Archive for March, 2009

29th Mar 2009

Pattern: Somewhere Else Socks

(Note: a PDF version of this pattern is also available)

The design for these socks came about while I was “on the way to somewhere else”…in other words, while trying very hard to design something completely different.

Somewhere Else socks

Finished Size

To fit a woman’s medium foot

Circumference: 7.5 inches


v 1 skein Malabrigo Sock (440 yards)

v Set of 5 US#00 double pointed needles

v Tapestry needle


22 stitches and 27 rows = 2 inches in eyelet rib after blocking


v Don’t worry if these socks look really tiny while you’re knitting them…the eyelet rib pattern is very stretchy.


CO cast on
K knit
k2tog knit two stitches together as one
P purl
Rnd round
Sl slip stitch
SSK slip 1 stitch knit-wise, slip next stitch purl-wise, knit the two stitches together through the back loop
YO yarn over
* starting point of repeat

Stitch Guide

Eyelet Rib

Row 1 *P1, k5, p1* repeat to end

Row 2 *P1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, p1* repeat to end

Row 3 & 4 As row 1

Heel Stitch

RS Row Sl1, *k1, sl1,* repeat until one stitch remains, k1

WS Row Sl1, purl to end

Gusset Decrease

Row 1 K to last two st on ndl 1, ssk; k across ndl 2 (instep ndl) in pattern; k2tog at beg of ndl 3, k to end

Row 2 K across ndl 1; k across ndl 2 in pattern; k across ndl 3

Toe Decrease

Ndl 1 Knit until 3 st rem, ssk, k1

Ndl 2 K1, k2tog, k to end

Ndl 3 As ndl 1

Ndl 4 As ndl 2


CO 70 stitches and join in round, being careful not to twist. Distribute stitches as follows: Ndl 1: 21 st; Ndl 2: 28 st; Ndl 3: 21 st.


Work in k1-p1 rib for 1 inch.


Work in Eyelet Rib for 5 inches (or desired length).

Divide for heel flap by placing 35 stitches on each of two needles. Each needle should contain 7 pattern repeats, starting and ending with a single purl stitch.

Heel Flap

Work in heel stitch for 36 rows.

Turn Heel

Row 1 K21, k2tog, k1, turn.
Row 2 Sl1, p8, p2tog, p1, turn.
Row 3 Knit to first st before gap formed on previous row, k2tog, k1, turn.
Row 4 Purl to first st before gap formed on previous row, p2tog, p1, turn.

Repeat rows 3 and 4 until all stitches have been worked.


Using a new needle, pick up and knit stitches along edge of gusset. Knit across instep needle in pattern. Using another new needle, pick up and knit stitches along other edge of gusset. Knit across half of the remaining heel stitches. Transfer remaining stitches to the first gusset needle; you now have three needles. One of the gusset needles should hold one more stitch than the other; don’t worry about this…it’s all good.

Begin your gusset decrease rounds; continue to decrease until 70 st remain (35 on instep needle and 17 and 18 on needles 1 & 3).


Ndl 1: knit in stocking stitch; Ndl 2: knit in pattern; Ndl 3: knit in stocking stitch. Continue in this manner until you reach your desired foot length less 1.25 inches.


Divide instep stitches onto two needles.

Knit four rounds even. Work one toe dec round.

Work three rounds even, then one toe dec round.

Then work toe dec rnd every other row twice more (54 st rem).

Work toe dec rnd every row for four more rounds (38 st rem).

Knit across Ndl 1 with Ndl 4. Combine stitches on Ndls 2 & 3 onto a single ndl (19 st on each of two needles).


Graft st together using Kitchener stitch. (Tip: Knitting Daily’s Sandi Wisehart has a fantastic blog post for those who hate the Kitchener stitch!)

Weave in ends and block.

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04th Mar 2009

It seemed like a good idea at the time…

After a busy morning yesterday, I was laid low by a sudden and severe migraine (heh…as if there’s such a thing as a “mild migraine”). While lying in bed waiting for the meds to kick in (or death–either would have been welcomed equally), I thought of all the things that might help give me some relief.

Although they seemed so very reasonable at the time, in retrospect, not so much…

Sounded good: scooping my left eye out with a melon baller
Was good: closing all the blinds, turning off all the lights, and covering my eyes with a thick blanket

Sounded good: shoving a knitting needle between my eye and the socket, driving it up into my brain
Was good: migraine medication (my current fave is Maxalt although it wasn’t too much help yesterday)

Sounded good: tractioning my neck until disarticulation occurred
Was good: gentle pressure on various pressure points on the neck

Sounded good: placing my head in some sort of press (my fantasy press was a large steel thing…the sort you might find in a machine shop)
Was good: placing head under a hot stream of water (i.e., a very hot shower)

Sounded good: lead aspirin
Was good: OTC pain killers (current fave being one each of naproxen and acetominophen…works better than Vicodin)

And yes, the migraine is still there…

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