Saturday, January 12, 2008

Mid Gauge Owl Sock

Machine: LK 150 mid-gauge machine

Gauge 8.6 rows 5.3 sts = 1" with Roselan Double Knit Yarn

Owl Cable Pattern Note: I've turned the owl pattern upside down to make it easier for myself (and you) to knit the sock. I've also added 1 more row on the left so that we have the same number of K stitches on each side of the owl.

Don't forget to add your bead for his eyes by taking the stitch off and slipping a bead onto the stitch, replace the stitch on the needle and continue knitting. This way the bead will NEVER fall off.

Suggest you go ahead and write stitch numbers and row numbers next to your owl pattern so you won't get mixed up. Remember, you don't have the reformat the purl stitches but you do have to reformat the knit stitches.

Start the Sock:
Cast 43 sts on with waste yarn, hang cast on comb and knit a few rows.

T = 0 e-wrap cast on with main yarn and K 16 rows

T = 2.5 K 2 rows.

RC 0: Begin Cable Pattern centering it on needle R 1 (I've marked the center stitch for you)
Finish cable pattern and K 2 more rows.
RC 30 T = 1 short row for heel:
Pull all needles L of 0 to hold. Carriage on hold
*Pull 1 needle on carriage side to hold and K across
Repeat from * for 14 rows.
**Reverse shaping by pushing needle opposite carriage to upper working position, K across.
Repeat from ** until all needles are back in work.
T = 2.5 K 51 rows for foot.
T = 0 Carriage on opposite side from heel
Repeat from * and then ** to shape toe.
Take carriage off H and K 1 row across all needles.
Remove stitches left of 0 on ravel and waste.
Remove stitches right of 0 on separate ravel and waste
Kitchener stitch toe stitches
Sew side seam

Make second sock the same except do your shortrowing on the opposite sides so your seams will be on the inside of the leg.

Owl Pattern Copyright, 1990 The Taunton Press Inc. Reprinted with permission from Hand Manipulated Stitches for Machine Knitters, The Taunton Press, PO Box 5506, Newtown, CT 06470. To order a copy, call 1-800-888-8286.

Sock Pattern: Feel free to make copies of this article for your personal use or for use in classes.
The following copyright notice must appear on all copies

Copyright, Rosalind Porter 1997

Friday, January 11, 2008

Machine Knit a Baby Sock

Suggested Tension: 6 stockinette, 3/3 ribbing
Gauge isn’t all that important as long as you
pretty much use regular standard machine sweater yarn
that gives you 7 sts, 10 rows per inch at tension 7
(or thereabouts). These socks are for a newborn. (make them even if you don't know a newborn, you'll learn how to make a sock).

Cast on 34 stitches for a 1x1 rib (needles 17 – 17)
RC 00 tension 3/3 Rib 30 rows.
Transfer stitches to main bed.

RC 00 Carriage on right (COR) tension 6, knit 16 rows.
Photo 1
End with COR.

Start Heel Shaping
Set carriage to hold
Place the 17 stitches on the left side of 0 to hold (see photo 1)

Use a claw weight under the stitches in working position.
You may have to move them up once or twice as your fabric starts to cup.

Now you’ll be working on the right side of the bed only (on the needles RIGHT 1 TO RIGHT 17)
*Short row for heel by placing 1 stitch NEXT to the carriage in hold EVERY row until 6
stitches remain in work.

See photo 2 which shows edge of carriage on the right & the 6 sts in the middle still in
Work. Notice how close my claw weight is to the bed?

photo 2

You are short rowing each side of these needles on the right side of the bed, 1 stitch each side every other row (or 1 on the right when carriage is on the right then 1 on the left when carriage is on the left).

Short row back by putting 1 stitch opposite the carriage back into working position and
wrap the last working needle on the other end. Keep gong until all the needles are back in work.
So now, with the carriage on the right you will push 1 needle on the LEFT back into work and you’ll be wrapping the last stitch in hold on the RIGHT!
Keep doing this until all the needles are back in work. Take the carriage off hold and knit 2 rows plain across all needles.

photo 3

In photo 3 you can see I’m finished and the heel
has cupped under the needles in work.
The arrows point to where I wrapped the stitches.

Set carriage OFF hold.
RC 00 Tension 6, COR, knit 13 rows, end with COL.

Shape toe: Short row exactly the same way you did the heel (start at *).
Only THIS TIME YOU ARE ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE NEEDLE BED. Shortrow in until 6 stitches remain and then reverse shortrow back out until all are back in work just as before.
photo 4

See photo 4 (needles are set up ready to start toe. Heel is on right. Claw weight is holding the stitches in work for me).

Take carriage off hold and knit 1 row over all needles.

Put needles on 1 side back in hold, put carriage in hold and take the other side off on waste yarn. Put the carriage back off hold and take the other side off on waste yarn so you have 2 separate sections of 17 needles each on waste yarn.

Kitchener stitch toe seam (all the stitches on waste yarn) or rehang right sides together and latch tool bind off.

Photo 5 shows the top and bottom of the toe on waste yarn.

photo 5

Kitchener or latch tool toe before you mattress stitch the seam. Seam should be on the inside of the leg.
Make another sock just like the first only reverse the shaping so that
both seams will be inside the leg. Don’t forget to fold the cuff
when you mattress stitch so that the cuff seam is on the inside when folded.

photo 6
Photo 6 shows where you will seam with mattress stitch

Feel free to make copies of this article for your personal use or for use in classes. The following copyright notice must appear on all copies Copyright 2002-2008 Rosalind Porter