The Handwork teacher

I am a mother to two beautiful girls and I teach Handwork and Fine Arts in our local waldorf charter school in Arizona.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

are there people still checking in?

Just checking to see if people are still checking in.

it's been a while since I put any crafty things on the site.

here is a bunch of patterns

http://www.knittingpatterncentral.com/directory/socks.php


The pattern below is from http://www.knittingonthenet.com/patterns/socksbasic.htm
Gauge:
28 sts= 4 inches

Instructions
CO 56 sts. Join and mark beg of round.

Rib in K2, P2 rib for 7 inches or desired leg length.

Divide For Heel
Put one half of the stitches (28), centered on the beginning of the round, on a needle. (The easiest way to do this is to knit the first 14 sts, then turn and slip the 14 sts on the other side of the marker onto the needle). Place the other half on a holder - these stitches will be the instep later on. Work the heel flap over the 28 sts (using contrast colour if desired):

P across the back of the heel flap, slipping the first stitch.
Turn.
Sl1, K1 across.
Turn.

Repeat these 2 rows till you have worked 28 rows (count the slipped stitches which should be 14).

Turning The Heel
You are making short rows to shape a little cup for the heel.

Starting on the right side, knit halfway across the heel flap (14 sts) plus 2 (16). Sl1, K1, psso. K1. Turn.
Sl1, P5, P2tog, P1. Turn.
Sl1, K across to the gap (where you turned), slip the first stitch before the gap, K the stitch on the other side, psso, K1. Turn again.
Sl1, P across to the gap. P2tog across the gap. P1. Turn.

Continue in this manner until all the heel flap stitches have been used up.

Join the first colour back in if you made a contrasting heel. Now you will be picking up the stitches on the sides of the heel flap and knitting around the sock again. Those stitches you put aside before doing the heel flap have waited patiently and will be put back into use!

By slipping the first stitch of each row on the heel flap, you have made a lovely chain edge which will be easy to pick up. You should be able to get 14 stitches on each side, but don't worry if you get more or less than this. I usually pick up the stitches on one needle and knit them onto another, twisting them by knitting into the back of the loop.

Knit across those patient instep stitches, or continue them in ribbing, then pick up and knit the same number of stitches on the other side of the heel flap. Knit one half of the heel flap stitches (8 or 9) onto this needle. Mark the centre as the beginning of the round. You now have three needles with rather a lot of stitches on them - one for each side of the gusset and one for the instep. If you have a spare needle in about the same size you can put the instep stitches on two needles instead - I find this is much easier to work.

Now you want to make a row of decreases on each side of the heel flap to get back to the same number of stitches you began with (56).

Knit to 3 sts from the end of needle 1, K2tog, K1.
Rib across the instep sts.
On needles 3 and 4, K first st, Sl1, K1, psso. Knit to end.

K next round plain (ribbing the instep if desired).
Repeat decrease round every other round until you have 56 sts again.

Continue with knit sole and ribbed instep (just follow the established rib) until the foot measures 2½" less than your foot length. I use my 7" double points to give me a rough idea of when to begin the toe shaping, since my foot is 9½" long.

Shape Toe:
Join contrast colour if using such.
Knit one round plain.

Decrease round:
K to 3 sts from end of first needle, K2tog, K1.
K first st on instep needle, Sl1, psso, knit to 3 sts from end of instep needle (or end of needle 3 if you split the instep sts), K2tog, K1.
Last needle, K1, Sl1, psso, K to end.

Knit one round plain.

Continue alternating plain and decrease rounds until you have half the number of sts you began with (28, or 7 on each of 4 needles). Then decrease on every round until you have 12 sts left all together.

Cut off the yarn leaving an 18" tail. Thread a needle with this yarn tail and graft these sts together using the Kitchener stitch or just thread the end through all the sts and draw them up tightly. Weave the end of the yarn into the back of the stitches (turn the sock inside out).

Weave in all your yarn ends, making sure to leave no knots. Knots in a sock will give you nasty blisters! There, you've made a sock! Welcome to the new addiction...

Now you can make the mate. Handmade socks don't always match. If you want to, you can create a wardrobe of single unmatched but coordinating socks and wear a different pair every time!




My socks are more like this (below) using the same pattern as above but with worsted weight and less stitches....this would be better for the kids in class
sock pattern

Materials:
4 ounces of sock yarn of your choice....worsted weight is best for the first sock. I am doing a sport weight right now and you need to add on more stitches.
Have some different colors
Size 6) double pointed needles

Gauge:


Instructions
CO 36 sts. Join and mark round.

Rib in K2, P2 rib for 4 inches or desired cuff length.

Divide For Heel
Put one half of the stitches (18), centered on the beginning of the round, on a needle. (The easiest way to do this is to knit the first sts, then turn and slip the sts on the other side of the marker onto the needle). Place the other half on a holder - these stitches will be the instep later on.

Heel flap:
so now only 2 needles are holding the sock.
with the 3rd needle slip one. knit one all the way across the needle. on the same needle turn around and slip one and purl all the way across the back side of the needle repeat step one and two until you have 10 rows (20).

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Turning The Heel
You are making short rows to shape a little cup for the heel.

Starting on the right side, knit halfway across the heel flap and mark it with a piece of string.
knit to up to one stitch before the string and knit 2 together and knit one more. turn and purl to the stitch


I will be right back with the rest of the pattern....

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

I check your blog frequently! :)

Hallie said...

I have got to learn how to knit!! I so want to make socks!

Anne said...

Thanks for the link. :)

FairiesNest said...

Here! ...raises hand...

myartemismoon said...

oops! I meant my comment to come here, but it attached to your previos post! Thankyou for the links and patterns, still checking in! :-)

maskitit said...

found a way to get your updates automatically, so will be reading everything from now on. glad you are enjoying the socks making so much :)

Linda said...

Thanks so much for the sock pattern, I love your blog...

Pia said...

Me me to, me to

I check it regularily! Thank you for writing and showing your beautiful work!!!!

WendyZ said...

I'm still here too! I use the RSS reader on my iMac's mail, so I never miss a post!

renee said...

I have been checking in, very much looking forward to you real return, pictures and all!

Anonymous said...

Hello there,
just catching up again and of course do I still read your blog!
And I want to suggest that you should think about making socks with your class 5 in any case, even if you have just half a year. When I was at school that is one of the things I still remember doing and still do (especially now that I also have a class 5). You could let the children knit one sock at school and give them another bunch of needles to make the second sock at home. Well, just think about it again, it would be a shame if they miss that experience.
Thank you for all the impressions and ideas you supply, I love visiting your side!
All the best,
Anka

Jo said...

Hi Did you ever finish the sock pattern? I would love to see the rest of it. What size needle do you use? Thanks Love all your projects!

Jo said...

Hi Did you ever finish the sock pattern? I would love to see the rest of it. What size needle do you use? Thanks Love all your projects!