Posts Tagged ‘crofter dk’

Flip Flop Socks

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

Life is better in flip flops, the sun shines brighter, the breeze feels a tad more refreshing, and toes are always ready for a spontaneous dip along the water’s edge.  The only thing missing is a cosy pair of socks for sitting around the campfire or wearing on a chilly morning walk.  Luckily, knitting offers many creative solutions to life’s little snags, and a pair of toeless socks could be the answer to stretching more mileage out of summer.  Jump into flip flop season feet first with a pair of these handknit socks (minus the toes) in Crofter DK, a comfortable cotton blend from Sirdar.  It’s our version of blue skies, vanilla ice cream, juicy watermelon, and a slice of key lime pie all rolled into one ball.  To make things even more interesting, these socks are knit on ChiaoGoo mini circulars, an alternative to standard double point needles or the magic loop method.

 

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Compared to double point needles, joining in the round is a cinch with these short circulars.  Cast on stitches stay in position and do not twist over the needle.  It may take awhile to find a comfortable way to hold the needle tips, longer circulars can be supported with all four fingers, whereas these mini ones have room for just your finger and thumb.  Be patient and your knitting speed will increase.

 

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Those dreaded ladders that mysteriously appear between double pointed needles are a thing of the past with these ChiaoGoo stainless steel nine inch circulars.  Each round is worked smooth and evenly with less time wasted on sliding stitches and switching needles from hand-to-hand.  You may find your tension will be a little firmer as there is less play between the stitches, they are worked right on the tips of the needles.  How many times have you lost a sock needle, either between the deck boards or under the seat of a car?  Mini circulars eliminate that problem too!

 

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Shaping the heel does not require a stitch holder or extra needle.  Stitches that are in holding position at this point will sit comfortably on the circular cord until the instep is shaped.  Sock patterns that require toe shaping may need a secondary mini circular or double points as stitches are decreased.

Are you ready to try knitting on mini circulars?  Leave a comment and let us know how you like them, we welcome your feedback!

 

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FLIP FLOP SOCKS

Size:  Women’s Medium

Yarn:  2 balls Sirdar Crofter DK (col. 74)

Needle:  3.25 mm/U.S. 3 ChiaoGoo Red Premium 23 cm/9 ins circular

Tension:  24 sts and 36 rows = 10 cm/4 ins over st st

Abbreviations:

Pm- place marker

Psso- pass slip stitch over

Sl1- slip one

Cast on 48 sts, join in round being careful not to twist sts.  Place a marker on needle for start of rnd.

Work 8 rnds in K2/P2 ribbing.

Next Rnd- [K5, p1] rep [to]

Rep last rnd until work meas 15 cm/6 ins.

HEEL FLAP:

K across first 12 sts, turn, P across 24 sts.  Cont on these 24 sts only for heel flap.

Row 1- [Sl1, k1], rep [to]

Row 2- Sl1, p to end

Rep last 2 rows until heel flap meas 6 cm/2 1/4 ins ending with Row 2.

SHAPE HEEL:

Sl1, K12, sl1, k1, psso, k1, turn

Sl1, p3, p2tog, p1, turn

Sl1, k4, sl1, k1, psso, k1, turn

Sl1, p5, p2tog, p1, turn

Sl1, k6, sl1, k1, psso, k1, turn

Sl1, p7, p2tog, p1, turn

Sl1, k8, sl1, k1, psso, k1, turn

Sl1, p9, p2tog, p1, turn

Sl1, k10, sl1, k1, psso, k1, turn

Sl1, p11, p2tog, p1, turn = 14 sts

K 14

SHAPE INSTEP:

Pick up and k 14 sts along side of heel flap, pm, work in Pattern as set across rem 24 sts on needle, pm, pick up and k 14 sts along opposite side of heel flap, k7, pm (start of rnd).

