Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Christmas Lace Sack Sock

The small size used 5.05 oz/143 g of cotton in 265 yards/ 242.0m in length.
17 stitches and 25 rows = 4 inches in lace pattern in the round

(US) 7 (4.5mm) 16" circular needle
(US) 6 (4.0mm) double point needlesStitch Marker
Size large: 30" in length
Small (shown) 20" in length

K= Knit
K2Tog=Knit two together
Sl 1 = Slip one stitch
PSSO=Pass Slipped Stitch Over
YO=Yarn Over
Kfb=Knit into the front and the back of the same stitch
C/O=Cast On
B/O=Bind Off
* *=repeat directions between *’s

Rolled Edge Bottom:
Using the circular needle, Cast on 90 stitches. Join stitches but do not twist, place stitch marker at beginning of round and Knit 10 rounds.Bottom Eyelet Round:
*YO, Sl 1, K2Tog, PSSO* and repeat around. (60 sts)

Sack body:
Knit one round.
Begin Pattern:
Round 1: *K3, K2 tog, YO * repeat around
Round 2: Knit around
Round 3: *K3, YO, Sl 1, K1, PSSO* repeat around
Round 4: Knit around
Repeat rounds (1-4) until the sack sock reaches 17 " for the small size and 27" for the large size, measured from the eyelet round.

Knit one more round.

Top Eyelet Rounds:
Row 1: *YO, K2Tog* around
Row 2: *K1, Kfb* around (90 sts)

Top Rolled Edge:
Knit 5 round and Bind off in knit.

Using 2 of the double point needles, make two 3 stitch I-chords; one 43" in length, a second one 36" of length.

Thread the 36" length through the bottom eyelet row and tie in front so that there is a small opening at the bottom of the sack.

Using the longer I-chord, thread it through the top eyelet rows with the ends hanging out at the front (to be tied later). Pull up 2 small loops in the back of the sack sock. You're going to tie these loops into a single hanging loop opening at the bottom.

Tie one loop over the other. Fill and reuse those grocery store bags!

Don't forget to round out your kitchen set with a Christmas Lace Dishcloth and and a Christmas Lace Kitchen Hanging Hand Towel.

Christmas Lace Kitchen Hanging Hand Towel

Christmas Lace Kitchen Hanging Hand Towel© Cathy Waldie, April 20, 2008

100% worsted weight cotton
(US) 7 (4.5mm) Needles
Button to fit buttonhole
Towel uses 3.15 oz/89g of cotton, 165.5 yards/151.3m in length.
Gauge: 17 stitches and 25 rows = 4 inches in lace pattern
K= Knit
K2Tog=Knit two together
Sl 1 = Slip one stitch
M1=Make one
PSSO=Pass Slipped Stitch Over
YO=Yarn Over
Kfb=Knit into the front and the back of the same stitch
C/O=Cast On
B/O=Bind Off
* *=repeat directions between *’s

C/O 58 stitches

1-6) Knit across for bottom border (slipping the first stitch of each row)

7) K3, *K4, YO, Sl 1, K1, PSSO, * 8 times, K4, end K3

8 and even rows) K3, P52, K3

9) K3, *K4, K2tog, YO, * 8 times, K4, end K3

11-78) repeat rows (7 – 10) for 17 more pattern repeats for a total of 18 pattern repeats.

79) K29, M1, K29 (59 sts)
80-82) Knit across

Begin decreases for the Towel Top.
83) Sl 1, K7, *(Sl 1, k2tog, PSSO), K7* 4 times, end, (Sl 1, K2tog, PSSO) K8. (49 sts.)

84, 86, 88, 90, 92, 94) Knit (slipping the first stitch)

85) Sl 1, K6, *(Sl 1, K2tog, PSSO), K5* 4 times, last 10 sts: Sl 1, K2tog, PSSO), K7 (39 sts.)

87) Sl 1, K5, *(Sl 1, K2tog, PSSO), K3* 4 times, last 9 sts: (SL1 K2tog, PSSO), K6. (29 sts.)

89) Sl 1, K4, *(Sl 1, K2tog, PSSO), K1* 4 times, last 8 sts: (Sl 1, K2 tog, PSSO), K5. (19 sts)

91) Sl 1, K2, (K2tog) 3 times, K1, (K2tog) 3 times, K3 (13 sts.)

93) (K2tog) 3 times, K1, (K2tog) 3 times. (7 sts.)

Tab Section of Towel Top
95) Knit, slipping the first stitch

96) Sl 1, K1, P3, K2.

97-111) repeat rows (95 and 96) of the tab section.

112) Knit, slipping the first stitch

113) Sl 1, K1, P3, K2

114-127) repeat rows (112 and 113) of the tab section

128) Sl 1, K1, Bind off center 3 sts, K to end (4 sts) (creates buttonhole)

129) Sl 1, Kfb next st, Kfb next st, K1 (6 sts)

130) K2 tog, K2tog, K2tog

131) Knit 1, K2tog, pass first stitch over. Pull tail through last stitch. Weave in ends, wet/spray/steam block. Sew button into center stitches on tab decrease row #95.

More stripes, more sack socks, less stash...

Over the weekend, with the help of some veryyyyyyyyyyyyy nearly 6 year old hands, I pulled 28+ pounds of yarn from the stash to send onto my new knitting friends back home. Since I seem to be in the land of cotton lately, not to mention I really should be finishing up Dad's vest, I thought they'd have the current time to devote to the baby acrylic, blends and wool skeins that seem to be sitting in the 'I wonder if she'll ever get around to me' pile. I'd much rather they get used up faster than I seem to be able to get to them. So...after an 'expertly packed by almost 6 year old hands' set of boxes, they've been FedEx'd off to the ladies back home along with 3 baby sweater sets.

Next, I finished up the 'chocolate chip sack sock' made in the same Simply Striped Sack sock pattern as the pink and blue sets. (patterns over <------ there). Ahhhhhhh the collection is growing!

Here's another look at making the double loop into a single loop to hang it with...

Some more random pictures from the sack sock...

And I'm nearly finished with the towel to go with it. I think this yarn was really made for 60 stitches in the round on (US)7 (4.5mm) needles. Maybe even down to 56-58 stitches. The color stripe pattern is nearly perfect for it. Although, it seems fairly even going vertical on the towel. I prefer the sack sock for it.

I got a shot of all the pink striped pieces together, but it's not the 'money shot' I thought it would be. But...they're all 'lined' up. (ha ha)

And last but not least..I finished the rest of the orange Christmas Lace set! And the patterns are ready to go up! I'll post those in a moment one at a time. Keep in mind, that the Christmas Lace Dishcloth pattern is already over (<-----) there in the list of Wishing I was Knitting at the Lake Patterns. And even tho' it's got that 'Christmas' label in the title, as you saw with the brown one I did for my daughter last December, you can do this in ANY color you fancy. It's a great lace pattern and I'd love to find just the right color for my Mom's kitchen..or her sisters..or..or...hmmmmmmmmm I need to find some more large skeins of cotton here!

Yet, I still haven't located the silly spot I laid my glasses down in.....mmmm.....hope I can find them faster than my car keys that were packed into my daughter's dorm boxes in 2003 that we just found a few months ago...