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Sock Season – Free adult ribbed sock pattern

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florida orange socks

Sorry, I’ve been off my Blog for a while.  I have been busy making and baking honest – In fact I was doing so many things at once I didn’t finish anything and then I had so many things finished I didn’t know which one to write about – so lets catch up.

Over the last six months I have knitted five pairs of socks (all for me!) and now it’s turned decidedly chilly I’m wearing them.  So here’s one pair – modelled by my foot double – ballet girl!  This is a pattern I’ve been working on perfecting for a while and finally I’m happy with it.

I like to do contrast heels and toes (because I can); but, in this case I didn’t have enough of the orange yarn to knit a whole pair of socks anyway.  I had already used some of the wool for several other projects.  Baby socks, an ice pole cozy and an iphone cozy.  Gotta love mechanic man’s permanently grubby hands – he’s a grafter!ribbed new born baby socks

ice pole cosy

So, for these socks I added blue on the top of the cuff and made the cuffs shorter than I usually do in the hope that I would have enough of the orange yarn. ribby contrast heel toe socks As it happened, I ran out of orange yarn, five rows short of the contrast toe on the second sock – you can just see a few extra rows of blue rib on the sock on the right.  Still no-one will ever notice.  ribby contrast heel toe socksWhat I like most about the sock is the ribbing on the heel and the top of the foot, this makes them a really good fit.  I used a wedge toe with Kitchener stitch closure.

ribbed heel socks

If you would like to knit a similar pair here’s my pattern – it’s not tested, I made notes as I went (and didn’t lose them like I usually do).  If you are already a sock knitter you should be able to follow it. Let me know if you have any problems/questions.

ECOZEE’s Free Ribby Sock Pattern with Contrast Ribbed Heels and Contrast Toes!

Important:  This pattern is free for personal use only – please do not redistribute/sell the pattern in any format or sell socks made using it.

Notes:

I used 2.75mm needles, Regia sock wool and 64 sts for my size 6 UK (size 8.5 USA) foot.  I have tight tension, so if you have loose tension use 2.5 mm needles – you will need to use 64 sts for the rib pattern to work.  I used four needles for most of the sock (with the stitches on three needles and knitting with the fourth).  For the toe, however, I put my stitches on four needles and knitted with a fifth.  You will need to do this too for the instructions to work out and to avoid counting too much or using stitch markers.

Cuff:

Cast on loosely (larger needles is a good idea) and work the cuff in knit 3, purl 1 rib for as long as you like – add a contrast top if you like.

Divide for Heel:

  1. You will need to knit your heel on 33 stitches for the ribbing pattern to work.
  2. When you get to the end of the last round of your cuff, knit 16 stitches from the next round and then slip 17 stitches from the previous round on to the same needle.  These 33 sts will form your heel.
  3. Change to contrast colour.

Heel Flap:

row 1: slip 1, *p3, k1* repeat * to * to last 4 sts then purl to end.

row 2: slip 1, *k3, p1* repeat * to * to last 4 sts then knit to end.

Repeat the last two rows until 32 rows have been worked.

Turn the Heel:

  1. sl 1, k17, ssk, k1 turn
  2. sl 1, p5, p2tog, p1, turn
  3. sl 1, k6, ssk, k1 turn
  4. sl 1, p7, p2tog, p1, turn
  5. sl 1, k8, ssk, k1 turn
  6. sl 1, p9, p2tog, p1, turn
  7. sl 1, k10, ssk, k1 turn
  8. etc – until you have 19 sts left on your needle.
  9. Join main colour and knit the 19 sts on the heel flap.

Divide for Foot/Gusset:

  1. Slip the last 10 sts on to a new needle and leave the other 9 sts on the heel needle.
  2. Using the needle with the 10 sts on it, pick up and knit the 17 slipped stitches down the side of the heel flap, plus an extra stitch in the corner to help eliminate the hole that can sometimes form here. You should now have 18 sts on this needle.
  3. With another needle, pattern the 31 sts on top of the foot (keeping to the k3, p1 rib pattern).
  4. With the third needle, pick up a stitch in the corner and the 17 slipped stitches down the other side of the heel flap (18 sts) and then knit the 9 stitches from the second half of the heel flap.  You should now have 86 sts in total.
  5. Knit one round, keeping to the rib pattern on the top of foot but just knitting the other stitches.
  6. Each round will now start in the centre of the heel (well, one stitch off centre!).

Gusset:

Round 1: Work one round, knitting every stitch on the heel/sides of foot but keeping rinb pattern on top of foot.

Round 2: Work to last two sts on needle one (heel/side of foot), then knit these last two sts tog, k3, p1 across top of foot, then ssk the first two sts on the other side of the foot, then knit to end.

Repeat these two rounds until you have 64 sts again (your gusset is now complete).

Keep knitting the foot (knit side stitches and rib pattern on top of foot)  until it is approx 1.5 inch shorter than to the end of your big toe.

Toe Decrease:

Change to contrast colour for toe and proceed in knit stitch only for toe.

