Are you like me? Do you have difficulty coordinating both your hands to do something at the same time? I have tried to learn to knit countless times. I just can’t get my hands to cooperate. I can crochet up a storm, but knitting just doesn’t work for me.
Then I found knitting looms. These little inventions allow me to make things that are knitted. Something I have never been able to do before. When I first learned, I made everyone hats and scarves, whether they wanted them or not! Then I went on to more complicated endeavors like afghans and socks.
Socks are what I want to show you today. Actually, these are slipper socks. The instructions are for a women’s size 9 foot. These are not made to be worn with regular shoes, but you could wear them with clogs. I will be doing a tutorial for regular socks soon.
Skills needed to make this project: (If you need help with any of these, check out Purling Sprite. There are also loads of instructional videos on You Tube. I’m a visual learner, so these videos were invaluable to me whenever I got stuck.)
- Slip Knot
- Chain Cast On
- Wrap & Turn
- Sewn Bind Off
- Weaving-in Loose Ends
Here’s what you will need to make the slipper socks shown here.
- Blue Knifty Knitter loom
- 1 1/2 skein bulky yarn. (I used Loops & Threads Charisma Sunny Day yarn purchased at Michael’s)
- Loom knitting pick
- Size 8 knitting needles for toes
- Crochet hook size J for cast on
- Stitch markers
- Yarn needle
Knit stitch is e-wrapped.
Using your stitch markers, mark peg 1 and peg 12 (the mid-point around).
Work the leg:
Cast on all pegs of the loom using the chain cast on.
Row 2: Purl stitch on all pegs.
Row 3: Repeat Row 1
Row 4: Repeat Row 2
Row 5-25: Same as Row 1
Work the shaped heel.
Row 2: Knit 10 (peg 11-2) W&T peg 1
Row 3: Knit 9 (peg 2-10) W&T peg 11
Row 4: Knit 8 (peg 10-3) W&T peg 2
Row 5: Knit 7 (peg 3-9) W&T peg 10
Row 6: Knit 6 (peg 9-4) W&T peg 3
Row 7: Knit 5 (peg 4-8) W&T peg 9
Row 8: Knit 4 (peg 8-5) W&T peg 4
Row 9: Knit 5 (peg 5-9) Be sure to lift 2 over 1 on peg 9
Row 10: Knit 6 (peg 9-4) Be sure to lift 2 over 1 on peg 4
Row 11: Knit 7 (peg 4-10) Be sure to lift 2 over 1 on peg 10
Row 12: Knit 8 (peg 10-3) Be sure to lift 2 over 1 on peg 3
Row 13: Knit 9 (peg 3-11) Be sure to lift 2 over 1 on peg 11
Row 14: Knit 10 (peg 11-2) Be sure to lift 2 over 1 on peg 2
Row 15: Knit 11 (peg 2-12) Be sure to lift 2 over 1 on peg 12
Row 16: Knit 12 (peg 12-1) Be sure to lift 2 over 1 on peg 1
Work the sock foot.
You are working the entire loom again.
Row 1-20: E-wrap and knit on all pegs.
Work the toe.
The rows for the toe are the same as the heel. Work rows 1-16 of the heel instructions above.
Closing the toe and finishing
To close the toe, you will need to take the stitches off the loom and place them on the two knitting needles. Put stitches 1-12 on one needle; stitches 13-24 on the other needle. Cut your working yarn leaving a tail of about 18″- 24″. Thread the yarn needle with the tail and graft the two sets of stitches together.
Weave in all loose ends in the toe and the top of the leg.
Here are your warm and soft slipper socks.