Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Knit this cold-weather craft to keep your tootsies toasty!
By Anna Hobbs
Designed by Joanne Scantlebury
Brisk days and frosty nights are coming our way again. To help you face the chilly weather in comfort and style, P.E.I. designer Joanne Scantlebury knit these leg-warming slipper socks using scraps of wool yarn. They're great for aprés ski, or aprés anything!
Knee-high slipper socks are knit on two needles from the top down using leftover scraps of 3-ply yarn. Recommended for knitters with some experience. Standard abbreviations are used. Instructions are given for one-size adult slipper sock, measurements as follows:
Foot length: 27 cm (10-1/2 ins)
Leg length: 44.5 cm (17-1/2 ins)
Leg circumference: 28 cm (11 ins)
Scraps of 3-ply yarn in 15 colours, A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N and P, which knits to the tension given below
One pair 4.50 mm needles OR whichever needles you require to produce the tension given below
4.00 mm crochet hook
3 stitch holders
16 sts and 18 rows = 10 cm (4 ins) in St st. Work to the exact tension with the specified yarn to obtain satisfactory results.
TO SAVE TIME, TAKE TIME TO CHECK TENSION.
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Rows 1 to 3: Work rows 1 to 3 of graph in St st.
Rows 4 and 5: Work rows 2 and 3 of graph in St st.
Row 6: Work row 1 of graph in St st.
Beg at top of sock, with A cast on 50 sts.
Row 1: Knit.
Row 2: K3, k2tog, yon, (k5, k2tog, yon) to last 3 sts, k3.
Row 3: Knit.
Row 4: Purl.
Rows 5 and 6: With B, knit.
Rows 7 to 12: With X = C and O = D, work Pattern II.
Rows 13 and 14: With E, knit.
Rows 15 and 16: With F, knit.
Rows 17 and 18: With G, knit.
Rows 19 to 26: With X = H, O = A, * = I and + = G, work Pattern I graph.
Rows 27 and 28: With J, knit.
Rows 29 and 30: With K, knit.
Rows 31 and 32: With A, knit.
Rows 33 to 38: With X = L and O = C, work Pattern II.
Rows 39 and 40: With E, knit.
Rows 41 and 42: With F, knit.
Rows 43 and 44: With B, knit.
Rows 45 to 52: With X = M, O = N, * = P and + = B, work Pattern I graph.
Rows 53 and 54: With J, knit.
Rows 55 and 56: With C, knit.
Rows 57 and 58: With N, knit.
Rows 59 to 64: With X = F and O = J, work Pattern II.
Rows 65 and 66: With E, knit.
Rows 67 and 68: With K, knit.
Rows 69 and 70: With G, knit.
Rows 71 to 78: With X = H, O = A, * = I and + = G, work Pattern I graph.
Rows 79 and 80: With L, knit.
Rows 81 and 82: With C, knit.
Rows 83 and 84: With A, knit.
To shape upper foot:
Next row: With K, k33, place rem 17 sts on st holder.
Next row: With K, p16, place rem 17 sts on st holder.
With X = D and O = K, work rows 2 and 3 of Pattern I graph 10 times.
Continue alternating rows 2 and 3 of graph and at same time dec 1 st each at end of needle on every row until 8 sts rem. Place these sts on holder. Break yarns.
To shape sides:
With K, right side of work facing and beg at right ankle, pick up and k 25 sts along top right-hand edge of upper foot, k 8 sts from toe st holder, pick up and k 25 sts along top left-hand side of upper foot, k 17 sts from stitch holder.
Next row: Purl, p 17 sts from rem st holder. 92 sts now on needle.
With E, k 2 rows.
With F, k 2 rows.
With N, k 2 rows.
With P, k 2 rows.
With B, k 2 rows.
To shape sole:
Next row: With C, k42, (k2tog) 4 times, k42. 88 sts now on needle.
Next row: Knit.
Next row: K40, (k2tog) 4 times, k40. 84 sts now on needle.
Next row: Knit. Cast off.
With C, sew up bottom of sock. Sew back seam.
With G and crochet hook, work 1 row sc around top of sock. Weave in yarn ends on wrong side of work.
Tie and Tassels
Cut four 150 cm (59-ins) lengths of different-coloured yarns. Knot 2 strands to the other 2 to make 3 m (118-ins) length. Attach one end to a doorknob or clamp. Twist yarn until it becomes a springy coil. Fold twisted length in half to form cord. Knot each end. Thread through holes at top of sock. Make 2 tassels and attach to each end of cord.
Make second sock in same manner.