Welcome to the final week of our Cobblestone Road Socks knit-along! Ready to finishing seaming up your new pair of cozy Cobblestone Road Socks? Read on to find out how it’s done in this week’s tutorial from Chris of FuzzySheep Crafts! If you’re just finding out about the knit-along, you can find all our free tutorials, week by week, on the blog.
Week 4: What to Do this Week
Happy Monday everyone! I hope that you all had a great week and you were able to get those heels and gussets done. I know it was a bit of a stretch for me, so if you’re not done just yet, don’t worry – this week is all about finishing up.
Now, we need to do is graft those toes together. First, put your stitches back on your needles so you have the points of your needles both pointing in the same direction. From here we are ready to graft, using a method known as The Kitchener Stitch.
We need to set up the stitches first: Using your tapestry needle and yarn, pull through the first stitch on the FRONT needle, as if to PURL. Leave the stitch on the needle.
Go to the BACK needle and pull yarn through the first stitch, as if to KNIT, again leaving it on the needle. This only needs to be done once.
On to the grafting! It looks daunting at first, but it really is easy. It helps to have the directions written out in front of you and if you sing along – yes, sing. Okay, maybe that’s what gets me through, but I really do suggest that you have the steps in front of you.
Here’s our little song: KNIT PURL, PURL KNIT! You’ll hear me sing it a little on the video above, but I didn’t go too crazy. Chant it – it helps!
Insert the needle into the first stitch on the front needle as if to knit, while slipping it off the end of the needle.
Insert the needle into the next stitch on the front needle as if to purl, but this time, leave it on the needle. Gently pull the yarn through.
Insert the needle into the first stitch on the back needle as if to purl, and slip it off the end of the needle.
Insert the needle into the next stitch on the back needle as if to knit, and leave it on the needle. Pull the yarn through.
Repeat steps 1-4 over and over again. “KNIT PURL, PURL KNIT” Remember that at the end of every KNIT PURL, PURL KNIT repeat you will have the same number of stitches left on each needle. If you don’t you skipped a step somewhere. At the end, tug the yarn and everything will even out and you’ll have a new line of stitches and NO SEAM! YAY!
After the toes are grafted and you are happy with them, weave in the ends and move on to the side and back seams. These seams are much simpler – and there are tons of ways to do them. I have demonstrated a simple “flat ladder” stitch in the video and it’s fast. I like this one, because if done right, it won’t leave a lumpy seam.
Weave in ends and VOILA! Your socks are complete!
And don’t forget, if you haven’t already, make sure to to upload pictures of your progress to our flickr group for your chance to win a fabulous prize from Galler Yarns! You have until July 8, 2012 to post your photo!
How To Enter the Knit-Along Giveaway
- Post your project, finished or in progress, in the AllFreeKnitting Flickr group to be entered.
- Open to anyone 18+ in the U.S. or Canada.
- Photos must be posted by July 8, 2012, 11:59p EST.
Stay tuned for next week’s portion of the knit-along right here on the Stitch & Unwind blog.
So are you convinced you should join the knit-along yet? Here’s how it works: the knit-along starts today and runs for six weeks. Every Monday, we will post a new tutorial from Christina Hammond here on the blog so you can complete the next portion of the knit-along. Of course, you can always work at your own pace once the tutorials are posted. There’s no rush here; we are just having fun and learning together!
Getting Ready, 6/4 – 6/10: Gathering Materials
Week One, 6/11- 6/17: Knitting the Cuff/Leg
Week Two, 6/18 – 6/24: Knitting the Heel/Foot
Week Three, 6/25 – 7/1: Knitting the Toes/Shaping the Heel
Week Four, 7/2 – 7 /8: Finishing the Socks
Week Five, 7/9: Winner Announced!
How did your socks turn out? Have you posted a picture on our Flickr group yet?