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June 08, 2007

Sidewinders: Act IV

Today I bring you Act IV -- the 5th installment -- of Sidewinders: A PerpenSOCKular Pattern.  If you need to get caught up, you can find the previous installments here: The Prologue, Act I, Act II, and Act III.

Let's recap the Sidewinders' grand plan and see if it makes more sense now that you're almost finished.  The sock is knit sideways starting at the center back of the leg a.k.a. center bottom of the foot and is knit back and forth in rows.   The flat sock is then joined into a tube using a little magic, which will be revealed in the Grand Finale.

The toe and heel are shaped identically using paired increases to widen and paired decreases to narrow.  The sock divides nicely into 4 equal sections -- each concentrating on one particular type of shaping.   The 1st and 4th sections shape the heel while the 2nd and 3rd shape the toe.

Several techniques are used to make the sock's leg fit nicely.   First, the Double Garter cuff behaves a bit like ribbing, holding up the top of the sock.  Second, the back 1/4th of the leg is worked in Garter Stitch to fit snuggly across the back ankle.  And finally, short rows are used to widen the top of the leg to accommodate the widening of the calf.

I'm guessing many of you will not be surprised by Act IV.  On the contrary, you should feel like you've done it before.

06/09/2007 -- Post updated to correct error in instructions.

Sidewinders Act IV: Heel Out


Finishing the Heel

Next Row -- Row (54, 60, 69), [(54, 63, 69), (57, 66, 72), (60, 66, 75)] -- Begin the second half of the heel shaping by working paired increases every row as follows:

RS Rows:  Work to 1 stitch before the center heel marker, m1R, k2, m1L, work to the end.
WS Rows: Work to 1 stitch before the center heel marker, m1L, p2, m1R, and work to the end.
nonaSays  If you forget how to work any of these increases, please refer back to Act II for details.

Repeat the increase row (10, 11, 13), [(10, 12, 13), (11, 13, 14), (11, 13, 14)] more times.  And at the same time...

After finishing Row (61, 67, 77), [(61, 71, 77)(65, 75, 81), (69, 75, 85)] -- Insert a few short rows to add a little calf shaping.  These short rows should not be included in your row count.  It is also time to switch the leg stitch pattern from Stockinette Stitch back to Garter Stitch.  Here we go:

Short Row 1 -- RS -- Work 12 stitches, Turn mid-row
Short Row 2 -- WS -- YO, work 12 stitches to get back to the end of the needle.
Short Row 3 -- RS -- Work 12 stitches, k2tog, k3, Turn mid-row
Short Row 4 -- WS --- YO, work 16 stitches to get back to the end of the needle.
Short Row 5 -- RS -- Work 16 stitches, k2tog, k3, Turn mid-row
Short Row 6 -- WS -- YO, work 20 stitches to get back to the end of the needle.
nonaSays  Double check yourself -- all sizes should be starting their short-rows on a RS row.  Also, the 1st stitch of each k2tog should be the YO from the previous short row.

Next Row -- Row (62, 68, 78), [(62, 72, 78)(66, 76, 82), (70, 76, 86)] -- Continue to work the leg stitches in Garter Stitch.   Also, when you encounter the YO from the last short row, knit it together with the next stitch.  And although I'm sure you don't need to be reminded, the mother in me must say, "don't forget to continue to work the heel increases".

Last Increase Row -- Row (64, 71, 82), [(64, 75, 82), (68, 79, 86), (71, 79, 89)]   -- This should be your last row of heel increases.  When finished with this row you should have:

8 stitches from the beginning of the row to the cuff marker,
(53, 54, 56), [(55, 57, 58), (56, 58, 59), (59, 61, 62)] stitches between the cuff marker and the center heel marker,
(51, 51, 48), [(53, 52, 50), (55, 52, 52), (58, 56, 55)] stitches between the center heel marker and the end of the row.

For a total of (112, 113, 112), [(116, 117, 116), (119, 118, 119), (125, 125, 125)] stitches.

Work without further heel shaping for (7, 8, 9), [(7, 8, 9), (7, 8, 9), (8, 8, 10)] rows ending with Row (71, 79, 91), [(71, 83, 91), (75, 87, 95), (79, 87, 99)].


