Monday, January 13, 2014

Winter Lemonade

The next sock to be knit as part of the GPY sock club is Blomster by AnneLena Mattison. I chose Hand Maiden Casbah in the Melon colorway. It just seemed perfect for these socks.

Blomster is a toe up sock with a heel flap. I don't like knitting heel flap socks toe up, so I'm knitting this one top down. I toyed with the idea of inverting this pattern, but it didn't seem worth the effort. The pattern will have a similar effect whether knit toe up, as designed or top down. The original design called for a stockinette heel flap. I changed it to a eye of partridge heel flap for more durability. My goal is to maintain toe overall character of the original design.

The sock is knit as follows:

I'm knitting the medium size sock, so I cast on 64 using the German Twisted Cast On. Knit 10 rows of 1x1 twisted rib
Knit a singe row of stockinette as a transition row. You can place markers in this row as follows: K5, PM, K9, PM, K4, PM, K9, PM, K10, PM, K9, PM, k4, PM, K9, PM, K5.
Knit a row of the leg as follows: K5, sm, knit row of chart, sm, k4, sm, knit row of chart, k10, sm, knit row of chart, sm, k4, sm, knit row of chart, sm, k5. Knit until leg is 5” long (including cuff) or desired length. I'm going to go with 3 chart repeats which will make the sock about 6" long (I'm using a US 1.5 (2.5 mm) needles for the cuff, so I'll have a little increased length over the specified needle size). The heel flap will have a clean start if the leg ends with row 18 or 19 of the chart.
The original design of this sock called for a stockinette heel flap. I have decided to modify the heel flap to use the eye of partridge heel stitch. My heel flap is knit as follows: Turn work, starting heel flap on WS. Knit as follows: Rows 1 & 3 (WS): SL 1, P to end, turn; Row 2 (RS): *SL 1, K1*; repeat from * to * until end of row, turn. Row 4 (RS): SL 1, *SL 1, K1*, repeat from * to * until 1 stitch before end; K1; turn. Repeat rows 1-4 for a total of 8 times and then repeat rows 1-3 one additional time for a total of 35 rows, ending with a WS row.
The heel was turned as follows: Row 1(RS): Sl 1 wyib, K 18, SSK, K1, turn; Row 2(WS): SL 1 wyif, P7, P2tog, P1, turn; Row 3(WS): SL 1 wyib, K to 1 stitch before gap greated by turn on previous row, SSK (1 stitch before and after gap), K1, turn; Row 4(RS): SL1 wyif, P to 1 stitch before gap created by turn on previous row, P2tog (1 stitch before and after the gap), P1, turn. Repeat rows 3 & 4 until all stitches have been worked. 20 stitches remain.
Pick up gusset stitches as follows: turn work. SL 1 wyib, K19, PU & K tbl 18 stitches along the edge of the heel flap, pick up & knit a stitch in the gap, Knit the first row of the chart (or the next row after where you left off), PU & knit a stitch in the gap, PU & K 18 stitches along the gusset. I set my start of round at the beginning of the heel.

The gusset proceeds in the typical manner. Round 1: decrease round; Round 2: knit round; knitting a row of the chart across the instep for each round. Rounds 1 & 2 are repeated a total of 12 times, then repeat round 1 once. There should be 32 sole stitches (adjust the number of gusset decreases as appropriate to get the correct stitch count). Knit sole stitches and reset start of round at beginning of instep.

Knit the foot to the desired length, allowing for about 2" for the toe. Luckily, my foot length ended at row 18 of the chart so that I could proceed with the toe transition. (Note: The motif can be extended into the toe. There are 5 stockinette stitches on each side of the motif. Decreases could be placed here. If you do this, you will need to either eliminate the eyelet row or adjust it as necessary.)
Since I'm attempting to duplicate the pattern, I need to add the eyelet round before starting the toe. I knit the eyelet round as follows: K1 * YO, K2tog *, repeat from * to * until 1 stitch before end of instep stitches, YO, K1, Knit sole stitches until 2 stitches before end of sole stitches M1, K2. This results in two additional stitches in the toe. I liked the way the eyelets were centered using this method. If you follow the pattern directions for this round you won't need to add an extra stitch on the sole, but the eyelets won't be centered.
My toe: Round 1: K1 (YO, K2tog) * , YO, K1, K, M1, K2. Round 2: K1, SSK, K, K2tog, K2, SSK, K, K2tog, K1. Round 3: K. Repeat rounds 2 & 3, 8 times, then repeat round 2, 5 times. 7 stitches remain. Kitchener the toe closed.

This project can be found on ravelry at: Pink Lemonade

Prairie Willow can be found on Ravelry at noliegirl. Prairie Willow is an avid knitter and jewelry designer. My jewelry can be found at Prairie Willow Jewelry;

Photos copyright Prairie Willow Knits. Pattern is copyright by AnneLena Mattison

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