Hemmed Cuff Socks (Two variations) Faith Schmidt A hemmed cuff gives a more firm, structured top to your sock. Great for anklets, choose either a plain or picot edge. Materials Knitting Loom: AKB Sock Loom Yarn: 100 grams of fingering (sock) weight yarn for an adult pair of socks or 50 grams for a pair of baby socks (will make 2 pairs). Notions: Tapestry Needle, Knitting tool, Two pieces of scrap yarn in a contrasting color(optional) Abbreviations: FS-Flat Stitch, CO-Cast On, SS-Single Stitch, BO-Bind Off Pattern Notes: The plain hemmed cuff can be knit over any number of stitches. The picot edge cuff can be worked over an even number of stitches. The SS is the same as the e-wrap stitch used when casting on, but the loom is only wrapped once, not twice as in the CO. When creating the short rows in the heel and toe, lift the wraps over before you lift the stitch over on the wrapped pins. This will give the sock a nicer look. Copyright © July 2010 by Faith Ann Schmidt. All rights reserved. For a picture of how to pull up the stitches to make the hemmed cuff (scroll down to the “Make a Brim” section) see http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/howto-loom-knit.html#brim The FS was used in these socks. It is important to make sure that you do not pull the yarn too tightly. If you do, the stitches will be very difficult to hook over. To help make the FS looser, after hooking over the stitch, pull the stitch away from the pin slightly. If you have too much trouble with tight stitches, use the knit stitch instead of the FS. The toe of the sock can be closed in a couple of different ways. You may close as directed in the DVD, by binding the sock off and then sewing the opening closed. An alternative method is to slip the first half of the stitches on to a contrasting piece of sock yarn. Slip the second half of the stitches onto another piece of sock yarn. Cut the working yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread the yarn tail onto a yarn needle. Starting with the first stitch (the side closest to the toe) take the needle through the stitch from right to left, being careful not to catch the waste yarn. Now, take the needle over to the other piece of scrap yarn and through the first stitch on the second side, going from left to right. Continue weaving from one side to the other until all the stitches have been woven. Remove the scrap yarn; gently pull on working yarn to tighten the toe stitches and weave in loose end. I prefer the second method as it makes a less bulky seam. If desired, the Kitchner Stitch (used in hand knitting) could also be used, but is a bit more complicated. There are many online tutorials on this method if you are interested in trying it. The best book, and the only one at this point, on knitting socks on looms is Loom Knitting Socks by Isela Phelps. This is a wonderful resource. Instructions-Plain Cuff (Toddler Sock) The instructions include both generic instructions on how to make this sock in any size as well as the numbers, in parentheses that were used to create the sock in the picture. This sock will fit a 1-2 year old. I designed it Copyright © July 2010 by Faith Ann Schmidt. All rights reserved. for my 2 year old daughter, and it ended up being a bit snug (she has chubby feet). If you knit this for a 1 year old, I would keep the CO number the same, but shorten the length of the foot. For a 2 year old, I would CO a few more pins. 1. Determine the amount of pins to cast on by following the directions that came with the loom. (CO 32 stitches) 2. CO using the e-wrap CO as shown in the DVD that came with the loom. 3. Knit, using the FS until the cuff section is twice as long as desired. (Knit 10 rows) 4. Reach inside the loom and find the CO edge. The stitches will be loopy. Find the loop that is attached to the yarn tail and place the loop over the first pin. Continue around the loom until all the pins have 2 loops on them. Pick the bottom loop over the top. Hemmed cuff is completed. For a picture of this process see the link in the Pattern Notes section. 5. Knit in FS until the leg section is the desired length. (Knit 25 rows) 6. Turn heel using short row shaping as directed in the DVD. (There will be 6 unwrapped stitches) 7. Knit in FS until foot is desired length minus toe length. (Knit 40 rows) 8. Repeat the heel instructions to form the toe. 9. Close toe. See explanation in the Pattern Notes section for various ways of doing this. Instructions-Picot Cuff (Woman’s Sock) The instructions include both generic instructions on how to make this sock in any size as well as the numbers, in parentheses that were used to create the sock in the picture. These socks were designed to fit an average woman’s size 8 (8.5” circumference of the foot and 9.5” length). 1. Follow steps 1 and 2 from the plain cuff section. (CO 50 stitches) 2. Knit, using the FS, until the cuff section is the desired length. Make a note of the number of rows. You will need to know this for step 6. (Knit 15 rows) 3. Knit 1 row using the SS (see Pattern Notes). Copyright © July 2010 by Faith Ann Schmidt. All rights reserved. 4. Make eyelets as follows: Lift the loops from all odd numbered pins and place them on the even numbered pins. All the odd numbered pins will be empty and the even number pins will have 2 loops. Wrap the row using the SS. The odd pins will have 1 wrap, the even pins will have 3 wraps. Hook over, only hooking over the pins that have 3 wraps, and lifting the bottom 2 over the top 1. All pins should now have 1 wrap. 5. Knit 1 row using the SS. 6. Knit, using the FS, the same number of rows as step 2. (Knit 15 rows) 7. Follow steps 4-9 in the plain cuff section. (Leg--Knit 20 rows, Heel Turn-There will 9 unwrapped stitches, Foot--Knit 70 rows) Copyright © July 2010 by Faith Ann Schmidt. All rights reserved.
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