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Our First Pair Of Socks - Part 2

Our First Pair Of Socks - Part 2


So for today's post we are going to be moving along to the heel flap but first off you need to knit the leg to the desired length. I've knitted mine longer this time around, I haven't been knitting for a little while and I was enjoying it so much I got carried away. Of course I could pull it back a bit but I don't like doing that sort of thing.
I knitted my leg length to 7 1/2"

So now I'm about to knit my heel flap, so I just want to clarify that your first and second needle will be your heel stitches and your third and fourth needle will become your instep stitches. Now when you go to knit your heel flap it's best to move the stitches from your second needle onto your first needle so that you are knitting your heel flap on one needle.
Transferring my stitches to needle one
Heel stitches on 1 needle ready for knitting
If you are following this pattern and using five needles you will already have your other two needles set up. And then what I do is follow rows 3 and 4 for the whole heel flap and I do just 32 rows all up, that's 16 rows for each row.
Repeat rows 3 and 4, 16 times each

Now of course you don't have to follow what I said, this is just the way I like to do it.  You can follow the pattern instead. Next time we will be turning the heel and looking at the gusset and how to set it up. I hope you have a great weekend.


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Sharyn
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Our First Pair Of Socks - Part 1

Our First Pair Of Socks - Part 1


So today I thought I would look at knitting our first pair of socks. To find a sock pattern you could Google to find a free pattern for beginners or you could also check out Ravelry. Ravelry is a free community of knitters and people who crochet. It's a great resource for patterns, free and paid for. The website also has groups that have forums you can join, where you will find people that enjoy the same things you do. I can easily spend hours browsing the pattern section looking for new patterns.

So this is the pattern I've picked to knit as the first pair for a beginner sock knitter. Now you don't need to join Ravelry and download this pattern if you choose to check out Google that's fine. This pattern is just a plain pattern where you rib for the cuff and then the rest of the knitting is plain knit, a very simple pattern. What I thought I would do is go through the steps and take photo's along the way, this way you can follow along and if you are using a different pattern it should not be too hard to work out what to do. I'm also more than happy to answer any questions or do a video if it helps to show you how to go about it.

This pattern would be a woman's medium sock pattern and you knit it using 5 dpn and the first thing we need to do is our gauge. Make sure to first wash and dry your swatch before measuring and counting. Then measure 2" and divide between 2 and that will give you your 1" gauge.

Now for the cast on, it says to use the long tail cast on but if you're new and not sure how to go about it just cast on using a basic cable cast on. It`s then just a simple task to slip your 16 stitches onto their needles. It`s then just a matter of slipping the first stitch you cast on to the last needle and then taking the last stitch and slipping it onto the first needle. The most IMPORTANT step here is to make sure you do not twist the stitches. The easiest way to check this is to make sure all the bumps are on the inside of your work.






When you start off it's probably going to be a bit awkward ribbing the first few rows, be patient as it gets easier with the more rows you do. Also I find it easier to have the needles I'm ribbing with on top and the other needles below out the way. Just remember it does get easier. Also each time you come to a new needle make sure to knit those first two stitches firmly so you don't end up with a ladder. 




The pattern then says to start your ribbing and you get to chose. My personal preference is 2x2 and it says to rib for 15 rows, I like to rib for about 2 1/2 to 3". So you can see by the photo above 15 rows measures just over 1", I will probably do another 1".

The next step is to do plain knitting until you have the desired length you want, I normally knit crew socks. To work out the approx. desired length you can slip the sock on, which I have done many times but with all the needles it sometimes is a bit hard. Another way is to stand up against the wall standing up straight and taking the measurement from the top of the back of your heel. I find 6 1/2 to7" is usually about right for me, I've got little legs.

So I'm going to make my next post about doing the heel and looking at the gusset. I hope your having a great weekend.


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Sharyn

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Cast On - Part 2 Long Tail Cast On

Cast On - Part 2 Long Tail Cast On


So now to my favourite cast on and one that does take a little bit of getting used to but it's well worth it as it gives a nice looking edge to your projects and it also has some stretch to it. Now I have to say this is how I do it and it may not be how everyone does it but it works for me and I like this cast on.

Slip knot on one needle with a long tail 
When casting on for long tail cast on you only use one needle and you make a slip knot with a long tail. Now the yarn from the tail is what you will be using up to cast on your stitches. Also, it's a guess as to how long your tail should be. Of course it needs to be long enough to be able to sew in the end. Many times I've had to unpull my cast on as it's not long enough or too long.

Slip stitch on one needle with ball yarn over index finger and
tail over thumb
So now you will have the needle in your right hand and the yarn from the ball will be on your left side. You then sit the yarn from the ball over your index finger and the yarn from the tail over your thumb. 

So my left hand position is with my index finger on top and the yarn from the ball over it and my thumb below and the yarn from the tail over it. You can see this in the above photo. So I then move my thumb on top and my yarn around the thumb forms a loop you then bring the needle behind the yarn from the ball and through the loop on the thumb to form a stitch.

See how I bring the needle behind the yarn from the ball through the loop to form a new stitch
I basically just move my thumb from the down position to the top position to keep on creating new stitches.

A new stitch formed
So you just keep going until you have enough stitches on the needle for your sock. I cast on all the stitches and then just move them around. That's how I do my long tail cast on.

Keep casting on until you have the correct number of stitches for your socks


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Happy Knitting
Sharyn



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Charity Knitting

Charity Knitting


So it's been a bit chilly here in Adelaide, so that makes for good knitting weather. So today I thought I would go off topic and share a bit about one of my hobbies. I'm currently doing some charity knitting for the homeless. I thought this would be a good way for me to use up some of my stash. I have a lot of yarn:-)

My charity knitting occurred by accident actually, someone in one of the Facebook groups I belong to posted about knitting for the homeless. They were saying that they were doing it in other states so why shouldn't we do it. That started the ball rolling and it has snow balled from there.

They were asking for yarn, knitted/crocheted blankets, jumpers, gloves and scarves. Any yarn they get will be knitted/crocheted into squares for blankets.
Stash yarn for a crocheted blanket
 So I have knitted several beanies, just plain ones and they are all made from wool yarn. I prefer using natural fibres when knitting, this of course is just my preference. 

Child's jumper front
Also a few years ago I purchased a bit of wool yarn to start a business on Etsy to sell handmade knitted children's garments. I soon realised that wasn't viable as I couldn't purchase yarn wholesale. So before I actually realised this I had started knitting children's garments. So I plan on donating them to the homeless but first I need to do the finishing touches, like sew them up and finish of the neck edgings. Hope everyone is having a great weekend.



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Meet Charlie My Knitting Companion

Meet Charlie My Knitting Companion


Today in Adelaide it's been a bit chilly, so this makes for a great sock knitting day.  On a cold day, you will usually find me knitting unless I have to go out to work. It just seems right to knit more at this time of year, I do still knit in the summer time but I find I don't do as much.


Charlie my knitting companion likes to sit on the back of my chair and keep me company. He used to be my hubby's cat always sitting with him either on the arm of his chair or on him. He is in his senior years now so he does get a bit spoilt. 


He's been a good cat mostly as he does leave my knitting alone, it's only been the odd occasion that he has played with my yarn. My knitting will be in the lounge room but once he gets it, it can end up in the dining room. 

So do you have your pets around you keeping you company when you do your knitting or other craft work? Let me know.

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