Roll Cuff Ankle Socks

Yarn: Premiere Yarns Cotton Collage or any Fingering Weight Sock Yarn, approximately 50 grams or 200 yards.

Needles: Size 0 (2.0 mm) and Size 1.5 (2.5 mm) knitting needles for any method you prefer for knitting socks in the round.

Gauge: 8.5 stitches per inch in larger needles. Use any needle size that gets this gauge.

Other tools needed: measuring tape or ruler, scissors, darning needle about 3 removable lock stitch markers in different colors.

Adult Size Medium – 3 1/2” – This finished measurement is taken is across the width of the sock foot while laying flat.

INSTRUCTIONS:

Cuff: Using a German Twisted Cast On and the smaller needles, cast on 60 stitches.

Knit 10 Rounds of stockinette stitch. (Just knit only.)

Switch to the larger needles.

Heel Flap: Turn work so you will be working on the purl side or wrong side (WS) of half of sock in rows. The front of the sock (Instep) will be left alone on the cable or 2 double pointed needles or a stitch holder while you work on the heel.

Row 1: (WS) *Sl1, P1* turn work

Row 2: (RS) Sl1, K29, turn work

Repeat Round 1 and 2 for a total of 15 times. (30 rows total)

Heel Turn:

Row 1: (WS) P17, P2tog, turn

Row 2: (RS) Sl1, K5, SSK, turn

Row 3: (WS) Sl1, P to 1 st before the gap, P2tog, turn work.

Row 4: (RS) Sl1, K to 1 st before the gap, SSK, turn work.

Repeat Rows 3 & 4 until all stitches are worked ending on Row 4. You now have 18 stitches left on this needle.

Note: I personally do my heel turn with a smaller needle to make this area more durable.

Gusset Set Up: (RS) Pick up and knit the slip stitches. You are picking up 15 plus 2 stitches more before the instep to close up the gap until you have 17 picked up stitches. Knit the 30 instep stitches that you were holding aside as you worked on the heel flap. Use a stitch marker before and after the instep if you are using 9” circulars. Now pick up and knit 2 stitches in the gap with the working yarn, pick up and knit the 15 slipped stitches. Knit half of heel stitches to reach and mark your new beginning of round (BOR) starting point with a stitch marker. (82 stitches total)

Note: I knit half of each slipped stitch, twisting the stitch to keep everything flat, tight and tidy. It is optional. Skip this step if you don’t know what I’m talking about.

Gusset Decreases:

Round 1: Knit all stitches for the entire round.

Round 2: K to 3 stitches before the instep, K2tog, K1, K32 instep stitches, K1, SSK, K to BOR heel marker.

Repeat these 2 rounds until you are back to the original 60 stitch count.

Foot: Continue each round in stockinette stitch until you are 1 1/2” from the finished foot measurement.

Toe: The toe is 17 rounds so you can figure out from doing a few inches of the foot how long the length is for 17 rounds.

This makes a rounded wedge toe. It is divided in 3 parts of instructions.

Toe Set Up:

K15. You are now back to your old BOR when you first cast on and it’s also the beginning of the instep. You have 30 sts for the instep and 30 sts for the sole stitches as separated by stitch markers or needles.

Toe Part 1:

Round 1: [K1, SSK, K to 3 sts before the marker, K2tog, K1] Repeat this one more time within the same round. This results in a decrease of 4 stitches.

Round 2: Just knit

Round 3: Just knit

Repeat Rounds 1-3 once more. You now have 56 sts.

Toe Part 2:

Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 for a total of 2 times.

You now have 44 sts.

Toe Part 3:

Repeat Round 1 , five more times. You now have 24 sts.

Graft toe with live stitches that are evenly divided onto 2 needles using the Kitchener Stitch.

Weave in ends with the darning needle.

Congratulations! Now go make the 2nd sock.

Comfort Knitting Basic Socks

This is my basic sock pattern. It is very comforting to do stockinette with wood needles. I like the 5” or 6” ones because the wood helps you from losing stitches and it is compact and light weight. This commercial faux fair isle yarn is so fun and interesting to knit and hides all the imperfections of your knitting.

