Tuesday, January 01, 2008

1st of the Month Free-be-- Tube Socks

This is a top down tube sock, knit in spiral pattern that is especially suited for tube socks.
The stitch pattern, by its nature, is less likely to bunch up at the ankle, the round toe makes its easy to turn the sock each time its worn.

The original sock was made from French sock yarn in my stash, Chanteleine “Chaussette” a French yarn that has 20WPI –very similar in weight to Kroy Sock Yarn.

The design, is a bit lacy and very stretchy, making it an easily adjustable sock—If you have a larger (wider) foot and calf, make the tube longer, if you have a narrow foot and calf, shorter! This pattern is great for children and their fast going feet!

This pattern is presented here, for your use, and it is not to be copied, reprinted, or distributed in any form, with out the express permission.

Sugar Cane Tube Socks

The stitch pattern is a variation of “Barley Sugar” (original found in Mon Tricot)

1 set 4 double pointed needles; or 2 circulars –Size 3(US)/3.75mm

2--50 gram balls of sock yarn–(175 yards)—Green/grey tweed
1--50 gram ball of sock yarn (175 yards) solid green
---(only about ½ a ball is needed)

Yarn used: Chanteleine's “Chaussette”

Gauge:--in stocking knit—8 stitches to inch

Using solid green, Cast on 61
I used a German twist cast on--(but feel free to use cast on of your choice)
Join into round, joining first stitch and last stitch together to close round. (60 stitches)

Divide the stitches on the needles—18/18/24—or if using 2 circulars, 30/30--Place marker to indicate beginning of round.

Work in 1 X 1 ribbing for 1¼ inches

Next round, Knit every stitch.

Change to green/grey tweed, and start pattern:

Round 1: *SSK, k3, YO, K1--(6 stitch pattern)-- repeat 9 more times per round.
---for a less lacy effect, use another M1 increase.

Round 2: Knit every stitch

Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 till sock measures 14 inches-or about 1 and half inches shorter than the desired length.

Switch back to solid green yarn, shape toe:
Place markers after stitches: 12, 24, 36, 48 stitches (in addition to round marker)

Toe is worked in stocking knit stitch.

Round 1: Decrease 1--make 1 SSK, after each marker (5 stitches decreased)

Round 2: Knit every stitch
Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 until 25 stitches remain.

Change Pattern-Repeat Round 1 (decreasing every round) till 5 stitches remain, (switching to double pointed needles--if not already using)--as desired.

Bind off last 5 stitches by breaking yarn and threading the tail through the last 5 stitches. Tighten drawstring, secure, weave in tail. (Make 2)
Finish sock by weaving in all tails.
Block as desired.

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2 comments:

Helen said...

Thank you!
My DD has been claiming that tube socks are evil. I've told her I won't knit socks for her til her feet stop growing -- unless they're tube socks. I'm thinking she'll like these!

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|chee-uh| said...

My friends have been making something similar with Berroco Ultra Alpaca and they have been coming out really nicely. One friend's husband RAVES about these socks. It also works well with baby yarn if you're on a budget.