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Wristwarmers pattern

Posted on Sunday, 3rd February, 2008. Filed under: knitting, patterns |

Finally! There really are reasons for the delay this time, but I won’t bore you with them.

Anyway, I love these. I can’t believe how much difference in warmth they make, without getting in the way as I often find even fingerless mitts do. I think they look really cute peeping out of the ends of my sleeves, too. They’re perfect for using up little scraps of yarn and are easily knitted in an evening, which is just as well because everyone who sees them wants a pair!

Wristwarmer    Rainbow wristwarmers    Random pastels wristwarmer

I used 16g of 4-ply/sock yarn for a pair (Regia in the photos above), on 2.5mm needles (Clover bamboo), giving me a gauge of 8sts/inch.

By “m1” I mean a raised increase.

Cast on 48 stitches, join without twisting and distribute across needles (I use four dpns so it’s 16 on each of three.)

Work in 2×2 rib for 3 inches.

Hand shaping:

Round 1: K1, m1, K1, P2, repeat to end.
Round 2: K3, P1, m1, P1, repeat to end.
Round 3: K1, knit into front & back of next stitch, K1, P3, repeat to end.

Work pattern of K4, P3 as set for 5 rows.

Cast off loosely, weave in ends.

I’ve also made a version with mock cables on the 2×2 rib, ending with cables across four stitches after the increases. (I wasn’t concentrating and went the wrong way on some of that last lot – I think I’ve hidden most of them in the photo so we’ll just pretend that didn’t happen!)

Cabled wristwarmer

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Sizing of Tiny Tulips

Posted on Wednesday, 16th May, 2007. Filed under: knitting, patterns |

I did mean to include this information in the first place, but in my eagerness to get the pattern up I forgot, sorry!

First off, I knitted them on 2.5mm needles (16cm Clover bamboo, I luuurve them) at 8 stitches to the inch. The “tiny” is particularly appropriate as my feet are only a UK 3.5, Euro 36. So if you’re always having to adapt patterns to reduce them in size, you’re in luck this time 😉 That said, I’m taking into account the comparative lack of stretch of the Regia cotton. In that, 56 stitches is absolutely spot-on for me, but in a 70%+ wool yarn, I find 56 results in socks that are a bit too baggy. On the other hand, I’m finding I like those woollier yarns at tighter tensions, so I will end up needing more stitches. One day I intend to work on that version, which essentially will result in a pattern for a bigger sock. If I do that I’ll put it online, but I wouldn’t hold your breath, I’m quite the procrastinator. Of course it’s easy enough to add in another 8-stitch pattern repeat, but I’m not sure how that will affect the change into the ribbing on the foot, I can’t picture these things until I try them.

Hope that all makes sense, I’m probably rambling! I’m up way too late because of… yeah, knitting. I decided to try making wristwarmers, and after getting one done (time to knit one wristwarmer, making it up as you go = length of Vera Drake including adverts on Film4, very convenient) I loved it so much I couldn’t resist casting on for the second even though I was already sleepy, and now I’m done. I really have to find some self-control. But they’re great, I can’t believe what an amazing difference in warmth two little tubes of 8g of yarn each can make! My hands often get cold if I’m knitting in the evenings; I’ve tried wearing my Fetching gloves (which got me instantly hooked on knitting on double-pointed needles and so soon onto socks) but they get in the way that bit too much, so these should be perfect! My mum’s already put in an order for a pair for herself, so I know what I’ll be doing tomorrow evening, too. (No photos as my camera doesn’t like artificial light and it is, as I said, the middle of the night.)

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Tiny Tulips sock pattern

Posted on Tuesday, 15th May, 2007. Filed under: knitting, patterns |

I know it’s a horrendously cutesy name, but then they’re horrendously cutesy socks. I hope the pattern all makes sense as it’s my first attempt at writing one, but I think it should do. These are by far my best-fitting and most comfortable pair of socks yet, I love them! They’re in Regia cotton, which I also love, it’s very soft and snuggly.

Tiny Tulips socks Click for the big version.

Cast on 56 stitches, using this picot cast-on: using cable cast-on, cast on 4 stitches, cast off two, slide the stitch remaining on the right needle back to the left, repeat until required number of stitches is reached. Distribute stitches across three needles, arranged 16/24/16, and join.

Knit one row, pulling the stitches firmly to close the gaps from the cast-on.

Round 1: k1tbl, p2, k3, p2, repeat to end.
Round 2: s1 (knitwise), p2, k3, p2, repeat to end.
Round 3: As round 1
Round 4: As round 2
Round 5: As round 1
Round 6: s1, p2, yo, sl1, k2tog, psso, yo, p2, repeat to end.

Work for approximately 3 and a half inches; ending with round 5, work to last stitch of round, slide this stitch from needle 3 to needle 1.

To divide stitches for heel, work next 28 stitches (including the one you just transferred) onto one needle thus: k1, work in pattern for 25 stitches, k2.
Knit next 28 stitches onto another needle. Working on these 28 stitches,
Row 1 (WS): s1, p1, repeat to end.
Row 2: s1, knit to end.
In this pattern, work 35 rows.

Turn heel:
s1, k15, ssk, k1, turn
s1, p5, p2tog, p1, turn
s1, k6, ssk, k1, turn
s1, p7, p2tog, p1, turn
s1, k8, ssk, k1, turn
s1, p9, p2tog, p1, turn
s1, k10, ssk, k1, turn
s1, p11, p2tog, p1, turn
s1, k12, ssk, k1, turn
s1, p13, p2tog, p1, turn
s1, k14, ssk, turn
s1, p14, p2tog, turn

Knit across heel stitches.
With a new needle, pick up 20 stitches along edge of heel flap (needle 1)
With a new needle, k1,* k1tbl, p2, k3, p2, repeat from * to last 3 stitches of needle, k1tbl, k2 (needle 2)
With a new needle, pick up 20 stitches along edge of heel flap, and knit next 8 stitches (needle 3). Slide the remaining 8 stitches onto needle 1.

Next round
Needle 1: Knit even, knitting picked-up stitches through back loops
Needle 2: k1, *s1, p2, k3, p2, repeat from * to last 3 stitches, s1, k2. Note this and previous row form fancy rib pattern that will be continued on this needle to the toe.
Needle 3: As needle 1.

Decrease round
Needle 1: Knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1
Needle 2: Work even
Needle 3: k1, ssk, knit to end.

Alternate even and decrease rounds until 14 stitches remain on each of needle 1 and 3. Continue without further shaping to 2 inches short of foot length required.

Work a decrease round:
Needle 1: knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1
Needle 2: k1, ssk, knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1
Needle 3: k1, ssk, knit to end.

Knit two rounds even.
Work a decrease round followed by two even rounds, three times more.
Work a decrease round followed by one even round, twice.
Work four decrease rounds. 16 stitches remain. Knit next four stitches, graft remaining stitches together.

Weave in ends.

I added rambling about the sizing of these socks here, and I now also know that my shoe size is a US 6.

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