Wednesday, June 14, 2017

My Basic Sock Pattern

I've finally decided to post the sock pattern I use for teaching. I use this pattern all the time to teach anyone I come across that would like to knit socks. I've tried to be very clear about each instruction, adding to it little by little to clarify as my students have asked questions.  I myself generally use this pattern for all my socks. I sometimes change it up by adding a pattern of some kind to the leg portion.


I'm going to include it here in my blog so others can easily access it. I've also added it to my Ravelry Designs if you would like to print from a PDF. I've included the Kitchener Grafting instructions for easy reference.

This pair I knit using Opal yarns

Basic Top Down Socks on Dpns
by Kym Hretz

Materials:
100 grams, 425 yards, fingering weight sock yarn of your choice
, Size 1 US (2.25mm) double pointed needles or size required for gauge
Gauge:
32 sts= 4 inches

Abbreviations:
CO= Cast On
K= Knit
P= Purl
S1= Slip 1 Stitch as if to purl
K2tog= Knit two stitches together
K2togTBL= Knit two stitches together through the back loop
SSK= Slip Slip Knit 2 together

Cast On
CO 64 (72) sts.using the Old Norwegian Cast On. (I always cast on over two needles for a bit more stretch.) Join and mark beginning of round.

Leg
Work in K2, P2 rib for 7 inches or desired leg length.

Heel Flap
Divide For Heel
, place one half of the stitches 32 (36), on a single needle. Leave the next two needles of 16 stitches each to work on later.  You will be working only on the 32 (36) heel flap stitches flat, back and forth. 


Round 1: *Sl1, K1 repeat from * to end.
Turn.
Round 2: Sl1, purl to end. Turn.

Repeat these 2 rounds till you have worked 32 (36) rounds (count the slipped stitches which should be 16 (18).
Work Round 1, one more time.




Turning the Heel
You are working in short rows to shape a little cup for the heel.
Starting on the wrong side.

Round 1: S1 then purl halfway across the heel flap plus 2=18 (20).P2tog, P1. Turn.
Round 2: Sl1, K5, K2tog TBL, K1. Turn.
Round 3: Sl1, P across towards the gap, stop at the first stitch before gap,  P2tog, P1. Turn.
Round 4: Sl1, K across to 1 stitch before the gap. K2togTBL  across the gap. K1. Turn.
Rounds 5-12: repeat rounds 3 & 4
Round 13: Sl1, P across towards the gap, stop at the first stitch before gap, P2tog. Turn.
Round 14: Sl1, K across to 1 stitch before the gap. K2togTBL across the gap.

You should have 18 (20) Stitches.

Picking up gusset Stitches
You will pick up the stitches on each side of the heel flap. By slipping the first stitch of each row on the heel flap, you have made a lovely chain edge which will be easy to pick up.

You should be able to get 18 (20) stitches on each side, but don't worry if you get more or less than this, it's more important to have no holes.

Knit across those instep stitches that have been on hold, or continue them in ribbing, then pick up and knit the same number of stitches on the other side of the heel flap. Knit one half of the heel flap stitches 9 (11) onto this needle. Mark the center as the beginning of the round. You should have approximately 84 stitches.

You are back to working in the round.

Gusset
Round 1: knit around
Round 2: Needle 1; Knit to 3 sts from the end , K2tog, K1. Needles 2 & 3; Knit across the instep sts. 
Needle 4, Knit 1st stitch, SSK, knit to end of needle.

Repeat Rounds 1 & 2 until you have 64 (72) sts again.

Knit all rounds until the foot measures 2½" less than your total foot length. Example; if your foot length measures (9.5” knit until sock measures 7” from heel.

