Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Cornucopia Socks (Free Sock Knitting Pattern)

Spiral socks are loads of fun to knit. I think they are very addictive, in fact. I always seem to be knitting just a little more to see the spiral twist around the socks. I am so mesmerized when I knit them, that before I know it, I am done with a sock, and on to the second one.
In this version of the spiral sock, knit with
SockPixie's Sock Yarn , I wanted to increase the effect of the spiral, by adding strong textural elements. Eyelets, and textured decreases give the socks a lot of movement. The colors and the movement made the name Cornucopia perfect for these new socks. I know I am a little early for fall, but what can I say, creativity knows no limits!
The pattern is simple and easy to memorize. I would say that the only tricky thing is that you may have to go get your next stitch from the other needle.
I have given directions for 64 stitches only as the pattern has a lot of stretch in it, and can fit a wide range of sizes.

: 1 skein SockPixie Sock Yarn in Cornucopia
Gauge: 8 sts/inch in st st on US 1


Note: In order to complete the pattern, at the end of a needle, you may need to "borrow" a stitch from the next needle. Get the stitch and transfer it so that you can complete the pattern, then transfer that last stitch you just completed back but treat it as an already worked stitch. If, for example, what followed your transfer was K3, the stitch that you moved back and forth, would count as the first of the K3, and you would not need to knit it again. It would just become the first stitch on your right needle. This may sound complicated, but will become obvious as you do it, as you will follow the spiral movement of the stitches.

R1: *K5, P3* Repeat from * to *
R2: *K2, YO, SL1, K1, PSSO, K1, P3* Reapeat from * to *.
R3: P1, *K5, P3* Repeat from * to *, end P2.
R4: P1, *K2, YO, SL1, K1, PSSO, K1, P3* Repeat from * yo *, end P2
R5: P2, *K5, P3* repeat from * to *, end P1
R6: P2, *K2, YO, SL1, K1, PSSO, K1, P3* Repeat from * to *, end P1
R7: *P3, K5* Repeat from * to *
R8: *P3, K2, YO, SL1, K1, PSSO, K1* Repeat form * to *
R9: K1, *P3, K5* Repeat from * to *, end K4.
R10: K1, *P3, K2, YO, SL1, K1, PSSO, K1* repeat from * to *, end (K2, YO, SL1, K1, PSSO)
R11: K2, *P3, K5* Repeat from * to *, end K3
R12: K2, *P3, K2, YO, SL1, K1, PSSO, K1* Repeat from * to *, end ( K2, YO, SL1, K1, PSSO).
R13: K3, *P3, K5* Repeat from * to *, end K2
R14: YO, SL1, K1, PSSO, K1, *P3, K2, YO, SL1, K1, PSSO, K1* Rpeat from * to *, end K2.
R15: K4, *P3, K5* Repeat from * to *, end K1
R16: K1, YO, SL1, PSSO, K1, *P3, K2, YO, SL1, K1, PSSO, K1*, Repeat from * to *, end K1.

Rows 1 through 16 form the pattern.


Cast on 64 stitches. Divide stitches: Circular method 32 on each for circulars// 4 dpts 16, 16, 32 // 5 dpts 16 on each //
Join round.
Knit in K1P1 rib for 1 1/2"

Continue in stitch pattern over the desired length for the leg.


You will be working on only half the stitches 32.
R1: Knit to the last 2 stitches, wyif slip next stitch, bring yarn to back, and slip wrapped stitch back to left needle. Turn.
R2: Purl to the last 2 stitches, wyinb slip next stitch, bring yarn back to the front, slip wrapped stitch back to left needle.
R3: knit to 1 stitch before the last wrapped stitch, wrap the stitch as above, turn.
R4: Purl to 1 stitch before las wrapped stitch, wrap stitch, turn.
Repeat R3 and R4 until 14 stitches remain unwrapped at the center of your heel.
Continue shaping the heel as follows:
R1: Knit to the wrapped stitch, knit the wrap together with the stich, and wrap the next stitch by wyif slipping the next stitch, bringing the yarn to the back and returning the wrapped stitch back to the left needle, and turn.
R2: Purl to the wrapped stitch, purl stich an wrap together through the back loops, wrap next stitch by wyib slipping the next stich, bringing the yarn back to the front, and slipping the wrapped stitch back to the left needle
R3: Knit to the wrapped stitch, slip wrapped stitch to right needle, with left needle pick up the 2 wraps, and place the on the right needle. Slip the 2 wraps and the stitch back to the left needle, and knit the 3 together. Wrap next stitch as above, and turn.
R4: Purl to the wrapped stitch, slip the wrapped stitch to the right needle. With left needle pick up the wraps and place them on the right needle. Transfer the wraps and the stitch one by one back to the left needle, and purl the 3 together through the back loop. Wrap the next stitch. Turn.
Repeat R3 and R4 until all stitches are consumed. The first and the last stitch on the needle will each have 1 wrap, which you will knit together on the first round of the rest of you sock.


