Saturday, February 24, 2007

Playin Footsie


This is a simple pattern that is great for those half-used skeins of yarn. I got the idea after knitting a pair of full size socks and having about half a skein of beautiful sock yarn left-over. Not enough for a regular sock, too much to go to waste.


Yarn: Lorna's Laces sock yarn; approx. 1/2 skein (~110 yds). Plus waste yarn.


Needles: size 2dpn


Fits women's size 8-9.


Note: This is a toe-up pattern using short rows for shaping. The first portion of the pattern can be worked on regular straight needles.


Cast on 30 st loosely using waste yarn.


Knit 2 rows in stockinette st.


Toe Shaping


Row 1 - Knit 28 sts, move yarn to front, sl1, move yarn to back.
Row 2 - Sl 1, p26, move yarn to back, sl1, move yarn to front.
Row 3 - Sl1, K25, move yarn to front, sl1, move yarn to back.
Row 4 - Sl1, P24, move yarn to back, sl1, move yarn to front.
Row 5 - Sl1, K23, move yarn to front, sl1, move yarn to back
Row 6 - Sl1, P22, move yarn to back, sl1, move yarn to front.
Row 7 - Sl1, K21, move yarn to front, sl1, move yarn to back
Row 8 - Sl1, P20, move yarn to back, sl1, move yarn to front.
Row 9 - Sl1, K19, move yarn to front, sl1, move yarn to back
Row 10 - Sl1, P18, move yarn to back, sl1, move yarn to front.
Row 11 - Sl1, K17, move yarn to front, sl1, move yarn to back
Row 12 - Sl1, P16, move yarn to back, sl1, move yarn to front.
Row 13 - Sl1, K15, move yarn to front, sl1, move yarn to back
Row 14 - Sl1, P14, move yarn to back, sl1, move yarn to front.
Row 15 - Sl1, K13, move yarn to front, sl1, move yarn to back
Row 16 - Sl1, P12, move yarn to back, sl1, move yarn to front.
Row 17 - Sl1, K11, move yarn to front, sl1, move yarn to back
Row 18 - Sl1, P10, move yarn to back, sl1, move yarn to front.


Turning the toe


Row 21 - Sl1, K10, pick up yarn wrapped around next stitch, k2tog.
Row 22 - Sl1, P10, pick up yarn wrapped around next stitch, p2tog.
Row 23 - Sl1, K11, pick up yarn wrapped around next stitch, k2tog.
Row 24 - Sl1, P11, pick up yarn wrapped around next stitch, p2tog.


Continue in this manner until all sts have been reincorporated, finishing on a purl row.



K 1 row, dividing sts onto 2 dpns (in preparation for knitting in the round). These are needles 1 & 2.


Foot


Remove yarn used for provisional cast-on. This will give you 30 "live" sts. Pick up & knit these sts, dividing equally onto 2 dpns (needles 3 &4). There should be 15sts on each needle.


K around for 4 rows.


Row 1 - P2, K2 across needles 1 & 2, end with P2. K across needles 3 & 4.


Repeat this row until sock measures approx. 7" from the tip.


Heel


Note: The heel will be worked in the same manner as the toe.


Work only the sts on needles 3 & 4.


Purl 1 row.


Row 1 - Knit 28 sts, move yarn to front, sl1, move yarn to back.
Row 2 - Sl 1, p26, move yarn to back, sl1, move yarn to front.
Row 3 - Sl1, K25, move yarn to front, sl1, move yarn to back.
Row 4 - Sl1, P24, move yarn to back, sl1, move yarn to front.
Row 5 - Sl1, K23, move yarn to front, sl1, move yarn to back
Row 6 - Sl1, P22, move yarn to back, sl1, move yarn to front.
Row 7 - Sl1, K21, move yarn to front, sl1, move yarn to back
Row 8 - Sl1, P20, move yarn to back, sl1, move yarn to front.
Row 9 - Sl1, K19, move yarn to front, sl1, move yarn to back
Row 10 - Sl1, P18, move yarn to back, sl1, move yarn to front.
Row 11 - Sl1, K17, move yarn to front, sl1, move yarn to back
Row 12 - Sl1, P16, move yarn to back, sl1, move yarn to front.
Row 13 - Sl1, K15, move yarn to front, sl1, move yarn to back
Row 14 - Sl1, P14, move yarn to back, sl1, move yarn to front.
Row 15 - Sl1, K13, move yarn to front, sl1, move yarn to back
Row 16 - Sl1, P12, move yarn to back, sl1, move yarn to front.
Row 17 - Sl1, K11, move yarn to front, sl1, move yarn to back
Row 18 - Sl1, P10, move yarn to back, sl1, move yarn to front.


Turning the heel


Row 21 - Sl1, K10, pick up yarn wrapped around next stitch, k2tog.
Row 22 - Sl1, P10, pick up yarn wrapped around next stitch, p2tog.
Row 23 - Sl1, K11, pick up yarn wrapped around next stitch, k2tog.
Row 24 - Sl1, P11, pick up yarn wrapped around next stitch, p2tog.
Continue in this manner until all sts have been reincorporated, finishing on a purl row.


K 1 row.


Cuff


Return to knitting in the round.


Row 1 - P2, K2 across needles 1 & 2, end with P2. K across needles 3 & 4.


Repeat this row 5 times.


Row 2 - P2, K2 around.


Repeat this row until cuff is approx. 1" or desired height.


Cast off all sts loosely.


Caution: Do not cast off too tightly or you will have difficulty fitting the sock over your heel. Do not cast off too loosely or you will have difficulty keepin the sock in place.


This pattern is for personal use only! Please let me know if you have any questions or problems! Thank you!

5 comments:

Ruinwen said...

These are really cute!

Thank you for sharing!

Ruinwen
:)

Joanne said...

Oooo, I like footies. I may have to try these . . . (even though I have never done a sock before - eek!) :)

Katt said...

Well, finally a use for all the partial skeins of yarn I have!

Might I suggest using Jeny's Surprising Stretchy Bind-off for these? It's the only bind-off I use any more for anything knitted toe-up.

Find the instructions here: http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEfall09/FEATjssbo.php

Laura said...

Hey this is probably a dumb question, but does the half skein make both socks? I'm really confused on this point!

Kimberly said...

Hi Laura. Yes, 1/2 skein makes both. :)