Yarn: Rico Design, Superba Bamboo Superwash Sock Yarn (50% Virgin Wool/ 25% Bamboo Viscose/ 25% Polyamide) 100 grams

Gauge: 9 sts and 12 rounds per inch.

Needles: Double Pointed Knitting Needles US size 1 , 5-6” length bamboo or wood (2.25 mm), Set of 5

Other tools needed: scissors, darning needle about 4 removable lock stitch markers.

Adult Sizes: Small 3.5” Medium 3.75” (measurement of sock across the foot)

INSTRUCTIONS:

Cuff: Using a Long Tail Cast On or German Twist Cast On and the larger needles, Cast on 60 (68) stitches on one needle, then transfer to 3 needles.

20-20-20 or 24-20-24

In 2×2 Rib, make a 1.5” cuff.

2×2 Rib: [K2, P2] repeating this for each round.

Leg: Knit in stockinette stitch (just knit stitch) for 3.5”. Use an extra needle to transfer stitches evenly on 4 needles, 15 (17) stitches each needle.

Heel Flap: Turn work so you will be working on the purl side of half of sock in rows.

For 1st row, combine half of back stitches on 1 needle. You will be working these stitches in a flat manner.

Row 1) (WS) *Sl1wyif, P1*, repeat to end of row, turn

Row 2) (RS) Sl1kw, knit to the end of row, turn

Repeat Round 1 and 2 for total of 15 (17)times.

Heel Turn:

Row 1: (WS) Purl 17(19) P2tog, P1, turn

Row 2: (RS) Sl1, K5, SSK, K1, turn

Row 3: (WS) Sl1, P to 1 st before the gap, P2tog, P1, turn

Row 4: (RS) Sl1, K to 1 st before the gap, SSK, K1, turn

Repeat Rows 3 & 4 until all stitches are worked ending on Row 4. You now have 18 (20) stitches left on this needle.

Gusset: (RS) Using a spare needle, pick up and knit the slipped edge stitches of the left side plus 2 more before the instep until you have 17 (19) picked up stitches on that needle. Pick up 2 more stitches before the instep stitches to close up any gaps. With a new needle, knit 30 (34) instep stitches putting them on 1 needle, with another spare needle, knit 2 stitches in the gap with the working yarn, pick up and knit the 15 (17) slipped edge stitches.

You now have 18 (20) heel stitches, 17(19) stitches on both sides of flap, 30 (34) of the instep stitches on one needle. This is total stitch count of 82 (92) stitches on 4 needles. The middle of the heel stitches is now the new beginning of round. Place a marker at this point to remind you.

Gusset Decreases:

1. Knit all stitches

2. K to 3 stitches before the instep, K2tog, K1, knit 30 (34) instep stitches, K1, SSK, K to heel marker.

Repeat these 2 rounds until you are back to the original 60 (68) stitch count. K15 (17) with one needle to get back to the original beginning of round. K60 (68) and arrange stitches as you go so you have 15 (17) stitches per needle again.

Foot: Place a marker at the first stitch at the beginning of round that will stay there until you finish both socks. At the same time you can remove the stitch marker at the middle of the heel. Knit in stockinette stitch each round until you are 1.75” (1.5”) before final sock foot length and before doing the toe part of the sock.

Toe: This makes a rounded wedge toe. Place a marker on the first stitch and let it remain there until you complete both socks. I use the stitch markers to help me measure the 2nd sock so they match.

Round 1: [K1, SSK, K to end of the 1st DPN, K to 3 sts before the end of the 2nd DPN, SSK, K1] repeat on next 2 DPNs.

Round 2 & 3: Just knit

Repeat Rounds 1-3 one (two) more times. You now have 52 (56) sts total.

Round 4: [K1, K2tog, K to end of 1st DPN, K to 3 sts before the end of the 2nd DPN, SSK, K1] Repeat on next 2 DPNs.

Round 5: Just knit

Repeat rounds 4 & 5 one (two) more times. You now have a total of 44 (44) sts.

Round 7: [K1, K2tog, K to end of the 1st DPN, K to 3 sts before the end of the 2nd DPN, SSK, K1]

Repeat Round 7 until you have a total of 24 sts.

