Wednesday, 21 March 2007

Kiss Cross Sock

This is the lace chart- "XP7"- worked over 7 stitches and 10 rows

with the standard abbreviations

except for the Amy Detjen's centred eyelet which I first saw in "A Gathering of Lace" by Meg Swanson. All the blank squares are knit because you are working in the round with the exception of the next row stitch immediately above the centred eyelet - for this stitch you knit into the actual hole of the row below.

Amy's Centred Eyelet

This is worked over three stitches and leaves three stitches.

Slip the first stitch knitwise, begin to knit the next stitch but don't slip it off the LH needle. Pass the slipped stitch over the partial knit, Yarn Over, Knit 2 together (the remains of the partial knit stitch and the 3rd stitch). This completes the centred eyelet.

On the next row the stitch above this eyelet hole is knitted into the row below.

ETA On re-reading this I felt it needed a little clarification. These two links will help.

(Scroll half-way down in this first one)

and for a wonderful "deconstruction"

Sock Notes

I used yarn from the YarnYard on Addi Turbos 2.5mm, 80cm with 60 stitches. The sock construction is exactly the same as my lace socks in the previous post.

Starting toe-up, after completing the toe part I arranged the stitches so that I had 28 sts on top and 32 underneath then I started the pattern for the top like this:

k4, XP7, k7, XP7, k3 and the underneath completely plain. Work the 10 rows of the chart followed by 4 rounds stocking stitch then:
k11, XP7, k10. Work the 10 chart rows and then another 4 rounds plain. Continue like this until its time to work the heel. Adjust the sts after the heel so that you have 56 stitches in total.

You do the leg in the same way except you need the pattern on both halves so you just continue the [k4, XP7, *k7, XP7 repeat from* to last 3 stitches, k3 ] pattern all round with 4 rounds straight after the chart rows. Now the only slight complication is that to avoid having the XP7 pattern at the beginning or end of the needles I just moved 3 stitches from the end of each needle to the beginning of the next.. It's obvious when you come to it BUT put a marker so that you know where the round starts then you continue with the XP7 pattern making sure the crosses are worked above the seven knit stitches to make the criss-cross pattern.

This sounds really complicated but I think it's my poor descriptive technique because it wasn't hard at all.

Please if you find any errors, let me know. I feel thoroughly confused myself now.

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