Friday, January 7, 2011

Finished Object Friday--Lacy Rib Socks

I finally finished my lacy rib socks in Lorna's Laces Yellowstone.  This yarn was nice to work in and my socks fit an older child's foot.  My youngest daughter's feet measure:

foot length--8 inches
foot width--7 inches
ankle width--7 1/2 inches
heel length--2 1/2 inches

Pictures:
Front and back

from the side
From the top

I took inspiration from three different patterns to make this.  I referred to my copy of  "Revised Fixation Three Needle Socks" which I got in my sock class and is for socks made on size 4 dpns.  To figure out the amount of stitches, I found Siskiyou Knits to be very helpful although the socks ended up being a child's instead of an adult size.  And I got the idea for the rib from the book:

I also found this lacy rib pattern in quite a few stitch guides. 

The Pattern--Lacy Rib Socks from the Cuff Down

yarn--Lorna's Laces Yellowstone, fingering weight yarn
needles--double points in 11/2 or 2.5 mm
gage--10 stitches and 13 rows per inch

Cast on 60 stitches
divide up over 3 needles--20, 20, 20
knit 2, purl 2 ribbing for 10 rows

10 sets of  the lace pattern
row 1--purl 1, yarn over, knit 2 together, purl 1
row 2--purl 1, knit 2, purl 1
row 3--purl 1, slip slip knit, yarn over, purl 1
row 4--purl 1, knit 2, purl 1

I did the lace loosely on row 2 and tighter on the other rows so that the slip slip knit was easy to do.  This gave it more of a scrunchiness.

Heel Flap--I now have 40 grams of yarn left on my skein
Divide over 2 needles--30 and 30
11 sets  of eye of partridge--knit tightly

row 1--slip 1, knit 1
row 2--slip 1, purl across
row 3--slip 2 *knit 1, slip 1,* knit 2
row 4--slip 1, purl across
end on purl row, this should be about 2 1/2 inches long

Heel Turn
I knit this very tightly.  You are doing short rows so you don't knit all the way across, this creates a curved surface.
row 1--knit 17, slip slip knit, knit 1, turn
row 2--slip 1, purl 5, purl 2 together, purl 1, turn
row 3--slip 1, knit 6, slip slip knit, knit 1, turn
row 4--slip 1, purl 7, purl 2 together, purl 1, turn
row 5--slip 1, knit 8, slip slip knit, knit 1, turn
row 6--slip 1, purl 9, purl 2 together, purl 1, turn
row 7--slip 1, knit 10, slip slip knit, knit 1, turn
row 8--slip 1, purl 11, purl 2 together, purl 1, turn
row 9--slip 1, knit 12, slip slip knit, knit 1, turn
row 10--slip 1, purl 13, purl 2 together, purl 1, turn
row 11--slip 1, knit 14, slip slip knit, knit 1, turn
row 12--slip 1, purl 15, purl 2 together, purl 1, turn
until 18 stitches remain

Gusset
knit across the heel turn
pick up stitches along the side--I had 24 (pull these tight)
knit across the top of the sock (loosely)
pick up stitches along the other side (make sure you have 24 again and pull tight)
knit 9 stitches from heel
move the other 9 stitches to the other side needle
You should have 3 needles--30, 33 and 33

You will be doing 18 rounds of reduction of stitches.

round 1-knit around
round 2
needle 1--knit to last 3, knit 2 together, knit 1
needle 2--knit
needle 3--knit 1, slip slip knit, knit to end

You should now have 30, 15 and 15 stitches.
Knit around until foot is the desired length.

Toe Decrease
7 sets
round 1
needle 1--knit to last 3, knit 2 together, knit 1
needle 2--knit 1, slip slip knit, knit to last 2, knit 2 together, knit 1
needle 3--skit 1, slip slip knit, knit to end
round 2--knit all around

You will have 14, 7 and 7 on your needles and time to finish up.

Kitchener Stitch
2 needles (knit the needle 1 stitches onto needle 3)--12 and 12 stitches
1 embroidery needle--larger eye, dull tip

cut yarn so that you have an 18 inch tail or so, nice and long.

to start:
purl 1st stitch on front needle, leave on
knit 1st stitch on back needle, leave on

repeat the next steps until you have 0 stitches left:
knit 1st needle on front needle, slip off
purl next stitch on front needle. leave on
purl 1st stitch on back needle, slip off
knit 1st stitch on back needle, leave on

When they are all off, go back through and make sure they are pulled tight. and then stick your needle through the end of your sock so you can weave in the ends or you can reinforce your toes like I did:

My youngest wears her socks until I make her change them and she was wearing out the toes quickly so I decided to weave in the tail so that it would reinforce the toes.  I just picked up the tops of purl stitches.  She says she doesn't notice these and they compact down so that you don't see them after a wearing or two.  I'll let you know how they do.

11 comments:

Leah said...

That's an interesting way of reinforcing the toe. I hope it works :)

Melissa Plank said...

That yarn is very pretty, the pattern too! I like your way of reinforcing the toes, I'll be looking for your updates on how it worked out. Thanks!

jessecreations said...

The socks are super cute! I haven't knit a pair yet, but maybe some day ... :)

Kathleen said...

These turned out wonderfully! And the reinforced toes seem like an excellent idea (I actually like the way the wavy woven-in ends look, too).

Dutch Hollow said...

I don't think socks have ever made me want a fruit cocktail before.

Affiknitty said...

Cute! It's wonderful that you are improvising from multiple patterns, and what a good idea to reinforce the toes!

WonderWhyGal said...

Those socks are beautiful. I wouldn't want to have to change out of them either. I love Lorna's Lace yarn. I vow to knit my first pair of socks this year...right now I'm on a cowl kick.

Thank you for sharing.
Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

Rachel said...

ah these are really pretty x

CloseAcademy said...

Thanks.

Denise said...

They came out really pretty. That is an interesting way of reinforcing the toe.

AllyB said...

Pretty socks, I do enjoy knitting socks with Lorna's Laces. Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

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