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Showing posts with label patterns. Show all posts

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.

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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


I am so excited to announce my first ever knit along (KAL) here on The Chilly Dog. A lot of bloggers and pattern designers do mystery knit alongs, where the finished design is a surprise and you get a new clue each week. I am taking a different approach by doing a skill building KAL.

We'll be making my Whale Done Socks and I am going to walk you step by step through the entire pattern with helpful tutorials.

Required Skills

There are a few things you should be able to do before you tackle this KAL:
  • work in both rounds and rows
  • use dpns (or circular knitting needles if you are already familiar with magic loop sock knitting)
  • knit and purl
  • increase a stitch by making a yo (yarn over)
  • decrease a stitch with k2tog and skpo (knit 2 together and slip, knit, pass slipped stitch over)
That's not so bad, is it?

KAL Calendar

Each week, I'll focus on teaching you how to knit a specific section of the sock, starting from the toe up. Here's the schedule (the links won't be active until the date listed next to them):

Week 1 - The Toe
Week 2 - The Foot
Week 3 - The Heel
Prizes

If you would like to receive reminder emails, with links to each week's tutorials, make sure to sign-up for notifications at http://eepurl.com/bcCQTv.

Materials

As far as materials, I'm going to be using

  • one skein (1.75 oz/50 g, 220 yd/200 m) of Skacel CoBaSi by HiKoo Yarn
  • US size 2 (2.75 mm) dpns

The KAL pattern makes a medium women's size sock (sock circumference = 8 inches, sock length = 9 1/2 inches). I'm going to knit my socks with short ankles (as shown in the photo above). If you would like the leg of your socks to be taller, you will definitely need a second skein of the recommended yarn.

You can also use a different (1-super fine) yarn, if you prefer. Just make sure that your yarn/needle combo gives you a gauge of 32 sts or 42 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch. I know you don't want to, but take the time and CHECK YOUR GAUGE before you start knitting your socks.

The Pattern

If you would like a printable version of the pattern as you work, you can find the Whale Done Socks Pattern in my shop.

Oh Yeah, Did Somebody Say Prizes?

Finally, I would love to see your progress throughout the month, so if you share pictures of your work on Facebook or Instagram, make sure to use #thechillydog and tag me @thechillydog, so you can enter my Whale Done Socks KAL Giveaway (August 3 - September 15, 2017) for a chance to win a little treat.

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Knitting Pattern: Simply Striped Christmas Stockings

Free Easy Knitting Pattern: Striped, felted wool Christmas stockings

Can you believe that Christmas is just five months away? For years I have wanted to make felted knit Christmas stockings for our family, but it's something I have just never got around to until now.

To make an extra sturdy, stuffable stocking, I decided to knit with 100% wool yarn and then felt the stocking in my washer/dryer. The pattern is very similar to a normal knit stocking, but it is made on a much larger scale. It is worked from the top down with a German short row heel. Rounds begin at the back of the leg/bottom of the foot.

Finished Measurements


7 ½ inches wide, 18 ½ inches from the top edge to the bottom of the heel and 14 inches from the back of the heel to the tip of the toe

Gauge

Materials

  • 1 skein of Universal Yarn Deluxe Worsted Wool (3.5 oz/100 g, 220 yd/200m) in each of four colors (shown above in Real Red, Azure, Woodsy and Plum Dandy) - It is very important that you DO NOT USE SUPERWASH YARN or the stocking will not felt.
  • US Size 8 (5.0 mm) dpns
  • 7 inches of 3/8 inch wide ribbon
  • needle and thread

Abbreviations

CO - cast on 
DS - double stitch - With the working yarn forward, slip one stitch (purlwise) from the left to the right needle, bring the working yarn over the top of the right needle and pull firmly. 
k - knit
kpno - knit one stitch and return it to the left needle, pass the next stitch over it and return the stitch to the right needle
p - purl
RS - right side
skpo - slip one stitch knitwise, knit one, pass slipped stitch over
WS - wrong side

Directions


As shown, Color A is Real Red, Color B is Azure, Color C is Woodsy and Color D is Plum Dandy.

Leg

With Color A, CO 80 sts evenly around 4 dpns.

Rnd 1-14 (Color A): K all sts.

