I’m in a sock knitting frenzie. My goal is to knit a pair of socks per day until Christmas. My circular sock machine has been so accommodating and I don’t want to miss this opportunity. Sock machine is a finicky beast, a slight misalignment of one of twenty movable parts can lead it astray. But now, I have it set up purrfectly and we are so in sync!
I’m documenting my method for knitting a pair of man-sized sock using the 72 cylinder with a hung hem, ribbing for the leg, and changing yarn for the hem, heel and toe. This documentation reinforces the process and refreshes my memory in case I can no longer remember how I managed to knit a sock in the first place. It is not a difficult process, but there are many steps that must be done in order to produce a pair of socks.
Part 1: Hang a hemp top sock with faux ribbing.
The working yarn is Pat Fly’s 3-ply 65% Merino wool, 35% Angora in navy blue that was winded tightly on the yarn winder and the yarn is pull from the outside. The yarn for the hem, heel and toe is Elann’s Sock-it-to-me 4-ply in 75% superwash wool and 25% nylon in dark grey.
Hang cylinder spring on the cylinder and remove every third needle for a faux 3×1 rib, starting at the SECOND needle after the 3 o’clock mark, sort of like the 2:40 o’clock mark. The best way I find to remove needles is to hang the cylinder spring, pull the needle out completely, then slip the stitch into the next stitch.
Thread the working yarn into the loop, tuck the ribbing yarn back, pull the working yarn and crank. I usually join at the 3 o’clock position. I got this tip from the master himself at sockaphoneplayer blog. Thanks Doug!
Insert back the cylinder needles that you’ve taken out previously so that every needles are now working. To avoid making a “yarn over” hole when creating a new stitch, do a “knit one below” by first push out the needle in the next stitch to enlarge the opening, then insert the new needle into the opening to grab the loop under the next stitch, put it out, and put this needle into the empty slot.
Reach down into the cylinder, pull up your work, locate the first row and first loop, and hang that loop on the first stitch (usually at 3 o’clock). Continue to lift subsequent loops and hang them on the subsequent needles. It helps if you have the right tool to pick up stitches. I got mine at Pat Fly’s Angora Valley.
Next part , the ribber…