Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Sock Tutorial Day 1 -- The cast on and knitting in the round

Today we begin the sock knitting tutorial.  If you are joining us indicate by clicking one of the boxes on the bottom of the page "interesting" "funny" or "cool".

We are using Opal 4 ply sock yarn and 3.5mm needles or the size you need to give you a gauge of  8 stitches per inch (2.5 cm) in stockinette, 10 rows per inch (2.5 cm.)  Joybilee Farm now carries Opal sock yarn in a variety of colourways. 

You can download the Joyilee Farm pattern here.

We are casting on over two needles to give a strethchy top.  You can use any cast on method that you are familiar with that will give you a stretchy cuff.  You don't want a binding cuff on a sock.

Once you have CO 64 stitches plus 1, you will move the stitches onto 3 dpn needles and join in a ring, being careful not to twist.  Try to get all the little stitch bumps on the inside of the needles, when they are joined in a triangle. It helps to hold it over a table for support, for this part.

Once you have joined in the round, knit 2, purl 2 around the ring.  You will have one stitch left over.  Slip this stitch from the 3rd needle onto the first needle and knit this stitch together with the first stitch of needle one.  This closes the gap.

Continue knitting in K2 P2 rib until ribbing measures 12 inches or until you are at one complete pattern repeat in your opal sock yarn.  (sock knitting tutorial continues on Thursday...)

You can post pictures of your socks in progress at the Joybilee Farm Facebook page.

1 comment:

  1. ~Wonderful pictures!!Excellent instructions...now heres to hoping my ability can match and I am not all thumbs:)Thank you for this tutorial!much appreciated~