Wedge Toe:  with the centre of the heel (the sole) as the start of the round, arrange the 64 sts so you have 16 sts on each of four needles.

Round 2:

  • Knit to 3 stitches before end of Needle 1: K2tog, K1.
  • On Needle 2, K1, SSK, Knit to end.
  • Knit to 3 stitches before the end of Needle 3, K2 tog, K1.
  • On Needle 4, K1, SSK, Knit to end.

Round 2: knit one round.

Repeat these two rounds until you have 24 stitches left in total (6 on each needle).  If you have especially pointy toes you could work a few more rounds until you have 20 or even 16 sts left.
You will then need to arrange the remaining stitches on to two needles and graft/Kitchener stitch the two rows together.

Alternative Round Toe:

If you can’t graft/Kitchener stitch your toes – you can do an alternative round toe – this tends to be a bit more pointy which suits folk with pointy toes.

Again, redistribute the 64 sts until you have 16 on each of four needles (you will need a fifth double pin).

Shape the toe as follows:

  • Dec Round 1: *K6, k2tog; rep from *. Knit 6 rounds.
  • Dec Round 2: *K5, k2tog; rep from *. Knit 5 rounds.
  • Dec Round 3: *K4, k2tog; rep from *. Knit 4 rounds.
  • Dec Round 4: *K3, k2tog; rep from *. Knit 3 rounds.
  • Dec Round 5: *K2, k2tog; rep from *. Knit 2 rounds.
  • Dec Round 6: *K1, k2tog; rep from *. Knit 1 round.
  • Next Round: K2tog to end.

To finish, cut the yarn, leaving a 10″ (25.5 cm) tail. Thread tail on a tapestry needle, draw through remaining sts, pull tight to close hole, and fasten off on Wrong side.

Avoiding Second Sock Syndrome

Finally, before you get a cup of tea and bask in the glory of knitting one whole sock it is very important to immediately cast on for the second sock and work a couple of rows. Otherwise you may very well suffer from Single Sock Syndrome and your sock may never get it’s mate.

How to Make a Crochet Seaside Stripes Blanket

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seaside stripes crochet 100% cotton blanket  One of my bestest pals is having a significant Birthday soon so I wanted to make her something special.  Unfortunately, she’s allergic to wool, my yarn of choice; but, when I saw some lovely teal-coloured cotton yarn in a local store I immediately thought of her – just her colour.   She loves stripes and seaside colours so I thought I’d make her a little crochet cotton blanket to keep her cozy while watching TV or reading – she feels the cold!

I selected the five colours that were most “her.” I would have liked a brown or yellow sand-coloured yarn to add a a bit of warmth to the overall scheme but they didn’t have one.  I chose to make it random stripes so that I could enjoy “choosing” which colour would look good next  – I thought I’d get bored with a pre-determined sequence.  It was fun to make,  it’s so soft, and, I know she’ll love it.

crochet beach blanket on antique teak garden bench

Here’s How I Made it….I hope this passes as a Pattern!

My finished blanket is 32 x 46 inches approx – so it could easily be a large baby blanket or a toddler-sized blanket; or used as a “throw” for the back of a sofa.

  • 4 mm crochet hook for main body and 3.5mm hook for border.
  • 10 x 50g balls of 100% cotton dk weight yarn (3 x silver, 2 x blue, 2 x teal, 1 x cream, 1 x putty, 1 x sage green).
  • Chain 120 sts to start.
  • I worked 103 random colour rows of treble crochet (UK) double crochet (USA). Leave at least 6 inches tail when you join new colours for weaving in later (I used the method advocated by blogger CraftyMinx.  It will try your patience but is sooo much better that just lying the old tail along the top of the previous row – ‘cos they pull out easily – especially with cotton ‘cos it’s so slippery)!  I mostly changed colour every row but I occasionally worked two rows in the same colour to keep things extra random.

stripey crochet picnic blanket - silver, sage, blue, taupe and teal

  • For the border – I used a 3.5mm hook and, for the first round, I worked three stitches for every two rows of (treble UK)/(double USA) crochet on the sides.  This was to tighten up the sides and help stop the sides getting stretched out in use.  I worked the stitches into the actual stitches of the treble crochets rather than the spaces – this was fiddly but much neater.  Where the sides were indented I used a treble instead of a double to even it out.  For the second round, I worked all double crochets (single USA).

Let me know how you get on with yours!

Do It Myself – Cottage Garden Gate

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My Mum’s cottage side gate was already desperately in need of replacement before she moved in six years ago.  For those six years, I had been promising to make her a new one – I’m a girl who does woodwork! However, in yet another cruel twist of fate, my Mum died and the gate collapsed very soon after. I don’t feel bad, just very sad.  I did plenty of other lovely things for her and did have a very long list of other DIY projects needing my attention.  So, in what was to prove an emotional roller coaster for me, I made her cottage a new gate she would have loved – hence the heart.  The cottage is now available as a romantic and very unique holiday cottage in the Scottish Borders.
time for new gate instructions So, a sad project for me, but part of me took some comfort in the fact that I could make still make something for my mum even though she’s gone.

