Whether you knit them toe-up or top-down, getting just the right fit on handknit socks can be challenging. Now knitters can learn the formula to creating perfect fits with the help of author and expert knitter and Craftsy instructor Kate Atherley’s new book Custom Socks: Knit to Fit Your Feet.
Kate’s been kind enough to offer one of the patterns from her book, The Oh, Valencia! Sock, as a FREE downloadable pattern on Craftsy. Plus, one lucky winner will win a free copy of Kate’s book and one of her Craftsy classes!
Kate Atherley learned to knit at a young age from her immensely talented grandmother, Hilda. However, her immersion in knitting didn’t take full hold until after university, when she found herself with lots of spare time and a yarn shop around the corner. Kate started with knitting socks, then designing socks, and today, she’s a knitting teacher, designer, technical editor and author. Her books include Beyond Knit & Purl, Knit Accessories: Essentials & Variations, and now Custom Socks: Knit to Fit Your Feet.
Plus, Kate works with Craftsy on knitting classes and kits! She’s instructed two online video classes, Blocking Handknits and Perfect Knits Every Time: Understanding Knitting Patterns. We even loved her patterns (the Sick Day Shawl, Hofner Socks and Rickenbacker Shawl) so much, we’ve created knitting kits for them, so you can get the perfect yarn for her patterns.
About the FREE Oh, Valencia! pattern
This top-down sock is worked in a traditional Estonian leaf lace. The addition of purl stitches make a lace pattern look more sophisticated while improving the fit. They also provide a nice little trick for grading — working the purl stitches through the back loop tightens up the fabric without requiring changes in the stitch count, and it’s undetectable in the look of the finished sock.
The Oh, Valencia! Sock is an example of how to adjust the knitted fabric to accommodate a 12-stitch pattern repeat. Worked at a gauge of eight stitches per inch (2½ cm), the sock circumference is limited to 48 or 60 stitches (five or six pattern repeats), for a finished circumference of 7½ inches and 8½ inches (19 and 21½ cm). In order to provide multiple sizes, Kate decided to create two slightly different versions of the pattern to adjust the width of the pattern repeat.
In one version, the purl ribs are worked as normal; in the other version, the purl ribs are worked through their back loops. Working the purl rib stitches through the back loop tightens up the gauge and allows for four finished sizes — 48 stitches with twisted purls, 48 stitches with standard purls, 60 stitches with twisted purls, and 60 stitches with standard purls, for finished circumferences of 7 inches, 7½ inches, 8 inches, and 8½ inches (18, 19, 20½, and 21½ cm), respectively.
How do I enter to win?
It’s simple! Sign into your Craftsy account and click the button below by Sunday, September 20, 2015. Don’t have a Craftsy account? It’s fast and free to create one today. We’ll randomly select a winner on September 21, 2015.