Rnd 1- K to 3 sts before 1st marker, k2tog, k1, work in pattern as set until next marker, k1, sl1, k1, psso, k to end

Rnd 2- work in pattern as set

Rep these 2 rnds until 48 sts remain.  Cont as set until work meas 15 cm/6 ins (or desired foot length) from pick up edge of heel.  Work 5 rnds in K2/P2 ribbing.  Cast off in ribbing.  Sew top of ribbing together leaving a 3 cm/1 1/4 ins opening (or desired size) for big toe.  Reverse opening on 2nd sock.

Design by: Michele Meadows

 

 

Bumper Crop Of Accessories

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

Sirdar has had an extremely good harvest this year, just peek inside this bumper crop of accessories.  Its a must-have collection of hats, scarves, cowls, mittens, socks, leg warmers, gloves, and wrist warmers, the latest bundle-up-and-brace-yourself-for-the-cold stockpile of fashionable accessories that are bound to come in handy once the thermometer does a belly flop.  Divided into two books, Sirdar has answered the call of knitters everywhere with sensible styles in easy-care yarns, not often can one find a grouping as complete as this for children and adults too.  Grab a copy for yourself and maybe a friend as well, these two pattern books won’t be around for long!

 

Sirdar Book 460

Sirdar Book 460

Sirdar Book #460 covers you in cosy warmth from the top of your head, to the tip of your ears and right around your neck.  This collection features a dozen designs sized from four years to adult knit up in all your favorites- Wash n Wear Double Crepe DK, Click DK, Americana DK, Country Style DK, Montana DK, and Tiny Tots DK.

 

Sirdar Click DK Balaclava

Sirdar Click DK Balaclava

The classic style Balaclava (also known as a ski mask) gets its name from a small town in Crimea, Ukraine.  It has always been in demand for knitters, as an easy pull-on style for little tykes who walk to school in blustery weather, essential for playground attire, and for grown ups who enjoy outdoor winter activities.  Knit in Click DK, a wool/acrylic blend, machine washable, and available now in more than thirty shades, including tweeds, speckles, heathers and solids.  Green (shown above).

 

Sirdar Montana DK Snood

Sirdar Montana DK Snood

The trendiest accessory for cold weather, the cowl (also known as the snood on the other side of the pond) like this one featured above is a good starting point for youngsters who want to cast on for their first project.  Simple garter stitch makes it reversible too!  Knit in Montana DKMadison (shown above).

 

Fabulous Sirdar Accessories

Fabulous Sirdar Accessories

Cables, zig zag eyelets, entrelac, and garter stitch patterns are all part of the mix for Sirdar’s jam-packed eye-catching selection of accessories.

 

Sirdar Book 461

Sirdar Book 461

Sirdar Book #461 follows up the lead with twenty more styles to keep the chill away starting with your toes and working up to your fingertips.  Check out this fabulous selection of mitts, gloves, wrist warmers and leg warmers sized from four years to adult featuring seven well-trusted easy care yarns- Americana DK, Country Style DK, Click DK, Crofter DK, Montana DK, Tiny Tots DK, and Wash n Wear Double Crepe DK.

 

Sirdar Crofter DK Wrist Warmers

Sirdar Crofter DK Wrist Warmers

Keep up with your teenagers, it’s all about texting and these wrist warmers leave fingers and thumbs free for messaging friends.  Knit in Crofter DK, a multi-seasonal yarn with over thirty cheery-bright transitional colours in the range.  Look for these three new ones- Wylde, Glen, and NevisHepburn (shown above).

 

Sirdar Country Style DK Cabled Socks

Sirdar Country Style DK Cabled Socks

Watch the line up form at the door for these homemade delights, cabled socks knit in Country Style DK.  Extra long for maximum warmth, these are knitted on two needles, a great beginner project for sock enthusiasts.  Naturelle (shown above).

 

Sirdar Montana DK Textured Legwarmers

Sirdar Montana DK Textured Leg Warmers

From tiny dancers to grown ups, leg warmers are knitted sleeves for your legs.  Wear them as boot liners, or over leggings and tights, in stripey shades of Montana DK, a wool/acrylic blend with fourteen colourways to choose from.  Flintstone (shown above).

 

Sirdar Mitts

Sirdar Mitts

Show off your colours with mittens to suit every style, and start your winter knitting early to have a pair ready for all your friends and family.