My Sockapalooza Socks are finished
The pattern is my own - I have made a vague attempt at writing it up below if you are interested.
Started: 26th(ish) June 2007
Yarn: Yarn Yard Sock Yarn - June Club colourway
Needles: Addi Turbo 2.5mm 30cm circular (it is what I knit all my socks on, I switch to 5dpns for the toe)
100g of sock-weight yarn
2.5mm Needles (you choose whether you are a 5 dpns, two circulars or a magic loop kind of person )
Cable Needle (unless you can cable without a cable needle)
Size - The socks I made are approx 18-19cm (7") from top of leg to bottom of heel and 22-23cm (9") from heel to toe. However these can both be lengthened or shortened by adding/removing pattern repeats. Approx 22-23cm (9") around the foot - but there is quite a lot of stretch.
Gauge - 32st over 4 inches in stocking stitch
LC4 - slip next stitch onto cable needle and hold at the front of the work, knit the next 3 stitches from the left hand needle, then knit the stitch from the cable needle.
RC4 - slip the next 3 stitches onto the cable needle and hold at the back of the work, knit the next stitch from left-hand needle, then knit sitches from the cable needle.
Cast on 60 stitches. Place marker at the start of the round
Begin ribbing - K2P2 rib for 10 rounds
Row 1: p2,k9,p2,K17 PM, p2,k9,p2,k17
Row 2-5: Repeat Row 1
Row 6: p2,LC4, K1,RC4,knit to marker, p2,LC4, K1,RC4, knit to marker
Rows 1-6 make up the pattern
Work the pattern until the leg is the desired length. End on row 6. I make 9 repeats and it is approx 15cm long.
I worked a short row heel over 30 stitches using the instructions from "Beyond the Basics" in Interweave Knits Summer 2007. I kept in pattern (with the purl stitches as far as possible) but the instructions are for a plain heel:
Row 1 - Remove the marker from the start of the round. K6 PM, K29. These 29 stitches are the ones you will work the heel over.
Row 2 (WS) YO backwards (wrapping the yarn from back to front). Purl to the last stitch leaving 1 unworked
Row 3 (RS) YO. Knit to the paired stitched made by the YO in the previous row
Row 4 (WS) YO Backwards and purl to the paired stitches made by the YO in the previous row.
Repeat rows 3 and 4 until 12 stitches remain between the YO's. End with a RS row but do not turn
Row 5 (RS) K1 (the first stitch of the pair), correct the mount of the YO, K2tog (the YO with the first st of the next pair) this leaves a YO as the first st on the left needle
Row 6 (WS) YO backwards, purl to the paired st. Purl the first st. SSP
Row 7 (RS) YO, knit to the paired st (the following 2 loops are YOs) Correct the mount of the Yos , K3 tog.
Row 8: YO Backwards, purl to the next YO, SSSP (slip 3 st knitwise one at a time and purl together through the back of the loops)
Repeat this until all of the heel stitches have been worked. End on a RS row and do not turn
When the heel is finished continue working across all of the stitches in the fishtail pattern from above (starting from row 1) Place the markers before the first of the purl stitches - 30 stitches apart
Work as many pattern repeats as required (I worked 9 pattern repeats)
Row 1: Remove the marker from the start of the round k3, K2tog, k1 PM, k1 SSK, knit to next marker and remove it, k4, k2tog, K1 PM, k1, SSK.
Row 2: Knit
Row 3: (Knit to 3 stitches before the marker K2tog, K1, Slip marker, K1 , SSK) twice
Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until 24 stitches remain.
Divide the stitches onto 2 needles (12 stitches on each) and kitchener stitch together.
I've rushed through this a bit, I use lots of markers as I knit on 1 small circular needle, but you will probably eliminate the need for markers if you use any other method. Once you have started the pattern, it is fairly obvious where the heel and toe should be worked! Let me know if you have any questions or decide to make them