Whale Done Socks KAL: Reading a Stitch Chart


This lesson is the third in the Whale Done Socks skill building KAL. If you need to review any lessons, links are available in the KAL Introduction. If you would like a printable copy of the entire pattern, the Whale Done Socks Pattern is available in my shop.

Lesson 3: Reading a Stitch Chart

For visual learners like me, stitch charts make knitting much more understandable. They are just a graphical representation of the stitches. Each stitch is shown with a specific symbol.

The numbers on the side of the chart correspond to your row or round number. If the number is on the right side of the chart, it means you work that row or round with the right side of your knitting facing you. If the number is on the left side of the chart, it means you work that row with the wrong side of your knitting facing you.

For our sock, the 32 instep stitches (the top of the foot) are going to be worked in two repeats of the Whale Tails pattern and we're working in rounds with the right side of our work facing.

One repeat of the The Whale Tails pattern is written out:

Rnd 1: p1, k3, k2tog, k1, yo, p2, yo, k1, skpo, k3, p1
Rnd 2: p1, k6, p2, k6, p1
Rnd 3: p1, k2, k2tog, k1, yo, k1, p2, k1, yo, k1, skpo, k2, p1
Rnd 4: p1, k6, p2, k6, p1
Rnd 5: p1, k1, k2tog, k1, yo, k2, p2, k2, yo, k1, skpo, k1, p1
Rnd 6: p1, k6, p2, k6, p1
Rnd 7: p1, k2tog, k1, yo, k3, p2, k3, yo, k1, skpo, p1
Rnd 8: p1, k6, p2, k6, p1

In chart form, one repeat of the pattern looks like this. Do you see the whale tails?
If you need a quick refresher on abbreviations:
  • k - knit
  • p - purl
  • k2tog - knit two stitches together
  • skpo - slip one stitch knitwise, knit one, pass the slipped stitch over
  • yo - bring the yarn forward between your needles then over the right needle

Foot Pattern

As you begin the foot, it may be helpful to either divide your stitches evenly around four dpns or use a stitch marker to mark the beginning of your rounds.

Rounds begin and end at the side of the sock.

The first 32 stitches for each foot round are the sole of the sock and worked in stockinette (all knit), the second 32 stitches are the instep and worked in two repeats of the Whale Tail pattern.

Rnd 1: K32, [p1, k3, k2tog, k1, yo, p2, yo, k1, skpo, k3, p1] twice.
Rnd 2, 4, 6, and 8: K32, [p1, k6, p2, k6, p1] twice.
Rnd 3: K32, [p1, k2, k2tog, k1, yo, k1, p2, k1, yo, k1, skpo, k2, p1] twice.
Rnd 5: K32, [p1, k1, k2tog, k1, yo, k2, p2, k2, yo, k1, skpo, k1, p1] twice.
Rnd 7: K32, [p1, k2tog, k1, yo, k3, p2, k3, yo, k1, skpo, p1] twice.

Repeat Rnds 1-8 five more times.

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Here are my socks so far. Post a picture of your sock on Facebook and/or Instagram with #thechillydog and tag me @thechillydog. Then share a link to your post on the KAL Giveaway page to earn entries for a chance to win a knitty treat.
In the next lesson (available August 22, 2017) we'll learn How to Knit the First Half of a Shadow Wrapped Short Row Heel.
Whale Done Socks KAL Tutorial: How to read a knitting stitch chart

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Whale Done Socks KAL: Star Toes


This lesson is the second in the Whale Done Socks skill building KAL. If you need to review any lessons, links are available in the KAL Introduction. If you would like a printable copy of the entire pattern, the Whale Done Socks Pattern is available in my shop.

Lesson 2: Star Toes


Many knit sock patterns use banded or paired decrease toes. When possible, I prefer knitting star toes because they have a more rounded, natural shape and since the increased stitches are evenly spaced around your work, the toe feels sturdier and is less prone to laddered stitches at the sides.

The increase rounds for star toes have eight, evenly spaced increases. To create the rounded toe shape, you work:

  • one increase round then one round even
  • one increase round then two rounds even
  • one increase round then three rounds even
  • one increase round then four rounds even
  • one increase round then five rounds even

Continue increasing in the same pattern until your sock is the desired circumference.

The increase stitch is abbreviated m1 and just means, make one stitch by lifting the strand between the needles with the left needle tip and knit the strand through the back loop.


After our first lesson we had cast on and worked one round, eight stitches, of the toe. The next round is an increase round, so we are going to increase eight stitches, one between each stitch we knit.


