Archive for September, 2010

The Penny Sock Pattern

September 8, 2010

I’m finally using my old desktop computer which contains all the files and photos of my Penny Sock pattern.  This was originally posted to the Machine Knitting Compuserve forum by me in the 80’s, and copyrighted by little old me.  It was on my website for years, but I’ve let the website go, so please link to this blog if you want to pass it along to your friends.  This pattern is freely given, but if you are going to share it with lots of people, please let them know where it originated. 

Here it is again – a machine knit, and a hand knit version, and a better picture than what was on my website too:

The lace pattern was hand manipulated on my knitting machine, and if you all want that too, just let me know, and I’ll add the instructions for that too.   Most people just knit it in stockinette.  I always enjoyed hand maniuplating stitches on the knitting machine, so naturally made my socks harder to knit.  LOL

The Penny Sock Pattern

Machine Knit Version

Suggested yarns – Dimity’s Super Wash Merino, Stahl Socka, Regia, or one strand each of 2/24 and 10/2 cotton.  Try to find a yarn with some nylon in it for better wear. If using cotton yarn, you can run a strand of elastic thread or wooly nylon with the cotton to keep the cuff from sagging, and in the toes and heel for added strength.

Machine – 4.5 mm with ribber

Tension – 8.5 sts and 11.5 rows = 1”  Main Bed toe and heel tension 3.2,  Circular foot knitting tension 4, Leg Ribbing tension 3/3

 Additonal supplies – 50 pennies

1. STARTING AT TOE: On main bed, cast on 36 sts using scrap yarn. Knit about 15 r. Knit 1 r ravel cord. Knit 1 r with sock yarn at T 3.2.

2. SET MACHINE FOR PARTIAL KNITTING – Brother machines put on hold button.

3. TURN TOE: Pull 1 st at beginning of each row on carriage side into hold until 12 sts remain in working position in the center, and 12 sts are in hold on each side of center sts. Increase back out by putting 2 sts opposite carriage back into working position and 1 needle next to carriage in hold position each row until all needles are again in working position.

4. BRING  RIBBER CLOSER TO MAIN BED TO TRANSFER STITCHES: Pick up the 36 sts from scrap yarn/ravel cord. Place these sts on ribber needles. Your knitting machine looks like there is a little pouch hanging from the needles.

5. BRING RIBBER TO KNITTING POSITION:  Attach connecting arm and set machine for circular knitting RC-000, T – 4. Take pennies and drop into the toe for weight (they may not fit all at once, knit a few rows and add the rest), or use claw weights on the front and back pouch section.  Knit even for 132 rows for size 9. For other sizes knit until 2″ less than desired sock length.

6. DROP RIBBER ONE STEP DOWN – PUT REGULAR CARRIAGE BACK ON MAIN BED TO TURN THE HEEL – On the 36 sts on MB, knit exactly as in “turn toe” – don’t forget to lower your tension to 3.2.

7. RESUME CIRCULAR KNITTING – Put ribber carriage back on main bed and ribber back into position for knitting. Set for circular knitting. Using transfer tool, put ends sts from the ribber onto MB and end sts from the MB onto RB, thus crossing sts on each side to prevent holes.  Raise your tension back to T- 4.

8. KNIT EVEN FOR 40 ROWS. DROP RIBBER DOWN: Remove ribber sts onto stitch holders or scrap yarn. Transfer every other stitch from MB to RB and knit in 1×1 rib for 90 rows at ribbed leg tension. Or you can choose to remove your sock from the machine onto circular needles and hand knit your ribbing.  This will eliminate any seams at all in this sock.

9. TENSION 8/8: Pull up rest of ribber MB needles. With H pitch on ribber, K 1r from left to right. Drop sts off the extra needles that you just pulled up (the ones not in use during the 1×1 rib. Transfer ribber sts to MB and bind off around 2 gate pegs.

10. REPLACE sts from stitch holder or scrap yarn onto MB and ribber and transfer for 1×1 rib.  Repeat steps 8 and 9.


Originally posted to Fibercrafts Section 3 Machine Knitting Msg #862792 June 20, 1995 10:42:03  Revised edition 10/17/02

Hand Knit Version – Toe-Up Circular Socks

Yarn – same as above

Knitting needles – 2 circular size 1 knitting needles (USA needle size) or set of double pointed knitting needles  size 1

Cast on 36 stitches with contrast color waste yarn. Use only 2 needles because you are knitting straight back and forth stockinette. ( A repeat of 2 rows – knit one row, purl one row)   Knit  4-6 rows and then knit one row with a yarn that will easily slide out of your stitches.  A smooth cotton works well, or dental floss in a pinch. Make sure it is in a contrast color to the main yarn. 