Arrange remaining sts on 2 needles. 12 instep sts one 1 needle and 12 soles on the other needle. When you do the sock multiple times, it will be easy to figure out how to do the toe using 4 needles instead of 5 with all the instep stitches on one needle.

Graft toe using Kitchener Stitch.

Congratulations! Make the 2nd sock, wash in cold water and dry on delicate.

Slouchy Scrunchy Socks

Free knitted sock pattern in sport weight yarn.

Yarn: Briggs and Little, Durasport, Denim Blue, 80% Wool/ 20% Nylon

Gauge: 8 stitches and 10 rounds per inch, in sport weight with size 2 needles, For smaller size – 8.5 stitches and 12 rounds per inch in fingering weight. Use whatever size needles gives you the correct gauge. Make a swatch tube in the round at least 2” in length.

Needles: Medium Size – Double Pointed Knitting Needles US size 3 (3.25 mm) for the cuff and US size 2 (2.75 mm) for the foot

Small Size – Double Pointed Knitting Needles US size 2 (2.75 mm) for the cuff and US size 1 (2.25 mm) for the foot

Other tools needed: scissors, darning needle and 2 dozen removable stitch markers.

Adult Sizes: Medium is 3.75” across the sock, Small is 3.5” across the sock

INSTRUCTIONS:

Cuff: Using a Long Tail Cast On or the German Twisted Cast On with the larger needles, Cast on 68 stitches.

In 2×2 Rib, Make a 10” (9” for small size) cuff.

2×2 Rib: [K2, P2] repeating this for each round.

Foot: Switch to the smaller needles and reduce the stitches to 60 stitches in the following manner:

[K6, K2tog, K7, K2tog] Repeat this 3 more times, 4 times total (8 stitches reduced)

Knit in stockinette stitch (just knit stitch) for 4 rounds.

Heel Flap: Turn work so you will work the last 30 stitches you just knitted.

For 1st round, combine all 30 stitches on 1 needle. You will be working these stitches in a flat manner.

Row 1) (WS) K2, P26, K2, turn

Row 2) (RS) Knit only, turn

Repeat Round 1 and 2 for total of 15 times. Tally on a piece of paper to avoid mistakes.

Heel Turn:

Row 1: (WS) Purl 17, P2tog, P1, turn

Row 2: (RS) Sl1, K5, SSK, K1, turn

Row 3: (WS) Sl1, P to 1 st before the gap, P2tog, P1, turn

Row 4: (RS) Sl1, K to 1 st before the gap, SSK, K1, turn

Repeat Rows 3 & 4 until all stitches are worked ending on the last stitch of Row 4

Gusset: (RS) Using a spare needle, pick up 1 yarn of the outer most part of garter stitch nubs on the edge of the left side of heel until you have 15 picked up stitches on that needle. With working yarn, knit those 15 stitches. Pick up 2 more stitches before the instep stitches still held on DPNs to close up any gaps. Knit 30 stitches of instep stitches and put them on 1 needle, with the spare needle, pick up 2 stitches in the gap, pick up 15 stitches on the garter edge nubs on the right side of heel flap.

You now have 18 heel stitches, 17 picked up stitches on both sides and 30 instep stitches. 18 + 17 + 30 + 17 = 82 stitches total on 4 needles. The middle of the heel stitches is now the new beginning of round. Place a marker at this point to remind yourself.

Gusset Decrease Round 1: Knit all stitches.

Gusset decreased: K to 3 stitches before the instep, K2tog, K1, Knit Instep stitches, K1, SSK, K to marker.

Repeat these 2 rounds until you are back to the original 60 stitch count. Remove marker, K 15. You are now back to the original start of round.

Foot: marking every 10 rounds at the beginning of round with a stitch marker to easily know how many rounds you have done, knit in stockinette stitch (just knitting) each round until you have made a a foot length 1.75” (1.5”) before final sock foot length and before doing the toe part of the sock.

Toe: This makes a rounded wedge toe.

Round 1: [K1, K2tog, K24, SSK, K1] repeat 1 time, 56 stitches remain.

