Sunday, November 27, 2016

Sew What? Poncho

Yes, this is my knitting blog, but sometimes fleece and sewing seem like a better choice!  Two yards of fleece and 18" of sewing (twice) makes 2 ponchos!

My daughter crocheted this poncho!
Materials:        
2 yards fleece,
sewing thread    
Supplies:
yard stick or
measuring tape
scissors, pins
sewing machine
chalk or soap for marking details
30 minutes 
 Finished sizes: 
smaller: (66"fleece)  length 33", width 27"
larger:   (72"fleece)  length 36", width 30"


  Let me share photos of the process: 
I gathered materials and supplies.  I have enough fleece to make 4 ponchos.
I trimmed off the salvage edge.
We are small (almost 5').  I measured and cut the fleece vertically at  27" wide.  Full size: cut fleece vertically in half at 30"
I measured and cut the fleece at 66".  Full size: leave the fleece at 2yards,  72"
 I folded the fleece in half at 33", measured and pinned, leaving the fleece not sewn, near the fold, for a 14" opening.   I stitched a 16" seam, leaving 3" remaining for fringe.  Full size:  fold fleece in half at 36", measure and pin, leaving it not sewn, near the fold, for a 14.5" opening, stitch a 18.5" seam, and leave 3" remaining for fringe. 
Finished and turned, the poncho looked like this.  The seam is to our right.
On the blue poncho, I used a sliver of soap to mark the 3" up for the fringe.
I kept the yardstick near by to cut 1" wide fringe. 
Oops, happy accident!  I snipped a fringe on the under layer.  I knew to keep all of that out of reach, but I liked the 1/2" wide fringe.  To solve that problem, I then went back and snipped all the fringes again. 
Yes, this was a fun project!  I have 4 ponchos ready to gift for the holidays!

Copyright 2016, Marilynn Blacketer. All rights reserved. 11/27/16
for pattern support please contact marilynnblacketer@gmail.com 





Saturday, November 19, 2016

What's up Buttercup?!

11/2/16 Yes, I finished the What’s Up Buttercup?!   While I was typing these notes, I got the phone call… YES, a baby girl has arrived, and this Grams is ready to gift her a sweater! 

Buttercup Baby
Marilynn Blacketer '16
The Buttercup Baby works well in DK acrylic, or wool blend. The wrap can be finished in a weekend or two, and makes a perfect gift or accessory for any little one. This may be considered an intermediate level pattern because you'll be making unique yoke increases and working the garter stitch border at the same time. The wrap is designed to fit a newborn or infant, with bigger needles and yarn, this can easily be made larger to fit a toddler.
Finished sizes:
Newborn: 14” chest, 8” height neck to hem, 5” sleeve
3-6mo Infant: 16” chest, 10” height neck to hem, 6” sleeve
Gauge: US#5, 6 stitches = 1”; US#6, 5.5 stitches = 1” Adjust needle size to match gauge.
Materials: Yarn: acrylic or wool blend in DK;
Newborn: Main color, 174yards, 50grams; Contrasting color, 90yards, 25grams
Infant: Main color, 210yards, 60grams; Contrasting color, 90yards, 25grams
Photo:Buttercup Baby, size Infant, was knit in Plymouth Yarn Dreambaby DK Paintpot; 50% acrylic, 50% nylon; main color 1406; & Plymouth Yarn Dreambaby DK; 50% acrylic, 50% nylon; contrasting color 142 yellow
Needles: Newborn: Size US#4, Newborn & Infant:Size US#5 , Infant: US#6, 16”, 24” circular needles; and/or sets double pointed needles (for sleeves)
Notions: Stitch markers, tapestry needle, two ½ ” buttons, yarn/kitchen scale
Abbreviations: CO=cast on       K=knit k2tog=knit 2 stitches together       p=purl      KFB=knit front&back      pm=place marker       rm=remove marker       sm=slip marker Rnd=round      sts=stitches       RS=right side      WS=wrong side      yo=yarn over      MC=main color      CC=contrasting color
Buttercup Baby Directions Directions are written for newborn [infant in brackets]. (Notes are in italic.)
Getting Started: Pull, do not cut, and wind 5 grams of CC into a ball. (This is enough CC yarn to complete the border and one sleeve.)
Neckband: With CC, use long tail CO making the slip knot with the 5 gram (very long) tail and skein, with size #4 [#5] circular needles, CO 31 sts. Do not join, work back and forth in rows.
Set up(WS): with skein CC, Knit3, pm, k5, pm, knit15, pm, k5, pm, k3
Row 1(RS): with skein CC, KFB, k2, sm, KFB, k3, KFB, sm, KFB, k13, KFB, sm, KFB, k3, KFB, sm, k1, KFB, k1 (39sts)
Row 2 (WS): with ball CC, Knit
Row 3(RS): with ball CC, KFB, k3, sm, KFB, k5, KFB, sm, KFB, k15, KFB, sm, KFB, k5, KFB, sm, k2, KFB, k1 (47sts)
Row 4(WS): with skein CC, Knit (the ball is resting, and will be available for the right front border, but the sweater is worked upside down so this is your work to the left)
Yoke and Front Borders:
Row 1(RS): with CC, with size #5 [# 6], 24”circular needles, Knit 3, pick up MC and knit both CC&MC in the fourth stitch, drop CC, with MC * knit to 1stitch before marker, yo, k, sm, k, yo; repeat from * to last 4sts, pick up CC and knit both CC&MC in the same stitch, drop MC, with CC, knit 3 (10 sts increased on RS rows) (This first row, you're right there, just yo, knit, sm, ... at the last 4 sts, yo as you pick up CC to knit MC&CC in the same stitch)
Row 2(WS): with CC, Knit 4, bring the CC forward, with MC, purl to last 4 sts, with CC, knit 4 (You may need to work sts 4&5 out of order to keep borders even)

