Wednesday, May 9, 2012


UPDATE: on May 10th at 4:53 p.m.
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 :)

Hi everyone,

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


Rebecca said...

Oh my gosh! This fabulous! The thought of knitting makes my head swoon! SOMEDAY!


aimee said...

I just love the yarn you used--what a nice sock for your dad! Your last statement made me smile...a long time ago a friend and I were walking the dog of a friend of hers. It was more like a walk, a stop, a walk, a stop...
Did you hear? The PNW has been getting some REAL sunshine:)Now we can join you all in enjoying springtime.

Camille said...

How sweet you are Heather! And I know your Daddy thinks so too. :)

Have a wonderful day!

Blessings to you!

Sheila said...

That's a very nice looking sock. Love the colors. I'm so glad your dad is doing well. I pray he continues on that path. Isn't it nice to have someone who appreciates your handwork? I love it. I hope y'all have a wonderful week. Take care.

Jill said...

You are doing a great job knitting! That's on my list of things to learn to do! LOL

Have an awesome day!!


Rebecca said...

That's a beautiful sock! (However, I'm quite sure I won't be knitting any in the near future...)

Enjoy those California ocean shores today! I'll be looking for your next post and the latest news :)

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Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

Wonderful! What a nice sock - I just can't wrap my ahead around knitting for some reason. It's almost like algebra to me. So I am most impressed!

Grandma Becky said...

Aw, sox. I was knitting a slipper some time ago for my daughter, figured out what I did wrong, ripped it out. I still owe her one! Sigh. So much yarn so little time. And I just bought 3 skeins of merino yarn last month while visiting Hood River....gave one to dau-in-love, and keeping 2, one to give to friend after I make a set of gauntlets (fingerless gloves) for Christmas and one for me. We both love photography so it would keep our hands warmer and drier when cold weather sets in. Hugs to you from rainy Oregon. We had a good warm week and now we have rain for most of the week now. Sigh! Take care!

Rebecca said...

Missing you lately, Heather! I came over to see if you're OK or if you stitched yourself inside that stocking!

Hibiscus House said...

I love it. Your sock looks great and I admire your work. I can not knit an dhave always wanted to but have a block in my head about it. Maybe you will be my inspiration to at least try one day. Thanks sweet Heather and I am glad God spared your Daddy too.