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"Ostrobothnian Romance" knitted socks Novita 7 Veljestä

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These colourwork socks are inspired by traditional Ostrobothnian motifs. The possible colour combinations are endless, from burgundy, grey and white to the ever-reliable black, white and grey. Knitted from Novita 7 Veljestä.
Magazine Novita Syksy 2018 -lehti (in Finnish)
Pattern N:o in Magazine 45
Skill level Intermediate
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Availability:In stock
SKU N031845
Pattern details
Size
One size

Yarn demand
Novita 7 Veljestä
(010) Off White 100 g, and
(692) Coffee Bean,
(053) Berry Porridge, and
(530) Raspberry, less than 50 g each

Needles and other supplies
Double-pointed needles:
Novita 3½ mm (UK 9½ / US 4) or
size needed to obtain gauge

Designer
Marika Pitkänen

Details

Leg

Cast on 60 sts using the off-white yarn and divide them onto four needles, 15 sts each. The beginning of the round is between needles I and IV.

Begin the textured st pattern in the round following chart I. Repeat rows 1-4 a total of 6 times.

Then work rows 5-7.

Begin the colourwork pattern from row 8 of the chart and at the same time increase 1 st at the end of each needle (= knit the strand of yarn between the sts through the back loop, using the off-white). 4 sts increased, 64 sts on the needles.

Work rows 9-38 of the chart. On row 38, decrease 1 st at the end of each needle by k2tog = 60 sts.

Work rows 39-49.

Work rows 50-60. 20 st pattern repeated 3 times.

Work rows 61-73.

Heel

Begin the heel flap: using the off-white yarn, knit the sts on needle I onto needle IV (= 30 sts). Leave the other sts on hold. Turn work and begin the reinforced st pattern:

Row 1: (WS) slip 1, purl to end. Turn work.

Row 2: (RS) *slip 1, knit 1*, repeat *-* 12 more times.

Row 3: (WS) slip 1, purl to end. Turn work.

Repeat rows 2-3 until the heel flap measures 27 rows and you have just finished a WS row.

Turning the heel: keep working the reinforced st pattern as before. On the heel flap, work a RS row until 11 sts remain at the other end. Work the skp decrease (= slip 1 knitwise, knit 1, pass the slipped st over) and turn work. Slip 1 purlwise, p8, p2tog, turn work. Slip 1, work until 10 sts remain, skp. Continue in the same manner, decreasing sts on the sides with 10 sts in the middle. When only the middle sts remain, distribute them onto two needles, 5 sts each. K5 to move the yarn between needles I and IV.

Foot

Pick up 13 sts from the edge of the heel flap onto needle I and another 13 sts from the other edge onto needle IV. 66 sts on the needles.

Begin the colourwork pattern from row 1 of chart II. Knit the picked-up sts through the back loop. Work rows 2-14 of the chart. Work the gusset decreases following the chart at the end of needle I and beginning of needle IV (rows 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, and 13). 54 sts on the needles.

Distribute the sts: 14 sts on needles I and IV, 13 sts on needles II and III.

Continue the colourwork pattern from row 1 of chart III. 1 st decreased at the end of needle I and beginning of needle IV. 52 sts on the needles, 13 sts each.

Work rows 2-14 of chart III.

Use the off-white yarn and work stockinette st for the rest of the sock. Begin the toe decreases. K2tog, k1 at the end of needles I and III, k1, skp at the beginning of needles II and IV. Work the decreases every 2nd round until 9 sts remain on each needle. Then work the decreases on every round until 8 sts remain in total.

Break the yarn, pull it through the sts, and securely weave in.

Knit the other sock to match.

Finishing

Steam the socks lightly.

Pattern instructions
Finished dimensions
37-38 (EUR shoe size)

Stitch patterns & gauge
Stitch patterns:
- Textured stitch pattern:
work following the chart and the written instructions.
- Stockinette stitch in the round:
knit all rows.
- Colourwork in the round:
work stockinette st in the round following the chart.

