269. Lamb’s Pride Bulky Socks 101

Knitting, project 269. Completed 9/22/2010

Toasty warm

PATTERN
Adapted from instructions in the book Knitalong: Celebrating the Tradition of Knitting Together by Larissa Brown & Martin John Brown, published by Stewart Tabori & Chang, spring 2008

MADE FOR
Myself

SIZE
Women’s Large: 9″ circumference at ball of foot, 10.5″ foot length

Gauge: 4 sts per inch

MATERIALS
Yarn: 5.1 oz, 160 yds (1.3 skeins) yarn from

  • 2 skeins – Brown Sheep Co.: Lamb’s Pride Bulky (85% wool, 15% mohair) 113 g/4 oz, 125 yds/114 m. Color: M-28, Chianti

Knitting needles: 1 set of 5 double-pointed needles (DPNs) in US Size J-10 (6 mm)

NOTES
A cozy little foot sock/slipper from the Knitalong book. I used one skein for each sock to avoid joining new yarn.

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222. Sock Cuff Repair

Knitting, project 222. Completed 1/16/2010

Socks were originally completed 3/4/2005 (project #054), knit from soft Lamb’s Pride Bulky (wool/mohair blend). The original cuff bindoff was tight, and the socks had felted down during repeated washings over the years. I cut off the cast off round, and carefully picked the stitches free. I used contrasting color yarn to knit 3 rounds and then used the single crochet castoff method for a new finish. They are still toasty warm, and now they fit perfectly at the top.

Shown: The finished sock repair (with new green cuff border), the new bindoff in process, and what the cuffs looked like before .

Extra-Wide Men’s Slippers

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Knitting, project #147. Completed 12/27/2007.

Yarn: Super bulky yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn. 6 oz/170 g, 108 yd/98 m.
(CC) 1 ball #402, Wheat: 86% acrylic, 10% wool, 4% rayon
(MC) 1 ball #122, Taupe: 80% acrylic, 20% wool

Needles    US 13 (9 mm) double-pointed needles (DPN)
Gauge    2.25 sts and 3 rows = 1 inch in St st (9 St sts and 12 rows = 4″)
Pattern: Adapted from the Lion yarn label, a standard sock chart, and Anne Budd’s sock chart
Finished size: Men’s medium with extra-wide width
Length of foot (heel to toe): 9.5 inches. Ball of the foot: 13 inches

Note: K2TOG slants this way (/) — SSK does this (\)

Calculations

Ball of foot (13) x sts per inch (2.25) = 29.25

Make it divisible by 4: 28 sts in sock body

Cuff and leg

With CC (Wheat), cast on 28 sts using Long Tail method. Join circularly, taking care not to twist sts.

  • Work 5 rounds in K1, P1 ribbing.
  • Knit 2 rounds

Change to color MC (Taupe). Knit 4 rounds.

Heel flap over 14 sts

K 7 sts. Turn. P 14 sts. Turn.

Flap — Work in stockinette for 3 inches: K 14 (RS) and P 14 (WS), end with purl row.

Turn heel over 14 sts

  • Row 1: K5, K2TOG, K7, turn
  • Row 2: P5, P2TOG, P4, turn. Leave 2 sts unworked on the needle.
  • Row 3: K3, K2TOG, K3, turn. Leave 2 sts unworked on the needle.
  • Row 4: P3, P2TOG, P2, P2TOG, turn
  • Row 5: K2, K2TOG, K2, K2TOG, K1
  • Row 6: Purl across remaining 7 sts

Gusset

Knit across 7 heel sts. Pick up 8 gusset sts on side of heel flap (pick up through both loops of the edge st).

Knit across 14 instep sts.

Pick up 9 gusset sts from heel flap. 38 sts total.

Rearrange sts on needles as follows (split the heel sts):

  • Needle 1, heel/flap — 4 heel sts and 8 gusset sts
  • Needle 2, instep — 14 instep sts
  • Needle 3, heel/flap — 3 heel sts and 9 gusset sts

Decrease Gussets

Each decrease round removes 2 sts:

  • Needle 1: heel/flap — K to last 3 sts, K2TOG, K1
  • Needle 2, instep — knit across
  • Needle 3, heel/flap — K1, SSK, K to end

Repeat these 2 rounds 5 times until 28 sts remain:

1)     Round 1: Decrease

2)     Round 2: K all sts.

Foot

Needle 1 and 3 have 7 sts. Needle 2 (instep) has 14 sts.

Work even until sock comes up to the base of the toes, about 2″ less than the desired finished length. 10 – 14 minimum rows suggested. 6.75 inches total length.

Toe Shaping (10 rounds – 2.25″)

Each decrease round removes 4 sts:

  • Needle 1: K to last 3 sts: K2TOG, K1
  • Needle 2: K1, SSK, K to last 3 sts, K2TOG, K1
  • Needle 3: K1, SSK, K to end

Repeat these 2 rounds 4 times until 16 sts remain:

1)     Round 1: Decrease to 28, 24, 20, 16 sts

2)     Round 2: K all sts

Work 2 more decrease rounds: 8 sts remain; toe is about 3.75″ across). Knit last 2 sts.

Graft toe – Kitchener method

The yarn is at the side of the sock. Cut the yarn, leaving a 10 to 12″ tail. Move your yarn under the needle. Place the heel sts (Ndl 1 and 3) on 1 needle.

Set-Up 1: First stitch — front needle — as if to purl and pull it through, leaving the stitch on the needle.

Set-Up 2: First stitch — back needle — as if to knit, and pull it through, leaving the stitch on the needle.

