Monday, August 15, 2011

standard bed MK socks flat bed tip: instep stitch protector when doing short row heels

Use a piece of spare punch card as a damage blocker when knitting short row heels. This will protect the instep stitches held in "F" or "H" position from being felted by repeated passes of the carriage brushes.

I sliced off a couple inches of punch card from the roll and punched a hole row. Yes that is a pun and a twisted use of the word whole. Then I inverse curved the sides and hung on the needles I needed to protect against felting after pulling them into holding position. You can either cut the sides or fold. I've done both in the photo for your benefit.

The punch card stitch protector works better than tape, file folders, or whatever else for ease and speed because the pre-drilled guide holes help you punch each hole to line up directly with the needles. It beats removing the stitches to a holder or WY and rehanging. Each punch card protector can last at least one pair. I base this on my very thin, almost velum, roll of punch card material.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

FLOSS YOUR SOCKS! tutorial link youtube no sew flat seam machine knit socks
no sew flat sock seams single bed machine knit.wmv

This is a 12 minute tutorial of an idea that came to me after stitching up side seams on socks that I knitted on my single bed (I don't have a ribber) standard knitting machine. Titled "no sew flat sock seams single bed machine knit"

I concluded a few improvements after completion:
1. that it would be better to come from the bottom with the dental floss bobbin instead of over the top and down.

2. it is not necessary to knot the main yarn being pulled through the edge stitches - just be sure to have enough length to make sure it doesn't come un-threaded from the dental floss leader. This way there won't be a yarn knot to hang up while coming through the edge stitches.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Samantha Socks

this is a medley of hand knit and machine knit techniques

I goofed up on the lace pattern on the machine. However, it turned out easier to replicate in the hand knit section on the foot. So it worked out easier.

Now that I know what NOT to do on lace knitting on the machine I think I've got it a ok going forward.

I made my own punch card for the slip stich heel, and worked out the methodology for it. ODD no. sts (so each end is slip stitch) watch the side tension - DONT pull the side stitches tight.


Sunday, June 12, 2011

youtube link for a short tutorial: speeding up your dutch-heel slip/knit work

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Monday, March 14, 2011

Hippie child socks - ages 4-5

size 3 Kollage Yarns square dpns.
8sts (7.75sts) and 12rows per inch guage.
Regia stretch - Partie

c/o 41
knit 1 row
divide onto 4 dpns 11-10-10-10
to join - slip the end st over the 11th st on opposite end.
proceed as normal

CUFF 10-10-10-10:
10 cuff rounds - k1 p1

LEG 10-10-10-10:
20 stockinette rounds

slip st heel flap 20 sts, 20 rows

sl-1, k2 past ctr, ssk, k1, turn (5 left)
sl-1, p5, (ie. purl 2 past ctr), p2tog, p1, turn (5 left)
sl-1, k6, ssk, k1, turn (3 left)
sl-1, p7, p2tog, p1, turn (3 left)
sl-1, k8, ssk, k1, turn (1 left)
sl-1, p9, p2tog, p1, turn (1 left)

pick up 10 gussets
knit the gusset pick up round twisting the pickups [and my secret slip/pass/over to eliminate gusset hole]
distribute stitches 18-9-9-18 and count the center bottom as your round markers
gusset decreases are on alternate rounds
round 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13 are mirrored decrease rounds
round 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 are knit rounds
at end of round 13 redistribute stitches to: 10-10-10-10
(from 11-9-9-11)

25 foot rounds 10-10-10-10

toe decreases mirrored alternate rounds until 2-2-2-2 then slip one in middle over other in middle and put on two dpns = 3-3
thread tail through 6 sts, pull, weave, cut.

when ssk decreases - slip the 1st onto right needle normal through front to back, BUT... slip the second stitch by 'knitting into the back loop' but don't drop it off - merely fudge the tip of your left needle into the 1st slipped stitch as if to pick it up , yarn over - and knit them tog. Doing this flips the underlying slipped stitch so it lays almost as flat as a k2tog.