First knit one stitch.


Next, find the strand of yarn that's leading into the next stitch. On this first round, where the stitches are kind of tight, it's easiest to lift this strand with the right needle tip and place it onto the left needle tip. In later rounds, you will be able to immediately lift it with the left needle.


Make sure that your left needle goes under the lifted strand from the front to the back.


Knit one stitch into the back leg of the lifted strand.


You have just increased one stitch!


Knit one.


Find the strand that leads into the next stitch and lift it with your right needle and slip it onto your left, making sure that your left needle goes under the lifted strand from the front to the back


Knit one stitch into the back leg of the lifted strand.


Now you have increased two stitches. Finish the round by working k1, m1, k1, m1... until you have 16 stitches on your needles.


Turn your work so that the first stitch of the next round is on the far right of the back needle. You may notice that your cast on stitches have stretched out again. Simply tighten them as shown in Lesson 1. Working from right to left use your needle tip to lift and tighten the first strand that slants up and to the right.


Then lift and gently tighten the strand that runs beneath it.


Continue across the cast on row until all the cast on stitches have been tightened.


Continue working the toe as the pattern indicates. When it's comfortable you can divide your work evenly around 4 dpns. (If you prefer using the magic loop method to knit socks, that is perfectly fine, but be aware that all of the tutorials for the KAL are shown on dpns.)

Toe Pattern


The cast on and Rnd 1 were completed in the first lesson, so continuing on...

Rnd 2: [K1, m1] 8 times.
Rnd 3: K16.
Rnd 4: [K2, m1] 8 times.
Rnd 5-6: K24.
Rnd 7: [K3, m1] 8 times.
Rnd 8-10: K32.
Rnd 11: [K4, m1] 8 times.
Rnd 12-15: K40.
Rnd 16: [K5, m1] 8 times.
Rnd 17-21: K48.
Rnd 22: [K6, m1] 8 times.
Rnd 23-28: K56.
Rnd 29: [K7, m1] 8 times.

Share Your Progress



Here's my sock so far. Post a picture of your sock on Facebook and/or Instagram with #thechillydog and tag me @thechillydog. Then share a link to your post on the KAL Giveaway page to earn entries for a chance to win a knitty treat.

In the next lesson (available August 15, 2017) we'll continue with the Whale Tail Stitch for the Foot.
Whale Done Socks KAL Tutorial: Learn how to knit star toes for toe up socks

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Whale Done Socks KAL: Figure 8 Cast On

Video Tutorial: Figure Eight Cast on Method for knitting toe up socks.

Are your ready to start knitting your Whale Done Socks?

Before we begin, make sure you have read the KAL Introduction and have your materials ready to go. If you would like a printable copy of the entire pattern, the Whale Done Socks Pattern is available in my shop.

Lesson 1: Figure Eight Cast On

Knitting toe up socks may feel a little awkward at first, but it has a few very nice benefits that you don't get when working socks from the leg down.
  1. It's easy to try the sock on as you go to make sure it is perfectly sized.
  2. You don't have to play "Yarn Chicken" when you are knitting socks with leftover yarn. After the foot of the sock is made, you can simply make the leg longer or shorter to suit your needs.
  3. There's no toe grafting.
Like anything, this method takes a little bit of practice, but once you get the hang of it, it only takes a few seconds to cast on and knit the first round of your socks.

Here's how it works.



Now it's your turn!

Toe Pattern

Cast on 8 sts using a Figure Eight cast on.

Rnd 1: K8.

In the next lesson (available August 10, 2017) we'll continue and learn How to Knit Star Toes.

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Whale Done Socks KAL Giveaway


This month I hope everyone enjoys my Whale Done Socks KAL and learns a few new skills as we knit together. And what's more fun than knitting? Giveaways!

Prizes

(I'm starting things off with two prizes, but the more people sign up for the KAL, the more prizes I will add)
  • Purple floral knitting needle case and small project bag
  • $10 gift certificate to shop.thechillydog.com

Earning Entries

Before we start knitting, you can get entries for visiting/following me on Facebook and Instagram and signing-up to receive e-mail updates about the KAL.

Then, since we can't all be together to show off our work in progress, you can earn entries by posting pictures of your KAL WIPs on Facebook or Instagram. Just make sure to tag me (@thechillydog), use #thechillydog and share a link to your post in the Rafflecopter widget below.

The giveaway runs through September 15. Winners (one winner per prize) will be randomly selected from the eligible entries.

Happy knitting and good luck!  

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