Round 2 & 3: Just knit

Round 4: [ K1, K2tog, K22, SSK, K1] Repeat 1 time. 52 stitches remain.

Round 5 & 6: Just knit

Round 7: [K1, K2tog, K20, SSK, K1] Repeat 1 time. 48 stitches remain.

Round 8: Just Knit

Round 9: [K1, K2tog, K18, SSK, K1] Repeat 1 time. 44 stitches remain.

Round 10: Just knit

Round 11: [K1, K2tog, K16, SSK, K1] Repeat 1 time. 40 stitches remain.

Round 12: Just Knit

Round 13: [K1, K2tog, K14,SSK, K1] Repeat 1 time. 36 stitches remain.

Round 14: [K1, K2tog, K12, SSK, K1] Repeat 1 time. 32 stitches remain

Round 15: [K1, K2tog, K10, SSK, K1] Repeat 1 time. 28 stitches remain.

Round 16: [K1, K2tog, K8, SSK, K1] Repeat 1 time. 24 stitches remain.

Round 17: [K1, K2tog, K6, SSK, K1] Repeat 1 time. 20 stitches remain.

Graft toe using Kitchener Stitch.

Congratulations! Make the 2nd

Sock and wash in cold water and dry on delicate.

If you have completed this pattern, please let me know by posting it to social media using the hashtag #jitproject or #ecojoyknits

Basket of Socks KAL

Ok, so maybe I have huge plans for 2021 that are over my head. I am actually thinking of doing a year long KAL called Basket of Socks. It’s like the 52 weeks of socks or the box of socks KALs that many have been doing but this one is a basket that you buy or find or make yourself. And you do one pair of socks per month until you can fill the basket by the end of 2021. You can add any other item or fill it with other items as long as it is DK, fingering, sport or lace weight in a small accessory or toy or anything you knit or crochet to fill the basket with. You can use a kitchen towel or pretty cloth or anything you can to keep the dust out but you can keep photographing the items or the basket as it fills up.

I am looking on Instagram for basket of socks and there isn’t a lot but there is basket of yarn pics. Of course you can put the yarn in the wicker basket, basket bin or basket bag as you get it. I don’t have money for prizes and this is only an idea in my head but I’m going to keep going with it for 2021 and in December 2021, I hope to have at least 1 giveaway prize. I think the hashtag should be #basketofsocks without the year to take off pressure off when to complete this. During the year we can do related projects, prospects and prizes.

Maybe we can even have a way to merchandise it or sell our work. The are many possibilities. Let me know what you think. Connect to me on WordPress, Instagram and/or the MeWe Joyful In Tribulation Group to see more as it blossoms and more information comes out.

DeeAnn

jithandmade@mail.com

3-3-21 :

I have a Ko-Fi donation page! I want to get a Chicken Lady Fiber Arts or Cedar Hill Farm Company hand dyed skein of yarn for the #basketofsocks Sock Along here on Joyful In Tribulation presented at the end of the year.

Click to donate or buy me a coffee 🥰🧶☕️

Father’s Day Sock KAL

Father’s Day is June 21, 2020. It’s the third Sunday of June to celebrate and honor fathers and grandfathers. Have fun by making him socks this year!

The 4 designs I chose from LoveCrafts.com have a rib or cable pattern to make sure they fit. My dad is picky so it if doesn’t fit right, he won’t wear it. Please post your pics on any social media so we can see and connect. #jitproject is this website’s hashtag but you can use anything that you want such as #FathersDay #FathersDayKAL #FathersDaySockKAL #SockKAL or anything you can think of.

I will post mine on Twitter and Instagram when I finish plus include a copy at the end of this page. Let’s do this! Woohooooo!


Father’s Day Socks in Lion Brand Sock Ease – 80226 

Father’s Day Socks in Lion Brand Sock Ease – L0702 
Men’s Casual Cables in Patons Kroy Socks 

Men’s Socks in Cascade Heritage – FW122 

“Let’s Get Back to Work!” Sock Knit-A-long

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If you know how to knit, let’s prepare ourselves or encourage someone we know with a pair of socks to look forward to the time we go back to work!