Rnd 15-28 (Color B): K all sts.

Rnd 28-42 (Color C): K all sts.

Rnd 43-56 (Color D): K all sts.

Repeat Rnd 1-56 once more.

Rnd 57-63 (Color A): K all sts.

Heel

The entire heel is worked in Color A across 40 sts.

Row 1 (RS): K20.

Row 2 (WS): DS, p39.

Row 3: DS, k to next DS.

Row 4: DS, p to next DS.

Repeat Rows 3-4 twelve more times.

Row 5 (RS): DS, k6 (at this point there should be 14 Double Stitches on each side of the heel) k6, [k all strands of the next DS tog] twice.

Row 6 (WS): DS, p to next DS, [p all strands of the next DS together] twice.

Row 7: DS, k to next DS, [k all strands of the next DS tog] twice.

Row 8: DS, p to next DS, [p all strands of the next DS together] twice.

Repeat Row 7-8 eleven more times.

Row 9: DS, k19. At this point you should have one remaining double stitch on each side of the heel.

Foot

Do not turn your work.

Rnd 1 (Color A): K19, k all strands of DS tog, k40, k all strands of DS together, k19.

Rnd 2-7: K all sts.

Rnd 8-21 (Color B): K all sts.

Rnd 22-35 (Color C): K all sts.

Rnd 36-49 (Color D): K all sts.

Toe

The entire toe is worked with Color A. Make sure your sts are divided evenly around 4 dpns.

Rnd 1: K all sts.

Rnd 2: On Needles 1 and 3, k to last 2 sts, skpo; On Needles 2 and 4, kpno, k all sts to the end of the needle.

Repeat Rnd 1-2 until 40 sts remain.

Work only Rnd 2 until 12 sts remain. Knit 3 sts from Needle 1 onto Needle 4. Slip sts from Needle 2 and 3 onto a single dpn.

Break yarn leaving a long tail. With the yarn tail use the Kitchener Stitch to graft the Toe.

Felting

Before felting, your stocking will be very large.

To felt your stocking, machine wash and tumble dry (warm water and medium heat) with a medium sized load of similar colored items. Do not over-dry.

Make sure to slightly roll the top edge of the stocking before drying. It may be necessary to wash and dry a second time for the stocking to felt to the desired size.

If needed, lightly spray the stocking with water and block so that the stocking is 7 ½ inches wide, the leg is 18 ½ inches from the top edge to the bottom of the heel and the foot is 14 inches from the back of the heel to the tip of the toe.

After felting and blocking, hand stitch a loop of ribbon onto the stocking so it can be hung.

A printable version of my Simply Striped Christmas Stocking is available in my pattern shop and includes additional information about yarn requirements and felting tips for making a set of four coordinating stockings.

Free Easy Knitting Pattern: Striped, felted wool Christmas stockings

Happy knitting!

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Crochet Pattern: Hazy Daze Hat

Stay cool this summer and block the sun with an easy crochet hat pattern.

We're expecting temperatures near 115° today in Tucson. Even I have a tough time getting excited about fiber crafts when it's this hot. But I have a super cute crocheted summer hat pattern that I think you are going to love.

The hat is made with a cool cotton, linen, silk and nettle fiber yarn. It's generously sized (22 inches in circumference) so that you can comfortably wear it with a ponytail or hairclip.

Materials

  • 1 50 g/218 yd ball of Plymouth Yarn Nettle Grove (shown in Seashell)
  • US size E (3.5 mm) crochet Hook

Gauge


6 sts or 2 rows of dc = 1 inch

Special Stitches


Cluster (CL)
- Holding back the last loop of each dc on hook, 2 dc in same st or sp, YO and draw through all 3 loops.

Beginning Cluster Shell (Beg CL Shell) - Ch 3, dc in same st or sp, ch 2, CL in same st or sp.

Cluster Shell (CL Shell) - In same st or sp work (CL, ch 2, CL). 

V-Stitch (V st) - In same st or sp work (dc, ch 2, dc).