Start knitting in the round again over the 64 stitches, keeping the pattern going around the whole foot. Make sure to pick up the wraps for the 2 stitches, and knitting wrap and stitch together during the first round.
Continue Knitting in the round in pattern, until the foot is the appropriate length.


Circular Method
Knit toe in st st.
R1: K1,SSK, knit to the last 3 stitches on needle, K2tog, K1. Repeat on next needle.
R2: Knit
Repeat R1 and R2 for 1 inch, then repeat R1 only until there are 8 stitches left on each eedle.
Using the kitchener stitch, graft the toe closed.

Work stitches on needle 1. New begininng of round. Instep on needle 1, and sole on needles 2 and 3.
Needle 1: K1, SSK, knit to last 3 stitches, K2tog, K1
Needle 2: K1, SSK, knit to end
Needle 3: Knit to,last 3 stitches, K2tog, K1
R2: Knit
Repeat as for circular method until 8 stitces are left. Graft toe.

Work stitches on needle. New beginning of round.Instep on needle 1 and 2, sole on needle 3 and 4.
Needle 1: K1, SSK , knit to end
Needle 2: Knit to last 3 stitches, K2tog, K1
Needle 3: Same as needle 1
Needle 4: Same as needle 2
Repeat as for circular method until 8 stoitches are left. Graft toe.

For personal use only. Copyright, Caroline Dlugy-Hegwer, 2007.

Jewel (Free Baby Hat Knitting Pattern)

My obsession with knitting baby garments continues. Today, it's a hat, and because I design baby garments faster than I can produce babies to wear them, you are getting a picture of the hat alone! To knit Jewel, I used SockPixie's Yarns Cornucopia, and Emerald Sea.
Jewel is a simple baby hat. It takes advantage of the fun verstility of mitered/modular squares. The squares gave me the opportunity to play with color, while adding an interesting border to the hat. Mitered squares are also great practice for picking up stitches, in a non overwhelming way!
The two colors have a jewel like quality, in particular when placed against eachother.
This hat fits a Newborn to 3 month old, and the size can easily be adapted by adding or knitting 2 squares less, and at the time of picking up stitches to build the body of the hat, the number of stitches picked should be adjusted in multiples of 10, keeping the decreases intact. You will aslo have to increase the height of the hat.

Materials: SockPixie's Sock Yarn , 1 Emerald Sea, 1 Cornucopia
Needles:US 3 16" circular, US 3 dpts
Gauge: 7sts/inch in st st

The mitered square border is worked first. You will alternate colors for the squares, (one emerald, one cornucopia, etc...)

Mitered square recipe:

SQ1: Cast on 16 stitches with emerald
R1: K6, K2tog, k2tog, K6
R2: Knit
R3: K5, k2tog,K2tog, K5
R4: Knit
R5: K4, K2tog, K2tog, K4
R6: Knit
R7: K3, K2tog, K2tog, K3
R8: Knit
R9: K2, K2tog, K2tog, K2
R10: Knit
R11: K1, K2tog, K2tog, K1
R12: Knit
R13: K2tog twice
R14: K2tog

For the second square, leave the stitch on the needle, cut emerald yarn, and reattach cornucopia. While looking at the front of your work, pick up and knit 8 stitches along the left side of the diamond, then using the knitted cast on, cast on 9. You will now be on the wrong side of the work: K2tog, knit till last 2 stitches, K2tog.
You can now repeat R1 -R14 of square 1.

Make 10 squares.
When you finish the 10th square, break off yarn, and pass it through the last stitch to stop your work.


Seam the band to make a ring. Now looking at the front side of your work, and starting from the seam, pick up and knit 90 stitches. Join round. Choose the less flattering edge to pick the stitches from, the prettier one will be the edge of your hat.
Alternating Cornucopia and Emerald, knit 2 rows of each ( or be wild!). To prevent the jagged edge you can use the following techniqe . Continue alternating colors, in stockinette until the stockinette section measures 2" not including the band.

Crown Decreases:

Switch to dpts as soon as you feel the stitches getting tight.
R1: *K8, K2tog* Repeat from * to *
R2: Knit
R3: Knit
R4: *K7, K2tog* Repeat from *
R5: Knit
R6: knit
R7: *K6, K2tog* Repeat from *
R8: Knit
R9: knit
R10: *K5, K2tog* Repeat from *
R11: Knit
R12: knit
R13: *K4, K2tog* Repeat from *
R14: Knit
R15: knit
R16: *K3, K2tog* Repeat from *
R17: Knit
R18: knit
R19: *K2, K2tog* Repeat from *
R20: Knit
R21: knit
R22: *K1, K2tog* Repeat from *
R23: *k2tog* Repeat from *

Break yarn and gather remaining stitches. Weave in all ends.

For personal use only. Copyright, Caroline Dlugy-Hegwer. 2007.