Basic Sock Pattern

16 Nov

I received a request for the basic/simple sock pattern that I use:

gauge: 7 sts/inch (I typically use size 3 dpns with fingering weight yarn)

for most women’s/teen girls, cast on 64 stitches

Knit in a rib pattern (2×2, 1×1) for 1.5 inches or so

knit the leg in plain stockinette stitch. About 1 -2 inches for ankle socks, 6-8 inches for typical socks, longer if you like!)

knit the first 32 stitches onto a single needle for the heal flap. Leave the other stitches alone for now. I use one of two heal flap methods, just depending on how I feel about it…

Either plain stockinette stitch, back and forth for 2 inches…


On the knit side, slip every other stitch, starting with the first stitch. Purl every stitch on the other side.

Turn the heal:

knit 18, turn and purl 5

turn and knit to just before the “gap”~ close the gap by knitting 2 together (or you can ssk)

turn and purl to just before the “gap” ~ close the gap by purling 2 together.

Continue this until all of the stitches are used up. You should have 18 stitches on your needle.

Pick up and knit 18 stitches along the side of your heal flap, knit across the “old” stitches, pick up and knit 18 stitches along the other side of your heal flap.

I divide the 18 (turned) heal stitches between the first and the last needles. You should have a total of 86 stitches (32 on the top of the foot and 27 on each gusset side.)

Now you reduce the gusset on every other row.

Knit to the last three stitches on the first needle, k2tog, k1.

Knit across the second needle.

K1, ssk, knit to the end of the third needle.

Continue alternating plain knit and reducing rows until you have 64 stitches total again.

Knit around until about 2 inches from the end of your sock.

For the to, reduce 4 stitches every other round as such:

Needle 1, knit to the last three, k2tog, k1,

Needle 2: k1, ssk, knit the the last three stitches, k2tog, k1,

Needle 3: k1, ssk, knit to the end of the round. I continue this until about 12 stitches are left.


I close with the kitchener stitch. You can see an excellent video on the kitchener stitch on



Pattern not written in a typical manner… sorry! ūüėČ


Yarn Along

8 Dec

It’s time for the yarn along!


This has not been a good week for me for knitting or reading. ¬†I’m very busy at the theater with my kids (performances started yesterday with matinees for school children.) ¬†I don’t have much time. ¬†To make matters even worse, I had a total fiasco with the secret sweater. ¬†Dropped stitcheS, cable mistakes, unraveling… *sigh* ¬†I just had to frog the sweater and start again. ¬†*sigh*. ¬†The book in my pile is one I started to read but didn’t finish. ¬†Hopefully I can finish it before the year’s end.



Go to Ginny’s to see what others are “yarning” and reading!





Yarn Along (the 4th, I think)

1 Dec

Though it is the second for me!

Here is my current project (secret sweater) and the contents of our Advent/Christmas book basket (only partially wrapped *sigh*)

Check out other Yarn Alongs by checking out Ginny’s place.

Happy Knitting and Happy Advent!!!

Yarn Along

17 Nov

I saw this Yarn Along over at KC’s blog and thought it might be nice to play since I’ve not posted here lately.

Here is what I’ve been knitting and “reading” (I mostly “read” audiobooks.)


Turtle in CottonTots

Caterpillar in Baby Ull

Dolly in Cascade Superwash

All for my newly crawling granddaughter, Gariníon


You can see some of the titles on the iPod Touch if you click the picture to see it large.


You can see what others are “yarning” at Ginny’s

Happy knitting!!

Yet another change of plans

9 Nov

After finding myself completely overwhelmed with my knitting ideas and queue, I stopped knitting for about a week and scrapped everything. ¬†Okay, it’s not scrapped, but I’ve put things in hibernation. ¬†I decided on some fun, quick knitting for my granddaughter for Christmas.

Here is a little caterpillar:

The pattern I used came from Kimberly Chapman’s site. ¬†I modified a bit, and after having done it know that I will do a few more things differently if I make it again. ¬†Still, she has some really cute, free, patterns for toys.




Later I will make a “matching” butterfly toy. ¬†There is a pattern for a butterfly in Zoe Mellor’s ¬†Knitted Toys: 25 Fresh and Fabulous Designs, but I don’t think I’ll be using that pattern. ¬†Her pattern uses felt that is sewn to the underside of the wings and such and I don’t really like the idea of having pieces that can come apart. ¬†Still, I can probably use that pattern for some inspiration. ¬†Or maybe not. ¬†I’ve not gotten that far in my plan yet.

I am knitting the tortoise from Knitted Toys: 25 Fresh and Fabulous Designs. ¬†It is very cute and the little pieces for the shell are very quick to knit and quite mindless. ¬†I have substituted Bernat Cotton Tots for Mellor’s recommendation of Rowan Cotton Glace (because I have lots in my stash and I can easily get more locally ~ but mostly because it’s in my stash.)


I’m trying to let go of all of my knitting frustration of late and just enjoy the process of knitting and the idea of my dear granddaughter enjoying these safe, not made in China toys.


