I’ve started on another pair in some lovely yarn
and it seems like a good time to share the stitch combo that I’ve been using.
This is a row of Chain-top Simple Stitch (AKA Extended Simple Stitch) alternated with two (2) rows of an original stitch that I call the Sock Stitch. The Sock Stitch rows give the fabric a bit of elastic sideways stretch and alternating the stitches gives it a bit of vertical stretch.
The latest sock, so far
I’m using “gold” Opal sock yarn for the in-the-round return pass
and multicolored Jitterbug sock yarn for everything else.
First, the Chain-top Simple Stitch (aka Extended Simple Stitch),
which is probably already familiar.
1. You start by hooking behind the front vertical bar, as for the Simple Stitch
2. Then you add a chain stitch to the top of it
This produces a stitch that is flatter and a bit taller than the Simple Stitch
It’s a lovely stitch, but it has no sideways stretch to it at all.
…So on to the Sock Stitch, which does stretch sideways,
but tends to curl dramatically.
This is not a problem in the finished sock (in fact, it creates the vertical stretch),
but it does make it harder to photograph.
So all of the Sock Stitch pictures show the Sock Stitch being created
on top of a Chain-top Simple Stitch.
1. To start the Sock Stitch, I pull back that vertical front bar
so that I can reach the vertical back bar
2. Then I pull a loop between the vertical bars, so that the back bar is forced forward
This creates a stitch that is rotated sideways
But that’s not enough to keep the stitch twisted, so that it will stretch reversibly…
On the return pass, you also need to secure it with an untwisted return chain,
as shown here:
This picture is shot from the back of the part that I’m working on,
although you can see some of the front as well, because I’m working “in-the-round”.
If all goes well, the Sock stitch will have enough sideways stretch to work as a sock fabric. Knit rib is far stretchier, but not as cool IMO.
So anyway, that’s how it’s done.
The result is
and turned inside-out