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Instructions for simple toe up tube sock - [Dec. 24th, 2004|10:03 pm]
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For this, you'll need about 200 yards of a worsted or light worsted weight yarn. I'll give instructions for how to deal with other types of yarn at the end. You'll also need at least 4 double pointed needles. For worsted weight yarn, I'm happy with US 5's or US 6's. Depending on how tightly you knit, you may need to go up or down in needle size. One size smaller then the size on the package of yarn is a good one to try. The spiraling tube pattern is based off of the "Big Bertha" socks in the Socks Socks Socks book.

To start, you'll need to make the toe of the sock. There are several ways to cast on the stitches. I'm particularly fond of the Figure 8 cast on since you only need two double pointed needles and you can adjust the tension as you work.

Instructions for the Figure 8 cast on can be found at:

http://www.wiseneedle.com/patternpage.asp?pattern=knitpatksox (Search for 'no sew cast on')

or

http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter02/FEATtiptoptoes.html

You'll need to have 16 stitches divided into 8 stitches on each needle. Now you're going to divide these stitches onto three needles and increase up to 12 stiches on one needle, 12 stitches on the second needle, and 24 stitches on the last needle. To do this, I recommend using the "bar increase." A google search will bring up instructions on how to do this increase. If you test this increase, you'll see that it leaves a small horizantal bar in your knitting. This bar is how you're going to keep track of your increases.

To increase, use the bar increase on the first stitch of your round, continue knitting until you have five stitches on that needle, and then switch to another needle. The needle you just placed five stitches on is now called needle one. Knit using another needle until you reach the next to the last stitch, and preform the bar increase. This should result in evenly spaced increases. Knit the last stitch. You're going to repeat this process on your third needle (increase on the first and the next to the last stitch) to finish the round. Knit one round plain.

Alternate increase rounds and knitting a round plain until you have twelve stitches on needle one as described above. Now, you can start the pattern. This is a simple spiraling tube pattern which makes the socks fit a little better.

K = knit P = purl

K3 P3
P1 K3 P2
P2 K3 P1
P3 K3
K1 P3 K2
K2 P3 K1

Try the sock on after you have cycled through the pattern twice. You want to continue the spiralling pattern until you can fit the sock over your heel. Once you have reached that point, you can switch to simple K3, P3 ribbing.

To cast off, you can simply use your preferred cast off but be sure to do it very very loosely. Another option is to use a stretchy bind off. The link below has instructions for one such bind off. It produces a slightly lacy edge. To preform this bind off with K3, P3 ribbing, simply have your next to the last row be K3 (increase of some sort) P3 or K3 (increase of some sort) P3 (increase of some sort.) Remember to slip the increase stitches and not knit them.

http://www.socknitters.com/Tips/stretchy.htm

You can do these socks on any number of stitches that are divisible by 3. The 12 stitch version will fit my feet which are a large US 8 1/2. The ribbing will make the sizing forgiving. You can eek out two socks out of one ball of Wool-ease yarn on US 5's.

So, you say, you want to do the socks with a real heel? There's several patterns available. I'm fond of the one linked below :

http://65.254.41.66/putmeon.htm

On a normal worsted weight yarn on US 6's the listed pattern there is a bit small for my feet. I did a version with a cast on of 8, increase to 12, 8 stitches for the gusset, 9 slipped over, decrease to 8, pick up 9, and then reduce down to 12, and the pattern worked fine. There's also a generic pattern on the sock listed there. The nice thing about using 3 needles and the pattern I linked to is that the eventual "top" of the sock is the third needle with the large number of stitches on it. This means that you don't get a 'ladder' of loose stitches from the gap in your needles going up the top of the sock.
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[User Picture]From: nezchan
2004-12-25 07:19 pm (UTC)
Hmm. Interesting. Not directly useful for me as a crochet fanatic, but interesting that it comes just as I'm about to work on designing a pair of stockings for myself.

Not sure how to turn a heel with crochet, though. That'll be interesting.
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[User Picture]From: corvid
2004-12-25 07:52 pm (UTC)
Basically, there's several ways of turning heels in knitting.

The gist of a top down one is explained fairly well in the pattern below:

http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter02/PATTfuzzyfeet.html

Basically, you start the tube for the top of the sock, take a portion of your stitches, and then knit on only those stitches to make a flap. The tube stops about where your foot begins and the flap goes from that point down almost to the heel, and then you decrease it so it'll hug to the foot. Then you pick up stitches from the sides of the flap and knit around, decreasing on either side of your gusset (that's the triangular area on either side of the sock.)

Another option is a short rowed heel. In that case, you're knitting back and forth without doing a full row to shape the heel. Searching for "short rowed heel" should give you some information about it.

A lot of these concepts could be translated into crochet. For a crocheted sock, you'll want a fairly thin yarn due to the thickness of the standard crochet stitches. You'll want to start with a small patch (about an inch) and widen it into a tube that will fit over the widest point of your toes. Now, crochet in a tube up to the required hieght, and finish it. You've just made a tube sock. A stretchy ribbing like pattern would help the fit.

Sizing: The important points on a toe up sock is the point where you stop increasing (when it will fit over the widest point of your toes), the point where your foot stops and your leg begins (that's where you start the heel), and the point where your leg starts to widen (that's where you worry about adding stitches to fit the leg.)

You might want to try to borrow a copy of "Folk Socks" to see the neat heel and toe information there. You might also be interested in nalbinding - which, as I remember, is how you made Viking socks. Here's the first link I found about it.

http://www.norsefolk.com/clothing/nalbinding.html
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