch. (Here are links to two different tutorials)





Thursday, July 20, 2017

Tour de Sock Round 1

"We have to continue to stretch our brains" Sue Stokes from Legacy Knitz Podcast. These socks fit the bill. I'm competing in Tour-de-Sock for the rest of the summer and they are going to make my knitting brain work.


This sock had an afterthought leg. I have never in my knitting career heard of an afterthought leg, but I have now managed to knit a pair in five days. Tour-de-sock is a sock knitting competition that runs in conjunction with Tour-de-France (bike race) and is a challenge race. Each pair of socks (six of them) is going to be complicated and contain skills that most people don't use in their everyday knitting.




These weren't really complicated to knit but the construction made me actually look at the sock differently. Essentially the sock was knit from the toe up, insert waste yarn, knit the heel. So I ended up with a sock that didn't have any foot opening. As shown in the photo above I wove my 9inch circs on each side of the waste yarn and then took it out. At a couple of different stages we had to take photos as proof that we completed the pattern the way it was written. I'm am really excited to see what the next pattern is going to look like! I'll keep you updated, it's coming out on the 25th!




Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Calle Cables

It's Wednesday and time for the third installment of the Summer Stripes Sock Series! This sock was named while on my trip to Spain in April of this year. Calle is the Spanish word for street or road, seemed to fit with the titles of the other patterns.

Calle Cables is a simple pattern that uses a single cable (cabling without a cable needle), knits and purls. This pattern works great with self-striping yarn (I recommend a yarn that just stripes vs. one that has self-patterning) the pattern is easy to remember and addictive. If you have any questions or comments on the pattern please leave a comment on this post or message me on Ravelry.




Calle Cables 
Self-Striping Sock Series
All Knit Up Designs

Ravelry: sierrak2010
Instagram: allknitup


Supplies: 

437 yards/400 meters or 100 grams of fingering weight yarn (Knit Picks Felici used in sample) 
Needle: Hiya Hiya 9 Inch Circulars US 1.5/ 2.5 mm
Two different stitch markers
Darning Needle
Pattern uses Modified Eye of Partridge Heel Flap and Wedge Toe

Abbreviations: 

K: knit 
P: Purl 
P2Tog: Purl two together
K2Tog: Knit two together
SSK: Slip, slip, knit 
SM: Slip marker 
WYIF: With yarn in front
WYIB: With yarn in back
WS: Wrong Side 
RS: Right Side 
----------
Starting Cuff:

Cast on 64 Stitches being careful not to twist. (Place a marker at the beginning of the round)

Knit 2, Purl 2 for 12 rounds

Leg:

Baby Cable Rib
Round 1, 2, and 3: * Knit 2, Purl 2 * repeat across round
Round 4: * K2Tog and leave stitches on left hand needle, knit first stitch, and slip both stitches off needle, P2 * repeat across round.

Repeat these four rounds for your preferred leg length. (I repeated the pattern rows eleven times)

Heel Flap:

(You will be working flat on half of your stitches, right side and wrong side will now pertain)

- Note: If you would like to add a contrast heel flap start knitting with your second color


Turn work with wrong side facing, you will be working back across the last 32 stitches

          Tip: I switch to using a DPN for the heel flap and turn when using a 9 inch circ

Row 1(WS): Knit 3, Purl 29
Row 2 (RS): Purl 3 * Knit 1, slip 1 knitwise with yarn in back * repeat to last 3 stitches, knit 3
Row 3: Knit 3, purl across
Row 4: Purl 3, * Slip 1 knitwise with yarn in back, Knit 1 * repeat to last 3 stitches, knit 3 

Repeat these 4 rows eight times total (You will have 16 Garter bumps along the edge) 

Heel Turn:

Row 1 (WS): Slip 1 purlwise wyif, P16, P2Tog, P1, turn
Row 2 (RS): Slip 1 knitwise wyib, k3, SSK, k1, turn
Row 3: Slip 1 pw wyif, P4, P2Tog, P1, turn
Row 4: Slip 1 kw wyib, K5, SSK, k1, turn  
Row 5: Slip 1 pw wyif, P6, P2Tog, P1, turn 
Row 6: Slip 1 kw wyib, K7, SSK , K1, turn
Row 7: Slip 1 pw wyif, P8, P2TOG, P1, turn
Row 8: Slip 1 kw wyib, K9, SSK, K1, turn
Row 9: Slip 1 pw wyif, P10, P2TOG, P1, turn
Row 10: Slip 1 kw wyib, K11, SSK, K1, turn
Row 11: Slip 1 pw wyif, P12, P2TOG, P1, turn
Row 12: Slip 1 kw wyib, K13, SSK, K1, turn
Row 13: Slip 1 pw wyif, P14, P2TOG, P1, turn
Row 14: Slip 1 kw wyib, K 15, SSK, K1 

(You should have closed all ‘gaps’ and have 18 stitches from the heel flap and turn) 

            If you used a contrast heel, you now cut your second color and add your first color back in before picking up your gusset stitches. 

Now you will pick up and knit 16 stitches along the heel flap (one stitch for every garter bump) 

Once you’ve picked up the first side of the gusset, pick up one extra stitch in between the
gusset and top of the foot (This helps close up any small hole between gusset and foot)

       Tip: Stitches picked up between gusset & foot should be knit through the back loop. 

Place marker A after picking up and knitting the stitch between gusset and foot
Work pattern across top of foot, place marker B. 

Now pick up and knit one stitch between the top of the foot and the next side of the gusset, pick up and knit 16 garter bumps from heel flap. (You now have 84 stitches on your needles, 32 from marker A to B, 52 from marker B to A) 

Knit one round plain (no increasing/decreasing, follow pattern at top of the foot) 

After knitting this round, stop three stitches before marker A 

Gusset:

Round 1: K2TOG, P 1, sm, work in pattern to next marker, sm, K 1, SSK

Round 2: Knit to one stitch before marker A, P 1, sm, work in pattern to next marker, sm B knit to last three stitches before marker A.

Repeat these two rounds until you have 32 stitches left between marker B and A
(You now have 64 stitches total, stitch count will stay the same until you start the toe)

Continue working in pattern across top of foot and knitting along the bottom (keep in mind to purl the stitch before marker A) until foot length measures 1.5 inches less than desired length.
 
Toe:

Start toe decreases three stitches before marker A (When knitting in the round becomes uncomfortable, switch to Double Point Needles)

Round 1: K2TOG, K1, sm, K1, SSK, knit to three stitches before next marker, K2TOG, K1, sm, K1, SSK

Round 2: Knit entire round

Repeat these two rounds until sock measures length of foot. (Stitch count will be determined by the length of your toe box)

Complete the sock with a kitchener stitch. (Here are links to two different tutorials)






Monday, July 10, 2017

Zebra Socks

If you're a regular blog reader than you've noticed I've put out a few sock patterns and plan to continue to do so. It's been a bit of a learning curve working on design knitting vs non-design knitting. But I've finally finished up a project I can share with you guys!


These are my Zebra Socks and I think they are so awesome! I really enjoyed working with the woolly Regia and just a simple stockinette sock. But they look so cool! Understated until your really look at them and realize what they are.


For being a back burner project these didn't take me very long to finish. To be totally honest I started them because I needed movie theatre knitting when a group of friends and I went to see Wonder Woman. Which BTW has anyone seen this amazing wrap on Ravelry? Need to knit.

And that's pretty much it about these socks, written and re-written while listening to this song.


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

#zk2017

This weekend I had the amazing opportunity to attend my first knitting retreat! Andrea and I flew to Rochester Minnesota to spend four days with amazing knitters at the Zombie Knitpocolypse retreat! With all the knitting adventures I've been on a retreat had not been on the list yet, this was the perfect one to start with.




We flew in on Wednesday and had the first morning of our retreat on Thursday. From then on it was meeting new friends, taking classes, swaps, and parties. Susan B. Anderson was the guest speaker, which was so much fun and inspiring to hear her talk about starting her designing and how it flourished.