Rows 3-8: Repeat Rows 1 and 2.
Row 9(RS): with CC, * Knit to 1stitch before marker, yo, k, sm, k, yo; repeat from * to end (8sts increased on RS row)
Row 10(WS): with skein CC, Knit 4, purl to last 4 sts, knit 4 (Row 10: 95sts, Row 20:143sts)
Repeat Rows 1-10 a total of 2 times and Rows1&2 twice more. (163sts)

Divide Body and Sleeves:
RS: with CC Knit 3, pick up MC and knit both CC&MC in the fourth stitch, drop CC, with MC knit to 1st marker, sm, slip33 sleeve sts onto holder, rm, CO3 underarm sts, k43 across back, rm, slip33 sleeve sts onto holder, CO3 underarm sts, sm, knit to last 4sts, pick up CC and knit both CC&MC in the same stitch, drop MC, with CC knit 3 (front 28sts, back 49sts, front 28sts= 105sts)
WS: with CC, Knit 4, with MC, purl to last 4 sts, with CC, knit 4 (105sts)

Body and Front Borders:
Row 1 (RS): with CC, Knit 3, pick up MC and knit both CC&MC in the fourth stitch, drop CC, with MC * knit to last 4sts, pick up CC and knit both CC&MC in the same stitch, drop MC, with CC knit 3 (2sts increased RS rows)
Row 2 (WS): with CC, knit 4, with MC, purl to last 4 sts, with CC, knit 4
Rows 3-8: Repeat Rows 1 and 2. (as established, you are ready for Rows 7-8)
Row 9(RS): with CC, Knit (no stitches increased on RS row)
Row 10(WS): with skein CC, Knit 4, purl to last 4 sts, knit 4 (Row 10 counts: 107, 115, 123, [131]sts)
Repeat Rows 1-10 (from the neck) total 5 [6] times, and Rows 1-8 again.(4.5” [5.5”]from underarm, 131[139]sts)

Bottom Eyelet Border: (cut MC, cut ball CC, place hanging markers to note sides, remove markers)
Rows 1, 2: with CC, with size#4 [#5], 24”circular needle, Knit
Row 3(RS): with CC, Knit 3[2], * k2tog, yo, k1; repeat from * to last 2sts, knit 2
Rows 4, 5, 6: with CC, Knit (131 [139]sts)
Row 7(RS): with size#5 [#6] needle, Bind Off loosely in knit, to last 2sts, k2tog, Bind Off.

Sleeves:
Move 33 stitches from holder onto size #5 [#6] circular/or double pointed needles. Pick up and knit 5 sts from underarm, pm, pick up and knit 5 more sts, and join to work in the round. 43sts
Rnds 1-4: with MC, Knit
Rnd 5: with MC, K1, k2tog, knit to last 2 sts before marker, k2tog
Work stripes as established Rnds 9-10: with CC, knit ,decrease if necessary. (Carry CC at first stitch of Rnd 5)
Repeat Rnds 1-5 a total of 5 times (33sts)
Work even until sleeve measures 4.5” [5.5 ”] from underarm, and ending on a Rnd 8.

