Okay, I just want to remind all my sweet readers, that this is NOT a sock tutorial. This is just my experimenting, trying to find the perfect sock pattern for my dad :) :
I WILL actually be doing a sock tutorial as soon as I finish knitting this second ribbed sock. In the meantime, I did pick up a really fun book of sock patterns at the library today. Inside was a pattern for a really nice tube sock. I may try that pattern next for my father :)
I hope you are all having a wonderful day. That's the news from the ocean shores of California today. Love and hugs, Heather :)
Okay, so I finished the first sock. It's not quite what I'm after in terms of the increases and decreases in the ribbed cuff. That's okay. It fits my dad's foot perfectly. However, I only made the cuff 11 inches instead of 14. Ooops, totally forgot about that. I'll post a pic of that sock at the end of today's post.
I started working on the second sock a few days ago. I'm changing the pattern slightly. Again, I'm not exactly sure of what I"m doing, since I don't have a pattern to reference. So this is just something I'm making up as I go along. I'll also include "instructions" on what I"m doing. If you want to try this, you can. Just remember, this is not really a tutorial. Rather, I'm just sharing this, so if any of you more experienced knitters out there can give me some ideas/help, that would be greatly appreciated. As of the end of last night, I'd knit 2 inches on the ribbed knit cuff:
The two things you need first:
- sock yarn
- double-pointed knitting needles.
If you have questions about why I use certain things, just leave me a friendly comment. When I get ready to do an actual sock tutorial "officially", then I'll go more into the knitty gritty of why I like to do things a certain way.
Using Size 00 US (1.75 mm) double-pointed needles, cast on 120 stitches.
Knit 2, purl 2 in the round till cuff measures 1"
In my case, it was rows 1-12
On Row 13, increase to 128 stitches:
I did this: (knit2, purl2) x4, inc 1 purl stitch.
I repeated that whole process 6 more times.
Then I did this: (knit 2, purl 2)x2, increase 1 purl stitich
Then continue in ribbing pattern in the round, paying attention to those extra stitches. I used "stitch markers" to mark off the different sections so I don't get confused.
Continue in this pattern until Row 24 = 2 inches (from top of cuff)
On Row 25, increase to 136 stitches.
On Row 25 I did this: (knit 2, purl 2)x4, purl 1, increase 1 purl stitch
Repeat that whole process 6 more times. Then:
(knit 2, purl 2), purl 1, increase 1 purl stitch
Continue following ribbing pattern, being mindful of the extra purl stitches till you complete Row 37 = 3 inches
On Row 38, decrease to 128 stitches this way:
(knit 2, purl 2)x4, purl 2 together
Repeat that whole process 6 more times.
Then: (knit 2, purl 2)x2, purl 2 together
On Row 40 switch to Size 0 US (2 mm) double-pointed needles. Why?...because I forgot to do it at Row 38. Hee hee hee :) :) I was watching "Anne of Green Gables" on my dvd player.
This is what the second sock looks like as of Row 42:
When I do my "official" sock tutorial, I'll be more mindful of how I write out my instructions. You should see my composition book. It's a mess with all my notes.
I think this is a good place to stop for now, or else this post will go on forever and ever. That's not so bad when it comes to knitting. This is a photo of the first sock that I knitted for my father. The leg looks really skinny. Remember it's done in the rib stitch, specifically knit 2, purl 2 with some minor changes fr increasing and decreasing. It's got a really nice stretch to it. It fits my dad's leg perfectly. Here is what it looks like:
I just loved seeing my dad's happy face when I finished the first sock. He doesn't say so, but I can tell he's really anxious for me to finish the second one. Everytime we're sitting in front of the tv, I'm knitting. He keeps sneeking peeks at what I'm doing :) :) Sweetness :) :)
Oh, I'm reworking my "It makes cents to me" posts on Fridays. I've got some ideas .
What else, speaking of my daddy, here's a photo of him walking my aunt's dog. Aren't they cute? I am so grateful that God spared my daddy's life:
This is my sweet daddy walking my aunt's dog. I like to call her "my dog" while my aunt is away. She's definitely a "sniffer", so when you take her for a walk, just plan on it taking a long time.
That is the news from the ocean shores of California today. Love and hugs to your day, Heather