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The Easiest Knitted Socks Ever DIY

the easiest knitted socks ever diy tutorial and pattern

Hi friends!

Have you ever wanted to make knitted socks but were a little scared of the process? Well, then I have some really interesting stuff for you today. Imagine there is a way how to knit socks using straight needles only and all you have to be able to do is to just knit and purl.

Doesn’t it sound great?

 

the easiest knitted socks ever diy tutorial and pattern

It definitely did sound gorgeous to me once our teacher taught us how to make these when I was about 12 years old. It’s actually a funny story – that teacher only arrived once to substitute for our ‘real’ teacher who was sick that day. She came, showed us how to make these socks and left. Boom! Just like that. I have to admit that it was probably the most remarkable and enriching class in my whole course of education, college included. :) (Thank you, dear teacher, I will never forget you!)

 

the easiest knitted socks ever diy tutorial and pattern

Ever since I learned how to make these simple socks, I have made many a pair. And I mean – MANY! I was quite obsessed with them for some time and kept filling the drawers of my family members and friends until completely full.

And now I think the time is right to share with you. I think you might need a pair or two of your own.

Here are all the details…

 

the easiest knitted socks ever diy tutorial and pattern

The socks in this tutorial were made to fit my feet, which are size 40 – Europe / 6.5 – UK / 9 – US.

To make the socks I used worsted weight yarn in pink and yellow color.

I have used about 3.5 oz (100 grams) of main yarn and a small amount (not more than 1 3/4 oz – 50 grams) of yellow yarn.

I also used 5 mm (US – 8, UK – 6) knitting needles, scissors and a darning needle.

 

the easiest knitted socks ever diy tutorial and pattern

And here’s the secret!

All you basically need to do is to create this shape. Easy, right?

You then sew it together in two steps and that’s it.

 

the easiest knitted socks ever diy tutorial and pattern

And here you can see all the parts explained.

 
TO ADJUST THE SIZE

This picture is also useful if you plan to adjust the size of the sock to a different foot size – the main parts that need to be measured prior to making the sock are the cuff width, the back leg part and the sole part (from the narrowest point of the heel to the narrowest point of the toe). After you knit the toe part, the rest is just the sum of sole and back leg rows.

For example, in my pattern the ‘back part of leg’ has 30 rows and the ‘sole’ part has 42 rows. After I knitted the toe part, I continued with 72 rows (30 + 42) to form the ‘instep and the front part of leg’.

Also, when knitting other sizes, make the narrowest rows of the heel and toe part 4 stitches wide.

 
PATTERN
(for foot size 40 – Europe / 6.5 – UK / 9 – US)

cast on 24 stitches

Back Part Of Cuff
Rows 1 – 4: k1, p1 [stitch count: 24]

Back Part Of Leg
change colors (optional)
Row 5: knit all [24]
Row 6: purl all [24]
Rows 7 – 34: keep alternating Row 5 and Row 6 [24]

Heel
change colors (optional)
Row 35: k1, knit 2 together, knit 18 following stitches, knit 2 together, bring yarn to the front and slip last stitch as if to purl [22]
Row 36: p1, purl 2 together, purl 16 following stitches, purl 2 together, bring yarn to the front and slip last stitch as if to purl [20]
Row 37: k1, knit 2 together, knit 14 following stitches, knit 2 together, bring yarn to the front and slip last stitch as if to purl [18]
Row 38: p1, purl 2 together, purl 12 following stitches, purl 2 together, bring yarn to the front and slip last stitch as if to purl [16]
Row 39: k1, knit 2 together, knit 10 following stitches, knit 2 together, bring yarn to the front and slip last stitch as if to purl [14]
Row 40: p1, purl 2 together, purl 8 following stitches, purl 2 together, bring yarn to the front and slip last stitch as if to purl [12]
Row 41: k1, knit 2 together, knit 6 following stitches, knit 2 together, bring yarn to the front and slip last stitch as if to purl [10]
Row 42: p1, purl 2 together, purl 4 following stitches, purl 2 together, bring yarn to the front and slip last stitch as if to purl [8]
Row 43: k1, knit 2 together, knit 2 following stitches, knit 2 together, bring yarn to the front and slip last stitch as if to purl [6]
Row 44: p1, purl 2 together, purl 2 together, bring yarn to the front and slip last stitch as if to purl [4]