Are you feeling sassy?  Good, keep that sassy feeling going for tomorrow's Grand Finale.  And you know what -- seriously -- I'm proud of you!

June 8, 2007 in Project - Socks, Serial Patterns | Permalink


It's 0916 and we're socking right along here. I finished Act III short one stitch in the foot, presumably lost in the decreases although I can't find the error. I'll M1 there in the next round. Incidentally, when I checked gauge at the end of Act II, I found (as usual) I'd tightened up on the rows. I chose to simply add 2 rounds at that point; in essence knitting 2x10 'straight' rows rather than 2x9 as specified for my size. This is such fun!

Posted by: sarah | Jun 9, 2007 1:24:25 AM

I spoke? wrote? too soon... I've found the missing stitch: it was lost in the mild confusion when I realised my toe marker was in the wrong place because I started on a WS row (should have read the instructions through twice AND remembered what I read). And the toe increases are significantly smaller than the decreases. So this afternoon I'll rip back and try again. It's worth it.

Posted by: sarah | Jun 9, 2007 2:28:48 AM

The socks look like they have such a nice snug fit, and I can't wait to get myself some sock yarn so that I can give them a try!

Posted by: Ria | Jun 9, 2007 5:54:46 AM

I may give these a try also.
I made the IK sideways socks when they came out -- with a few mods of course. That pattern might have been garter and I knit mine in stockinette and added ribbed cuffs. They fit better, stay up, and visually make an interesting sock. The toe could be a little snugger on them.

Posted by: Merna | Jun 9, 2007 6:50:21 AM

Those are pretty. I haven't liked other sideways socks I've seen, but those look like something I'd try.

Posted by: Arleta | Jun 9, 2007 7:58:52 AM

I lost an hour or so on a lost stitch late last night so did not finish Act III but I found it so all is well! I love this serial pattern.

Posted by: Rachel | Jun 9, 2007 9:57:56 AM

Huff! Puff! Huff! Puff! Fell behind yesterday and am trying to catch up today :)

This pattern is delightful, even if some of my knitting looks like the proverbial dog's breakfast.

Am really looking forward to the Grand Finale--and then on to the perfect second sock.


Posted by: Kathleen | Jun 9, 2007 4:47:05 PM

Wowee - this is true genius!

Posted by: Asaknitter | Jun 9, 2007 7:38:35 PM

Life got in the way of my knitting today, so.... I have fallen behind today. But, sure to catch back up tomorrow, just in time for the Grand Finale!!

Posted by: Kathy in Iowa | Jun 9, 2007 8:11:32 PM

Such a wonderful pattern! I'm caught up now and chugging along. I might actual knit two of these socks, LOL! One thing I'm still working on however are the increases. My decreases look beautiful doing them just as you described, but for some reason my increases look like crap. I'm hoping to get better by the second sock.

Thanks again for posting this wonderful pattern FOR FREE!! *smile*

Posted by: stacey | Jun 9, 2007 9:48:05 PM

I started Act 4 last night. Everything is
going well. I can't wait to try this on!

Posted by: Nancy | Jun 12, 2007 6:39:00 AM

Have finished my first sidewinder with great flourish! I may improve fit-wise by just a few more rows between toe activity, but, still...Fabulous pattern. My humble suggestion to make the pattern even more reader/knitter/blind follower friendly, is to include a mention where you resume garter stitching near the end. That is to say, where to put the stitch marker. I figured it out easily enough, but the instructions are otherwise so impeccably clear, why not go for perfection? Unless, horrors, did I miss it? How embarassing would that be? Just a thought, in any case. Thanks for an incredibly cool, free, sock pattern-grafting exercise!

Posted by: Gretch | Jun 15, 2007 9:03:27 AM

OK Nona, I finished my sock and discovered that my row gauge is actually 11 rows per inch, not 10. And so my first sock is too tight for my sockapal. PLUS, the STR I used is in the old putup of 325 yards or something. I KNEW it looked light! So, I did some fast math, and at this gauge I should get about 100 rows around the foot, so I am using your largest size for the row counts and the actual size for the length instructions (my stitch gauge is dead on, of course). Plus I'm starting over in yarn with enough yardage! Whew, what an adventure!

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