Saturday, October 25, 2014

Socks-Take 5 Kool-Aid

The Socks-Take 5 work well in a superwash wool blend, and this yarn dyed wonderfully! 

                                              Socks-Take 5 Kool-Aid
The Kool-Aid dyed yarn was dry!
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: leg height about 10”,  
leg width about 7” flat, stretch 10”circumference
Gauge: 8 stitches = 1”  Adjust needle size, and row count to match gauge.
Materials:  
Yarn: MC superwash wool blend in fingering weight, 
CC cotton/elastic blend,  
or CC superwash wool blend in fingering weight, 
and 2 yards of waist yarn in a different color

Photo: KnitPicks Stroll, Bare; 75%Superwash Merino Wool/ 25%Nylon;
462yards/100g; Hand dyed with Kool-Aid colors:Black Cherry, Lemonade  
                      (& yellow food color)
KnitPicks Dancing; 41%Cotton, 39%Wool, 13%Nylon, 7%Elastic; color23587

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       MC = main color       CC= contrasting color

Special Stitches: Take 5 Ribbing 
Rnds 1-4: with MC,  * Knit 3, purl 2; repeat from * to end
Rnd 5: 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 2 socks.  
(Detailed tutorial available at Socks-Take 5)


Use the long-tail cast-on method, with size US#2 needles, with MC, cast on (75, 90, 105) stitches.
Place marker & join together by knitting first stitch being careful not to twist,
with MC, * K1, k2tog; repeat from * to end. (50, 60, 70) sts
Modification: Size US#3 needles
Sock Leg:
Rnds 1-4: with MC, * K3, p2; repeat from * to end
Rnd 5: with CC, * K3, p2; repeat from * to end
Repeat rnds 1-5, 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 MC/CC as established, [K3,p2](4,5,6)times, k3; instep stitches. (23, 28, 33)sts instep
Drop MC/CC yarn, and with a strand of different colored yarn knit across heel (27, 32, 37)stitches.
Drop colored strand, pick up MC/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.
Instep and Sole:
Work instep as established, 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 MC, * 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 MC, 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.
I had the Learn to Knit Socks available for the Kitchener Stitch!
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 MC 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 MC, * K1, k2tog, knit to the last 3 stitches on needle, k2tog, k1;
repeat from * to end (4 sts decreased)
Rnd 2 & even rounds: with MC, 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 pattern pdf is available on Ravelry (login needed)
Copyright 2014, Marilynn Blacketer. All rights reserved. 10-24-14
For pattern support please contact: marilynnblacketer@gmail.com



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