Row 45: k1, make/increase 1 – knit it (I like to lift the yarn lying between the stitch just worked and the next stitch and place it on the left hand needle, then knit (or purl) into the back of this loop), knit 2 following stitches, increase 1 – knit it, bring yarn to the front and slip last stitch as if to purl [6]
Row 46: p1, increase 1 – purl it, purl 4 following stitches, increase 1 – purl it, bring yarn to the front and slip last stitch as if to purl [8]
Row 47: k1, increase 1 – knit it, knit 6 following stitches, increase 1 – knit it, bring yarn to the front and slip last stitch as if to purl [10]
Row 48: p1, increase 1 – purl it, purl 8 following stitches, increase 1 – purl it, bring yarn to the front and slip last stitch as if to purl [12]
Row 49: k1, increase 1 – knit it, knit 10 following stitches, increase 1 – knit it, bring yarn to the front and slip last stitch as if to purl [14]
Row 50: p1, increase 1 – purl it, purl 12 following stitches, increase 1 – purl it, bring yarn to the front and slip last stitch as if to purl [16]
Row 51: k1, increase 1 – knit it, knit 14 following stitches, increase 1 – knit it, bring yarn to the front and slip last stitch as if to purl [18]
Row 52: p1, increase 1 – purl it, purl 16 following stitches, increase 1 – purl it, bring yarn to the front and slip last stitch as if to purl [20]
Row 53: k1, increase 1 – knit it, knit 18 following stitches, increase 1 – knit it, bring yarn to the front and slip last stitch as if to purl [22]
Row 54: p1, increase 1 – purl it, purl 20 following stitches, increase 1 – purl it, bring yarn to the front and slip last stitch as if to purl [24]

Sole
change colors (optional)
Row 55: knit all [24]
Row 56: purl all [24]
Rows 57 – 96: keep alternating Row 55 and Row 56 [24]

Toe
change colors (optional)
Rows 97 – 116: repeat Rows 35 – 54

Instep + Front Part Of Leg
change colors (optional)
Row 117: knit all [24]
Row 118: purl all [24]
Rows 119 – 190: keep alternating Row 117 and Row 118 [24]

Front Part Of Cuff
change colors (optional)
Rows 191 – 195: k1, p1 [24]
Row 196: cast off making k1, p1 [24]

 

the easiest knitted socks ever diy tutorial and pattern

Assembling The Sock
Assembling the sock is really easy. It consists of 2 steps.

Step 1: Using a piece of yarn and your darning needle, fold the heel at its narrowest part (Row 44) and sew it together on both sides.

To sew my knitting, I like to use an invisible mattress stitch.

 

the easiest knitted socks ever diy tutorial and pattern

Just like this.

 

the easiest knitted socks ever diy tutorial and pattern

A closer look.

 

the easiest knitted socks ever diy tutorial and pattern

And here’s a side view of the sewn heel.
 

the easiest knitted socks ever diy tutorial and pattern

Step 2: Fold the toe at its narrowest part (Row 106) and sew together both sides of the sock, starting at the toe and ending at the cuff.

 

the easiest knitted socks ever diy tutorial and pattern

Finally, weave in all the tail ends on the wrong side.

 

the easiest knitted socks ever diy tutorial and pattern

Wasn’t that easy?

I wish you a lot of fun with this project!

With lots of love,

Petra

… and here’s a little recap
the easiest knitted socks ever diy tutorial and pattern

Colorful Woven Coasters DIY

colorful woven coasters DIY

I have been drawn to the art of weaving for quite some time now. I have always admired the beauty and usefulness it possesses.

Finally, after a few years of just dreaming about it, I made my first weaving piece. A woven coaster.

You guys! It’s amazing! Really addictive! And easy! A perfect project to try. Whether you are a grown up or a kid, you will definitely have fun.

Here’s how to make some pretty woven coasters…

 

colorful woven coasters DIYcolorful woven coasters DIY

Supplies: a 8 x 4 1/5 inch (20 x 10.5 cm) piece of cardboard, a pencil, a ruler, scissors, a yarn needle, tape and yarn (I have used sport weight yarn in 9 colors; I have found out that working with 2 3/4 yards – 250 cm pieces of yarn is most comfortable for me).

 

colorful woven coasters DIY

1. First, make your loom. Working on one of the shorter sides of the cardboard, measure 1/5 inch (0.5 cm) sections.

 

colorful woven coasters DIY

2. Cut the slits, making them about 1/3 inch (0.8 cm) deep.

 

colorful woven coasters DIY

3. Repeat on the other side of the cardboard.

 

colorful woven coasters DIY

4. Make the warp (the yarn base that consists of the threads that run lengthwise; after finishing the coaster, only ends will be visible as small tassels). To make it, you will need about 5 1/2 yards – 510 cm of yarn). Tape the end of the yarn string to the back side of your cardboard.

