Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Ta Da! Here is the sock pattern for my Roundabout Socks.
They go around and around, just like a traffic circle.
Gauge: 7.75 sts/inch
Double pointed needles, 2 circular needles, or magic loop needle – your choice. I use 2 circular needles.
Needle size to get my gauge: #1, 2.5mm. You use what works for you.
Yarn: sock weight yarn, approximately 300-400 yards, depending on how big or how long your foot is. A 4 oz skein ought to do it.
Instructions are for a 56 st. sock. If you have a larger foot, use 64 sts.
Pattern: multiple of 8.
Round 1: *ssk, k3, yo, k3* Continue in this pattern around the sock.
Round 2: Knit
Repeat these 2 rounds for the leg of the sock.
Cast on: 56 sts (64 sts) on whatever needle method you choose. Cast on over 2 needles held together, so that the sock will easily stretch over your foot. Make sure that you don’t twist the yarn. Join the stitches into a circle.
Divide your stitches so that each needle holds a multiple of 8. It’s just easier to knit this way.
Leg: Work a k2, p2 ribbing for 1 inch.
Work in pattern for desired length.
Heel: Arrange stitches so that half of the total stitches are on one needle, and the other half are on the other needle.
For a 56 stitch sock, you will have 28 sts on each needle on 2 circulars; for a 64 stitch sock, you will have 32 stitches on each needle.
Working on either 28 or 32 stitches only, on the heel side, slip the first stitch, and then purl back.
Heel pattern: Row 1: *sl 1, k1* across the row.
Row 2: sl 1, purl across
Proceed with these two rows until you have worked 28 (32) rows.
Turn heel: Row 1: On rt side, k15 (17), ssk, k1. Turn
Row 2: sl 1, p3, p2tog, p1. Turn
Row 3: sl 1, k4, ssk, k1. Turn
Row 4: sl 1, p5, p2tog, p1. Turn
Repeat these rows, always adding one more stitch to the center ones, until you have used up all the stitches. You should end up with 16 (18) stitches.
Heel gusset: On right side of sock, work across the heel stitches. Then pick up 14 (16) stitches. Knit across the instep (the front of the sock). Pick up 14 (16) stitches . From here on, you will work in stockinette for the rest of the sock.
To shape the gusset, you will work alternate dec and plain rounds.
Dec round: Work to 3 sts before the end of the back sts. K2tog, k1. Work the instep. Then, at the beginning of the back stitches, k1, ssk, and knit.
Plain round: Knit.
Repeat these 2 rounds, decreasing one stitch at each end of the back stitches every other round until you have 56 (64) stitches left. You will have half of the stitches on one needle, and half on the other.
Foot: Work in stockinette until foot is about 1.5 inches before the end.
Shape toe: Round 1: K1, ssk, work until 3 sts from the end of the needle, k2tog, k1. Repeat on the other needle.
Round 2: Work plain.
Work these 2 rounds until 10 sts remain on each needle. Finish the sock by grafting the stitches together using the Kitchener stitch.
Weave in your ends. Make the second sock.
You did it! Now you too can go around and around the circle.
Thanks to all of you for your lovely comments! I haven't yet figured out how to reply individually to you, so this is my response.
To those who like to knit toe up, just do the pattern on the leg. It's that simple.
Stampingdreams - Look at it this way: ssk = 1 stitch, k3 = 3 sts, yo = 1 stitch, k3 = 3 stitches. Add them up and you have 8 sts.
In other words, *ssk, then k3, then do a yarn over, k3*, and repeat this until you've finished the round. Next round, knit. Keep repeating these 2 rounds. What will happen magically is that the leg will torque. That's what's supposed to happen.
If you are on Ravelry, pm me there. My name there is ruth. And you can send me pics or I can send you some.