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Last time we knitted swatches and calculated our stitches. Remember your number? Well, we’re gonna need it.

Take your number from last time and divide it by stitch count of pattern repeat (look below).

For example: My number was 50 and I am making level 1 socks – so I have to calculate 50/6=8,3 because level 1 socks pattern repeat was 6).

So, is your number without a comma?

If yes, then you’re good to go – your number from last time matches and this is your cast on stitch count (I mean the number from last time not the one we just calculated).

But if your number came out like mine then we need to adjust it little bit. So, take your answer without comma (mine is 8) and add 1 (8+1=9) and multiply it with your pattern repeat number (9 x 6 = 54). This is your cast on stitch count.

So let’s recap – the secret of perfectly fitted socks is swatch and calculations:

  • Step 1 – choose your yarn and needles;
  • Step 2 – make a swatch;
  • Step 3 – measure how many stitches you have on 5 cm/2inches;
  • Step 4 – calculate
    • With cm – (circumference of your foot x stitch count on 5 cm) divide by 5;
    • With inches – (circumference of your foot x stitch count on 2 inches) divide by 2;
  • Step 5 – take your number from step 4 and divide it with the number of pattern repeat – if it came out without a comma then this number from step 4 is your cast on count; if your number came out with the comma then head on to step 6;
  • Step 6 – take your answer without comma (x) (from step 5), add 1 (x+1) and multiply it with your pattern repeat number(y) – – – – – [(x+1) * y]; (I just made it worse, didn’t I?)
Simple knit socks

Level 1

Sock knitting basics 101

Level 2

Knitted socks with cables

Level 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

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*Note about cast on – I use long tail cast on for socks (it’s nice and stretchy)*

Level 1 – socks with diagonal ribbing:

sock pattern with diagonal ribbingPattern repeat is 6 stitches. Cast on number of stitches you just calculated.

Left sock:

  • Rnd 1: knit;
  • Rnd 2: *knit 2, purl 2 together, knit 2, yarn over* repeat to end;

Right sock:

  • Rnd 1: knit;
  • Rnd 2: knit 2, yarn over, knit 2, purl 2 together;

Continue this pattern until you’ve reached desired length and knit 5 rounds.

 

Level 2 – easy and comfortable unisex socks:

unisex sock patternPattern repeat is 2 stitches. Cast on number of stitches you just calculated. Start with:

  • knit 1 round;
  • purl 1 round;
  • knit 1 round;

Pattern:

  • Step 1: knit;
  • Step 2: *knit 1, purl 1* repeat to end;
  • Step 3: Repeat rounds 1 and 2 in total of 5 times (10 rounds total);
  • Step 4:knit 2 rounds, purl 1 round, knit 1 round;
  • Continue this pattern until you’ve reached desired length;

 

Level 3 – cabled socks with honeycomb pattern:

sock pattern with honeycomb cablesPattern repeat is 8 stitches. Cast on number of stitches you just calculated.

  • Step 1: knit 4 rounds;
  • Step 2: knit an eyelet row (*yarn over, knit 2 together* rep to end);
  • Step 3: knit 1 round, knitting stitches of this round together with cast on row, so it will form this nice edge (other alternative is to just sew it afterwards);
  • Step 4: purl 1 round; knit 1 round; purl 1 round;
  • Step 5: knit 3 rounds;
  • Step 6: *2/2 CR, 2/2 CL* repeat to end;
  • Step 7: knit 3 rounds;
  • Step 8: *2/2 CL, 2/2 CR* repeat to end;
  • Step 9: repeat steps 5 to 8 in total of 3 times;
  • Step 10: knit 2 sounds; purl 1 round; knit 1 round; purl 1 round;

Next time we’re knitting heels. And it isn’t hard. I promise 🙂

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