It is official. My brother in law is giving up his sock machine so I don’t have to go scout around for one. Yay. I finished a pair of socks using Sock Ease yarn. I started the second sock and when I was finished with the rib I knitted 24 rows of stockinette stitch. I started the heal short rowing down to 14 stitches and was so proud since it was going so well. When I finished the heel I knitted 54 rows for the body of the sock and then I started short rowing the toe. It was then that I realized that I did not do the second part of the short rowing on the heel! So I rewound the yarn and rehung the sock on the machine just before the heel started and did it again. I have never ever done that when I have knitted socks on the knitting machine. Have you ever done that?
Archive for May, 2014
My husband wears the slipper socks that I made him. He had a pair at the hospital but they were thrown out. His ankles are swollen and my slippers still fit him. So I made another pair and decided to share the pattern with you. This is adapted from a baby bootie pattern. You can see the women’s slippers in previous posts on my blog. I would suggest knitting it plain before trying the lace design. I can make a pair in a half hour not counting grafting the toe stitches. Here is the pattern. I used Cancun yarn. The tensions are in the pattern. I also included my notes from a Lesley Solomon video our club had years ago on how to measure for a sock. I made this on the Brother 940.
Here is the link.
Poor Petey does not get it. Hubby has been back in hospital twice and still there now.
I will get back to my machines. However,I have been reading a manual on a sock machine that I borrowed from my sister and brother in law. They have had it for ten years and never used it. I asked if I could try it. Each nite when I got home from the hospital I tried to figure out what I was doing. I finally finished a sock without mistakes that was supposed to be for me but fits my husband!! lololol
Well, it did when I tried it on without sewing the seam at the toe. But I just tried it on and it does fit me. It is a little loose around the toe but I know it will shrink. Yay, it is for me. Jim has tons of socks. I don’t. The yarn is a charcoal color in a wool blend.
My friend Susan has a sock machine and she said they can be pesky at times. Right about that! It probably took about 20 hours to make this. I tried the sock without ribbing but I like rib so I had to figure out ribber. Since I have knitted so many socks on the knitting machines, it helped to know what I was doing. Tension is a big thing on the sock machine. I know with time I can get these done right but it sure is fun. Love ribbing without a seam. It was unique how the selvedge edge is done with the ribber to start the sock. You knit one row on main cylinder and ribber. It is like knitting across on a knitting machine for 1 by 1 to start rib. But then on the sock machine, you move a lever to take the ribber stitches out of work and you knit three rows around which is like knitting on the main bed. Then you move the lever to engage the ribber needles and carry on.Here is the sock on my foot.:)
I am happy and I have a happy little doggy. His daddy is home where he belongs. My husband had to put his cane over his lap so the dog would not jump on his stomach. Both are resting comfortably. Now, hopefully, I will have a little time to start knitting again. 🙂