Welcome to the first catch up post of the holidays! Today I’ll show you how to finish the curly top socks. As I mentioned yesterday I had trouble explaining the process of how to finish these. I did some research on the internet and have used some of the information on the site and video at the bottom of this page in writing these instructions.
What you’ll need:
5 size 3.75 double pointed knitting needles
2 balls of sock yarn
What to do:
- Casting On: Cast on 12 stitches on four of the needles so that you have a total of 48 stitches.
- Working on the wrong side purl 16 rows and then knit 3 rows, your curly top is done!
- Knit the Heel Flap: First slip half the stitches (24 in our case) onto one needle taking one needle away and keeping the others the same. The heel flap will be created only with the needle with 24 stitches.
- To start, slip one stitch then purl the rest on the needle. Turn to the right side of your work and slip one stitch, then knit one. Repeat the slip-knit pattern until the end of the row.
- Turn your work back to the wrong side and slip one stitch then purl the rest.
- Repeat the above 5 times to have 10 rows.
- Turning the Heel: Have the right side of the work facing you with the yarn coming out of the right side.
- Slip the first stitch then knit 13 stitches. Here we are going to decrease a stitch with either an skp (slip one stitch, knit one and past the slip back over) or ssk (slip, slip, knit). Knit one more stitch and turn the work back to the wrong or purl side.
- Slip on stitch again then purl 5, purl 2 together and purl one. Notice that there a little gaps where we decrease a stitch? We will use these gaps as a guide of where to decrease again.
- Turn your work to the right side. Slip one stitch, knit over to one before the gap and skp or ssk, knit one again and turn to the wrong side.
- Slip one stitch, purl to one stitch before the gap, purl the stitch before the gap and the one after together, purl one and turn your work to the right side.
- Repeat the above until you finish working all your stitches. You should now have a nice little cup that will hold your heel.
- Pick Up of the Gusset:
- To set up, knit half of the heel stitches (approx. 7). Using a new needle (the needle we took out before), knit the other half. Pick up and knit the 10 stitches along the left side of the heel with this same needle. Do a make one if there is a large gap between this needle and the next.
- Knit the next two needles as normal.
- Do a make one if needed. Pick up and knit 10 stitches along the other side of the heel and knit the other half of the heel stitches onto the same needle.
- The start of the round is now in the middle of the heel. To stabilise the work knit one round.
- On the first needle, knit until the the last two stitches and then knit them together.
- Knit the next two needles (needle two and three) normally.
- On the fourth needle, knit two stitches together and then knit the rest.
- Knit one round normally.
- Repeat the above until the number of stitches has decreased to original amount. The gusset is done!
- Body of Sock:
- Knit 27 rounds or until the work is 1 and a half inches away from the top of your toe.
- The Toe Decrease: The round will start at the bottom of the foot.
- First needle: knit until there are three stitches left. Knit to together and knit one.
- Second needle: knit one, ssk, knit the rest of the stitches on the needle.
- Third needle: knit until there are only three stitches left. Knit two together and knit one.
- Fourth needle: knit one, ssk and knit until the end of the needle.
- Knit one round.
- Repeat the above until there are 16 stitches left.
- Kitchener Stitch: Separate the stitches evenly onto two needles (8 on each) so the work can lay flat, with the working yarn at the back on the right side. Cut the yarn at a length that is enough to finish the round (approx. 20cm) and thread the end through a large eyed blunt sewing needle.
- Insert the sewing needle into the front stitch purl wise (as if you would to purl) and pull the yarn through.
- Insert the sewing needle purl wise through the first stitch on the back needle and slip off the knitting needle (remember to keep the work facing you).
- Insert sewing needle knit wise into the front stitch and slip it off. Pull tight.
- Thread the sewing needle purl wise into the front stitch without slipping it off.
- Insert the sewing needle purl wise into the back stitch and slip it off. Pull tight.
- Thread the sewing needle knit wise into the next back stitch without slipping it off.
- Repeat the above until there are only two stitches left.
- Insert the needle through the back stitch purl wise and slip it off.
- Insert the sewing needle through the front stitch knit wise and slip it off.
And you have finished your first Curly Top Sock! Don’t forget to repeat the instructions again to finish off your pair!
Hope you enjoyed this project, I certainly did!
Website by Heidi Gustad at http://www.handsoccupied.com/knit-along-day-5-the-toe/
Video by Lion Brand Yarn at https://youtu.be/essddfW7Ud8