Directions


Ch 8 and join with sl st to form a ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), 23 dc in ring, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch 3. 24 dc

Rnd 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in next dc, [ch 3, holding back the last loop of each dc on hook, dc in next 2 dc, YO and draw through all 3 loops] 11 times, ch 3, sl st in 2nd dc. 12 ch 3 sp

Rnd 3: Sl st in ch 3 sp, [ch 5, sc in next ch 3 sp] 11 times, ch 5, sl st in beginning sl st. 12 ch 5 sp

Rnd 4: 2 sl st in ch 5 sp, Beg CL Shell in same sp, [ch 3, CL Shell in next ch 5 sp] 11 times, ch 3, sl st in 1st CL. 12 CL Shell

Rnd 5: Sl st in ch 2 sp, Beg Cl Shell in same sp, [V st in ch 3 sp, Cl Shell in ch 2 sp of next Cl Shell] 11 times, V st in ch 3 sp, sl st in beginning CL.

Rnd 6: Sl st in ch 2 sp, Beg CL Shell in same sp, [ch 1, V st in ch 2 sp of next V st, ch 1, CL Shell in ch 2 sp of next CL Shell] 11 times, ch 1, V st in ch 2 sp of next V st, ch 1, sl st in beginning CL.

Rnd 7: Sl st in ch 2 sp, Beg CL Shell in same sp, [ch 2, V st in ch 2 sp of next V st, ch 2, CL Shell in ch 2 sp of next CL Shell] 11 times, ch 2, V st in ch 2 sp of next V st, ch 2, sl st in beginning CL.

Repeat Rnd 7, seven more times.

Rnd 8: Ch 3 (counts as first dc in this and all following rnds), 2 dc in ch 2 sp, dc in CL,[(2 dc in ch 2 sp, dc in dc) twice, (2 dc in ch 2 sp, dc in CL) twice] 11 times, (2 dc in ch 2 sp, dc in dc) twice, 2 dc in ch 2 sp, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch 3. 144 dc

Rnd 9: Ch 3, dc in 10 dc, 2 dc in next dc, [dc in 11 dc, 2 dc in next dc] 11 times, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch 3. 156 dc

Rnd 10: Ch 3, dc in 5 dc, 2 dc in next dc, [dc in 12 dc, 2 dc in next dc] 11 times, dc in 6 dc, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch 3. 168 dc

Rnd 11: Ch 3, dc in 12 dc, 2 dc in next dc, [dc in 13 dc, 2 dc in next dc] 11 times, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch 3. 180 dc

Rnd 12: Ch 3, dc in 6 dc, 2 dc in next dc, [dc in 14 dc, 2 dc in next dc] 11 times, dc in 7 dc, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch 3. 192 dc

Rnd 13: Ch 1, sc in same ch as joining, ch 3, [skip 1 dc, sc in next dc, ch 3] 95 times, sl st in 1st sc, fasten off. 96 ch 3 sp

Flower

Rnd 1: Starting with a magic loop, ch 3 (counts as first dc), 15 dc in loop, tighten the magic loop, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch 3. 16 dc

Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in same ch as joining, [ch 3, sc in next dc] 15 times, ch 3, sl st in 1st sc. 16 ch 3 sp

Rnd 3: Sl st in ch 3 sp, ch 1, sc in same ch 3 sp, [(hdc, dc, 2 tr, dc, hdc) in next ch 3 sp, sc in next ch 3 sp] 7 times, (hdc, dc, 2 tr, dc, hdc) in next ch 3 sp, sl st in 1st sc, fasten off.

Attach the flower to the hat and you are ready for some summer fun.

A printable version of this crocheted Hazy Daze Summer Hat pattern with additional sizing options is available in my pattern shop.




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Stitch of the Month: Twisted Seed Stitch

How to knit the Twisted Seed Stitch or Beehive Waffle Stitch

I love knitting stitches that are just as pretty on the wrong side as the right side. Sometimes it takes a little trial and error to discover these gems because most stitch dictionaries only show the right side of the pattern. So, I'd like to start sharing some of my favorite stitches that don't really have a "wrong" side.

To get things started, here's the Twisted Seed Stitch, aka the Beehive Waffle Stitch. The pattern is very similar to the Garter Stitch with just a little twist that adds a cushiony texture.

Abbreviations


k - knit
k1b - knit 1 below by inserting the right needle into the center of the stitch one row below the stitch on the left needle and knit into it.

Directions


This pattern is worked across an odd number of stitches.