I took a class on Boomerang shawls with Steve and a heels class taught by another retreat participant. I have a few new heels I'm going to try with the 50 grams skeins I received in my swag bag!

We had a s'mores party and a popcorn party along with tons of giveaways and fun events. I met so many new people! And I can't wait to get myself in another retreat!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Speed Bumps


This is the second pattern in a four part self-striping sock series! If there are any questions or comments please leave a note below or send me a message through Ravelry. Thanks!



Speed Bumps 
Self-Striping Sock Series
All Knit Up Designs

Ravelry: sierrak2010
Instagram: allknitup


Supplies: 

437 yards/400 meters or 100 grams of fingering weight yarn (Knit Picks Felici used in sample) 
Needle: Hiya Hiya 9 inch circular US 1.5/ 2.5 mm
Two different stitch markers
Darning Needle
Pattern uses Modified Eye of Partridge Heel Flap and Wedge Toe

Abbreviations: 

K: knit 
P: Purl 
P2Tog: Purl two together
K2Tog: Knit two together
SSK: Slip, slip, knit 
SM: Slip marker 
WYIF: With yarn in front
WYIB: With yarn in back
WS: Wrong Side 
RS: Right Side 
----------
Starting Cuff:

Cast on 64 Stitches. (Place a marker at the beginning of the round)

Knit 2, Purl 2 for 18 rounds

Leg: 

Roman Rib
Round 1, 2, 5 and 6: Knit round
Round 3 and 4: * Knit 1, Purl 1 * repeat around
Round 7 and 8: * Purl 1, Knit 1 * repeat around 

Repeat these two rounds for your preferred leg length. (I repeated the pattern rows seven times) 

Heel Flap:
 
(You will be working flat on half of your stitches, right side and wrong side will now pertain) 

- Note: If you would like to add a contrast heel flap start knitting with your second color

Turn work with wrong side facing, you will be working back across the last 32 stitches

          Tip: I switch to using a DPN for the heel flap and turn when using a 9 inch circ

Row 1(WS): Knit 3, Purl 29
Row 2 (RS): Purl 3 * Knit 1, slip 1 knitwise with yarn in back * repeat to last 3 stitches, knit 3
Row 3: Knit 3, purl across
Row 4: Purl 3, * Slip 1 knitwise with yarn in back, Knit 1 * repeat to last 3 stitches, knit 3 

Repeat these 4 rows eight times total (You will have 16 Garter bumps along the edge) 

Heel Turn:

Row 1 (WS): Slip 1 purlwise wyif, P16, P2Tog, P1, turn
Row 2 (RS): Slip 1 knitwise wyib, k3, SSK, k1, turn
Row 3: Slip 1 pw wyif, P4, P2Tog, P1, turn
Row 4: Slip 1 kw wyib, K5, SSK, k1, turn  
Row 5: Slip 1 pw wyif, P6, P2Tog, P1, turn 
Row 6: Slip 1 kw wyib, K7, SSK , K1, turn
Row 7: Slip 1 pw wyif, P8, P2TOG, P1, turn
Row 8: Slip 1 kw wyib, K9, SSK, K1, turn
Row 9: Slip 1 pw wyif, P10, P2TOG, P1, turn
Row 10: Slip 1 kw wyib, K11, SSK, K1, turn
Row 11: Slip 1 pw wyif, P12, P2TOG, P1, turn
Row 12: Slip 1 kw wyib, K13, SSK, K1, turn
Row 13: Slip 1 pw wyif, P14, P2TOG, P1, turn
Row 14: Slip 1 kw wyib, K 15, SSK, K1 

(You should have closed all ‘gaps’ and have 18 stitches from the heel flap and turn) 

            If you used a contrast heel, you now cut your second color and add your first color back in before picking up your gusset stitches. 