Cuff Eyelet: (cut MC)
Rnd 1: with CC, with size #4 [#5] needles, Knit
Rnd 2: with CC, Purl
Rnd 3: with CC, * K2tog, yo, k1; repeat from * to end
Rnd 4: with CC, Purl
Rnd 5: with CC, Knit
Rnd 6: with CC, Purl
Rnd 7: with CC, with size #5 [#6] needle, Bind Off loosely in knit.
Repeat for other sleeve.
Finishing: Weave in all the tails. Very securely sew 1/2” buttons to front left side and border. The right eyelet border will be used as the button holes .
Buttercup Baby is available at MarilynnsGardenKnitDesign.blogspot.com
Buttercup Baby Wrap pattern pdf is available on Ravelry.com (login needed)

Copyright 2016, Marilynn Blacketer. All rights reserved. 11/20/16

For pattern support please contact: marilynnblacketer@gmail.com
Here are a few photos of the process:  
Started by working the CC neckband, and joined MC to work the yoke with CC borders.
 Using #4 needles as the stitch holders, I divided for the sleeves.

Worked the body, cut MC and ball CC to work the bottom eyelet border. 
Picked up the stitches, knitted the sleeve onto #6 needles, and worked both sleeve on two circular needles.  Used #5 needles to work the cuff. 
I securely stitched on two buttons. 
 
I tested the pattern by knitting another Buttercup Baby.
 Buttercup Baby is available at MarilynnsGardenKnitDesign.blogspot.com
Buttercup Baby Wrap pattern pdf is available on Ravelry.com (login needed)
Copyright 2016, Marilynn Blacketer. All rights reserved. 11/20/16
For pattern support please contact: marilynnblacketer@gmail.com

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Tot Socks-Take 5

It feels like autumn.   Let's get some tot socks ready for the little guy!     Marilynn Blacketer '16

The Tot 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:
Waddler (age 1): leg height cuff to heel 4”, foot length heel to toe 4, foot circumference 4” flat, stretch 6”
Toddler (age 2): leg height cuff to heel 5”, foot length heel to toe 5”, foot circumference 5” flat, stretch 7
Tot (age 3): leg height cuff to heel 6”, foot length heel to toe 6”, foot circumference 5” flat, stretch 7”

Gauge:
Waddler: US#1(2.25mm) needles: 9 stitches = 1”
Toddler, Tot: US#2.5(3mm) needles: 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 3 yards of waist yarn in a different color

Photo: size Toddler;  KnitPicks Stroll, Blue Yonder Tonal; 75%Superwash Merino Wool/ 25%Nylon;
CascadeYarns, Fixation; 98.3%Cotton/ 1.7%Elastic; Pair of socks used 25 grams of yarn.

Needles: Size US#1(2.25mm), 16”and 24” circular needles, or size US#1 set double pointed needles
Size US#2.5(3mm), 16”and 24” circular needles, or size US#2.5 set double pointed needles
Notions:  tapestry needle, stitch markers, spare US#1 double pointed needles

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      yo=yarn over      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 size (waddler, toddler, tot) in parentheses and working with 2 circular needles. (notes are in italic) Make 2 socks.

Plain Cuff: Use the long-tail cast-on method, with spare US#1 needle and size US(#1, #2.5, #2.5) needles held together, with MC, cast on 60 stitches. Carefully slide off the spare needle.
Place marker & join together by knitting first stitch being careful not to twist.
With MC, * K1, k2tog; repeat from * to end.           40sts

(not in photo)
 Ruffle: Use the long-tail cast-on method, with spare US#1 needle and size US(#1, #2.5, #2.5) needles held together, with MC, cast on 80 stitches. Carefully slide off the spare needle.
Place marker & join together by knitting first stitch being careful not to twist.
Rnds 1-4: with MC, Knit
Rnd 5: with MC, K2tog to end.                                  40sts

Eyelet Ruffle: Use the long-tail cast-on method, with spare US#1 needle and size US(#1, #2.5, #2.5) needles held together, with MC, cast on 81 stitches. (Save 9” tail to sew ruffle together as you finish the sock.)
Row 1: with MC, Knit (You'll be working back and forth.)
Row 2: with MC, K1, * yo, k2tog; repeat from * to end
Row 3: with MC, Knit
Row 4: with MC, Knit to last two stitches, k2tog                    80sts
Rnd 5: with MC, Place marker & join together by k2tog, being careful not to twist, k2tog to end.                                                                                          40sts

