The cold winter weather is coming, an ideal time for knitting socks. Haven’t you taken the plunge to try your first pair of socks yet? In these step by step instructions we are going to show you how to knit socks using only one ball of Katia Jacquard Symmetric Socks. This yarns perfect colour cycle for socks guarantees a pair of identical socks. How is the jacquard pattern worked? Really easily: You are going to to knit jacquard borders whilst working, without having to follow graphs or make any colour changes. Magic!
How to knit socks
In each ball of Katia Jacquard Symmetric Socks you will find a section of yellow yarn at the start and in the middle of the ball. This yellow coloured section marks the start of each one of the socks. You only have to cut the yellow part (which then unravels) and start your first sock with the base colour. In this tutorial we show you how to knit socks with size 3.5 mm double pointed needles: sizes 5/6 (UK) – 7.5/8.5 (US) – 38/39 (EUR) and 8/9 (UK) – 9/10 (US) – 42/43 (EUR).
Tension gauge: 24 sts & 36 rows = 4×4″ (10×10 cm).
Cast on 52 (56) sts and distribute them evenly with 13 (14) stitches on each double ended needle.
Work in the round in 2 x 2 ribbing = K2, P2, until the end of the round. Repeat until the ribbing measures a depth of approximately 1 5/8” – 2” (4 – 5 cm).
Work in stockinette st (= only in knit stitch). At the start you will work a section of base colour and then continue in “jacquard” until it is time to start the base colour again.
Short Row Shaping
Now knit the heel using Short Row Shaping * with needles 4 and 1 from your needle set. Take the extra needle and divide the stitches that are on needles 4 and 1 uniformly onto the 3 needles in the following manner: 8/10/8 (9/10/9).
* In this video we show you an example of how to work the Short Row Shaping;
*Short Row Shaping explanation: With the yarn at the front of the work, slip the first stitch. Pull the yarn firmly to the back of the work circling the needle from above. This forms a double stitch.
For the heel, only work the stitches on these 3 needles in rows going back and forth:
- Work all stitches in knit stitch. Turn the work.
- Short Row shaping (follow explanation). Work the rest of the stitches in purl stitch. Turn the work.
- Short Row Shaping. Work in knit stitch until arriving at the last double st which is left unworked on the LH needle. Turn work.
- Short Row Shaping. Work in purl stitch until arriving at the last double st which is left unworked on the LH needle. Turn work.
Repeat steps 3 & 4 until all the stitches on needles 1 and 4 are double stitches, like the first and last stitch on the extra needle.
Work 2 rows of stockinette st with the five needles; knit the double sts as if they were single stitches (work the two loops together).
- Now the Short Row Shaping is inverted. Work the stitches on needle 1 and the extra needle on the right. Turn work.
- Short Row Shaping. Work the stitches on the extra needle in purl st. Turn work.
- Short Row Shaping. Work in knit st as far as 1 stitch after the double st (knit as a single stitch). Turn work.
- Short Row Shaping. Work in purl st as far as 1 stitch after the double st. Turn work.
Repeat steps 7 and 8 until all the stitches on the first and third needles are double sts. Then redistribute the stitches on 4 needles and continue working in stockinette st.
Work in the round in stockinette st until the foot part measures 7 7/8” (20 cm) 8 3/4″ (22.5) cm.
Once the required length of the foot has been reached continue working in the following manner:
R1: (Decrease). On needles 1 and 3: K1, slip 1 st, K1, pass the slipped st over the last knitted st. Work the remaining sts in knit st.
On needles 2 and 4: Work in knit st until the last 3 stitches on the needle. Then K2 tog, K1.
R2-3: Work all sts in stockinette st.
R4: Work the same as R1.
R5: Work all sts in stockinette st.
R6–11: Repeat R4 and R5.
R12-16 (12-17): Work as R1.
There now remain 2 stitches on each needle. Cut the yarn and pass it through all the stitches (preferably two times). Pull the yarn firmly and sew down to secure in place to make sure that the toe does not open up. The length of the foot is now a total of 29 7/8” (25 cm), 10 7/8” (27.5) cm and your first sock is finished.
Unravel your ball of yarn until you arrive at the yellow part then start the second sock repeating the step by step instructions of the first. Now you know how to knit socks from only one ball of yarn!
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