Row 1 (Wrong Side): K all sts.
Row 2 (Right Side): [K1, k1b] repeat across to last st, k1.
Row 3: K all sts.
Row 4: [K1b, k1] repeat across to last st, k1b.

Repeat Row 1-4

The picture above is technically the right side of the work, but don't you think the wrong side (below) is lovely as well?

How to knit the Twisted Seed Stitch or Beehive Waffle Stitch

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Knitting Pattern: Best Worsted Socks

Stash buster sock knitting pattern: quick and easy worsted weight acrylic socks

A couple weeks ago I showed you how I tamed my tangled and unusable yarn stash. As I was sorting through my fibers I realized that I had quite a bit of leftover worsted weight acrylic. I will happily admit that I am not a yarn snob. I enjoy working with fancy fibers and indie dyed, but I have no problem using inexpensive acrylic in projects, too.

Since I have been sock obsessed for the last few months, I decided to whip up a quick pair of worsted weight acrylic socks. I think you are going to love this pattern. There's no grafting, no picked up stitches and an adult sized pair of ankle socks can easily be completed in a weekend.

Materials

  • at least 2.5 oz/70 g, 128 yd/117 m of worsted weight acrylic for ankle socks
  • US size 6 (4.25 mm) dpns
  • yarn/tapestry needle

Gauge

  • 18 sts or 24 rows = 4 inches

Sizing

  • Women's (Men's)
  • foot circumference = 7 (9) inches
  • foot length = 8 (10) inches

Abbreviations

  • CO - cast on
  • k - knit
  • p - purl
  • RS - right side
  • skpo - slip one stitch knitwise, knit one, pass slipped stitch over
  • tr st - triplet stitch
  • tw st - twin stitch
  • WS - wrong side
This pattern uses shadow wrapped short row heels. If you are unfamiliar, here's a free shadow wrapped short row heel tutorial that also includes an explanation of how to make the necessary twin and triplet stitches.

Special Stitches


1 x 1 Ribbing

All Rnds: [K1, p1] around.

Moss Stitch - worked across 16 (20) stitches

Rnd 1: [K1, p1] across.
Rnd 2: K all sts.
Rnd 3: [P1, k1] across.
Rnd 4: K all sts.

Directions


Leg

Rounds begin and end at the left-hand side of the sock. CO 32 (40).

Work 1 x 1 Ribbing for at least 1 (1 ½) inches. If you prefer a longer leg length, simply work more rnds of 1 x 1 Ribbing.

Rnd 1-4: Work Moss Stitch across 16 (20) sts, k 16 (20) sts.

Heel

The heel section is worked using the Shadow Wrapped Short Row Method, across half of the sock sts, 16 (20) sts.

Row 1 (RS): [K1, p1] 7 (9) times, k1, tw st in last st, turn.
Row 2 (WS): P 14 (18), tw st in last st, turn.
Row 3: [K1, p1] to 2 sts before tw st, k1, tw st in next st, turn.
Row 4: P to 1 st before tw st, tw st in next st, turn.

Repeat Row 3-4 until there are 5 (7) twin stitches of each side of the heel and 6 regular stitches at the center of the heel.

Row 5 (RS): [K1, p1] to first tw st, k both strands of the tw st together, tr st in next tw st, turn.
Row 6 (WS): P to first tw st, p both strands of the tw st together, tr st in next tw st, turn.
Row 7: [K1, p1] to tr st, k all strands of tr st together, tr st in next tw st, turn.
Row 8: P to tr st, p all strands of tr st together, tr st in next tw st, turn.

Repeat Row 7-8 until one tr st remains on each side of the heel.

The remainder of the sock is worked in rounds with the right side facing.

Rnd 5: [K1, p1] to tr st, k all strands of tr st together, k 16 (20).
Rnd 6: K all strands of next tr st together, k 31 (39).

Foot

All Rnds: Work Moss Stitch across 16 (20) sts, k 16 (20) sts, until sock measures 7 (8 3/8) from the back of the heel or 1 (1 5/8) inches less than desired sock length.

Toe

For Men's Size: [Skpo, k3] 8 times (32 sts remain). K all sts for 3 rnds.

For Both Sizes: The remainder of the toe is worked the same for both sizes.

