Sunday, May 18, 2008

Introducing the newest member of the Mybootee family!


Sock Turtle Pattern © 2008 Mybootee Boutique
Finished measurements are approximately 5.5 inches wide x 5.5 inches long
Gauge: 6sts x 9rows = 1 inch
Materials: One set US Size 2 dp knitting needles, 1 12 inch Addi Turbo needle (or other circular needle) DK Yarn 1 35 yards (Y1)(I use self striping), DK Yarn 2 30 yards (Y2)(I use cream colored), 1 tapestry needle, Black DMC Floss, Polyester fiber-fill

Abbreviations:
st=stitch, k=knit, p=perl, k enc=knit encroachment, p enc=perl encroachment,k2tog=knit 2 together p2tog=perl 2 together

Technique Instructions;
Purl encroachment: sl1 stich from the left needle to the right needle, lift the stitch below the next stitch onto the left needle. Slip previously slipped stitch back onto the left needle and purl the two together.
Knit encroachment: sl1 stich from the left needle to the right needle, lift the stitch below the next stitch onto the left needle. Slip previously slipped stitch back onto the left needle and knit the two together.
Consolidate stitches : Divide stitches evenly onto two needles. Hold these in your left hand with the working yarn on the right as if you were going to resume the knitting (The stitches to be worked are on the front needle and the stitches just worked are on the back needle.) You will now slip all stitches onto a third needle in your right hand beginning with the stitch on the back needle and alternating with the stitchs on the front needle. All stitches are now on the needle in your right hand.
*For detailed images on techniques and instructions click here

Belly:

Row 1: With Y2,CO 60, join ends and begin knitting in the round. Row 2: knit, Row 3: (k2, k2tog, k2) 10 times (50 stitches remain), Row 4: knit, Row 5: (k1, k2tog, k2) 10 times (40 stitches remain), Row 6: knit, Row 7: (k1, k2tog, k1) 10 times (30 stitches remain) Row 8: knit, Row 9: (k1, k2tog, k2) 6 times (24 stitches remain) Row 10: knit, Row 11: (k1, k2tog, k1) 6 times (18 stitches remain), Row 12: knit, Row 13: (k1, k2tog) 6 times, (12 stitches remain) Row 14: (k2tog) 6 times, k1 (7 stitches remain). Cut yarn leaving a 6 inch tail and using a tapestry needle, thread it through all the stitches removing them from the knitting needles as you go. Pull tight and tie off on the purl side of the work. Don’t worry if it does not lay flat. That will resolve with this next step.

To set up for attaching the limbs, head, & tail, turn your work around and begin working with the cast on edge. Hold the piece in your hand with the knit side facing you. Tie the new working yarn to the tail left from the cast on. Use your Addi turbo needle and the outside loop of each cast on stitch to pick up 59 stitches around the edge. Pick up one additional stitch using any loop of the space remaining to total 60 stitches.
Round 1: knit, Round 2: Use the DP needles to make the next pieces and you will be adding them on as you complete this row, so set this aside for now.

Tail

Row 1: Using Y1 and the Provisional Cast On Technique, CO 6 stitches, turn, Row 2: p6 turn, Row 3: sl1, k4, turn, Row 4: sl1, p3, turn, Row 5: sl2, k2, turn, Row 6: sl1, p1, p enc, turn, Row 7: sl1, k2, k enc, turn, Row 8: sl1, p4, do not p enc, turn, Row 9: sl1, k5, do not knit enc, do not turn. (Begin knitting in the round, you may need to tug on the tail of yarn that remains from the cast on, because it will loosen up as you work. I like to weave mine in and out of the next few rows so that I can use it later on) Pick up 6 stitches along the cast on edge. Round 1-4: knit. k3 in preparation for the next step. Consolidate stitches (see technique instructions). P2tog, for entire row and turn as if you were going to work another row. You should finish with 6 stitches and you are now ready to attach it to the body. Do not remove it from the needle.