Shape Toe:.
Round 1: K to 3 sts from end of first needle, K2tog, K1. K first st on instep needle SSK, knit to 3 sts from end of instep needle, K2tog, K1.
Last needle, K1, SSK, K to end.
Round 2: Knit around.
Repeat rows 1 & 2 until you have 24 (28) sts (6 (7) on each of 4 needles.
Kitchener Graft Stitches
Thread blunt needle with yarn 3x width of your work. Have two sets of stitches you want to join on two needles, with wrong sides of work facing.
To start: Thread yarn through the first stitch on the front needle as if to purl, pull yarn through. Leave stitch on needle. Thread yarn through the first stitch on the back needle as if to knit. Leave stitch on needle.
  • 1:  Thread yarn through first st on front needle as if to knit.
    Slip stitch off needle.
  • 2:  Thread yarn through next st on front needle as if to purl.
    Leave stitch on needle.
  • 3:  Thread yarn through first st on back needle as if to purl.
  •     Slip stitch off needle.
  • 4:  Thread yarn through next st on back needle as if to knit.
  •     Leave stitch on needle.
Repeat these 4 steps. Until 2 stitches left (one on each needle) then repeat only 1 & 3.

  • 1:  Thread yarn through first st on front needle as if to knit.
    Slip stitch off needle.

  • 3:  Thread yarn through first st on back needle as if to purl.
  •     Slip stitch off needle.
Chant (Optional): “Front-Knit-OFF, Front-Purl-ON, Back-Purl-OFF, Back-Knit-ON” OR "Knit, purl, purl, knit". You will find your own groove.

Weave in all ends and make another sock to complete the pair!!



Feel Free to ask any questions you may have. Otherwise you'll probably find me off knitting on a pair of socks somewhere.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Weekend Getaway

This was a great short trip to Arizona. My mom is here with us for the winter and she has a wish to see every National Park in the US. We also thought it would be fun to play tourist so on Friday we stopped off in Tombstone. We went on Dr. Jay's walking tour. It was fantastic. Dr. Jay was dressed in period clothing and walked us literally and figuratively through the town telling us what life was like and how the shoot out with the Earp brothers and Doc Holiday really went down. The pre-Hollywood version.  It was a really great day.  

Mom with the Earp Brothers and Doc Holiday

 

We finished up our evening relaxing in our hotel watching a movie together. We watched August Rush (Tim's choice) and Ciraline (Hanna's choice) while we ate an easy dinner of sandwiches. 

Saturday we added a new National Park to mom's checked list. We went to the Saguaro National Park (West). The weather was perfect, about 70 degrees. 



We were all impressed with the unique cacti, the Saguaro, only found in southwest Arizona and into Mexico. The cacti are found in exclusively in the Sonoran Desert.  

We hiked and explored a bit. We really enjoyed being outdoors.  

Me and mom

Hanna, Tim and Chuck



We found this cute heart shaped Prickly Pear.

After we left the park we stopped at the Dessert Museum.  This was great, too.  We spent a good 3 hours here.  And easily could've spent the day there. It's a botanical garden and a zoo. It very much focused on the desert life. Everyone's favorite thing here was the Raptor show.  It was well done, we saw a few different hawk varieties and an owl.  They were trained to impress us with their natural skills and flew very close, as if we weren't even there, you could feel the wind of their wings more than once.  We learned they were rescued birds from various life altering events, in one case a nest was left abandoned when the mother bird flew into an electric fence.  These baby birds would have starved to death without help.  

 
To round out the weekend we did a little shopping on Sunday.  My daughter wanted to go to Lush, where she grabbed some bath bombs and lotion bars. My husband snagged a Arizona State shirt. I went to Papyrus and Michael's.  We don't have great shopping here in Las Cruces and we love to stop at some of our most missed shops when we travel.  I have a few things I'm really excited about.  I'll photo those and get the info up here, too.  


 

 


 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

I need to step it UP!

I'm trying to get on the wagon, again. I'm focusing on eating healthy, homemade meals.  And get back into the walking thing. 
I realized today I haven't logged into My Fitness Pal since last September. 




As I'm feeling good in my recovery I'm going to jump my step goal from 4000 to 7000 on Fitbit. I'm setting the additional goal of logging all that I eat. And logging a walk in both My Fitness Pal and Charity Miles no less than 5 days a week. I am setting the longer goal of meeting 10,000 steps a daily goal by July 1st. 

It is now out in black and white on the never to go away inter webs. I will be accountable. 

My username on both apps mentioned is kymhretz so won't you join me?