[Skpo, k2] 8 times (24 sts remain). K all sts for 2 rnds.
[Skpo, k1] 8 times (16 sts remain). K all sts for 1 rnd.
[Skpo] 8 times (8 sts remain). 

Break yarn leaving a 12 inch tail. Thread yarn onto a yarn needle and pull through the remaining 8 sts to close the toe.

Stash buster sock knitting pattern: quick and easy worsted weight acrylic socks

Enjoy stash busting all of your acrylic leftovers into comfy house socks. A printable version of my Best Worsted Socks pattern (with additional sizing options) is available in my shop.

I'd love to see your finished projects. Feel free to tag me, @thechillydog, on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with your project pictures.

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Sewing Pattern: Small Project Bag for Knitters

Free Sewing Pattern: Small travel bag for your knit and crochet projects.

At the beginning of the year I started attending a monthly sock knitting group at my local yarn store. It is so refreshing to chat with other knitters, see their projects and share tips and ideas. Of course having a small project bag dedicated to my sock club projects is handy, so I raided my fabric stash to stitch up a cheery tote.

Materials


  • 1/3 yd each of 2 coordinating fabrics (one for the bag and one for the lining)
  • Dritz 1/4" eyelets with setting tool
  • hammer
  • 1 x 2 inch piece of fusible interfacing
  • iron
  • 2/3 yd of 1/8-inch elastic cord
  • Dritz cord stop
  • compass, paper, pencil
  • sewing, measuring and cutting supplies

Directions


Before you start cutting your fabric, you'll need to draw a template for the bottom piece of the bag. Using a compass, draw a circle with a 3 3/8 inch radius on a piece of paper and cut out the circle.

Cut a rectangle that's 19 1/16 inches wide x 11 3/4 inches tall from both the outer and lining fabrics. Use your circle template to cut a circle from both the outer and lining fabrics.
Before sewing, the eyelets need to be attached to the outer bag fabric. Fold the outer fabric in half width-wise and finger press the center line.
Using a fabric marking pen or pencil make a mark 1 3/4 inches below the top edge of the fabric and 1/2 inch to either side of the center line.
Attach a piece of fusible interfacing on the wrong side of the outer fabric behind the eyelet marks according to the manufacturer's instructions.
With scissors or a hammer and the eyelet tool, cut/punch 1/4 inch holes centered over your marks.

(Note: As I was writing this post I discovered that my style of eyelet tool is fairly old and may not be available anymore. Some of the newer tools only secure the eyelets and can not be used for making the hole.)
Insert the eyelets into the holes from front to back.
Use a hammer and the other end of the eyelet tool to flatten and secure the eyelets.
Fold the top edge of both the outer and lining fabrics over 1/2 inch and press with an iron.
Now it's time to sew. First assemble the outer portion of the bag, then repeat the same process for the lining.

Unfold the top edge of the bag. Fold the bag in half width-wise, right sides together and stitch the side using a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
Attaching the round bag bottom can be a little intimidating so it is helpful to make some temporary guidelines to help with the placement.
Fold the bottom piece in half and finger press the center line.
Fold the piece in half again and finger press the center line.
Unfold the circle and you can see the quadrants nicely marked.
Next, finger press the fold opposite the seam on the side of the bag.
Fold again so that your finger pressed line is even with your stitches and finger press.
Now the bottom of the bag is also divided into quadrants.
With right sides together, align the quadrant lines of the circular bottom with the quadrant lines on the bag and pin in place.
Carefully align the edges and pin around the remainder of the bag bottom.

Stitch around the bag bottom using a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
Turn the outer bag right side out. The lining can remain wrong side out. Make sure the top edges are folded down.
Insert the lining into the bag. With wrong sides together, align the side seams of the outer and lining fabric. Pin around the top edge of the bag.
Stitch around the top of the bag 1/8 inch from the edge.
Create a channel for the drawstring by stitching around the top of the bag approximately 1/4 inch above and below the eyelet edges.

Pull the cord through the channel and secure with a cord stop.
And finally, the very best part, fill your bag with yarn, your latest project and your favorite knitting necessities like a Clover quick locking stitch marker set and a cute tape measure (mine is from All About the Buttons).

Free Sewing Pattern: Small travel bag for your knit and crochet projects.


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