Sunday, December 24, 2006
Cascade Fixation Ankle Socks
My own recipe. Made to fit my mother who wears an 8 1/2 narrow. Her circumference is 7 1/2"; and foot length is 10";. Yarn: Cascade Fixation (1 ball) Needles: US 3 Gauge: 7 1/2 stitches to the inch unstretched But I'm on the tight side of knitting so use whatever needles or stitchcount you prefer. CO 48 stitches (I have a circumference of 8 3/4" so I'd probably use 56 or 58 stitches - use your judgement or, hey, math and stuff.) 14 rounds of K1P1 rib 14 rounds of stockinette Do the heel flap on 24 stitches (or half the total stitches cast on). Row 1: sl1, purl 23 (or just purl all the way to the end if you used more stitches) Row 2: *sl1 K1* across repeat these 2 rows a total of 12 times (or half the total number of stitches you're working on) Turn the heel: Purl 14 (or 2 stitches past the marker) P2tog P1 turn Knit 5 (or 2 stitches past the marker) K2Tog K1 turn Row 1: Purl to one stitch before the gap, P2tog turn Row 2: Knit to one stitch before the gap, K2tog turn Repeat rows 1 & 2 until all stitches on heel flap are worked. This should leave you with 8 stitches. Pick up stitches along the selvage edge of the flap. At least 12 stitches, but hey, when you get to the corner near the instep, do what you gotta do to close up that hole. For these I ended up picking up about 15 stitches along the flap and corner. Place a marker Knit across your instep stitches Place another marker Second verse same as the first. Pick up at least 12 stitches along the other side of the flap. Again, do what you gotta do to close up the hole. knit 4 from heel cup and place a marker if you haven't already. That's your beginning of round. I work with two circs so at this point I generally have split my stitches of my sock and the beginning of round would be at the gap between the two circs. Knit one round, being sure to Knit the picked up stitches along the selvage through the back loops to pull them nice and tight and not leave any holes. Row 1: Knit to 3 stitches before the marker, K2tog K1 slip marker and knit across your instep stitches. Slip the next marker and K1 SSK knit the remaining stitches. Row 2: Knit to one stitche before the marker, slip the stitch purlwise, knit across the instep to the next marker, sl 1 stitch, knit remaining stitches. Repeat these two rows until you have a total of 48 stitches again (or your original stitch count). Knit on down the foot. When the foot measures about 5 1/4"; long from the flap (where you picked up the gusset stitches) it's time to start the toe. Wanna know how I came up with this length? I took my Addi Turbo and used it's length to measure it. Hold the butt of the needle up to the flap edge along the gusset and when the foot is just past the point of the needle, it's long enough. Thanks goes to Vknits for that idea. Time for the toe! Row 1: Knit to 3 stitches before the marker, SSK K1 slip marker K1 K2Tog Knit to 3 stitches before the second marker, SSK K1 slip marker K1 K2Tog and knit to the end. Row 2: Knit Repeat these two rows until you have a total of 12 stitches left, or more or less depending on how pointy you like your toe. Kitchner the stitches or flip the socks inside out and do a 3 needle bind off. Weave in ends and repeat it all for the second sock. Incidentally, these socks were made with the same recipe, but omitting the 14 rounds of plain stockinette after the ribbing.