Cranked – Revealed!

I hope you had fun with Cranked and maybe learned a few techniques along the way!  Every sock I knit amazes me with the magic that needles create.

Please join me May 1st for KAL #5, Lacery!

Lacery is a toe up sock using the absolutely gorgeous Trekking Hand Art, “Columbo” #580.

Knit Lacery on US#1 (2.5mm) needles with a gauge of 8.5 stitches = 1” in stockinette.  This beautiful sock is available in 3 adult sizes – Small, Medium, Large.

Lacery features yet another new heel, fabulous stitches and an all new bind off!

Looking for more socks with the Super Simple Heel?

Check out my pattern store for Kinesis! This toe up socks features an easy design that complements any yarn.

Cranked – Part 1

If you are new to toe-up socks join the legion of fans that prefer this method of sock knitting.  Getting started is easy when you follow my video, “Judy’s Magic Cast On”.

Cranked focuses on some great stitches along with a super-simple heel all to accentuate the lovely colors in this striped yarn.  These mysteries will be revealed in the upcoming posts so please be patient!  We begin Part One with a basic wedge toe that sets the stage for our lovely design.

Trekking Maxima – 75% Superwash New Wool, 25% Nylon – 459 yards/100g (one skein).  Sample knit in Color #906.

Size US#1 (2.5mm) needles or size necessary to achieve desired gauge.  Pattern may be knit with double points, two circular knitting method or magic loop.  See “Magic Loop” Video

8 stitches = 1 inch in stockinette.

Women’s Medium and Large.

Medium leg circumference measures approximately 7” unstretched and stretches comfortably to 11”.

Large leg circumference measures approximately 8” unstretched and stretches comfortably to 12 ½”.


Click here to download printable version

kfb – knit into front and back of stitch.  See “kfb” Video

Note:   Directions are for Medium Size (Large Size in parentheses when necessary).


HINT:  If you like identically striped socks, begin each toe at the same color change.  The pair can also be fun when each sock stripes differently allowing more colors to peek out from your shoes.


Cast On – See “Judy’s Magic Cast On” Video

Using two needles, cast on 24 stitches using Judy’s magic cast on with 12 stitches on each needle.

Securing tail, knit first 12 stitches.

Knit second 12 stitches through the back loop.


Toe Increases

If using one or two circular needle knitting method, increases (kfb) are made at the beginning and end of each needle as follows:

Round 1.  On 1st needle, kfb, knit to last stitch on needle, kfb;

On 2nd needle, kfb, knit to last stitch on needle, kfb.

Round 2.  Knit all stitches.

If using double points, arrange stitches evenly with 6 stitches on 4 needles.  Increases (kfb) are made as follows:

Round 1.  Kfb, knit to last stitch on 2nd needle, kfb, kfb into 1st stitch on 3rd needle, knit to last stitch on 4th needle, kfb.

Round 2.  Knit all stitches.

All needle types:  Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 until toe reaches 60(72) stitches.


STOP until next week!

Happy knitting!