I am not saying to go against health guidelines but let’s look forward to the day we are free to leave our at-home-quarantine.

I have been posting how to knit videos and how to knit sock videos on Twitter and some people already know how to knit socks. It’s hard to have a KAL with so many levels of knitters and there are crocheters that prefer to only crochet. Maybe you can’t do it now but perhaps you can do this KAL in the future, who knows?

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Rules:

  1. Use the pattern by Patons Yarns called ‘You Better Work Knit Socks‘. The free pattern is from Yarnspirations. They have a Youtube tutorial video for this, too!
  2. Use fingering or sport sock yarn to get a gauge of 7 stitches and 9 rows per inch. If you use the suggested Patons Kroy Socks Yarn, please use the hashtags #Yarnspirations or  #patonskroysocks  when posting a pic of your final project on social media. You can even upload the pic on the Yarnspirations website on the bottom of the page.
  3. Use 3 colors. They don’t have to be the same colors although they would be nice. The iconic single stripe against a contrasting background for this look is important. If it for a man and an office job, perhaps you can add the contrasting stripe near the toe so no one can see it since it is in the shoe.
  4. The length can be altered. It’s almost summer. You might want shorter socks.
  5. They are not lounge socks and will actually go in a shoe. It would be great if you can wear them to work when this quarantine is over. That is why I did not add the similar pattern in a thicker yarn by Bernat.
  6. There is no ending date believe it or not. People can join in a year or more from now if they want! When you are done, please post it for us to see! You can post on my Pinterest page if you want. You just press the ‘Add Photo’ button. I suggested some other yarns there as well. My hashtag for my KALs and CALs is #jitproject for any social media website.

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If you are a crocheter and want to make similar socks in the same colors and yarn, Yarnspirations has a free sock pattern in crochet.

If you want to make this knit sock for a baby or toddler Yarnspirations has a pattern called ‘Work It Out, Baby!‘.

 

Add questions to the comment area or email me at jitcrochet@gmail.com if you want to.

Sincerely,

Dee Ann

 

4-29-20 Just bought my yarn. I shopped to get all 3 colors for the lowest price. Please see YarnShop4U on Etsy where each skein was $4.99. I also got those thin small light bulb shaped removable stitch markers for $1.65. Beat that!

5/10/20 – I still haven’t gotten my yarn yet! But I already started making a low-cut pattern for this look. Here is the draft.  When I get the yarns for this and maybe another colorway, I will make them and put the finalized pattern up on LoveCrafts.

Sustainable Yarncrafting

I’ve been interested in sustainable living for a long time. Even before I was interested in crocheting and knitting.  Last night I had a dream about conservation in New Zealand. I dreamed that I convinced a small portion of New Zealand to allow a small part of their island dedicated to a cultural center for conserving the environment and the native people’s way of life.  Which is kind of interesting in itself because I am not even in New Zealand. But I like how my thinking does not go with the flow of most people and it makes my imagination flow on ideas .  To make things short and to skip the dream details….let’s just say I see it as a new opportunity to dig into the subject again and with new vigor and with new prospects.

 

OK, well I saw this interesting video about a month ago….Rob Greenfield. Have you ever seen his videos? Pretty interesting. His smile and enthusiasm are enough to keep me watching his videos. Anyway, I have been learning a lot. I have so many things I want to say about his influence and all my interests that have seemed to be unrelated but they are all coming together in my head and I praise the Lord just for the interesting ideas coming my way because they all make me happy, giddy and smiling.

Here are some interesting stores on Etsy I just saw today and I really didn’t even know these things existed but perhaps you will dig into the links which will lead to other links and get your mind moving in this direction and see how you can apply it to you! Yes real life. This is not like fictional TV shows where you can’t participate. You can do something.

