April 14, 2006
Yarn: Knitpicks Color your own sock yarn, 1 skein, plus 10 grams. dyed with kool aid many months ago.
Pattern: my own basic knee sock pattern.
Needles: size 1 40-inch circular needle, for magic loop.
I was surprised with how fast these knit up. I even successfully practiced knitting while reading with them, because they are stockinette. who knew, knitting while reading actually works. This alone is a good reason to knit stockinette things!
The calf increases are my favorite part. They are worked in sets of two, and each pair of increases is worked on the outside of previous increases, so they get more spread out as the socks get taller.
Originally, I was just going to keep knitting until the skein ran out. Then I realized that I had leftover yarn from the cascading leaves socks. Apparently my skill lies in consistently dyeing nearly the same shade of green, because it matched. So I knit as far as the striped skein would go, then switched to solid green for the ribbing. This really helped give the socks needed extra length. They would have tended to fall down if they ended mid-calf.
Read on for the pattern.
very basic toe-up knee sock pattern:
These socks are worked over 60sts at a gauge of 7sts/inch. They fit a woman's size 9 foot. Adjust the stitch number as necessary to acheive desired fit.
Yarn: about 500 yards fingering-weight sock yarn.
Needles: US size 1 40" circular needle
Use your favorite toe-creation method. I used the turkish cast on, with magic loop, and started with 24 stitches, 12 sts on each needle. Increase 4sts every round to 40 sts total, then increase every other round to 60sts. Each increase round is worked as follows: *Kfb, knit to 2 sts remain on needle, kfb, k1, repeat from * on second needle.
Knit the foot of sock to desired length and create the heel using a short-row heel. I used the short row heel from Anna's Elfine socks pattern.
After the heel, knit about 4 inches even. Then increase on either side of 2 center back stitches. I worked the successive sets of increases on the outside of previous increases, so the back-sock-side of each increase round went as follows: knit 14 sts, m1, k to 14 sts remain, m1, k14.
Work a set of increases every 10 rounds until a total of 8 increases have been worked. 76 stitches total. When the socks measure 14 inches from the bottom of the heel, begin 2x2 ribbing. Work ribbing for about 2 inches. Bind off loosely. I used a size 6 needle and bound off in the rib pattern.