Thursday, March 24, 2011

Opal Sock Tutorial/Knit Along -- closing the toe

Now you have just 16 stitches left on your needle.  You will move 8 stitches onto each of two needles so that toe decreases fall at each end of the needles, giving you a flat toe.

Now you will close the toe with kitchener stitch, sometimes called "grafting".

Cut your yarn leaving a tail about 18 inches long.  Thread this through a darning needle.  Hold the two needles in your nondominant hand, separated with your index finger. 

Take the darning needle into the first stitch on the front needle as if to purl.  Pull the thread through the stitch but leave it on the needle.

Take the darning needle through the back stitch as if to knit.  Pull the thread through the stitch but leave it on the needle.

Step 1:  Take the darning needle into the first stitch on the front needle as if to knit.  Take the stitch off the needle and immediately put the needle into the next stitch on the front needle as if to purl.  Pull the thread taut and leave this stitch on the needle.

Step 2:  Take the darning needle into the first stitch on the back needle as if to purl.  Take the stitch off the needle and immediately put the needle into the next stitch on the back needle as if to knit.  Pull the thread taut and leave this stitch on the needle.

Repeat steps 1 and 2 until all stitches have been worked and you no long have any stitches on your two needles.  Slip darning needle into the inside of the sock a the toe edge.  Turn sock inside out and weave the end through several stitches to secure.  Clip this final thread after two inches have been worked into the inside of your sock.  Darn in any ends.

Sock is complete.  Now repeat the pattern from the beginning for your second sock.


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