 

Five Interesting Sustainable Etsy Stores To Check Out:

1) CraftReuseRepeat –  Premium Eco-friendly Yarns

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3) DiVintageBlessings –   Vintage Jewelry Craft Supplies and Collectibles

Ace Vintage Aluminum Crochet Hooks from the UK – $5.50 

 

 

 

 

 

4) Kinked and Twisted – Hand Dyed Yarn

 

 

 

 

 

5)  WalnutFarmDesigns – Dyed and Undyed Spinning Fibers, Drop spindles and Yarn

 

 

 

 

 

 

Something you can do:

Reduce:

Don’t fill up your room with yarn that you don’t use. It seems like a lot of people are hoarding yarn and using them as back drops and fill wall to wall shelves. Buy yarn and supplies you need, not that you want.  Keep enough that will fit into one bag or box.  Insects and rodents love your yarn more than you do and it is easy to get out of control.

Think about using only natural and upcycled yarns that will break up easier and faster in landfills. Also look into using local textile companies. If you buy yarn from China and you are in the USA, it had to be shipped or flown thousands of miles using so much fuel to get here. It might be cheaper and from Walmart but think about why it is so cheap. It is likely made in a pollution producing factory from low paid workers who make slave labor wages. How else can it be so cheap even having to go through international custom inspections?

There is something called Fair Trade which means it benefits people in other countries such as poor women in Africa, India, Malaysia or Peru who want to make money for their families and get a fair amount of money to help them thrive and be involved in entrepreneurship in a small company setting in a village somewhere.   Buying local or using items from Fair Trade is ideal. All these things are more expensive but might help keep you from buying so much and making things you don’t need. Gifts will be more unique. There will be a story in each item you make.

Reuse:

People might go to the Salvation Army store and take a part a sweater to remake something else using the yarn you pull out.  I got most of my knitting needles from garage sales. People have grandmas who can’t knit anymore.   I even have

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some needles that are the same size but 2 different colors because I matched them up when one was missing from the pair. I have some vintage crochet hooks. I only have a few sizes that I don’t have but it helps that most of the yarn I use are about the same weight and I don’t need so many sizes of needles or hooks anyways. I refuse to buy a set of anything. I am a pain in the neck anyways and will find something wrong with the most expensive set. It helps me to have an appreciation of vintage things so I don’t get frustrated that I don’t have an expensive set of needles or hooks. You can also get yarn from local garage sales, too.

Recycle:

I have no idea how they make recycled yarns but I think it is cool they can make yarn with a pair of old jeans. If you buy in the country and state or district or even the town you are in, you help someone’s small business and don’t have to worry about all that fossil fuel it took for that item to get to your country. It takes some time to research but I think it is fun to search for things online.

A Darn Good Yarn – Eco-Friendly Yarns and Accessories

DARN GOOD YARN OF THE MONTH  $10.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

4-14-19 Update

I was thinking about this when I thought of more to add to the typical Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Maybe they can be added to the famous 3, but I wanted to list out some of the many possibilities.

Reverence – God is first in all you do. Pray about everything even if your day seems average. Everyday can be a day to help others, to learn from God and to make God your first love.

Resist – Resist buying anything new. Especially if that item comes from far away. There is a movement called zero waste. People try to reduce their carbon footprint and reduce their trash amount so that they are not filling up their trash cans every week. I think this is important and I now understand how important that bulk food section of the supermarket that everyone passes is. Instead of buying that set of bamboo cutlery so you won’t use a plastic cutlery at food places near you, just use what you have. I have a foldable fork that I saved from when I bought a ramen soup from a convenience store. I have a spoon that is shorter than average still in the plastic it came from from another ramen soup I bought.  I put them in my purse . I should have never bought the bamboo cutlery set. I have a plastic camp fork that I had for years. It is a fork on one side, a spoon on the other and there is a side on the fork that you can use as a knife. It came in 2 other colors but the navy one I have is best because it doesn’t show red or green sauce stains that are hard to remove.

Repair – I was thinking about my shopping bags the other day because I have too many but they all have cute prints that make me want to keep buying them. I love the cotton ones because they are easy to toss in the wash and dry. They did shrink but they are very durable. I like the light weight nylon ones I have but I feel guilty that they are made in China and it is more slave labor and had to go on a ship for days to get here. I think that buying locally sourced goods from local places is the best because it took less energy to get to you and you are helping small businesses around you. Especially if someone made something in town to sell. You are also supporting their handiwork.  If I rip a bag, instead of buying a new one, I do know how to hand sew. I am not looking forward to it but I shouldn’t be lazy and just buy a new one.