Now you will pick up and knit 16 stitches along the heel flap (one stitch for every garter bump) 

Once you’ve picked up the first side of the gusset, pick up one extra stitch in between the g
usset and top of the foot (This helps close up any small hole between gusset and foot)

       Tip: Stitches picked up between gusset & foot should be knit through the back loop. 

Place marker A after picking up and knitting the stitch between gusset and foot
Work pattern across top of foot, place marker B. 

Now pick up and knit one stitch between the top of the foot and the next side of the gusset, pick up and knit 16 garter bumps from heel flap. (You now have 84 stitches on your needles, 32 from marker A to B, 52 from marker B to A) 

Knit one round plain (no increasing/decreasing, follow pattern at top of the foot) 

After knitting this round, stop three stitches before marker A 

Round 1: K2TOG, K 1, sm, work in pattern to next marker, sm, K 1, SSK 

Round 2: Knit to marker A, sm, work in pattern to next marker, sm B knit to last three stitches before marker A.

Repeat these two rounds until you have 32 stitches left between marker B and A 
(You now have 64 stitches total, stitch count will stay the same until you start the toe)

Continue working in pattern across top of foot and knitting along the bottom until foot length measures 1.5 inches less than desired length.  

Toe: 

Start toe decreases three stitches before marker A (When knitting in the round becomes uncomfortable, switch to Double Point Needles) 

Round 1: K2TOG, K1, sm, K1, SSK, knit to three stitches before next marker, K2TOG, K1, sm, K1, SSK

Round 2: Knit entire round 

Repeat these two rounds until sock measures length of foot. 

Complete the sock with a kitchener stitch. (Here are links to two different tutorials) 


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

This Trips Fiber Shops

As most have read, my trip last summer to Europe increased my stash by a ginormous amount. This trip didn't include quite as much yarn but I did bring home a ton of fabric.

The yarn and fabric shops weren't quite as prevalent in Spain and Italy as they were in Germany, Austria, Scotland, and England last summer. Although they weren't as prevalent does not mean I didn't come home with awesome purchases.

We hit up a yarn shop in Madrid, Spain: Lanas, El Gato Negro as well as a fabric shop we stumbled upon.





In Rome I visited a huge fabric shop called Bassetti Tessuti was so excited/overwhelmed I didn't actually take any photos. But I bought my first garment fabric to sew! Totally too nervous and inexperienced to sew with it quite yet but I think by the end of the summer I'll have at least one new top, possibly two.

After Rome I made my way to Amsterdam where I was able to visit... Stephen & Penelope!!! I had so much fun exploring their shop and pulling a few WestKnits projects together from their exclusive colors. I actually went back to the shop later in the day (afternoon for me, early morning for my mom) and FaceTimed with her so she could see the shop too! The women working the floor were fabulous and didn't look at me like I was completely nuts.






Right next to the yarn shop was also a fabric shop, two store fronts converted into one giant fabric and notions shop. I found the most amazing stretch cotton with origami birds on it for a skirt! All in all I had a great time visiting new shops in new cities. I will definitely continue on my trend of exploring different parts of cities by searching out yarn shops!





Thursday, June 1, 2017

Frontage Road


This is the first pattern in a four part self-striping sock series! It's also my first pattern, thanks for coming to take a look! If there are any questions or comments please leave a note below or send me a message through Ravelry. Thanks!


Frontage Road
Self-Striping Sock Series
All Knit Up Designs

Ravelry: sierrak2010
Instagram: allknitup


Supplies:

437 yards/400 meters or 100 grams of fingering weight yarn (Knit Picks Felici used in sample)
Needle: Hiya Hiya 9 inch circular US 1.5/ 2.5 mm
Two different stitch markers
Darning Needle
Pattern uses Modified Eye of Partridge Heel Flap and Wedge Toe

Abbreviations:

K: knit
P: Purl
P2Tog: Purl two together
K2Tog: Knit two together
SSK: Slip, slip, knit
SM: Slip marker
WYIF: With yarn in front
WYIB: With yarn in back
WS: Wrong Side
RS: Right Side
----------
Starting Cuff:

Cast on 64 Stitches. (Place a marker at the beginning of the round)

