A wide-ranging selection of Lucy’s most trusted sock tips and tricks, including Modified Conventional Bind-Off (which may revolutionize your life), the toe-chimney grafting method, how to slip stitches fast, running yarn markers, and wonderful hole-curing sutures. Get to know your Australian Cousins, alternative heel stitches, and more.
Technique Requirements: knit/purl, cast on/bind off, increase/decrease, working in the round, knowledge of sock construction
This swatch is worth the investment of your time and effort! It may be used over and over again and will serve you well if you take the time to find appropriate yarns. Choose a medium to light colored, smooth (not fluffy or textured) worsted/chunky-weight wool-rich yarn (approximately 5 sts/in or fewer) and 5+ mm (US # 6+) needles.
Using a set of DPNs or circular(s), cast on 40 sts, join into the round and knit 6 rounds. Arrange the stitches for a sock toe: 10 sts on each needle. (Or as you would wish!)
Rnd 2: (K1, ssk, k 14, k2t, k1) x 2.
Rnd 3: Knit.
Rnd 4: (K1, ssk, k 12, k2t, k1) x 2.
Continue to work decrease rounds as set, every round until 24 sts remain.
Break off main yarn with a 6” tail. Leave the stitches live (on the needles). Please bring about 3 yds/m of a contrasting, similar weight solid colored yarn to class.
Ssk: Slip the next two sts, knitwise, one at a time, to the right-hand needle, insert the left-hand needle into both sts and knit them together. This produces a one-stitch, left-slanting decrease known as a Slip, slip, knit.
K2t: Knit two stitches together. This produces a one-stitch, right-slanting decrease.
Yarn: A small ball of smooth wool-blend yarn (these need not be "sock" yarns), approximately worsted weight (5 sts per inch or fewer) in two plain, light contrasting colours. We will be working samples, not a sock. Fine sock yarns and needles may be used, but it is far easier to see the details of your stitches and techniques in larger yarns and solid, light colors. Needles: Your preferred type for small circular work. Scissors and crochet hook, blunt darning needles and usual knitting tools.