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posted by [personal profile] ina_jean at 03:20pm on 13/02/2017 under ,
I bought this yarn on a whim intending to see whether the 'magic' part worked (it does).

Then Susan's birthday came along and she suggested that I knit a pair of boot socks so this semed the ideal oportunity to use the yarn (as she is allergic to wool and this is wholly acrylic).

I knitted up a tension square on 3.5mm needles which came out at 20 stitches and 28 rows to a 4" square. Then set about finding a sock pattern to fit that tension. Ravelry was down so I resorted to my 'bible' – the DK 'Big Book of Knitting' (local charity shop purchase) from which I have already made a pair of boot socks and numerous gloves. I was surprised to find that the tension matches the self-striped socks designed to be knitted in a Noro silk 'sock' yarn (in my experience sock yarns do not usually come in aran weights, but that was what it said.)

In order to make sure the socks match I started the pattern where the coloured section of yarn finished.

As these were intended to be boot socks, and Susan has very thick calves I deemed it best to do some measurements first. Her calf measures 42cm which worked out at 80 stitches rather than the 40 required by the pattern. So I cast on 80 stitches (using knit double cast on rather than the long tail which I really should have used – but am too impatient to fiddle about with) to the 3.5m straight needles and knitted 9 rows of standard 2x2 ribbing.

Then reduced the number of stitches by purling together on the wrong side (so that the pattern looked the same on the right side) thus:

Row 10 (rs): K2, P2tog,*[K2, P2 three times] K2, P2tog. Repeat from * to end of row
Row 11 (ws): Follow previous row pattern
Row 12: K2, P1, K2, P2tog,*[K2, P2 twice] K2, P1, K2, P2tog. Repeat from * to end of row
Row 13: (ws): Follow previous row pattern
Row 14: *K2, P1, K2, P1, K2 P2tog, K2 P1. Repeat from * to end of row
Row 15: (ws): Follow previous row pattern
Row 16: K2, P1 to end
Row 17: P2, K1 to end (60 stitches)
Row 18: Knit all stitches from straight 3.5mm needles to DPN 4.0mm needles (or 4.0mm circular needle.) Join into circle and sew up edges.

Note: I usually start knitting in the round by doing a few rows on straight needles – it saves having to keep frogging back because you've got the work twisted. In this case it made it much easier to keep track of the stitch reductions.

Over the next few rows reduce the number of stitches on the needles by sskpo every 8 stitches on first row, every six stitches 3rd row, every 5 stitches 6th row until there are 40 stitches on the needles. Continue until work measures 23cm or so. Then divide stitches on needles and follow pattern.
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posted by [personal profile] ina_jean at 08:05am on 26/11/2015 under , ,
Another raid on The Big Book Of Knitting. Since the gloves worked so well, and this pattern is also knitted on straight needles, I went down to the pound shop and browsed back two balls of acrylic bulky yarn to have a go at replacing my sad and sorry boot liners.

The decreases in the ribbing to reduce bulk were interesting - one needs to keep a very close eye on row counts and stitch numbers - I have now dedicated a note book entirely to this purpose.

I followed the instructions for the heel and the toe exactly and was surprised when they worked out. Though the heel needed an extra bit of sewing in at the end as I'd not been able to pick up all the stitches on my over-large stitch holders (I now have a smaller one).

The cable pattern is lovely and I intend to use it for a cardigan - but I really prefer to use a chart as the repeat was quite complicated to follow in text (it's two 'right twisted' four-stitch cables with a four row repeat flanking one 'left twisted' six stitch cable with a six row repeat).

The socks are designed for tall boots and I have to fold down the tops for my short ones - best done by folding inside rather than outside. Definitely a success though.


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