Friday, 2 September 2016

EM’s YOGA SOCKS

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EM’s YOGA SOCKS


Yoga has become pretty popular these days and the accessories that follow is also growing in strength.  I was pleasantly surprised to see that one could wear yoga socks as well.  I am not complaining – after all this is yet another thing that I can try my creativity on.  ;)

For this pattern though, I’ve taken the easy way out and chosen a free pattern at https://in.pinterest.com/pin/470063279840066862/



Materials usedToday I’ve used ~ 80 gms of Moda Vera Marvel yarn with a 5 mm crochet hook ;
For Indians : This yarn is about the same thickness as our Indian Vardhaman Millennium yarn.

Size made : Foot Size 6

Difficulty level : Easy to Intermediate Skill level

Instructions : Pattern by the designer uses U.S terminology
This is a good pattern, but I just thought I’d add a few notes as well as some photos (a photo tutorial of sorts as I complete the rows / rounds - at the end of my notes).
1.       The first row of Foundation Half Double crochet that we start with will be the strip that goes around your ankle (or that of the intended). So check that this fits.  This is especially important if you are using a yarn that does not give you the gauge as specified by designer.
2.     I started all my rows with a dc direct using http://www.mooglyblog.com/chainless-starting-double-crochet/
3.     Row 2 starts with a ch 1, and then I skipped the 1st sc and worked an sc in the next sc.  The counts then worked right.
4.     The spike stitch (for those who already know how to work one) is an sc-spike stitch (in the row below) or an elongated single crochet stitch.
5.     Row 5 has 4 full shells and then there’s two half shells at each end.  Those are the two that the designer says will become a full shell when we join it in a round later.
6.     After row 7 is the joining row for which we work our joining sl-st on the wrong side.  So for the next round, we need to flip it around to face the right side. Yes, this seems obvious, I guess, but I just thought I’d put it out there for beginners.
7.     We then work the heel portion of our socks in rounds.  Our 1st round then is an hdc in each of the hdc of that first foundation row, working on the sts from the other side.
8.     Round 4 (Heel).  Designer says that we will work only 20 sts and leave 12 unworked.  So to get that join line right in the centre, I sl-st over the 1st 6 sts, and then worked the next 20 sts, and had the final 6 sts unworked again.  So when I made the 12 ch, I had that join line in the centre.
9.     On adding that chain of 12, we are back to the 32 sts we started with.  The next set of pattern is for the bottom of the foot and goes round the arch of your foot. So may I suggest that after you do the 1st round, check that this is a good fit. Yet again, this is especially important if you are using a yarn that does not give you the gauge as specified by designer.
10.  For Indians : The designer has given different hook sizes to get the gauge right.  With our Indian yarns, to get the gauge right and increasing the hook size may mean that your work gets too loose and / or too lacy.  May I then suggest that you use 2 yarns held together along with the increase in hook size so that you get the sizing right (i.e for larger foot sizes).

First row of shells

 Shell detail

Row 4

detail of ch-3 sps

2nd row of shells 

 Shell detail 

 Row 6

 Last row of shells 

 Sl-st detail 

  ch - 12 added detail 

  hdc along the ch-12 for arch of foot







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