Sheepwalks

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My Sheepwalk & Fences is done. It looks better on the hanger then it does on me though!

Here is one of the gifts I’m giving to my sis for her birthday….she gets two. One for each foot! I love these Stroll yarns from Knit Picks. This is Sprinkle Heather.

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And since October is known as Socktober in the knitting world….I’m off to knit more socks…. mittens, scarves, sweaters…… if I have yarn, I will knit.  Oh and by the way, IF you ever like something about Knit Picks.DO NOT LEAVE A COMMENT WITH YOUR ORDER! They will backorder your order and you will only receive it once they have caught up with their comments.  Oh man I’ve been waiting three weeks and I thought something was out of stock!  Thank goodness it’s in the mail!  Oh I’m getting yarn giddiness at the thought of opening that package.  Of course I’ll let you see!  I would never deprive you of my yarnaholicism or any of my other isms.

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It’s In The Mail

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I finished my B-day gift for my sister yesterday. They turned out great! This was a wonderful pattern from Favorite Socks. It was the basic 64 cast on sock with a simple knit and purl ribbing. They look lacy but they aren’t….don’t worry M! They also have a lot of stretch and are machine wash and dry Merino Wool.

Here’s what I’m working on now….

Sheepwalk & Fence Vest by Autumn House Farm

I’m using the City Tweed from Knit Picks.

And…

Fiona

Fiona

I love working Aran….aren’t they lovely!

And not to forget my younger sis Jackie….it’s her birthday on Halloween….and I think I have just the right gift picked out to knit for her.  She lives in southern California, so it can’t be tooooo woolly!  I do love this new Stroll finger weight yarn from Knit Picks….the heathers are so sweet!

Now to figure out her favorite color???

Stroll

Stroll Sprinkle Heather

Stroll Firecracker Heather

Stroll Firecracker Heather

Stroll Tidepool Heather

Stroll Tidepool Heather

More Yummy Socks

Crazy Socks

I was inspired to use lots of color for these socks from Kristin Nicholas (not that I need inspiring to do so!). Her book, Kristin Knits is great if you love color as I do. I am also a big fan of fair isle and love to make it up as I go along. My next pair are based on her idea, but totally just thrown together as I go and in the autumn theme, then I’ll do Christmas. I think these are Easter Socks! The yarn is from Knit Picks and is amazingly SOFT. It’s a superwash merino. For those of you who don’t know, that means you can throw them in the wash and they won’t shrink or felt! Love that. And I use my 56 CO pattern here.

Socks 101 Tutorial

I’ve had the darndest of times trying to get this sock pattern to work. In fact it never did, so I just created my own with tidbits of other patterns. I thought that since I was challenged that maybe there is at least one other person struggling to get their sock pattern to work. I will try to do a tutorial and guide you….Please NOTE, this is like the blind leading the blind!!! OK now with that disclaimer out of the way….

Socks 101

I think they turned out very comfy and they look pretty good too!

Supplies: #2 DP Needles, Sock Yarn (not sure but probably around 200 yds)

CO (cast on) 56 ST on #2 Needles (my red plastic needles are from 1950’s are were all I could find, as you can see I only had 3 and found a lone metal #2) Anyway, divide evenly on three needles. Start knitting in the round by joining. Be careful not to twist. After first knit st toss the tail to between st and to the back, knit 2nd stitch. Follow a K2, P2 or whatever pattern you like. I like the give of K2P2.

Work K2P2 for desired length. I wanted it the whole length of the upper part. Then I wanted to carry it down the top of the sock. See in pic above. The ribbing runs down the top of my foot.

When I reached the desired length I wanted I started to form the heel. Determine this pt by measuring sock against foot. The end of the ribbing will be at the bend of your heel. At this pt you’ve knitted across to orginal first st. Having 28 st on Needle #1 (this will be you heel needle), divide the other st on the other two needles. We’ll adjust them later so it doesn’t matter how many on each.

Heel Stitch

You will now work back & forth. Turn the sock to P. Slip 1 as to Purl, P the remainder row, K last st. Turn. Slip first st as to Purl, then toss yarn from front to back between needles, K across row. Turn. Slip as to P, P remainder of row, K last stich. Turn. Repeat this pattern until the heel length fits your heel. It will reach from the bend of heel to the very bottom edge. Mine is about 21-22 St.