DIY cross ledged and braced cottage garden gatecottage garden gate love heart

Here’s what I did…

The woodwork part of the gate was relatively easy, what took the time was applying the finishes.

  • I measured up and ordered the timber from a proper wood yard (not a DIY store).  I went to Real Wood Studios, near Ancrum,  here in the Scottish Borders.   A “proper” wood yard will machine your timber into the dimensions you specify.  Give them a “cutting list” of what you need or your overall dimensions.  In my case, I wanted to fill a gateway that was 940mm wide by 140mm high with timber planks approx 22 mm thick.  I also needed wood for the cross-bracing on the back.  We agreed on the wood – larch – and the price – £90 inc. VAT and labour and I was to collect the wood a week later.  I went away happy to be getting quality local wood from a small local business.
  • I re-used the old greclaimed recycled gate hardwareate hardware even though it looked awful – lots of sanding to get the old flaky paint and rust off – they were stronger and off course cheaper than any new ones I might buy so it was worth it.  I painted these with two coats of metal primer and two top coats, leaving at least 24 hours in between.  I did this while I was waiting for the wood yard to prep my wood so no time wasted.
  • I chamfered the edge of each plank with my hand plane and my trusty black and decker workmate – every girl should have one.
  • I painted each plank with preservative (put loads on the ends) and left to dry 24 hrs.planks fo wood painted with wood preservative drying in the sun
  • I painted each plank again with one coat of finish (agian – don’t forget the ends) again wait at least 24 hours before applying extra coats. I wanted to use a translucent product rather than paint as the wood was so nice.
  • The wood preservative and varnish was £40 and we already had the metal paint – again go to a proper trade place and not B&Q if you want a professional finish.  I used “dulux trade exterior weathershield aquatec presevative basecoat” and “dulux trade interior and exterior protective woodsheen” custom tinted in a colour called “lilac haze” which is a pinky purple and certainly more purple in real life than the photos show.  The kitchen cupboards in the cottage are painted a dulux heritage pink and my mum loved lavender so I thought it a good colour choice.
  • I wanted to add a heart and a round top to make the gate less dulux weathershield purple wood stain can and brushforbidding and more cottagey and of course, as a memorial to my lovely mum, I laid all the planks out and made card templates for the shapes.  I cut half of the heart out of each of the two middle boards using a jigsaw.
  • I then let my husband screw the cross bracing boards on the back – he wanted to feel included and “manly” – and use his power tools.
  • So, when it was all screwed together, I cut the curve at the top with my jigsaw, it came a out a bit wonky ‘cos we didn’t have the right blade and it was struggling to get through such thick wood – still it adds to the charm.
  • Time to offer the gate up to the hole.  It was a bit wide and the gate posts were not straight or square so some more hand planing was necessary to get it to fit with about 5mm to spare on each side.  The gate may swell when wet and we don’t want it to get stuck like the old one used to.
  • Handy husband put the hinges and handle on (more use of his trusty cordless Makita) and hung it up – voilà – one gate.  We’ve still to add a bolt and hook/eye to hold it open when needed.
  • I put a final coat of finish on – I may yet do another – but the weather has taken a turn for the worse.  It is actually more purple in real life than in the photos.

Note: On any timber that you cut after you have applied the preservative/finish – make sure you re-preserve/finish each cut piece again with the same number of coats/time in between as the rest of the gate.  This is a bit of a fiddle/ but necessary to prevent your gate rotting especially if you live in a wet climate like we do!

How to Upcycle T-Shirts into a Rug

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upcycled t shirt crochet bath mat rugI think we actually  have more clothes in our house set aside to be upcycled, than we do clothes to wear. It’s starting to resemble an explosion in a jumble sale round here.  It’s all worth the mess and fluff though when I do make something lovely from my stash – occasionally I even sell something.  This creation is for me though – but, as always custom orders are welcome.

The latest creation here at Number 2 is an upcycled T-shirt rag rug and matching chair pad. I made the rug as a bath mat for our holiday cottage – the underfloor heating will dry it in situ.   I made the matching chair pad for my sewing chair which is painted a lovely green, shabby chic style,  so the mat goes beautifully.  No photo as my sewing area was way to untidy to show!

Here’s how to – you’ll need to know how to crochet! or learn quick (come to one of my workshops)!strips of recycled t shirt fabric ready to upcycle into a rug

  1. Collect at least 10 T-shirts for the chair pad – quantity  depends on size obviously, the bigger the better!
  2. Cut the T-shirts into long strips about an inch wide – do this by cutting the arms off and then start at the bottom and cut in a spiral. Then, do the same with the sleeves.
  3. If you have some thicker fabrics like sweatshirts – cut these strips thinner to take into account their bulk.
  4. Use a big crochet hook (I used an 8mm) and crochet the strips in a circle  just as you would with yarn, working increases to keep the work flat.
  5. To change colour, sew – well more like tack/baste – the ends together – you can tie them but it’s not as neat.
  6. Keep going until you reach your desired size or run out of T-shirts.upcycled t shirt crochet bath mat