Sock it to me

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Here’s a pattern for short 4-ply socks and they’re easy to knit on any standard or fine gauge machine with a ribber. If you don’t have a ribber, work ribs in mock rib.

MEASUREMENTS To fit shoe sizes 6 [7, 8, 9, 10, 11].

TENSION 32 sts and 44 rows to 10 cm, 4 in over stocking stitch with tension dial around 6 on standard gauge and 8 on fine gauge machines.

NOTES When shaping in HP, always take yarn round first inside N in HP to prevent a hole forming.

RIGHT SOCK With carriage at right and using MY, cast on 70 sts at centre of machine in 1×1 rib. K 5 tubular rows. Carriage is at right. Set machine for 1×1 rib knitting. Set RC at 000. Using MT-5/MT-5, K 11 rows. Transfer sts for st st. Set RC at 000. Using MT, K 3 rows. K 1 row extra for Left Sock. Shape sides by dec 1 st at each end on next and every foll 15th row until 60 sts rem. RC shows 64 (65 on Left Sock). Shape heel * Push 30 Ns at opposite end to carriage to HP. Cont on rem sts. K 2 rows. Push 1 N at opposite end to carriage to HP on next 14 rows. Push 1 inside N at opposite end to carriage from HP to UWP on next 14 rows. Push rem Ns from HP to UWP, K 1 row *. K 80 [82, 84, 88, 92, 96] rows. Shape toe Work as for heel from * to *. Using WY, K a few rows and release from machine.

LEFT SOCK Work as for Right Sock, reversing shaping by noting alteration in number of rows worked.

MAKING UP Press, then join side seams and graft sts tog under foot.

 

2 thoughts on “Sock it to me

  1. IN THE SEPTEMBER 2017 MKM MAGAZINE IS THIS PATTERN NAMED SHORT CUT BY WENDY PIPER. I LIKE TO KNIT IT WITH A YARN I ALREADY OWN AND I NEED THE MEASUREMENTS OF THE TOP . THIS LADY ONLY GIVES THE TENSION AND THE FORM TO PUT IT TOGHETER.
    I CAN MAKE CALCULATIONS TO DEFINE WHAT SIZE SHE CALLS “one size pattern”. IT WILL BE SO MUCH EASY IF SHE PUTS THE MEASUREMENTS IN THE DIAGRAMS SHE INCLUDE IN THIS “INSTRUCCTIONS”. I IN TEXAS U SA AND BEEN A MACHINE KNITTER FOR MORE THAN 50 YEARS AND I CAN TELL YOU IT WILL BE VERY HELPFUL IF YOU OFFER THE MEASUREMENTS WITH THE PATTERN, THANKS. BEA GARCIA,

    1. Hi Bea

      Many thanks for writing and there’s no measurement, because the shape is so fluid it will stretch to many shapes.

      The back is stretchy in rib and whatever length it all ends up you form the side seam, push your arms through the hole left and then fold back the collar.

      The tension is 26 sts and 42 rows to 10 cm, so 554 divided by 4.2 gives a length of 132 cm for the long piece. The short piece is 126 rows so, divided by 4.2 that’s 30 cm. As we all know, 2×2 rib can be as stretchy as we want to make it.

      The short back panel stretches across the back at armhole level and the long panel forms the fronts, upper back and as much of a fold back collar as it makes.

      Many knitters get so hooked up with tension worries that they often don’t knit anything, because they don’t feel they can get it right. This is something quick and easy with almost no structure. It looks great and is almost fail safe. Why not sort out a fabric that feels nice in 2×2 rib and follow the pattern. It’s bound to fit someone and could be a trial run if you don’t want to use your ‘best’ yarn.

      Happy knitting, Anne

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