Knit 2, Purl 2 for 18 rounds

Leg:

Garter Rib
Row 1: * Knit 2, Purl 2 * repeat across round
Row 2: Knit across round

Repeat these two rounds for your preferred leg length. (I repeated the pattern rows twenty-seven times)

Heel Flap:
 
(You will be working flat on half of your stitches, right side and wrong side will now pertain)

- Note: If you would like to add a contrast heel flap start knitting with your second color

Turn work with wrong side facing, you will be working back across the last 32 stitches

          Tip: I switch to using a DPN for the heel flap and turn when using a 9 inch circ

Row 1(WS): Knit 3, Purl 29
Row 2 (RS): Purl 3 * Knit 1, slip 1 knitwise with yarn in back * repeat to last 3 stitches, knit 3
Row 3: Knit 3, purl across
Row 4: Purl 3, * Slip 1 knitwise with yarn in back, Knit 1 * repeat to last 3 stitches, knit 3

Repeat these 4 rows eight times total (You will have 16 Garter bumps along the edge)

Heel Turn:

Row 1 (WS): Slip 1 purlwise wyif, P16, P2Tog, P1, turn
Row 2 (RS): Slip 1 knitwise wyib, k3, SSK, k1, turn
Row 3: Slip 1 pw wyif, P4, P2Tog, P1, turn
Row 4: Slip 1 kw wyib, K5, SSK, k1, turn 
Row 5: Slip 1 pw wyif, P6, P2Tog, P1, turn
Row 6: Slip 1 kw wyib, K7, SSK , K1, turn
Row 7: Slip 1 pw wyif, P8, P2TOG, P1, turn
Row 8: Slip 1 kw wyib, K9, SSK, K1, turn
Row 9: Slip 1 pw wyif, P10, P2TOG, P1, turn
Row 10: Slip 1 kw wyib, K11, SSK, K1, turn
Row 11: Slip 1 pw wyif, P12, P2TOG, P1, turn
Row 12: Slip 1 kw wyib, K13, SSK, K1, turn
Row 13: Slip 1 pw wyif, P14, P2TOG, P1, turn
Row 14: Slip 1 kw wyib, K 15, SSK, K1

(You should have closed all ‘gaps’ and have 18 stitches from the heel flap and turn)

            If you used a contrast heel, you now cut your second color and add your first color back in before picking up your gusset stitches.

Now you will pick up and knit 16 stitches along the heel flap (one stitch for every garter bump)

Once you’ve picked up the first side of the gusset, pick up one extra stitch in between the g
usset and top of the foot (This helps close up any small hole between gusset and foot)

       Tip: Stitches picked up between gusset & foot should be knit through the back loop. 

Place marker A after picking up and knitting the stitch between gusset and foot
Work pattern across top of foot, place marker B.

Now pick up and knit one stitch between the top of the foot and the next side of the gusset, pick up and knit 16 garter bumps from heel flap. (You now have 84 stitches on your needles, 32 from marker A to B, 52 from marker B to A)

Knit one round plain (no increasing/decreasing, follow pattern at top of the foot)

After knitting this round, stop three stitches before marker A

Round 1: K2TOG, K 1, sm, work in pattern to next marker, sm, K 1, SSK

Round 2: Knit to marker A, sm, work in pattern to next marker, sm B knit to last three stitches before marker A.

Repeat these two rounds until you have 32 stitches left between marker B and A
(You now have 64 stitches total, stitch count will stay the same until you start the toe)

Continue working in pattern across top of foot and knitting along the bottom until foot length measures 1.5 inches less than desired length. 

Toe: 

Start toe decreases three stitches before marker A (When knitting in the round becomes uncomfortable, switch to Double Point Needles)

Round 1: K2TOG, K1, sm, K1, SSK, knit to three stitches before next marker, K2TOG, K1, sm, K1, SSK

Round 2: Knit entire round

Repeat these two rounds until sock measures length of foot.

Complete the sock with a kitchener stitch. (Here are links to two different tutorials)