Turn Heel

Next you’re going to “Turn the Heel”. It’s really easy and now my favorite part. (If you’re using more than 56 CO ST, you K across to the center (divide ST), add 3, then do SSK (slip 1 to K, slip 1 to P then K the together)). Since we are using 56 ST, K 14 add 3 (K3), SSK. Turn. P back half of ST (for 56 CO I P 8), P 2 Together. Turn. Knit back 8, SSK, Turn. P 8, P2 TOG, Turn, K 8, SSK, Turn…..repeat this until you’ve SSK the last two ST remaining in the row. You should be on a K row w/ right side facing. You’ve turned the heel.

It should look something like this.

Now you’re going to pick up ST to form the gusset. I’m at the very least a reformed perfectionist…so nothing I do is perfect. As the Amish say, we leave an imperfection, because only God is perfect!

You will have 9 ST on needle #1. You want to Pick Up now along the side of heel.

I use my 4th needle to pick up and K 17 ST along the edge of the heel flap. Since my number on the heel needle is 9 (imperfect) it’s not an even number, you will need to pick up 18 on the other side of heel….

Sorry, I skipped ahead. So you’ve PU these 17 K ST. Then placing 28 ST on needle #2, Knit across or follow pattern. I followed the K2P2 pattern across the top of my sock. When you get to the other side, PU 18 ST along heel side. Then K 4 ST off needle #1. Your heel should be divided somewhat evenly, but imperfect for me….since we had 9 ST remaining for heel.

OK, are you confused yet?

It should look like this.

Needle #2 is laying underneath with 28 ST.

Now you are going to make the gusset and form the body of the sock.

Gusset

The Gusset is the V I hope you can see. Look at the ST.

K 1 row around. (Needle #1 is still needle #1, Needle #2 is the top of sock, Needle #3 is other side of heel.) Next round: on needle #1 K till you have 3 ST left. K 2 TOG, K 1. Knit Needle #2 across. On needle #3, K 1, SSK, K remaining Stitches. Next row K. Follow this pattern always starting with Needle #1. Follow this pattern until you have 56 ST total remaining. I always fudge a little. Fudging is OK! Especially with Math!!!

Now you have the gusset formed! Congratulations! You should have 56 ST the original CO.

Continue Knitting until sock measures to desired length.

I carefully slip it on.

When you reach the desired length, you will form the toe. For me it’s at the base of my big toe. Some say it’s 2.5 inches short of the toe, but I’ve been happy with it reaching the base of my big toe before I start the toe. No one likes a cramped toe!

Toe

K Needle #1 to last 3, K TOG, K1. Needle #2 K1, SSK, K to last 3, K TOG, K1. Needle #3 K1, SSK, K remainder. K 1 row. Then follow this pattern, every other row decreasing. When you have 4 ST remaining on needle #2, 4 on the other two needles, you are finished. I haven’t figured out any fancy way to close the toe and I don’t like pulling it in a circle. This is how I’ve been doing it until I can figure out another way. I finish off my stitches, by knitting a decrease until I have 1 ST remaining, then I tie it off. Using a blunt embroidery needle I sew the opening closed, weaving in the tails.

Socks are so fun to Knit. They are an easy tote along project and easy to knit in the summer…no sweat! Plus you can stock up for the winter or Christmas.

This is the sock yarn I bought while on R&R in VA at The Yarn Smyth. It was dyed by Dye Pot and is called
“Tranquility”. It’s 60% Superwash Merino, 30% Bamboo, and 10% Nylon. I got 400 Yds for $16. For those of you new to yarn, a “Superwash” Merino, will not felt or shrink. Plain Merino Wool Will!

I think it knitted up very nicely. I do love hand dyed yarns, they are so unique.

I’m going to get some Dye Your Own Yarn from Knit Picks and use Easter Egg dye. This gal has great tutorials on dying with Easter Egg Dye. It cuts down on the cost of your socks. And it’s a lot of fun dying.

I might have enough for another pair. Now I’m working with the other yarn in the photo above.

NOTE: Warning! Sometime in the past due to my Lyme brain, my husband has asked me to draw a picture…my communication has been lacking….putting it mildly….so…..I hope I’ve made sense. It makes sense to me! Once you understand the basic construction you can move to more detailed socks…I’m almost ready to do that.