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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Pirate Socks - part 2

The first sock is done.  The alterations I made after making the first pair from this pattern work very well.  It fits just right.  I will have to add a bit of elastic to the top to get it to stay up, but that is just a minor thing.

Onward to the second sock.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Pirate socks

During the late spring, summer and early fall some of my weekends are spent working as a historical re-enactor.  I play the role of a pirate, ship's Clerk of the Black Rose II.  Well, obviously I need pirate socks, but because of my heavy calfs, there are not any striped socks that fit me correctly.  So, I'm making my own. 

I'm using the same pattern as before, the Toe Up using the Eastern cast on.  I have a few things I'm changing from the last pair.  I'm making the foot an inch shorter and the leg two inches longer.  I'm using a 75% pima cotton, 25% acrylic blend from Knitpicks in a dark red and ivory color.  I'm still using the short row heel and the 2X2 ribbing, starting on the instep, stocking stitch is used on the sole.

I've seen a lot of different ways of doing a short row heel.  Most of them are very fussy and some are completely impossible to understand.  I have found a way to do them that is easier.  It's still a little fussy, but if you've ever turned a heel, well, you know that heels are just fussy no matter how you do them.  Here it is:

First a few assumptions.  You are using 3 needles, your instep stitches are all on one needle and the sole stitches are evenly divided between 2 needles.  The beginning of your rounds is in the middle of the sole stitches.  The sole stitches are on needle 1 and 3.  My sock has 34 sole stitches.  You will be working the heel straight.  Once it is done you go back to knitting rounds.

First Half:  1.  With needle 3 knit to the last stitch on needle 1.  You have one stitch on needle 1 and 33 stitches on needle 3.  Turn so the WS is facing you.
                 2.   Slip the first stitch.  Purl to the last stitch and turn.
                 3.   Slip the first stitch.  Knit to two stitches before the end, turn.
                 4.   Slip the first stitch.  Purl to two stitches before the end, turn.

Repeat rows 3 and 4, increasing by one the number of stitches left on the needle, until you have 12 stitches (or how ever many fit your pattern) left between the ones left on the needles.  There will be an obvious gap, but I have used stitch markers to help.

This is the first half in progress.  You can see the Gap.

Here is another view.

Here is the second half (and the part that I find fussy).  You should have the RS facing you:

          1.  Slip the first stitch then knit to the first stitch before the gap.  Slip that stitch and pick up the bar between the stitches on to the right needle and knit them together, turn.  This will begin closing the gap between the stitches.
          2.  Slip the first stitch then purl to the next stitch before the gap.  Slip that stitch and pick up the bar between the stitches on to the right needle and purl them together, turn.

Repeat these two rows until all the stitches have been used up and you have your original number of stitches on the needle.

Here is the second half in progress.  You can see the heel cup forming.

Here is the WS view.

It really is the easiest way I have seen to turn a heel.  I'm not sure if this helps anyone or makes it more confusing.  I hope it helps. 

If you have found a better way to do this, please leave a comment and let me know.  I love knitting socks but really DON'T like heels.
Finished Heel

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Baby Sweater

It's done, well, except the snaps to close it.  I am very happy with the way it came out.  I'll see if I can get a picture of my grand-daughter in it if she will stay still long enough.  Seventeen month old babies are not known for that :)

Don't mind my ironing board.  I'm blocking it out.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Baby sweater and variegated yarn

I have to say that, normally, I'm not a huge fan of variegated yarn.  I seldom like the color combination and I don't like the pattern it makes.  However, when my grand-daughter was in utero my Mom gave me a bunch of her yarn stash, among which was a very soft pastel variegated.  I never ended up using it at the time, but now I'm using it.  I am making a Raglan Sleeve Sweater for my grand-daughter. 

I started this because,
     1.  I am waiting for my yarn to make my pirate socks to come in.
     2.  I don't have any other project going right now.
     3.  I have this pattern for a top down 18 to 24 month size sweater that looks interesting.
     4.  Miss Kira is going down to see her Daddy, who has been at sea for over 6 months, and she has this very cute short sleeve sweater dress that needs something to warm it up and give it a little color.
     5.  I absolutely cannot exist without some kind of craft project going.

Here it is in progress.  I love the raglan sleeve.

Close up of the cable and garter stitch edge.

color variation.  I like the cloud effect it gives.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Tatting Lace

So, I finished it.  There are a few things I will do differently, but, over all, I like it.

This is a full view.  I like the way it falls.

Here is a close up of the front.  I'm undecided about hanging a charm or something from the bottom.