Pick up the belly section holding it with the knitted side facing you as if you were going to resume knitting. In fact, you will be, but don’t do it yet. Now hold the tail in front of the belly section and align both needles parallel to each other as you did before and consolidate stitches again. Cut Y1 leaving enough to weave in loose ends or tie off. (I like to tie off all the ends before finishing the body section all at once but you may tie them off as you go. This is where I use the yarn tail that I wove into the piece earlier.) Round 2 (belly): k1 with Y2 and set aside for now to complete the first leg.

Legs (make 2 for now)

* Row 1: Using Y1 and the Provisional Cast On Technique, CO 12, turn, Row 1: 12, turn, Row 2: (begin short rows) sl1, k10, turn, Row 3: sl1, p9, turn, Row 4: sl1, k8, turn, Row 5: sl1, p7, turn, Row 6: sl1, k6, turn, Row 7: sl1, p5, p enc, turn, Row 8: sl1, k6, k enc, turn, Row 9: sl1, p7, p enc, turn, Row 10: sl1, k8, k enc, turn, Row 11: sl1, p10, do not p enc, turn, Row 12: sl1, k11,do not k enc, do not turn, . (Begin knitting in the round, you may need to tug on the tail of yarn that remains from the cast on, because it will loosen up as you work. I like to weave mine in and out of the next few rows so that I can use it later on) Pick up 12 stitches along the cast on edge. Round 1-5: knit, Round 6: (k2, k2tog, k2) 4 times (20 stitches), Round 7: knit, Round 8: (k1, k2tog, k2) 4 times (16 stitches), Row 24: knit, Row 25: (k1, k2tog, k1) 4 times, (12 stiches) Row 26: knit. Stuff with fiber-fill until it reaches your desired firmness,Consolidate stitches (see technique instructions). P2tog, for entire row and turn as if you were going to work another row. You should finish with 6 stitches and you are now ready to attach it to the body. Do not remove it from the needle. Pick up the belly section holding it with the knitted side facing you as if you were going to resume knitting. In fact, you will be, but don’t do it yet. Now hold the tail in front of the belly section and align both needles parallel to each other as you did before and consolidate stitches again. Cut Y1 leaving enough to weave in loose ends or tie off. (I like to tie off all the ends before finishing the body section all at once but you may tie them off as you go. This is where I use the yarn tail that I wove into the piece earlier.) * Round 2 (belly): k10 with Y2 and set aside for now to complete the 2nd leg. Leg 2: Repeat from * to * Round 2 (belly): k1 with Y2 and set aside for now to complete the head.

Head:

Using Y1 and the Provisional Cast On Technique, CO 16, turn, Row 1: p16, turn, Row 2: (begin short rows) sl1, k14, turn, Row 3: sl1, p13, turn, Row 4: sl1, k12, turn, Row 5: sl1, p11, turn, Row 6: sl1, k10, turn, Row 7: sl1, p9, turn, Row 8: sl1, k8, turn, Row 9: sl1, p7, p enc, turn, Row 10: sl1, k8, k enc, turn, Row 11: sl1, p9, p enc, turn, Row 12: sl1, k10, k enc, turn, Row 13: sl1, p11, p enc, turn, Row 14: sl1, k12, k enc, turn, Row 15: sl1, p14, do not p enc, turn, Row 16: sl1, k15, do not k enc, do not turn, Row 17-20: . (Begin knitting in the round, you may need to tug on the tail of yarn that remains from the cast on, because it will loosen up as you work. I like to weave mine in and out of the next few rows so that I can use it later on) pick up 16 stitches along the cast on edge, Round 1-5: knit, Round 6:(k1, k2tog, k1) 4 times, k16, (28 stitches left) Round 7: knit, Round 8: k1 (k2tog, k1) 4 times, k15, (24 stitches left) Roound 9: knit, Round 10: (k4, k2tog) 4 times, (20 stitches left), Round 11: knit, Round 12: (k2tog, k3) 4 times, (16 stitches left) Round 13: knit, Round 14: (k2tog, k2) 4 times, you should now have 12 stitches. k4, Stuff with fiber-fill until it reaches your desired firmness, consolidate stitches. P2tog, for entire row and turn as if you were going to work another row. Pick up the belly section holding it with the knitted side facing you as if you were going to resume knitting as you did for the tail. Now hold the leg in front of the belly section and align both needles parallel to each other as before and consolidate stitches again. Cut Y1 leaving enough to weave in loose ends or tie off. (I like to tie off all the ends before finishing the body section all at once but you may tie them off as you go. This is where I use the yarn tail that I wove into the piece earlier.) * Round 2 (belly): k1 with Y2 and set aside for now to complete the 3rd leg.

