Monday, February 10, 2014

Socks-Take 5 Fruit Stripe



(2/4/14)    I finished a second pair of Socks-Take 5 with KnitPicks Essentials, Fruit Punch Multi; and Cascade Fixation, 9442 Hawaii.  
I called this pair Tutti-Frutti.  Modification: size US#3 needles.  
They looked great, and knitted up quickly.





(2/4/14)     I decided to knit another pair of Socks-Take 5.  I looked through my sock yarn stash, and selected KnitPicks Stroll Tonal, Wine Tasting, to knit along with the other two yarns.  I weighed the Tootie Fruity socks, then weighed the stash yarn.  Yes, there would be enough yarn to knit a size small pair of  Socks-Take 5. 


(2/8/14)   I decided to call this pair Fruit Stripe because the socks reminded me of the gum, and I'll share the details with you!
Fruit Stripe Gum



Socks-Take 5 Fruit Stripe
Marilynn Blacketer '14
The Socks-Take 5 work well in a superwash wool blend.
The Take 5 ribbing is fun work, and the socks can be knit in just a few days making them the perfect gift or accessory. 
This may be considered an intermediate level pattern because 
knowledge of sock (and stitch) construction is helpful.


Finished size: about 7” flat, stretch 10”circumference, leg height about 10”

Gauge: 8 stitches = 1” Adjust needle size, and row count to match gauge.

Materials:  Yarn: mcA and mcB superwash wool blend in fingering weight, CC cotton/elastic blend, or CC superwash wool blend in fingering weight, and 2 yds of waist yarn in a different color
Photo: 
KnitPicks Stroll, Tonal, Wine Tasting; 75%Superwash Merino Wool/ 25%Nylon; 462yards/100g; KnitPicks Esentials,Fruit Punch Multi, 75%Superwash Merino Wool/ 25%Nylon; 231yards/50g; CascadeYarns, Fixation; 98.3%Cotton/ 1.7%Elastic; 62yds(relaxed)/50g

Needles: Size US#2, 16”and 24” circular needles or size US#2, set double pointed needles
tapestry needle, stitch markers

Resources: Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles by Cat Bordhi
KNITTING circles around SOCKS by Antje Gillingham
Learn to Knit SOCKS by Edie Eckman

Abbreviations: CO=cast on       k =knit      p=purl       k2tog=knit 2 stitches together
Rnd/s=round/s     sts=stitches      mcA=main colorA      mcB=main colorB      CC=contrasting color
   
Special Stitches: Take 5 Ribbing   Fruit Stripe
Rnds 1-4: with mcA, * Knit 3, purl 2; repeat from * to end
Rnd 5: with CC, * Knit 3, purl 2; repeat from * to end
Rnds 6-9: with mcB, * Knit 3, purl 2; repeat from * to end
Rnd 10: with CC, * Knit 3, purl 2; repeat from * to end

Directions: The directions are written for adult size (small, medium, large) in parentheses, and working with 2 circular needles. (notes are in italic) Make two socks.  
(modifications:  size US#3 needles)

Cuff:
Use the long-tail cast-on method, with size #2 needles, with mcA, cast on (75, 90, 105) stitches.
Place marker & join together by knitting first stitch being careful not to twist,
with mcA, * K1, k2tog; repeat from * to end.       (50, 60, 70) sts
Rnds 1-4, 6-9: with mcA, * K3, p2; repeat from * to end
Rnds 5, 10: with CC, * K3, p2; repeat from * to end

Sock Leg:
Rnds 1-4: with mcA, * K3, p2; repeat from * to end
Rnd 5: with CC, * K3, p2; repeat from * to end
Rnds 6-9: with mcB, * K3, p2; repeat from * to end
Rnd 10: with CC, * K3, p2; repeat from * to end
Repeat rnds 1-10, working leg to the desired length, ending on rnd 4, set up for heel and foot.
                     (7”, 8”, 9”) from CO

Instep and Heel set up:
(If working with cotton/elastic yarn, cut CC.)
With mcA/CC as established, [K3,p2](4,5,6)times, k3; instep stitches.         (23, 28, 33)sts instep
Drop mcA/CC yarn, and with a strand of different colored yarn knit across heel (27, 32, 37)stitches.
Drop colored strand, pick up mcA/CC, and knit across heel (27, 32, 37) stitches once more. After this work instep as established, and knit sole; the heel will be put in later. (Next round, as established, you're ready to work with mcB.)

Instep and Sole:
Work instep as established (If cotton/elastic yarn cut, continue as 5 rnds mcA, 5 rnds mcB), and knit sole until sock measures from heel (colored yarn) marker: (4.5”, 5.5”, 6.5”) for desired length.

Toe:
Rnd 1 & odd rounds: with mcA, * K1, k2tog, knit to the last 3 stitches on needle, k2tog, k1;(instep)
repeat from * to end(sole)      (4sts decreased)
Rnd 2 & even rounds: with mcA, knit
Continue until (13, 14, 13)sts remain for instep, and (17, 18, 17)sts remain for sole.
Work 2 more rounds: K(13, 14, 13)(instep), k1, k2tog, knit to last 3 stitches on needle, k2tog, k1(sole). With (26, 28, 26) stitches remaining, cut 18” yarn, and work Kitchener Stitch to finish the toe.

Heel:
Carefully slide the (27, 32, 37)sts below(sole), and (27, 32, 37)sts above the colored yarn(leg) to needles. Carefully remove the colored yarn.
Attach mcA yarn, knit a round, and pick up one stitch at the beginning and end of the needles. (You'll have (29, 34, 39)sts on each needle, and this will help avoid “holes” on the heel sides.)
Now work the heel the same as the toe.
Rnd 1 & odd rounds: with mcA, * K1, k2tog, knit to the last 3 stitches on needle, k2tog, k1; repeat from * to end (4 sts decreased)
Rnd 2 & even rounds: with mcA, knit
Continue until (26, 28, 26) stitches remain.
Cut 18”yarn, and work Kitchener Stitch to finish the heel.

Finishing: Weave in tails. Make second sock.


This pattern is available on marilynnsgardenknitdesign.blogspot.com.
Socks - Take 5 pdf is available on Ravelry (login needed)
Copyright 2014, Marilynn Blacketer. All rights reserved. 2-10-14
For pattern support please contact: marilynnblacketer@gmail.com


Here are photos of the process:

I selected the yarn and Socks-Take 5 pattern.
We had snow!
I spent many hours knitting.

I worked in the waste yarn to mark the heels.
I measured, cut mcB, and got ready for the toe.
With mcA, I knitted both socks onto two circular needles to work the toe.
I counted the markers to count the days.  Remember, we had snow!  The foot, toe, and heel knitted up quickly.
The weather was much better.  I took a walk, and stopped at The Buzz on Broadway for photos.
The Socks-Take 5 Fruit Stripe were ready to be mailed!
This pattern is available on marilynnsgardenknitdesign.blogspot.com.
Socks-Take 5 pdf available on Ravelry. (login needed)
Copyright 2014, Marilynn Blacketer. All rights reserved. 2-10-14
For pattern support please contact: marilynnblacketer@gmail.com

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