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Day 315/365: The Cabin Fever Socks, Completed


I finally bound off the second Cabin Fever sock, thus finishing a project that I started back in July.  I don’t have any more socks that need to be completed or mated.  I’m trying not to start any more new projects this year and just finish the ones that are still in progress.  I’ll let you know how that goes.


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Day 298/365: How I Knit Socks Using the Magic Loop Method

I’ve had a couple of people ask me about using the Magic Loop method when knitting in the round, so I thought I’d share some photos in today’s blog post.


The Magic Loop

I was feeling too lazy to start a new sock and do a detailed, step-by-step tutorial, so for now I just took photos of my current Cabin Fever sock in progress.

Anyway, when I’m knitting in the round with the Magic Loop method, I’ve got the stitches evenly divided so that there is a front and back:


In the above photo, the top row is knitted and the bottom row is waiting to be next.


To start knitting the next row, I just take the top needle and bring it around, like so.


Without my fingers in the way, this is what the needles and yarn and sock and Magic Loop look like.


I knit using the Continental style.  Keeping the yarn wrapped around my finger this way helps maintain even tension.


And I knit.


If you look at the top row (or back side of the sock) in the above photo, you will see that the cord of the circular needle takes the place of the double pointed needles that would be there if you were using DPNs.  The front side of the sock is where I’m knitting.

I’ve been using the Magic Loop method for so long that I’m not sure how much these photos make sense to someone who’s never done it.  I’m sure there are a lot of video tutorials to be found online, so hopefully my little post here could just serve as a supplement.  Maybe later when I’m feeling more inspired, I’ll put together a more detailed photo tutorial for casting on and starting a new sock.


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Day 293/365: First Day of the Week Again

Today was a very long day at work and then at 6 PM I had my scheduled one hour of cross training, and then I had to make and eat dinner, and now at 8:45 PM, I am finally able to sit down and rest before my 9 PM bedtime.  I’m always happy to have Monday off but, boy, when Tuesday rolls around, it sure is tough to get through the first ten-hour day of my work week.

In the meantime, here’s my progress on the second Cabin Fever sock.



Day 287/365: My Basic Toe-Up Sock Pattern

A fellow blogger asked about my sock pattern, so here it is.

First of all, I use a long circular needle (approximately 32.5″ from tip to tip) and the Magic Loop Method to knit in the round.  It also helps to have a cardboard template of the sock recipient’s foot.


To begin, I use Judy’s Magic Cast-On and cast on 10, 12, or 14 stitches on each needle, depending on the thickness of the yarn and the size of the sock I want to make.  I wear a US size 8.5 shoe, so I usually cast 12 stitches on each needle for my own foot.  Next, I knit across the stitches on each needle once.

Round 2:  Needle 1: K1, M1, knit until the last 2 stitches, M1, K1.  Needle 2: K1, M1, knit until the last 2 stitches, M1, K1.

Round 3:  Knit across both needles without increasing.


Repeat Round 2 and 3 until you have a total of 24, 28, 32, or 36 stitches on each needle, depending on how wide you want the sock to be and keeping in mind how much the yarn will stretch.  If the sock is for my mom’s kid-size feet, I stop at 24 stitches on each needle.  If the sock is for me, I might stop at 24 or 28.  Again, it really depends on how wide I want the sock to be.

Once I’ve determined that I’ve got enough stitches, I stop increasing and start knitting in the round to work the foot of the sock.


You can have the recipient try it on for size.

Or you can use your cardboard template.


Now that I use the Fish Lips Kiss Heel, I just keep knitting until I get to the point where I want to start the heel.  (You can find the pattern by searching for it online.)


I follow the directions, finish the heel, and then start knitting the cuff.


Usually, I’ll knit 2, purl 2, and repeat for ribbing.  I prefer my socks to be crew length, so I just keep knitting until I think it’s time to bind off.

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And that’s it!  Hopefully I’ve explained it fairly clearly.  Let me know if I need to clarify anything.


P.S.  Amazingly, all these photos are from different pairs of socks that I knit this year.  I guess I need to go update my completed projects page.