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 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)