**********UPDATE***********After I wrote this post, I changed the size of the sock and did an initial cast on of 44 stitches; 11 stitches on each needle. I hope this hasn't confused everyone. Sorry.
As you know, we will be knitting these socks in the "round" using double pointed needles (DPNs). So, please mark the end of your row with a stitch marker so that you can keep track of where you are in the pattern. If you missed the intro you can find it here
Depending upon what pattern you have decided to use, you will be casting on your stitches over 4 needles. I am using 6 ply yarn and I am going to cast on 48 stitches over four needles, hence 12 stitches on each needle. Please do not cast on your stitches too tight. They should have even tension throughout all the cast on stitches.
Count your stitches and be sure you have the correct number on each needle. Note: If you are doing the worsted weight yarn pattern, you may have 40 or 44 total stitches with 10 or 11 stitches on each needle.
Carefully unwind the scrap yarn and put each needle into the shape as shown below. Please do not twist any needle or else your stitches will be twisted.
Now, let see how it looks....
Now we are going to join these needles together. Remember, there is no yarn between needle 4 (on the right) and needle 1 (in the bottom of the picture). So, we are going to make the first "knit" stitch into the first cast on stitch of needle one. Tip: Your live yarn ended at the end of Needle 4 so you're going to insert your needle into the first stitch on Needle 1 and bring the live yarn over the needle and finish the stitch. Be sure to keep the tension of the yarn tight on this first stitch since you don't want any holes....
We are now going to knit the first row of the cuff. The cuff is usually always knit in a rib pattern to allow for elasticity. I am doing a "k 1, p 1" ribbing pattern for the cuff. Repeat each row of this ribbing pattern until the desired length of the cuff.
You will now begin knitting the leg. Knit each stitch for every row until the leg measures approximately 7" from cast on edge. I knitted 43 rows. You can add more rows if you want the sock to be longer.
This completes Part 1 of the Sock Knit Along. I hope I haven't gotten confused. The nice thing about socks is that you can adjust the size as you go along; i.e., the length of the leg, the length of the foot. Sometime, I "try on" the sock as I'm knitting it to see if the size is correct.
SOCK SIZE: I just want to share a couple of pointers for correct sizing.
1. I knitted a pair of socks with worsted weight yarn on size 4 needles. The pattern said to cast on 44 stitches but I cast on 40 stitches to fit a US woman's shoe size 7.
2. For the 6 ply socks, please do not cast on too tight. You might want to go up a needle size for the cast on and first row of the ribbing. I made a second pair of 6 ply socks using a size 6 needle for the cast on and first row of the ribbing and then changed to a size 4 needle. I cast on 44 stitches for a US woman's size 7 shoe size. I hope this helps you. But, of course all of us knit with different tension.
On February 15th, I will post Part 2 of the sock knit along. We will be doing the heel flap, turning the heel, and gussets.
If you have a question, please feel free to contact me via the comments and I will try my best to answer you. And, feel free to add a link to show a picture of your sock progress.
Until next time, happy sock knitting :)
P.S. Lilly insisted that I share this week's photo of her. She loves all the attention she receives via this blog.....
I am joining the Yarn Along today over at Small Things