Sunday, May 16, 2010

Wee Kilty Socks Revised

So the original socks were a little 'loose' for an active 5yr old. They kept sliding down the leg (even with the reduction under the cuff). I had made 2 versions for him, and the size that 'didn't' slide, actually stayed put...so I'm reposting the pattern for that size, the original one would actually work for a larger size shoe (with longer length in the foot).

Revisions coming...

Friday, April 16, 2010

Wee Kilty Socks


My preschooler had a 'cultural fair' today (Friday) at his school (preschool-gr8). He went dressed to represent Scotland in his kilt! We already had the kilt from the age of 2, but the socks I made back then were no longer knee length! So this week, I whipped up a pattern for him (fits preschool shoe size edited - being revised). The ribbing makes a nice texture and looks good stretched and 'relaxed' thereby eliminating the need to increase/decrease stitches for the calf (although at this age, the calf usually isn't that much bigger!). The heel flap makes for a very, very easy stitch pickup!

Gauge: 4" =30st & 42 rows in pattern

Pattern:
Row 1: *K3, P3, repeat
Row 2: *K1,P1, repeat

Yarn: Henry's Attic Kona Superwash Sport
Needles: US1, 2.25mm dpns

These are from the cuff down (after knitting the cuff, you turn it inside out and continue knitting the leg).

Cast-on 48 stitches loosely.
Arrange stitches as follow: needle 1=12, needle 2=24, needle 3=12.
Join round being careful not to twist stitches!
Knit 3 rounds of k1,p1 ribbing
Knit 8 repeats of pattern (16rows).
Knit 2 rows of k1,p1 ribbing
Decrease row: k1,p1,k1,p1,k1,pass purl stitch over*repeat around. (you should have 36 stitches)
K1P1 ribbing for 14 rows
Increase row: *k1,p1,k1,m1, repeat around (you should have 48 stitches)
Turn knitting 'inside out' and start knitting leg as follows:
Knit 90 rows in pattern (45 repeats of rows 1&2)
K3,P3 on needle 1 and needle 2 ONLY ending at beginning of needle 3

Heel (needles 3 and 1 only)
Row 1: sl1, k1 to end of needle 3 and needle 1, turn
Row 2: k2, purl to 2 stitches before end, k2
Repeat 11 times (22 rows)

Heel turn:
Sl1, k13, ssk, k1
sl1, p5, p2tog, p1
sl1, k6, ssk, k1
sl1, p7, p2tog, p1
sl1, k8, ssk, k1
sl1, p9, p2tog, p1
sl1, k10, ssk, k1
sl1, p11, p2tog, p1
sl1, k12, ssk
sl1, p12, p2tog

Gusset:
Knit 14, pickup the 12 purl bumps,
Needle 2: continue in pattern
Needle 3: pickup the 12 purl bumps, knit 7 stitches
(make sure your stitches are now arranged so needle 1 has 19 stitches, needle 2 has 24, needle 3 has 19 stitches)

Row 1:
Knit to last 3 stitches on needle 1, K2tog, k1
Continue in pattern on needle 2
K1, ssk, knit to end of needle 3
Row 2: knit
Repeat the above two rows until there are 12 stitches on needles 1 and 3, and 24 on needle 2

Foot:
Continue for 24 rows (or 1" less than length of recipient's foot) by knitting on needles 1&3, and continuing in pattern on needle 2

Toe:
Row 1:
Needle 1: knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1
Needle 2: k1, ssk, knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1
Needle 3: k1, ssk knit to end
Row 2: knit
Repeat above 2 rows until there are 7 stitches on needles 1&3, and 14 stitches on needle 2
Knit row 1 4 times.
Graft toe

Fold over cuff at decrease row.

Knit 2nd kilt sock!

(Generally the sock is to land at 1" below the knee)
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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Setting up

A hanging flower basket on the street lamppost...Image via Wikipedia

Hello world!

We're just setting things up, not quite ready for the world...yet...but are going to keep a log of our journey :)

Under Canada Post rules, we are in 'Victoria', BC. However, anyone that knows the area, understands there are 13 different municipalities that make up Victoria. Right now there are 3 yarn shops in downtown Victoria (great walk between the three), and one in Estevan Village (10 min drive from downtown), and two up in Sidney (30min drive from downtown). On a map, you'll notice there is 'nothing' in the western communities (25 min drive from downtown). However, its this area that is seeing the most growth and development resulting in more and more families moving out to the western communities. At the moment a quilt shop sells a few knitting items, and of course there are the two box stores (Walmart & Michaels - which also have other locations close to downtown). I've found there is interest in having knit nights out here, and classes. Currently people travel into town to buy their 'nicer' yarns.

So, at the moment, we are looking for space to share with a coffee place - the concept is very much like the Goudy branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library - which is co-located with Mirage Coffee - although we are looking for space that will be a little MORE open between the two spaces.

For now, we are opening accounts, placing orders for inventory, doing mail order, and selling through our classes. We have a Tuesday night class through Juan de Fuca Recreation, and will be hosting a drop-in knitting cafe on Saturday mornings in our front room (pending the studio being ready for the public). We'll post drop in dates and hours soon!
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