Legs (make 2)

* Row 1: Using Y1 and the Provisional Cast On Technique, CO 12, turn, Row 1: 12, turn, Row 2: (begin short rows) sl1, k10, turn, Row 3: sl1, p9, turn, Row 4: sl1, k8, turn, Row 5: sl1, p7, turn, Row 6: sl1, k6, turn, Row 7: sl1, p5, p enc, turn, Row 8: sl1, k6, k enc, turn, Row 9: sl1, p7, p enc, turn, Row 10: sl1, k8, k enc, turn, Row 11: sl1, p10, do not p enc, turn, Row 12: sl1, k11,do not k enc, do not turn, . (Begin knitting in the round, you may need to tug on the tail of yarn that remains from the cast on, because it will loosen up as you work. I like to weave mine in and out of the next few rows so that I can use it later on) Pick up 12 stitches along the cast on edge. Round 1-5: knit, Round 6: (k2, k2tog, k2) 4 times (20 stitches), Round 7: knit, Round 8: (k1, k2tog, k2) 4 times (16 stitches), Row 24: knit, Row 25: (k1, k2tog, k1) 4 times, (12 stiches) Row 26: knit. Stuff with fiber-fill until it reaches your desired firmness, consolidate stitches. P2tog, for entire row and turn as if you were going to work another row. Pick up the belly section holding it with the knitted side facing you as if you were going to resume knitting as you did for the tail. Now hold the leg in front of the belly section and align both needles parallel to each other as before and consolidate stitches again. Cut Y1 leaving enough to weave in loose ends or tie off. (I like to tie off all the ends before finishing the body section all at once but you may tie them off as you go. This is where I use the yarn tail that I wove into the piece earlier.)* Round 2 (belly): knit with Y2 until only 7 stitches remain unworked and set aside for now to complete the 4th leg. Leg 2: Repeat from * to * Round 2 (belly): k4 with Y2 until you reach the midway point of the tail and you are now ready to complete the body by working rounds.

Body:

Round 3-4: purl, Round 5-14: k60 Round 15: (k4, k2tog, k4) 6 times (54 stitches) Round 16: knit, Round 17: (k3, k2tog, k4) 6 times (48 stitches) Round 18: knit Round 19: (k3, k2tog, k3) 6 times (42 stitches) Round 20: knit Round 21: (k3, k2tog, k2) 6 times (36 stitches) Round 22: knit Round 23: (k2, k2tog, k2) 6 times (30 stitches). Take a moment to stuff the bottom half of the body but don’t stuff too full. You will be stuffing more before you close the top. Round 24: knit Round 25: (k2, k2tog, k1) 6 times (24 stitches) Round 26: knit Round 27: (k1, k2tog, k1) 6 times (18 stitches) Round 28: knit Round 29: (k1, k2tog,) 6 times (12 stitches). Round 30: knit. Cut yarn leaving a 6-inch tail, and using a tapestry needle thread it through the remaining stitches removing them from the knitting needles as you go. Do not pull tight. Finish stuffing with fiber-fill until your desired firmness, pull tight and tie off.

Last but not least, embroider facial features on your little guy and Ta Da! You now have an authentic Mybootee Sock Turtle. Don't forget to email me your images so we can share them with everyone!

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