Sock Leg: (20sts per two needles)
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 5, set up for heel and foot. (2.5”, 3”, 4”) from CO for desired height

Instep and Heel set up:
Rnds 1, 2: with MC as established, [K3,p2](3)times, k3 (18sts instep, slip last 2sts to back needle), knit 22 (heel)
Rnd 3: with MC as established, [K3,p2](3)times, k3; instep stitches.
Drop MC yarn, and with a strand of different colored yarn knit across heel 22 stitches.
(If working with US#1, purl back with colored yarn, just to provide more space later)
Drop colored strand, pick up MC, and knit across heel 22 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, ending on rnd 5, (2”, 2.5”, 3.5”) for desired length. Cut CC.

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 to work Rnds 1&2 until 8sts remain for instep, and 12sts remain for sole.
Work 2 more rounds: K8(instep), k1, k2tog, knit to last 3 stitches on needle, k2tog, k1(sole)
With 16 stitches remaining(8sts per needle), cut 18” yarn, and work Kitchener Stitch to finish the toe.

Heel:
Carefully slide the 22sts below(sole), and 22sts 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 24sts 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 to work Rnds 1&2 until 16 (8sts per needle) 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.
Jr. Socks-Take 5 pattern pdf available on Ravelry.com (login needed)
Copyright 2016, Marilynn Blacketer. All rights reserved. 9-18-16
For pattern support please contact: marilynnblacketer@gmail.com

Here are photos of the process:

I gathered supplies.  These socks were knitted with stash yarn.
I've worked the socks through the leg and other colored yarn.  The sock to the left, I dropped MC yarn, and with a strand of different colored yarn I knitted across heel 22 stitches.  The sock to the right, I knitted across and purled back with the colored yarn, just to provide more space later.  




I often work the toes of both socks on two needles.  These socks were ready for Kitchner Stitch.  My mantra: front needle, "Knit off, purl"; back needle, "Purl off, knit"
I used size US#1 needles to pick up the stitches for the heel.  It was fun to just pull and unravel the colored yarn from the sock in which I had  purled back with the colored yarn.
I knitted the heels on size US#2.5 needles setting the work to gauge.  It was time again for Kitchner Stitch!
These Tot Socks-Take 5 were knitted with US#2.5(3mm)needles.




The waddler socks were knitted with size US#1(2.25mm) needles.  The toddler socks, US#2.5(3mm)needles.
The tot socks were knitted with size US#2.5(3mm)needles.
This pattern is available on marilynnsgardenknitdesign.blogspot.com.
Copyright 2016, Marilynn Blacketer. All rights reserved. 9-18-16
For pattern support please contact: marilynnblacketer@gmail.com



Friday, August 19, 2016

Teeny Tiny Socks-Take 5

I know it's still summer, but we're pretty excited about the arrival of a new grand-daughter in October, and this Grams thinks that special occasion calls for a pair of Teeny Socks! Why not include the Tiny Socks, too?     
 Marilynn Blacketer '16

The Teeny Tiny Socks-Take 5 work well in a superwash wool blend. The Take 5 ribbing is fun to 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:
Newborn: leg height cuff to heel 3”, foot length heel to toe 3”, foot circumference 3” flat, stretch 5”
Infant: leg height cuff to heel 3.5”, foot length heel to toe 3.5”, foot circumference 4” flat, stretch 6

Gauge:
Newborn: US#1(2.25mm) needles: 9 stitches = 1”
Infant: US#2.5(3mm) needles: 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, Spring Blooms Tonal; 75%Superwash Merino Wool/ 25%Nylon;
CascadeYarns, Fixation; 98.3%Cotton/ 1.7%Elastic;
Pair of socks used 15 grams of yarn.

Needles: Size US#1(2.25mm), 16”and 24” circular needles, or size US#1 set double pointed needles
Size US#2.5(3mm), 16”and 24” circular needles, or size US#2.5 set double pointed needles
Notions:           tapestry needle, stitch markers, spare US#1 double pointed needles

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      yo = yarn over      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 size (newborn, infant in parentheses) and working with 2 circular needles. (notes are in italic) Make 2 socks.