Are you doing any Christmas knitting?

Where did it go?

1 Nov

It’s been about a month (maybe more?) since my last tirade about this stuff, so consider yourself warned. ¬†I’m going to go off about undisciplined knitting and me.

So, back to my question… where did it go?

My knitting drive, I mean. ¬†Where did it go? ¬†Since Wednesday I’ve only knitted on a swatch (to test those needles, see the previous post) and two rounds on a baby sock. ¬†That’s it. ¬†I can’t even say that I’ve gotten so much done around my house or with my kids or anything like that. ¬†I just haven’t done knitting ~ or much of anything else, either.

Why do you think that is?  How can I put the needles down for so long with so many things that I want to knit?

I am not really sure why, but I think that having so many things pulling on my knitting attention might be getting to me. ¬†I have a little pile of UFOs (and, ugh! last week I found 2 hibernating projects!) and while I was trying to knit on one I was dreaming of another (or two!) ¬†As I’ve told you a few times, it makes me feel kind of restless. ¬†And agitated. ¬†I have that nagging, overwhelming feeling of not getting things done. ¬†I’m also undecided about a project I might want to cast on ~ which I wouldn’t even be thinking about if I were doing what I know I need to do!!!! ¬†Anyway… should or should not, I have been thinking of it.

sorry about the coloring. iPhone photo

You see, I’ve knitted a little “santa cap” for¬†Garin√≠on and I’m working on some stocking-looking socks to match and I thought that a sweater to go with it would be SO awesome…. ¬†So, of course, I start looking for a perfect sweater pattern, but it needs to be done in fingering weight so that the color will match properly (I’m using Baby Ull by Dale. ¬†I love, love, love, that yarn!) and, of course, I need to find out if I can get more of the yarn in the same dye lot (though I suppose that if it’s a separate garment, even a different dye lot might be close enough…¬†I need to email Larissa and Woolybaabaa and ask about availability.) ¬†And then, of course, as I think of all of this, I think that I must be crazy and that I am not getting the things from my list done and I won’t ever be able to do my Christmas knitting and all of the rest, which, of course, makes me feel overwhelmed which seems to drive me away from the needles….

I’m about to do what I do every year and blow off the Christmas knitting. It’s November 1st. ¬†I’ve only finished two pair of socks that I planned to give as gifts. ¬†I’m not really a slow knitter (but slower than I used to be!) but I don’t have as much knitting time as I wish I did. Little things like the kids, the house, homeschooling, etc., need to come first, so my time is limited.

I’m about to tell myself that I’ll start my Christmas knitting for 2011 on December 26, 2010 (and this time, actually do it! ¬†No. ¬†Really. ¬†I mean it. ¬†Seriously. ¬†Stop laughing! ¬†I’m so very serious!)

This is why I hate willy-nilly casting on, multiple projects. ¬†It’s just overwhelming and confusing and non-productive for me. ¬†I don’t know how the rest of you do it. ¬†I’m getting nowhere fast. ¬†Next year is going to HAVE to be the year I get it together with this knitting or it will be the year I quit knitting.





Okay, not really, but you know what I mean.

As if.  LOL!


Off to email Larissa at Woolybaabaa about that yarn.¬†I’m already “scr*w*d” so why not add a baby sweater to it?


New Needles

28 Oct

I decided to test drive the new Susan Bates Velocity needles.  These needles are designed to be a competitor of Addi needles, being made of nickel covered brass.

I decided to cast on a little swatch and try a few rows with Velocity, Quicksilver (both Susan Bates needles) and Addi.  I bought the Velocity needles from  I paid $8.16 and $8.69 for them.  They came with a price tag on them with $12.00 printed on it.   The Quicksilvers cost between $4.45 and $4.86.  Addis this size typically cost $15.95 each, so there is a decent savings over the cost of Addi needles.

There is no true substitute here. ¬†Addi’s are still the best, the smoothest, the slickest, the quickest. ¬†They’re still my favorite.

However, I do like the Velocity.  They are somewhat similar to Addis.  Cool, sturdy and pretty quick.  I also like the Quicksilver and have for quite a while.  The Velocity are smoother than the Quicksilver.

One of the many things that I love about Addi needles is the cable. ¬†It seems to have no “memory”. ¬†Once out of the package it is nice and straight and flexible. ¬†It really doesn’t hold the curl from being in the package. ¬†Not so with the Susan Bates. ¬†The Velocity seem to hold the curl worse than the Quicksilver, but better than some other needles I’ve had the misfortune to try to use. ¬†I suspect that if I leave the Velocity out of the packaging, they will relax a bit more (that has been true of the Quicksilver) and be nice needles.

Yarn Supply only carries two lengths (36″ and 40″) so I don’t know if I’ll order many more from them, but if I get the opportunity to get more in other sizes, I might consider it.

I’ll always love Addi needles best, I think. ¬†(I’ve heard from MamaMidwife that Hiya-Hiya needles are a good substitute for Addi, but I’ve not tried them.) ¬†I just don’t know how you improve upon perfection.