So this will be the last and final post in my series on the "magical blue socks" tutorial. Socks are really easy to knit and once you know the basics, you can customize the socks to fit any size foot.
If you want to catch up on all of the previous posts in this series, please click on the links below:
Heather's Magical Blue Socks with Tutorial - Part 4
Magical Blue Socks with Tutorial - Part
"Magical" Blue Socks with Tutorial - Part
"Magical" Blue Socks with Tutorial
Now the last thing to do is shape the toe and close it off.
At this point, I put all the instep stitches from needle three onto needle 2. So I work with only 3 double-pointed knitting needles when I'm shaping the toe.
SHAPING THE TOE:
Needle 1 - Knit to last 3 stitiches, knit 2 together, knit 1
Needle 2 - Knit 1, ssk (slip, slip, knit), knit to last 3 stitches, knit 2 together, knit 1
Needle 3 - Knit 1, ssk (slip, slip, knit), knit to end.
Round 2: Knit even all the way around
Just repeat these two rounds till the toe measures 1 1/2" long. In my case, that was a total of:
All that is left to do is close the toe, so you can actually wear your socks.
There are different methods of doing this, but my all-time FAVORITE is the "kitchener stitch". It keeps that knit stitch going and has the smoothest finish I've seen so far.
This is how to do it:
Knit stitches from Needle 1 onto Needle 3.
Hold double-pointed knitting needles with purl sides together.
With your yarn needle, draw the yarn through first stitch on the front needle as a purl and leave ON, draw yarn through first stitch on back needle as a knit, and leave ON:
Now here's the rest:
Step 1 - Draw yarn through first stitch on front needle as a knit, slip OFF. Draw yarn through second stitch on front needle as a purl, leave ON.
Step 2 - Draw yarn through first stitch on back needles as purl, slip OFF. Draw yarn through second stitch on back needle as knit, leave ON
All you do is repeat steps 1 and 2 across. Then tie knot at the end and weave in the yarn end. It's that simple ;) :)
Some people like to block their projects, I do not...especially when it comes to socks. I'm putting the socks on right away..and if they're knit to the correct measurements they WILL fit.
If you have any questions about the instructions or need some help, please let me know. I'll do my best to help answer your questions :) :)
With that, I'll leave you today with this nice photo:
This was a rose that was part of my dad's Father's Day bouquet. I think it's really pretty.
That's the news from the ocean shores of California today. Love and hugs, Heather.