Friday, September 12, 2008

Freebie Friday- Mitered Square Socks

Note: I finished the mate to this pair tonight, and did not have a lot of yarn left from the 120 gr skein of yarn after knitting the Women's Size 7-8. If you plan to knit the larger shoe sizes, it might be a good idea to have some contrasting ribbing/toe/heel yarn on hand, just in case.

This is putting the cart a bit before the horse, seeing as how I don't have the mate finished, but I promised a Freebie Friday pattern this week, and a Freebie Friday you shall have.

I love how this sock (singular) came out- I love how the colors march through the cuff and instep. I love how few ends there were to weave in by using a single self-striping yarn. I love the ease (though not the speed) of the construction.

This sock is knitted flat, and then seamed on the side, so you need straight needles (you can use dpns for the squares, but you'll want longer needles for the toe and ribbing).

I used Twisted Fiber Arts Playful yarn (superwash merino), in the Guardian Colorway, but Twisted yarns are devilishly hard to come by. Any heavy fingering weight yarn will do. You can also make patchwork socks and use up bits and pieces of leftover yarns.

This sock is sized for a medium width foot, with a 30 st sole and heel. If you want a wider sock, pick up 32 sts on the sole and work a 32 st short-row heel (no instructions for that in this pattern, sorry), and then dec 2 sts when you pick up for the toe. If you want a narrower sock, pick up 28 sts on the sole, and work a 28 st short-row heel (no instructions for that in this pattern either) and inc 2 sts before beginning the toe decreases. If you want to make longer socks, just work more stockinette stitch before decreasing for the toe. If you want to make shorter socks,work 3 rows of squares on the instep, and then knit stockinette to the proper length before the toe. If you want a larger sock all around, work 21 st mitered squares (as I did for my earlier Patchwork socks- those socks came out wide and long for me).

For instructions on making the mitered squares refer to this post:

right click on the pattern pages to enlarge, save as jpgs, print from any graphics program.


joannamauselina said...

Wow! Thank you! I plan to give it a go. Just have to find the perfect yarn.

broadcasting from a knitting parlour said...

Oooocheemamaaaaaa! That's one pretty sock! Yep, I am in the process of dyeing a pile of fleece. It's goldenrod and coreopsis time. And sumac time too. I think I have just the project....


Leigh said...

Lovely! I haven't knitted socks for awhile (my usual summer knitting project) and this looks like a perfect pattern to get back to it.

Jess P. said...

I admired your mitered socks in the Podcasting 101 class at SS09. :) I picked up mill ends of Koigu right after that class with the socks in mind. I'm glad I finally tracked down the pattern.