Wednesday, June 9

First Cloverleaf Eylet Rib Sock is finished!

Cloverleaf Eylet Rib Sock

My favorite toe is round toe — no grafting or three-needle bindoffs.

Round Toe formula.

First, divide your stitches by 8. If they do not divide evenly, determine the modula and decrease these stitches evenly before you start the proper toe decreases. The Cloverleafs are a good example of this because 60 doesn't divide by 8 well.

Next, start the toe decreases. On first decrease round knit two stitches less than the amount of stitches you got (total/8-2), k2tog; repeat until the end of the round. Knit as many rounds as were knit stitches before the decrease.

All subsequent dec rounds: knit 1 less stitch than on previous dec round, k2tog; repeat. Knit as many rounds as were knit stitches before the decrease. Repeat these two until you have 8 stitches left. Cut the yarn and draw the end through the loops, pull tight. Voila! You have a toe.

Cloverleaf Round Toe

The math.

  1. Divide your total stitches by 8: 60/8=7.5;
  2. Take the nearest integer and multiply it by 8: 7*8=56;
  3. Subtract the second number from your total stitch count: 60-56=4.

Therefore you need to decrease 4 stitches. I did the decreases at the end of each needle (set of 5).

First dec round: knit 56/8-2=5, k2tog; repeat.

Knit 5 rounds.

2nd dec round: knit 5-1=4, k2tog; repeat.

Knit 4 rounds.

3rd dec rnd: k3, k2tog; repeat.

Knit 3 rounds.

4th dec rnd: k2, k2tog; repeat.

Knit 2 rounds.

5th dec rnd: k1, k2tog; repeat.

Knit 1 round.

6th dec rnd: k2tog; repeat.

Cut the yarn and draw the end through the loops, pull tight.

There is a variation which I call A Rounder Toe. You simply knit one less round between decreases than you had knit stitches. For example there would be 4 knit rounds instead of 5 in the first sequence.

To keep all the information about the mods to these socks in one place here are links to heel and gussets, ribbing and pattern.