With main yarn, knit one row.  Then short row shape the toe by your preferred method down to 13 stitches, and back up again to 36 stitches. You should have a little pouch hanging from your knitting needle. 

Now you’ll need your other double pointed needles to pick up from the first row of your sock.  It is very easy to see the loops from your first row.  Pick up 18 stitches on one needle, then 18 on the second needle.  You have 36 stitches on a third needle.  If you have 5 double pointed needles you can further divide the number of stitches on that needle.

I like keeping them divided on 3 needles because it is easier for me to place a pattern on the 36 top stitches and remember to keep the bottom of the foot in plain stockinette if I want.  After all the stitches are on the needles, carefully remove the one row of smooth cotton or dental floss and the waste yarn you knit at the beginning of the pattern will fall off the sock. This is a good time to check to see you picked up all the stitches properly.

Knit the foot of the sock.  You can use any small repeat pattern you like for just the top, or all around the foot.  Knit till the base of the heel.  For my size 9 feet that is 69 rows. 

Short row the heel exactly the way you did the toe.  Start with 36 stitches, work down to 13, and back up again to 36.  When I’m short rowing my heel, I put all 36 stitches on one needle. You’re knitting straight back and forth. 

On the last heel shaping row, divide the stitches evenly onto 2 needles again.  Before you begin circular knitting again, I like to cross the each edge heel stitch with the edges stitches from the front of the foot.  This prevents a hole from forming when you resuming circular knitting.

Knit circular for another 2 inches.  If you’d like your leg section to be in ribbing, start now and knit for whatever length you prefer.  I like 6” of ribbing on my socks. 

If you’d like to keep the small design from the front of your foot going up your leg, this is a good time to start the design all around the leg.  Knit for another 5 inches or so and then knit an inch of ribbing.  This will help to keep your socks up. 

Bind off your stitches.  There are many bind offs around.  I like using a needle one size large than pattern size and the Icelandic bind off – * knit 2 stitches together.  Put the stitch you just knit back onto the left needle. *  Repeat from * to * till you are left with one stitch on your right needle.  Pull the yarn tail through the remaining stitch and weave in your yarn end.



Baking, Aqua Therapy and Knitting

September 8, 2010

I’ve been on a baking kick lately.  Applesauce/ricotta pancakes – surprisingly good, lemon pecan bread – a keeper of a recipe, and 3 cheese muffins were among the last few recipes I tried.  Here’s a picture of my very first muffins:

All I can say is, “Where have they been all my life?”  LOL  These are yummy, and the smell of them baking is divine.  I’ve actually made this recipe twice and since my husband doesn’t like them, they are mine, all mine. 

I got started baking because in my never ending attempt to organize my belongings, I decided to start making some of the recipes I’ve been cutting out of magazines, little booklets, the newspaper, etc… from the past 30 years.   The pile is 3-4″ high, and it’s about time I try them or toss them. 

I swear every tooth in my head is a sweet tooth because the majority of the recipes are for desserts, but I did also make pasta primavera – tossed that recipe – and stuffed 28 – yes 28 – sweet red peppers.  They are about the only vegetable the deer didn’t eat from our garden.  This is the first year they even ate the zucchini, but I did manage to make some stuffed zucchini too – or as my little old Italian next door neighbor called them – zucchini boats.   

Aside from baking, I’ve been busy with aqua therapy and physical therapy.  The aqua therapy is amazing.  The pool cost a cool half a million dollars and is quite something.  The pool floor raises up like an elevator, and you walk onto it.   Then it’s lowered so the water is optimally chest high.  You end up weighing only 1/3 your actual weight, and it’s great for my knees and ankles.  I can exercise my muscles without reinjuring them.

There are cameras that show what our legs and feet are doing, and the floor is on a belt, so you can walk on it like a treadmill.  There are bars for support, and noodles and barbells that float to help with balance.   I managed to sprain my ankle twice using the stupid noodle for support though, so am strictly a barbell user now. 

Exercising in water is great because you are working harder than on land, yet it is low impact.  The water pressure adds resistance to all the movements, and this pool even has jets for yet more resistance.  I’m really lucky this pool was recently built and only 30 minutes from my home. 

I haven’t been sewing or quilting lately, but am slowly but surely working on my hand knit sweater.  Really slowly.  I’ve lost interest in it, but it’s almost 50% done, a complicated lace and cable pattern, and my own design, so will most likely finish it.

I’ve knit it before and I love how it fits, but I’m not crazy about the color.  Big mistake.  I started it with the idea of bleaching  it to lighten it, but now I’m worried that might weaken the fiber.  Maybe I’ll over dye it instead.  

My fabric is calling to me, so either an art quilt or a new purse will be started soon. 

I hope all is well with all my readers and as always lots of hugs…