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!