Knitting with Needles

by Pamel Johnson-Welsh

November 18, 2007

MAGIC SPIRAL TUBE SOCKS

I love this pattern it is one that you don't have to make a heel for so it is sorta like an almost one size fits most pattern. I have knitted this for years. I have used this pattern to make socks for various charities along with family and friends and myself. The socks are not only fun to make but very warm too. Teens especially love the style and colors that are created when making this type of sock. Teens can also knit this sock too.

 

It is actually from a children's knitting book called "Kids Knitting" by Melanie Falick

You have a few options as far as your color scheme for the socks goes because they spiral you can choose a solid or variegated yarn or make your own variegated yarn by using up your own scraps. To make your own variegated yarn you will do the following: Keeping all the yarns the same weight & thickness; You will need a total of 285 yards for one pair of socks; Decide on the color scheme ahead of time ( you can try this out by wrapping 12 inch strands of yarn several times around the short side of a long narrow piece of cardboard and rearranging it until you are pleased with the color scheme).

Materials:

285 yds of worsted weight yarn
4 size 6 double-pointed needles (wood ones are better as they stitches slide easier)
Stitch marker
Yarn needle
(*note for beginners: don't forget you'll need 8 point protectors - I tend to keep the point protectors on the needles I am not using so the stitches don't slip off until I come to that needle. Especially if you have to lay down your work frequently.)

SOCK BODY:

1)Cast on 42 stitches on 1 of the double-pointed needles. Divide the 42 stitches onto 3 needles (14 stitches per needle) and place a marker between the last and second-to-last stitch on the needle.

2)Start the first round by knitting the first cast-on stitch with the fourth needle, pulling tightly on the yarn coming from the third needle so that you do not end up with a large gap where the stitches from 1 needle meet the stitches from the next needle.

Work in a Knit 3, Purl 3 Rib for 12 Rounds.

*OR if you are having trouble joining the stitches so that you can knit in the round cast on 42 stitches and work back and forth in the knit 3, purl 3 for about rib for about 12 rounds, then divide the stitches unto the 3 double-pointed needles. It should be easier to join the stitches now that you have a few inches of knitted fabric to hold.

3)Begin the spiral pattern by knitting the first 2 stitches. Next, increase 1 stitch into the third stitch twice. Purl 2.

From this point on, work in a Knit 3, Purl 3 Rib until the sock measures approximately 12 1/2 inches.

*If you are making your version of striped socks, change colors at the beginning of the Round.

In the last round (after you get to your 12 1/2"), decrease by knitting 2 stitches together once at any point. You will now have 42 stitches divided among 3 needles.

SOCK TOE:

Round 1: Knit 4, decrease 1 by knitting 2 stitches together. Repeat all the way around. (When
you finish the round, you will have 35 stitches divided on the 3 needles)

Round 2: Knit all the way around.

Round 3: Knit 3, decrease 1 by knitting 2 stitches together. Repeat all the way around. (When you finish the round you will have 28 stitches divided on the 3 needles)

Round 4: Knit all the way around.

Round 5: Knit 2, decrease 1 by knitting 2 stitches together. Repeat all the way around. (When you finish the round you will have 21 stitches divided on the 3 needles)

Round 6: Knit all the way around.

Round 7: Knit 1, decrease 1 by knitting 2 stitches together. Repeat all the way around. (When you finish the round you will have 14 stitches divided on the 3 needles)

Round 8: Knit all the way around.

Round 9: Decrease by knitting 2 stitches together all the way around. (When you finish you the round you will have 7 stitches divided on 3 needles)

5) Cut the yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail. Thread the tail onto the yarn needle and draw it through the remaining 7 stitches to close the sock. Bring the tail to the inside of the sock and weave in the end.

*If you started the sock by knitting back and forth, sew up the open seam at the top.

Then repeat all directions to make a second sock.

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