Lesson One - Cast On
and Sock Top
Lesson One - Cast On and Sock Top
Actual sock pattern is in italics.
The first part of the sock will be knit back and forth. At this point, you may choose to use straight needles or circular needles (working back and forth). If you use double-pointed needles (dpns) for this, you may want to put a point protector or rubber band on the end of two needles to keep your stitches from falling off.
Gauge: 7 sts and 8.5 rows =
1" in st st. Row gauge is not critical.
Row 1 (WS): P1, *k1, p1; rep from * across.
Row 2: K1, *p1, k1; rep from * across.
Rep Rows 1 and 2 for 2", ending by working a wrong side row.
For simplicityís sake, this design only calls for two different colors in the upcoming rows. Traditional argyles are usually made with two or more contrasting colors for the diamonds, and two or more colors for the diagonal lines. You may want to use more colors-feel free! Some folks prefer to knit their lines in with the diamonds. If thatís your preference, skip to Graph B and follow that.
I prefer to duplicate stitch my lines in later, and I think this is easier for knitters with no intarsia experience. If you want to add the lines later, use Graph A.
Knit the odd-numbered right side rows from right to left, and purl the even-numbered wrong side rows from left to right.
A few notes about intarsia: In the introduction, you will have read my opinionated idea about using bobbins. Namely, donít.*** Instead, use a separate length of yarn for each block of color you will need, i.e., for the first row of Graph A, you will need two lengths of MC and three lengths of A. How long a length, you ask? My personal preference is to use about two "reaches"-the length from my nose to my hand with an outstretched arm.
Some knitters prefer to make yarn butterflies by winding a length of yarn in a Figure-8 shape around their fingers, then securing one end by wrapping 2-3 times round the center of the "8". The other end should easily pull from the center of your new, tiny skein.
***If you are a committed bobbin user and really enjoy working intarsia with bobbins, be my guest. Remember, there is no wrong way to knit!
When starting a new yarn, donít worry if you have a hole. Just start using the new strand, leaving a 4-6" tail to weave in later. If you leave a 6" or longer tail, you will have some left to work with later in case you need to duplicate stitch over any mistakes you make in the pattern. (Voice Of Experience speaking.) Some people like to weave in their ends as they go; use your own judgment. On intarsia, I usually prefer to do the ends last-I feel more in control of those sometimes naughty corner stitches. In addition, I will use some MC ends to sew seams later.
When changing colors, it is important to twist the colors to avoid a hole at the color change. Iíll try to describe this as it looks when changing from your main color (MC) to your contrasting color (A):
Knit or purl last stitch in MC, drop MC down and toward the left. Bring color A around to the right and up from behind/under MC before knitting or purling the next stitch. You may need to give a gentle tug on each yarn to "set" the stitches and even them up.
On Row 36, knit 12 sts, then put these on a holder or ribbon. Call this Holder #1. Knit the 25 sts from the graph, and put the remaining 12 sts on a holder or ribbon. Call this Holder #2.
The 24 sts now on Holders #1 and 2 will become your heel flap in Lesson Two.
Beginning with a purl row, continue working graph on 25 sts through Row 61. Put these stitches on a holder, call it Holder #3, and break off MC, leaving a tail for later seam sewing.
End of Lesson One.
Take a deep breath. This lesson was probably the longest and wordiest of any of them.
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This is a great photo from Edie showing us how the
inside of the sock is supposed to
The photo on the left is Nanette's Argyle in Progress. She is knitting in the lines as she goes and is using bobbins and the yarn specified in the lesson. The other photo is Linda's sock. Linda is using Brown Sheep Happy Trails yarn which has essentially the same yardage per gram as the Bernat Country Garden. Obviously Linda (being a novice argyle knitter) has opted to duplicate stitch the lines in later and is using "butterflies" to keep control of all the ends.