Sunday, May 29, 2005

Chevron Sock Pattern Available

Opal Rodeo

Patons Kroy Jaquard Hip Hop

Regia Cotton Tip & Top

To fit a woman's foot using fingering/sock weight yarn. I've used a long 18 stich repeat especially to showcase self-patterning or self-striping yarn.

If you knit this pattern, I would love you to send me a link to a pic of your finished socks!

CHEVRON SOCKS – to fit woman’s foot
-For best results use self-patterning or self-striping yarn

Materials: fingering/sock yarn. 100gr/464 yds (425 m.)
For a woman’s shoe 6, I used less than 380 yds.
-One set (4) dpns US#1 (2.25mm)
Gauge: 15 sts. = 2"

PATTERN: (over 18sts)
1st rnd: *Knit in front and back of first stich (kfb), K6, ssk, K2tog., K6, kfb*. Repeat for * to * around, ending with kfb.
2nd rnd: Knit

CUFF: Cast on 72 sts (18/36/18). Join. This arrangement of stitches will make working the pattern easier.
Work K2, P2 ribbing for 2"

LEG: Begin pattern, repeating 1st and 2nd rounds of pattern. Continue until work measures 5 ½ " from beginning of work, ending with a knit row.

HEEL: K18 from needle 1 and slip last 18 sts. from needle 3 onto end of same needle for heel. (36 sts.)
Divide remaining sts onto 2 needles and leave for instep.
On heel stitches proceed: wrong side facing.
1st row: Sl. 1 , P to end.
2nd row: (Sl. 1, K1) to end.
Repeat these 2 rows until 34 rows completed in total, ending with 1st row, right side facing.

1st row: K 20, ssk, K1, Turn
2nd row: Sl. 1, P5, P2tog, P1, Turn
3rd row: Sl. 1, K6, ssk, K1, Turn
4th row: Sl. 1, P7, P2 tog, P1, Turn
5th row: Sl. 1, K8, ssk, K1, Turn
6th row: Sl. 1, P9, P2 tog, P1, Turn
7th row: Sl. 1, K10, ssk, K1, Turn
8th row: Sl. 1, P11, P2 tog, P1, Turn
9th row: Sl. 1, K12, ssk, K1, Turn
10th row: Sl. 1, P13, P2 tog, P1, Turn
11th row: Sl. 1, K14, ssk, K1, Turn
12th row: Sl. 1, P15, P2 tog, P1, Turn
13th row: Sl. 1, K16, ssk, K1, Turn
14th row: Sl. 1, P17, P2tog, Turn
15th row: Sl. 1, K18, ssk, Turn
16th row: Sl. 1, P18, P2tog
20 sts now on needle. Sl. 36 instep sts onto 1 needle.

1st needle: Knit 20 heel stitches, Pick up and knit 18 sts along side of heel.
2nd needle: work 36 instep sts in pattern (1st rnd)
3rd needle: Pick up and knit 18 sts along side of heel. K10 heel st.
Slip remaining 10 sts onto first needle. 92 sts (28/36/28)
Beginning rnd at center of heel:
1st rnd: 1st needle: K to last 3 sts. K2tog, K1.
2nd needle: Knit even (2nd rnd of pattern)
3rd needle: K1, ssk, K to end.

2nd rnd: 1st needle: Knit
2nd needle: 1st rnd of pattern
3rd needle: Knit
Repeat these 2 rnds 8 more times keeping continuity of pattern on 2nd needle of 36 instep stitches. 72 sts (18/36/18)

FOOT: Continue even on these 72 sts. Knitting 1st and 3rd needles and continuing pattern on 2nd needle until foot measures 2" less than desired length of foot.
TOE: 1st rnd: 1st needle: K to last 3 sts. K2 tog, K1
2nd needle: K1, ssk, K to last 3 sts. K2 tog, K1
3rd needle: K1, ssk, K to end.
2nd rnd: Knit
Repeat these 2 rnds until 24 sts. Remain (6/12/6)
Knit sts from 1st needle onto 3rd needle.
Kitchener stitch ends together.
Work 2nd sock same as first.

Variation: Work Cuff, Heel and Toe in a solid color.
Yarn choice tips: this pattern is especially written to showcase the patterns in self-patterning yarns. Self-striping yarns are also a good choice. Variegated (multi-color) yarns not recommended.

Sept. 20 - edit to heel shaping

© 2005, Nicola Manning
Not to be reproduced in any manner, except for own personal use.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Opal Socks and More

Not a lot of knitting done this week. We had company for the Victoria Day long weekend and were out and about most of the time. First I have finished the first Opal Rodeo sock and just started the second one this morning. I love these colours and look how just a bit of orange turned up at the toes.

I also finished the border on the mitred square afghan for my sister last week as promised. This is a lot of fun to do and I went wild with fibers, including everything from acrylic to cotton to wool to mohair and every weight of yarn from double strands of crochet cotton to bulky weights. That is the beauty of mitres and why I like them so much, I think. I just love experimenting with colour and mixing fibres.

And finally I started work on putting some squares together from my crochet exchange. These are all my blues and I'm putting a white square between each one and bordering all squares with 1 rnd of sc in Soft Navy and then joining them together with a slip stitch. I really like how this is looking!

Non-knitting content: I was totally un-impressed with last night's American Idol. Those two "original" songs they had to sing were awful! Why couldn't they let them sing songs in their own genres and shine? Anyway I thought Carrie was very wooden, nerves probably, and I hope Bo wins tonight. He's been my favourite all long. Then that's all my reality shows over for the time being. Thankfully, Canadian Idol starts on Monday and Big Brother will be starting in the next little while.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

One FO and Several WIPs

Well I've finished the chevron socks from my own pattern.

I've also cast on for the next pair, will be using the same pattern but this time using Opal Rodeo. I absolutely love how these colours are knitting up.

Yesterday I received the last square for April's crochet exchange. These are all the squares I received for April.

More on the crochet front: Other than knitting I also like to crochet afghans and have just started working on a funky pattern from an old magazine. Have one set of squares done and am working on the next set.

As you probably can see I am addicted to knitting socks but I also have another knitting passion and that is for knitting mitred squares. This is how I use up all my scraps and odds and ends. This is a sneak peak of the afghan I'm making for my sister. I'm just working on the crochet border right now, which I should finish tonight while I watch American Idol. I sure do hope Vonzell is sent home tonight. I'm routing for Bo but I like Carrie, too. I've been hoping from the start that Bo and Carrie would be the final two.

And I've also started a second one, this time in my bedroom colours: purple and yellow.

Monday, May 16, 2005

Mail Day!!

Look what came in the mail today from Fun Knits.!

Opal Magic #1038, Opal Rodeo #1150 and Regia Cotton Tip & Top #4083

I'm in an orange mood right now and these will be perfect for summer socks.

Right now my S.I.P. is an original design I've been working on.

Using Patons Kroy Socks Hip Hop jacquard which it seems has been discontinued, love the colours, hopefully they'll replace it with something similar.