 

colorful woven coasters DIY

5. Tie the string through the first segment and bring it to the front and across the front of the cardboard towards the opposite segment. Then wrap the yarn around the back of the cut out segment …

 

colorful woven coasters DIY

6. … and again, across the front of the cardboard toward the opposite segment.

 

colorful woven coasters DIY

7. Repeat the whole process until you manage to fill all the segments.

 

colorful woven coasters DIY

8. Tape the end of the string on the back of the cardboard.
 

colorful woven coasters DIY

9. And let’s start weaving!

Start about 1 1/4 inches (3 cm) from the edge of the cardboard.

In the first row, thread your first piece of yarn through going over and under each piece of base yarn (leaving a 6 inch – 15 cm long tail end at the beginning).

 

colorful woven coasters DIY

Just like this.

 

colorful woven coasters DIY

10. In your second row, start working from the opposite side, doing the opposite of the last step. If you went under the last line of the warp, you must go over it when zig-zagging back. Always maintain the ‘under-over-under-over’ approach.

When you are weaving you don’t want to pull it too tight or your work will start to resemble an hourglass shape.
 

colorful woven coasters DIY

11. After each line, push your yarn down. I used a ruler to do that.

 

colorful woven coasters DIY

12. Continue working with the same color for 13 more rows, making 15 rows with one color altogether.

Leave a 6 inch (15 cm) long tail end.

 

colorful woven coasters DIY

13. Working with a new piece of yarn, repeat the ‘under-over-under-over’ technique for 15 rows.

 

colorful woven coasters DIY

14. Then, changing color after each 15 rows, continue making your coaster. Mine had 9 colorful stripes altogether.
 

colorful woven coasters DIY

15. To tie off, remove the first warp loop …

 

colorful woven coasters DIY

16. … and cut it in the center.

 

colorful woven coasters DIY

17. Knot the two cut strings together.

 

colorful woven coasters DIY

18. Repeat with all warp ends.

 

colorful woven coasters DIY

19. Weave in the tail ends on the wrong side of your coaster.

 

colorful woven coasters DIY

 

colorful woven coasters DIY

20. Finally, trim the edges to the length you like.

 

colorful woven coasters DIY

So much fun!

 

colorful woven coasters DIY

I love my new happy rainbow coasters.

Enjoy!

Love,
Petra

 

and here’s a short picture recap...

colorful woven coasters DIY

New Pattern – Crochet Owl Purse With Feathers

crochet owl purse with feathers pattern

Hi friends!

I am stopping by to introduce my newest crochet creation to you – it’s the Crochet Owl Purse With Feathers.

Oh, how much I love making those feathers, they are soooo much fun!

This pattern actually is a remake of one of my older patterns – the Crochet Owl Cushion. After I published the cushion pattern a few years ago, I received quite a few questions asking me if the cushion could be turned into a purse. I thought,’Yes, it can and what a lovely idea it is!’ Actually, I found the idea so lovely that I thought it definitely deserved its own tutorial with all the steps described in precise detail.

And here it is. The pattern for the Crochet Owl Purse has more than 70 pictures making it really easy to follow.

If you’d like to learn more details about the project, you can find them HERE or HERE.

And have I already mentioned it’s a lot of fun? :)

 

crochet owl purse with feathers pattern

crochet owl purse with feathers pattern

crochet owl purse with feathers pattern

crochet owl purse with feathers pattern

Yes, I could not stop and made three versions. Don’t they make sweet summer bags?

Happy crocheting!

Love,

Petra

Enjoying…

crochet crocodile stitch

Hi friends!

Are you enjoying the early summer days? I hope you are.

I feel that the beautiful warm weather is just inviting me to go out every day and take delight in everything around me. The sun, the air, the trees… So, as a result, my little Mr. P and I love going out for a short stroll and when he falls asleep in his pushchair, I grab my crochet project and do some hooking. Sweet, sweet, sweet. These days I am indulging in my favorite crocodile stitch again. Actually, I took one of my old patterns and am giving it a new look and a new way of use. Cannot wait to show you more details. Soon!

crochet crocodile stitch

crochet crocodile stitch

Sending lots of summer hugs and kisses.

Love,

Petra

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