Friday, June 22, 2012

HEATHER'S "MAGICAL BLUE SOCKS" WITH TUTORIAL - PART 5

Hi everyone,

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

Heather's Magical Blue Socks with Tutorial - Part 3

Heather's "Magical" Blue Socks with Tutorial - Part 2

Heather's "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:

Round 1:

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:

22 rounds
































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.

10 comments:

marit´s,,, said...

Stilige sokker.
Ha en fin helg , Maritklem.

Grandma Becky said...

nice sox, Heather...love the color! Good job!

Grandma Becky said...

by the way, where did you get your button from on your blog? i've yet to get one.

patsy said...

They look great! I'm just learning the basics of knitting. My projects so far have consisted of knitting very simple dish cloths.

Deborah Jean at Dandelion House said...

my goodness Heather... those sox look so warm and cozy! It must be cool on the coast if you are knitting sox! :) We are in the 90's here today... ugh! Thanks for sharing and great tutorials... I'm not a knitter, but my daughter is!

Justine of SewCountryChick said...

Itis a rare petson lucky enough to get an everyday object made with such care and love. You put a lot of effort into those socks! I love the onbre effect!

Donna said...

Heather,
I never learned to knit but wish I knew how! Your socks look comfy.
I am still looking for the snowlady cross-stitch book!
Hugs
Donna

KarenLynn@Lil' Suburban Homestead said...

Heather those socks turned out just absolutely beautiful! They are truly magical :) I wish I knew how to knit and its not for a lack of trying I just can't get the hang of it! Thanks so much for linking up this week at "The Ole'Saturday Homesteading Trading Post"!

Eileen said...

H Heather,
My daughter Jill at "Blessings of a Stay At Home Mom" introduced me to your blog. I am still new at this. I enjoyed reading your blog and seeing your knitting project.
I am your newest follower and looking forward to getting to know you better.
hugs Eileen

Missy said...

They look great! If only I were a better knitter..