 


 


 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Surviving Recovery

I a little less than two weeks ago I had a hysterectomy. This was a very welcome thing, it took hoops to go through for the insurance and I'm so very glad it's behind me. I have no doubt my quality of life will be 100% better once I've fully recovered.

I've been making a good effort to make healthy food choices, with appropriate serving sizes.  I am not doing much other than knitting in the way of excersise. I've walked a bit but I'm worried about ripping stitches so I go slow and not too far from home.  

I go for my two week check up tomorrow and hope to have all my restrictions removed.  Probably wishful thinking.  


Sunday, May 8, 2016

A time to Reflect and Reinvent

Life is full of changes. I see them daily in my personal world and those around me. Small changes, big changes, unexpected changes and greatly anticipated changes.

I've spent a fair amount of time reflecting on myself and where changes would best be suited. Certainly my Heath would benefit from change. I've decided that this is the most important place to focus my immediate changes. But I also need to adjust in other areas.

I'm hoping to use this space to hold myself accountable, Facing the challenges of eating healthy, appropriate quantities of food. Making a genuine effort to exercise. To find a balance in my life that keeps me and my family living healthy and happy.

I also need to revamp my household freeing life of clutter and excess of things. I really need to take the time to enjoy my beautiful home and gardens in a way that I've neglected the last few years.

I'm also going to be more present in the daily planning and care of my family. I'm going to cease day not just survive it.

It's Mother's Day and I am very proud to have such lovely, intelligent kids, all of whom are adults living their own exciting lives. Today, I am thankful they always think of me and make time to show me they care, each in their own individual way.

I've been blessed in my life and I plan to savor it and make it last as long as possible!

Here's to the Good Life!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Free with Purchase

One of the favorite weekend activities for Chuck and I is going to estate and antique sales.  I love finding odd things to re purpose in unusual ways around my house.  Recently we found this set of 4 sewing table drawers.  [I know exactly what I'm going to do with these, but 1st I need to find the right house to buy.]




When Chuck loaded them into the car he pointed out the surprise of a butterfly in one of the drawers.  I thought; Oh, that's sweet.



It wasn't until I got home that I even realized it was a REAL butterfly that is in perfect preserved condition.  How on earth did that get there?!  You never know what you'll find. That's exactly what keeps me checking out junk!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Rain Boot Love


I live in the Chihuahuan Desert so rain here is very limited, but when I saw these boots with the knit imaging on them it didn't matter. I had to have them and my daughter thought so too because she sent them to me for Christmas! I'm so obsessed in-love with these I was compelled to knit for them!





I made this up because I couldn't find any boot topper patterns that would add to the charming knit stripes on the boots themselves instead of being the main focus. I think this is a good compromise.  I'd say this is more a recipe than a pattern though.

I used Cascade 220 in assorted scraps.  Having used scraps I'm not sure of the yardage but both together weight 134 grams. (That weight is after I trimmed everything.) Size US #9 needle. Gauge is not important but I have about 4 stitches to the inch in garter stitch.

Here's what I did:
Co 20 stitches, knit 4 rows of each color (=1 stripe.) Colors were chosen in random order and adjusted so they weren't repeated too close. 31 stripes.  The 31 stripes were the right length for my specific boots.  I wanted the stripes to go completely around the boot top with out too much pull but also not be too loose. I cast off after the 4th row and cut yarn leaving enough to sew up the seam. Then seamed the 1st and last rows together with the mattress stitch.




I then picked up 96 stitches and joined in the round and knit 2x2 rib. You may want to pick up a few extra stitches to make sure you don't have holes or gaps and then evenly around decrease them to a number divisible by 4. I did 29 rows then BO in rib. Of course if you want the "leg" part to be longer you certainly could add rows.  If you desire, weave in your ends, but I didn't bother. I just tied 2 side by side ends together and trimmed them evenly around. Using the #9 needle for the ribbing means the ribbing will hug the inside of the boot and not my leg. You might prefer to use a smaller needle so they are snug to your legs!




Fold them over with the ribbing on the inside and wear with great pleasure!!