Redistribute – I would say this is like sharing and giving. I have so many purses. On top of the bags I already mentioned! Some people buy a lot of one particular thing like shoes. I buy a lot of handbags. I make them and I buy them used too. I love having them but I recently about a year ago tried to stop buying them. My mom still buys me them sometimes when she goes to garage sales for fun. (She’s in her 70s, so that is like super fun for her. LOL) I bought 2 project bags this year. I know I am still obsessed but I am really trying to stop. I need to make the big move and give my purses away.  At least most of them.

Regional – This is about things that are around you. The fruits and vegetable that you can grow instead of getting from other countries. Our world is going haywire over this. In California we used to grow oranges. Orange County California got that name because there were orange groves. Just like 5 years ago all the avocados we used to buy had a sticker that said “California grown” on them. We can grown all sorts of crops here if we wanted. California really does have good weather. Mexico has good farmland as well. Why did we change? I have no idea. I really haven’t researched this. This goes for yarn also. There are indie dyers in my state! I bet we can help support local farmers and local small businesses this way. Think about how it gets to you. You might be buying recycled yarn but you had to ship it from another country. Does that make sense? Would it be more savvy and less damaging to the environment to instead use the wool from local sheep? Or buy locally grown cotton yarn? I just want to say that it isn’t necessarily better to fly something from one side of the state to another. Las Vegas is closer to me than San Francisco. So If I buy something from Southern Nevada or Northern Mexico, that is still less of a trip to get here than Northern California.

I bet there are ‘R’ words you can think of that I didn’t mention. Let me know.

 

 

Check out my Pinterest Board on Sustainable Yarncrafting for some ideas and helping you think of ways to help get this going so that it is not a short lived fad.

Rolled Cuff Baby Socks

Sizes: 0-3 Months (3.25-3.75″), for 3-6 months go up one needle size (3.75-4.25″)

Yarn: Medium Worsted (Caron Jumbo or Red Heart With Love)

Gauge 17 sts= 4”

Tools   #7 (4.5mm) DPNs or needles for gauge

               1 lock or split ring stitch marker

Cast on 20 sts on 3 needles, Join in the round

Cuff: Stockinette for 1  1/4” (7 rounds), pm at the start.

Heel Flap: K10 sts all onto Needle 1

Sl rem 3 unworked sts of Needle 2 and place on Needle 3. Work the following on Needle 1:

  1. Sl 1, P9, turn

  2. Sl 1, K9, turn

Repeat last 2 rows three more times (total 8 rounds ending on knit round)

Turn Heel on same Needle 1:

Sl 1,  P4, P2tog, P1, turn (2 sts unworked)

Sl 1, K1, k2tog, K1, turn (2 sts unworked)

Sl 1, P2, P2tog, P1, turn

Sl 1, K3, K2tog, K1,  do not turn

With unused Needle 2, pick up 5 sts from side of heel flap, Needle 3: K10  (instep of foot), With Needle 4, pick up 5 sts of heel flap, with the same needle, Knit 3 stitches from turned heel., Slip unworked 3 sts of turned heel on Needle 1 and put on Needle 2.  This is now the new beginning of round, place marker.

Sts should be as follows: Needle 1: 8 sts, Needle 2: 10 sts, Needle 3: 8 sts   (26 sts)

Heel Gusset:

  1. Needle 1: K to last 3 sts on needle, K2tog, K1, Needle 2: K10, Needle 3: K1, SSK, K to end

  2. Knit only

Repeat these 2 rounds until you are back to a total of 20 sts.

St St for 1“ (5-7 rounds), pm on 1st st

Toe:

  1. Needle 1: K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1, Needle 2: K1, SSK, K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1, Needle 3, K1, SSK, K to end

  2. Knit only

Repeat these 2 rows until you have a total of 12 sts.

With Needle 3, Knit 3 sts of Needle 1 so you now have only 2 needles with 6 stitches on each needle.

Graft remaining sts of toe and weave in ends.

Variation: Make cuff into a garter cuff.

*Updated 6-14-17

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