Friday, September 7, 2012

Knitting Socks #8 Decreasing for the Toe and Binding Off

Now you have a sock with a foot that measures 2 inches shorter than your foot length.  The last two inches will be the toe.  You have 14 stitches on needle one, 28 stitches on needle 2 and 14 stitches on needle three.  We will be decreasing with every other round now:

Round 1: Knit needle one until you have three stitches left un-worked, knit the next two stitches together (decrease) and then knit the last stitch on needle one (you now have 13 stitches on needle one).  Knit one stitch on needle two, SSK the next two stitches (decrease), then knit until you have three stitches left un-worked on needle two, knit the next two stitches together (decrease), and knit the last stitch on needle two (you now have 26 stitches on needle two).  Knit one stitch on needle three, SSK the next two stitches (decrease), then knit the rest of the stitches on needle three (you now have 13 stitches on needle three).  A total of 4 stitches decreased for this round.

Round 2: KNIT

Repeat rounds 1 and 2, decreasing 4 more stitches with each round 1 you work.  Stop when you have 5 stitches on needle one, 10 on needle two and 5 on needle three.  Your last round will be a decrease round (round 1).

Now you will knit the stitches from needle one onto needle three, leaving you with 20 total stitches, 10 stitches on each of two needles.  And it will look like this:

And the picture above shows you how you will be holding the two needles.  You can see the tail yarn is on the upper (or back depending on how you are looking at it) needle, to the right.  Cut the yarn leaving about a 1 foot piece of "tail" to use when binding off.  

OK now we are going to bind off.  Thread the "tail" yarn onto a darning needle.  


Holding your work as pictured above you will use your darning needle as if it is a knitting needle and the first thing you do is insert the darning needle into the first stitch on the bottom (or front) needle as if to knit and slip that stitch off the knitting needle.


You will pull the darning needle and yarn through the stitch, pictured above.  


Next we are going to use the darning needle and insert the needle into the second stitch on the bottom (or front) needle as if to purl, and leave that stitch on the knitting needle.  


Pull the darning needle and yarn through the stitch (but remember to leave that stitch on the knitting needle) pictured above.  


Now we move to the top (or back) needle.  Using the darning needle, insert the needle into the first stitch as if to purl, and slip that stitch off the knitting needle.  


You will pull the darning needle and yarn through the stitch, pictured above.  


Now take the darning needle and insert the needle into the second stitch on the top (or back) needle as if to knit.  And leave this stitch on the knitting needle.  


Pull the darning needle and yarn through this stitch but remember to leave the stitch on the needle.  We have now decreased one stitch on each of the two needles.  You will keep alternating from the bottom (or front) knitting needle to the top (or back) knitting needle and repeat this whole process.  

First stitch on the bottom (or front) you insert the needle as if to knit and slip it off, then the second stitch on the bottom (or front) you insert the needle as if to purl and leave it on the knitting needle.  Then move to the top (or back) needle and the first stitch you insert the needle as if to purl and slip the stitch off the knitting needle.  Second stitch on the top (or back) you insert the needle as if to knit and leave it on the knitting needle.  REPEAT until all stitches are taken off the needles.  The last stitch you will not have another stitch to leave on, you will just insert the needle into the bottom (or front) stitch as if to knit and slip it off, then move to the top (or back) needle and insert the needle as if to purl and slip it off.  

Using your darning needle just bring the extra yarn to the inside of the sock, turn the sock inside out and weave it into the stitches so it can't be seen on the outside but the yarn is secure and snip the extra yarn.  I do not knot the yarn when I am making socks.  I just wouldn't think it would feel good to be walking on a knot.  If you weave the tail in well it will not come undone.  I have not had any of my socks come undone.  Now weave in the extra yarn at the cuff of the sock, where you started, into the inside of the sock and snip it off and you are DONE!  

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