Ruffle: Use the long-tail cast-on method, with spare US#1 needle and size US(#1, #2.5) needles held together, with MC, cast on 60 stitches. Carefully slide off the spare needle.
Place marker & join together by knitting first stitch being careful not to twist.
Rnds 1-4: with MC, Knit
Rnd 5: with MC, K2tog to end.       30sts



Eyelet Ruffle: Use the long-tail cast-on method, with spare US#1 needle and size US(#1, #2.5) needles held together, with MC, cast on 61 stitches.  (Save 9” tail to sew ruffle together as you finish the sock. 
Row 1: with MC, Knit  
(You'll be working back and forth.)
Row 2: with MC, K1, * yo, k2tog; repeat from * to end
Row 3: with MC, Knit
Row 4: with MC, Knit to last two stitches, k2tog      60sts
Rnd 5: Place marker & join together by k2tog, being careful not to twist, continue with MC, k2tog to end.       30sts

Not in photo:
Plain cuff: Use the long-tail cast-on method, with spare US#1 needle and size US(#1, #2.5) needles held together, with MC, cast on 45 stitches. Carefully slide off the spare needle.
Place marker & join together by knitting first stitch being careful not to twist.
With MC, * K1, k2tog; repeat from * to end.                                        30sts

Sock Leg: (15sts per two needles)
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 5, set up for heel and foot. 
                                                                                    (2”, 2.5”) from CO for desired height

Instep and Heel set up:
Rnds 1, 2: with MC as established, [K3,p2](2)times, k3 (13sts instep, slip last 2sts to back needle), knit 17 (heel)
Rnd 3: with MC as established, [K3,p2](2)times, k3; instep stitches.
Drop MC yarn, and with a strand of different colored yarn knit across heel 17stitches.
(If working with US#1needle, purl back with colored yarn, just to provide more space later)
Drop colored strand, pick up MC, and knit across heel 17 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, ending on rnd 5,  (1.5", 1.75") for desired length.  Cut CC.

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 to work Rnds 1&2 until 7sts remain for instep, and 11sts remain for sole.
Work 2 more rounds: K7(instep), k1, k2tog, knit to last 3 stitches on needle, k2tog, k1(sole)
With 14 stitches remaining (7sts per needle), cut 18” yarn, and work Kitchener Stitch to finish the toe.

Heel:
Carefully slide the 17sts below(sole), and 17sts 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 19sts 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 to work Rnds 1&2 until 14 (7sts per needle) 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.
Jr. Socks-Take 5 pattern pdf available on Ravelry.com (login needed)
Copyright 2016, Marilynn Blacketer. All rights reserved. 8-19-16
For pattern support please contact: marilynnblacketer@gmail.com


Here are photos of the process:


Gather supplies.  These socks were knit with stash yarn.
Cast on 60st holding two needles together.
Carefully remove the spare needle.
Working the eyelet cuff, it is now time to join, then k2tog around the cuff, reducing to 30sts.
Work rnds 1-4, then add the CC at rnd 5.
Work leg (2", 2.5"), and set up for the afterthought heel.  I decided to use a blue yarn rather than pink to make it easier to remove the "colored" yarn to work the heel.
One sock, I knitted the "colored" yarn.
This sock, I knitted across, and purled back with the "colored" yarn. I recommend this when working with size US#1 needles. 
Work (1.5", 1.75") past the "colored" yarn, ending the work on rnd5.  Cut the CC yarn, and start the toe decreases.
At 7sts per needle, cut 18" MC yarn,
and work Kitchener Stitch to finish the toe.  My mantra: (front needle) knit off, purl, (back needle) purl off, knit


This sock was inside out.  I was weaving in the tails, and I whip-stitched about 4 sts to sew the eyelet ruffle together.


Using a US#1 needle, on the sock knitted with  size US#2.5, I had no trouble picking up the stitches on both sides of the "colored" yarn.  During the first round of knitting, I used the US#2.5 needles to set the work to gauge.
I had a problem using a US#1 needle to pick up the stitches, on the sock knitted with size US#1 needle. I solved the problem of  not having space, by sliding the first set of picked up stitches to the cable of  the US#1 circular needle. 


Having two rows of "colorful" yarn made it easier to pick up the stitches for the afterthought heel.
 I worked the decreases on the heels as if they were toes.  There were 19sts per needle. The front and back needles started and came out even.  Ready for more Kitchener Stitch.


I tried this, and that, and still got little "holes" at the corners of the heels.  I solved that problem by weaving the tails of the starting and closing heel yarn through the little "holes". 



These socks are teeny and tiny, and too cute!


This pattern is available on marilynnsgardenknitdesign.blogspot.com.
Copyright 2016, Marilynn Blacketer. All rights reserved. 8-19-16
For pattern support please contact: marilynnblacketer@gmail.com