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March challenge: knit a sock with your machine!

Posted by Laura 25/10/2016 0 Comment(s) Knitting,

Here are some instructions on how to make a sock with a knitting machine. Video is in Finnish, sorry guys! ;)

A huge thank you goes to Marja-Riitta, who helped me with the video and gave me the instructions. Without her, this would have never happened! Kindness is a force that lives in all of us and can benefit us so much. You can even save someones life by showing them kindness! So yeah, on to the real business here....

The sock is made with a Brother knitting machine. The adjustments may wary from machine to machine. The sock is made with Nalle-yarn, which is the bulkiest yarn you can feed into a thin yarn machine.

 

 

 

For these socks you will need one skein of Novita Nalle yarn, or something similar. You get two short socks from one skein. You need to roll up the skein so that it feeds properly to a knitting machine.

 

Choose 67 needles and put every other one to work. Make the stitch size 10, stitch the first row. Leave a nice length of yarn for your starting point: you can use that to sew the sock shut in the end.


Change your stitch size to 7 and knit 10 rows. Be careful of the edges, don't do your motions too widely or swiftly, let the machine keep up with you. You will be making a sock much faster if you're not trying to make it fast, since it won't get messed up and you won't have to correct your mistakes! ;)

Change the stitch size to eight (8) and knit 12 rows, using all the needles.


Take all the needles into work, then put your knit doubled so that the stitches you started with are on the same needles as the stitches that you just knitted. This will create a beautiful edge to your sock.

After this the knitting really begins. Change the stitch size to eight (8) and knit 40 rows.

Change the setting on your machine from N to H (in Brother). This means you only knit the working needles. This is the start of the heel. When you're knitting the heel it is important to try to keep the knit in good form, otherwise the risk of losing stitches is high. Either use weights or keep the knit down using your hand.

Put half of your needles (34, from the left side) will be put to rest, bring them to front. After that you start putting the remaining needles to rest position one by one: you always put the sledge side needle to rest, then knit. If the sledge is on the left, you put to rest the leftest of the needles etc. Do this until third of the needles are in play (11 stitches). Then start adding the needles back to work, exactly how you did just before but in reverse. 

Change the setting from H back to N, so the machine knows to knit all the needles again. Knit 40 rows.

Next you do another "heel", but this time the heel will be the tip of the sock. Put half of the needles to rest (right side) and put the setting from N to H. Then you do exactly as before: first reducing the stitches and then adding them. After you've made this, your sock is done!

But don't just get all excited and drop your sock. Take a contrasting colored yarn, switch the to N again (so the machine knits all the needles) and do six rows with the contrasting yarn. When you knit more than, say, three rows, you don't have to be scared of it accidentally unravelling while you're sewing the sock together. Cut the contrasting yarn, drop all the stitches by moving the sledge from the other side of the knitting machine to the other (like when knittin). Because there's no yarn feeding to the machine, it won't form stitches and the whole sock drops to the floor!

Begin sewing the sock by turning the sock inside out, right sides together. Sew using the scrap yarn you left to the sock when starting the whole thing. Use the method described below.

 

Tee seuraavaksi toinen sukka muuten tismalleen samoin, mutta tällä kertaa ensimmäinen kantapää neulotaan vasemmalle puolen työtä (oikean puolen neulat levossa) ja toinen kantapää sitten oikealle puolen. Näin sukkien saumat tulevat samalle puolen (sisäpohkeeseen). Vartta neulotaan siis 41 kerrosta, sillä kelkka on tällä tavoin samalla puolen kuin kantapää (vasemmalla).

 

GOOD LUCK! You got this! :)

Punomo has this amazingly easy to follow sock knitting manual as a PDF.

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