Gauge:
24 sts of stockinette st = 10 cm / 4 in

Note:
Needles I and IV are the back of the sock, needles II and III the front.

Leg

Cast on 60 sts using the off-white yarn and divide them onto four needles, 15 sts each. The beginning of the round is between needles I and IV.

Begin the textured st pattern in the round following chart I. Repeat rows 1-4 a total of 6 times.

Then work rows 5-7.

Begin the colourwork pattern from row 8 of the chart and at the same time increase 1 st at the end of each needle (= knit the strand of yarn between the sts through the back loop, using the off-white). 4 sts increased, 64 sts on the needles.

Work rows 9-38 of the chart. On row 38, decrease 1 st at the end of each needle by k2tog = 60 sts.

Work rows 39-49.

Work rows 50-60. 20 st pattern repeated 3 times.

Work rows 61-73.

Heel

Begin the heel flap: using the off-white yarn, knit the sts on needle I onto needle IV (= 30 sts). Leave the other sts on hold. Turn work and begin the reinforced st pattern:

Row 1: (WS) slip 1, purl to end. Turn work.

Row 2: (RS) *slip 1, knit 1*, repeat *-* 12 more times.

Row 3: (WS) slip 1, purl to end. Turn work.

Repeat rows 2-3 until the heel flap measures 27 rows and you have just finished a WS row.

Turning the heel: keep working the reinforced st pattern as before. On the heel flap, work a RS row until 11 sts remain at the other end. Work the skp decrease (= slip 1 knitwise, knit 1, pass the slipped st over) and turn work. Slip 1 purlwise, p8, p2tog, turn work. Slip 1, work until 10 sts remain, skp. Continue in the same manner, decreasing sts on the sides with 10 sts in the middle. When only the middle sts remain, distribute them onto two needles, 5 sts each. K5 to move the yarn between needles I and IV.

Foot

Pick up 13 sts from the edge of the heel flap onto needle I and another 13 sts from the other edge onto needle IV. 66 sts on the needles.

Begin the colourwork pattern from row 1 of chart II. Knit the picked-up sts through the back loop. Work rows 2-14 of the chart. Work the gusset decreases following the chart at the end of needle I and beginning of needle IV (rows 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, and 13). 54 sts on the needles.

Distribute the sts: 14 sts on needles I and IV, 13 sts on needles II and III.

Continue the colourwork pattern from row 1 of chart III. 1 st decreased at the end of needle I and beginning of needle IV. 52 sts on the needles, 13 sts each.

Work rows 2-14 of chart III.

Use the off-white yarn and work stockinette st for the rest of the sock. Begin the toe decreases. K2tog, k1 at the end of needles I and III, k1, skp at the beginning of needles II and IV. Work the decreases every 2nd round until 9 sts remain on each needle. Then work the decreases on every round until 8 sts remain in total.

Break the yarn, pull it through the sts, and securely weave in.

Knit the other sock to match.

Finishing

Steam the socks lightly.


Skill levels

Beginner

Have you just learned to knit, maybe still trying to figure out the very basics like knit and purl stitches? Or are you picking up knitting again for the first time since elementary school? Start here.

Technique

Beginner-level patterns include only basic knitting techniques: knitting and purling. You’ll also need to cast on and cast off stitches. The projects can be worked flat or in the round. Easy, regular decreases are used. Most patterns are worked in stockinette or garter stitch. Other simple stitch patterns may occur, and they are always detailed in the written pattern. Stripes of different colours may be used, but no more advanced colourwork.

Patterns

All patterns are written and do not include charts. Abbreviations are not used. Getting gauge is not crucial to the finished piece. Patterns include mostly accessories such as scarved and beanies. Pillowcases and other home decoration pieces.

Adventurous beginner

Got the basics covered? You’d like to take a swing at your first pair of socks, perhaps some easy cables or colourwork? A treasure of patterns awaits you on this level.