  • Step 1: First stitch — front needle —knit, slip it OFF
  • Step 2: Next stitch — front needle —purl, leave it on
  • Step 3: First stitch — back needle —purl, slip it OFF
  • Step 4: Next stitch — back needle —knit, leave it on

Repeat steps 1-4, pausing to tighten up the stitches now and then until all the stitches are worked. The last two stitches remaining on the needle require you to perform step 1 then step 3.

Slipper Boots (Adult Small)

Knitting, project #146. Completed 12/23/2007.

With pencil to show scale.

Yarn: Super bulky yarn: 1 skein Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn. 6 oz/170 g, 108 yd/98 m. Color #402, Wheat (86% acrylic, 10% wool, 4% rayon)

Needles: US 13 (9 mm) double-pointed needles (DPN)
Gauge: 2.25 sts and 3 rows = 1 inch in St st (9 St sts and 12 rows = 4″)
Pattern: Generated from http://www.thedietdiary.com/blog/?p=495
Finished size: Adult Small
Leftover yarn: About half a skein

Notes: Supposed to fit a man with 9.5-inch long foot (Men’s medium on the generator). Slipper turned out much smaller.

Double-Stranded Slippers with Sherman Heel

Knitting, project #143. Completed 12/15/2007.

Yarn: A) 164 yds / 2 balls — Knitpicks Shamrock (100% Peruvian Highland Wool), heavy worsted weight (4 to 4.5 sts=1″ on #7-9 needles), 82 yards/50 gram ball. Color: 23969, Dougherty.
B) 197 yds 1 skein — Lion brand Wool Ease (80% acrylic, 20% wool), medium worsted weight (4.5 sts = 1″ #8 needles), 3 oz/85g, 197 yd/180m. Color: 620-180, Forest Green Heather

Needles: US 9 (5.5 mm) double-pointed needles (DPN), 3.5 sts per inch

Pattern: Bulky Yarn Booties, adapted from these online sources:

Bradley’s Ultimate Crocheted Socks

Crochet, project #136. Completed 9/22/2007.
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Pattern: Dorothy Hardy, http://www.crochetme.com/ultimate-crocheted-socks
Toe-up socks crocheted in one piece with a gusseted heel. The heel construction is just genius. Thanks for a great pattern, Dorothy!

Yarn: 1 ball ZwergerGarn Opal superwash (75% virgin wool, 25% polyamid), 100 g/425 m. Color: 1931, Neon series (purple, teal, and lime).

Hook: US F-4.0 mm hook for body of sock and US E-3.5 mm hook for cuff

Gauge: 20 esc / 20 rows = 4 inches (5 per inch)

Finished Size: Large, made to fit my friend Bradley, who wears a US men’s 10.5 shoe. Each sock used 41 g/ 175 m sock wool.

Zig-Zag Socks with Short Row Heel

Knitting, project 128. Date completed: 5/3/2007

These socks were put on hold for the baby knitting done in April. They are just perfect for me. I love the chevron pattern and the short cuff. I modified the heel with short row techniques. These will be worn with clogs.

Pattern: My gauge was 4 sts and 6 rows per inch on US 7 (4.5 mm) double-pointed needles. I used these resources to engineer the socks:

• Violet Green Zig Zag Socks Pattern
• Lucia’s Zig & Zag Sockulator (sock calculator)
• Sherman (Short Row) Heel numbers from hipknitism
• Shaping short row heel without holes, misocrafy tutorial
• 3-needle bind off from Wolf and Turtle

Yarn: 170 yds yarn: 2 balls Patons SWS (70% Wool, 30% Soy), 2.80 oz/80 g, 110 yd/100 m. Color: 70530, Natural Geranium

Finished size: Knit to fit Woman’s US Shoe Size 12: foot length and ball of foot 10.5 inches. Sock foot circumference 9.6 inches, sock length 6.8 inches
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The stripes do not match across the pair of socks. I debated about this, but then decided it didn’t matter enough to me.

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Stripes! I love you, Stripes! And chevrons, too!

Bright Striped Men’s Socks

Knitting, Project #120

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The socks being worn

Made for a tall friend of mine who likes bright, loud colors and loves stripes. These were made to spec: in fact, he has a long-sleeved shirt that matches these socks. He was delighted to get the socks, and they were fun to knit. I learned a lot engineering this pair of socks. The ribbed cuff tapers down, and this pair of worsted weight socks has a Sherman heel. The short-rows were great: no gusset stitches to pick up and no heel flap. The striped socks are shown here with a ruler to give you an idea of the scale.

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Date completed: 3/8/2007

Yarn: 301 yds total: 4-ply worsted-weight yarn – 4 balls total Nature Spun worsted weight (100% wool), 3.5 oz/100 g, 245 yds/224 m. $6.99 per ball.

  • A: 1.4 oz (98 yds). Color N44W, Husker Red
  • B: 1.4 oz (98 yds). Color N54W, Orange You Glad
  • C: 0.8 oz (56 yds). Color 305W, Impasse Yellow
  • D: 0.7 oz (49 yds). Color 108, Cherry Delight (Hot Pink)

Needles:
US Size 5 [3.75 mm] set of 5 double-pointed needles
US Size 6 [4.25 mm] set of 5 double-pointed needles

Gauge: 24 sts + 28 rounds = 4 inches in St st (k every round) on 4.25 mm needles. (6 sts and 7 rounds/inch)

Pattern: My own devising, with research from the following sources:

Finished size: US Men’s size 12 shoe. Made to fit these measurements: 14″ around calf, 10″ around ball of foot, 10.75″ around ankle, and 10.5″ length of foot. Finished sock weighs 4.3 oz (120 g)