Technique

Patterns on this level may include simple colourwork, cables or lace. Colourwork patterns repeats are relatively short, cables simple and symmetrical and lace patterns easy and relatively small, covering details rather than entire pieces. The colourwork, cable and lace stitches are not worked into decreases or increases. Colourwork yarn floats are short, max. 3-4 stitches. Picking up stitches may occur. On this level, you’ll also find easy patterns using domino knitting, log cabin knitting or tunisian crochet.

Patterns

Patterns may include simple charts. In case special techniques are employed, they are detailed our in the instructions, either as text or e.g. through videos. The patterns may also suggest ”shortcuts”, i.e. easier ways to accomplish a technique. Most of the basic socks with heel flaps or afterthought heels are on this level, as well as mittens with no-gusset thumbs. There’s also plenty of sweaters, usually yoke sweaters or raglan sleeve sweaters.

Intermediate

So knitting is a regular hobby for you? Abbreviations, charts and instructions are no more than a walk in the park? Perhaps you’re looking for something to challenge yourself with, even at the odds of frogging?

Technique

In addition to basic techniques, some special techniques may be employed on this level, e.g. short rows. The same pattern may include both lace and cables. Magic loop knitting or entrelac, two-coloured brioche stitch, also here. In general, patterns require a more advanced ability to "read" your knitting. Lace patterns are also more advanced than on the previous level, but the lace stitches are still worked on right side only. Intarsia may be included, but in relatively simple and symmetrical patterns.

Patterns

Patterns on this level can feature concurrent shaping, e.g. neckline shaping at the same time as sleeve decreases or sleeve decreases into cable pattern. Sweater sleeves may require more advanced shaping. Most of our sweaters are at this level. Other patterns include e.g. magic loop patterns and toe-up socks.

Advanced

Turn off that telly and lash the doors, maximum concetration required! Although this skill level doesn’t bring much more in terms of technique, there’s simply more going on at the same time. Skill, concentration and perception are requisite.

Technique

On this level, you’ll find more advanced intarsia patterns, including intarsia in the round. Brioche patterns with decreases and/or cables are also here. Beginning of rounds may shift and multiple markers are needed. Lace or cable stitches may be worked also from wrong side. We’ve also included patterns featuring steeks here. Steeking isn’t hard as such, but requires the nerves and confidence of an experienced knitter.

Patterns

Patterns may include complex steps and require simultaneous reading of both charts and written instructions. Gauge may vary over different steps of the project. The patterns often feature much details and a combination of techniques. The size of the project is not what determines whether it’s advanced or not; focus is on technique, overall complexity and the risk of errors during the project.

Gauge & Swatching

Gauge and Swatching

Every pattern is based on a certain gauge, expressed as stitches or rows per 10 cm. It is important that you make a swatch to check your gauge before you start the actual project. If your gauge doesn’t match the pattern’s gauge, your finished garment won’t be the correct size either.

Swatching Start by knitting a swatch. Use the yarn, the needles and the stitch pattern you intend to use in the project. Make the swatch a little wider than 10 cm, so that you’ll be able to measure the stitches properly. Block the swatch by pinning it to a surface, then steam it gently. Count the stitches; put a pin in a stitch, then measure 10 cm from that stitch and put another pin there. Count the stitches from pin to pin – that’s your gauge! If needed, measure both horizontal and vertical gauge (rows). If you’re measuring rib or brioche stitches, stretch out the swatch slightly before measuring.

Adjusting gauge

If your gauge doesn’t match the pattern gauge, you can adjust it by switching needle size. If your swatch has too few stitches per 10 cm (i.e. your knitting is too loose), switch to smaller needles. Conversely, if your swatch has too many stitches per 10 cm, your knitting is too tight and you’ll need a larger pair of needles. Always knit another swatch in order to determine proper gauge and sizing. Also note that the pattern yardage only applies to the pattern yarn, the yardage may differ if you choose another yarn.

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