Thursday, October 22, 2009

Tinkerbell mini sock

I was inspired by LisaD's Tinkerbell Mini Sock & asked permission to try to re-create her pattern. She didn't write down what she did! But she said I could try. So here's what I've come up with:

set of 5 size 0 DPNs
a size 0 circular (for blocking petal skirt) or a piece of crochet cotton or yarn long enough to string all the petals on (known as a 'lifeline')
Fingering weight yarn in your choice of color
Note: If you don't use DPNs, you'll have to translate the pattern to whatever method you use.
Organza or fabric of choice (should be light weight see-thru)
WonderUnder or equivalent iron-on bonding material

The skirt is composed of 6 petals. You'll be knitting the petal tips individually, then joining them all to finish creating the skirt. This is knitted into the sock later, after the skirt is blocked.

The only non-standard stitch is in row 3 of the petal tip. You need to make 2 stitches. On this row only, you will need to K1, then M1 by picking up the loop *below* the stitch you just knitted into. This keeps all the M1 stitches on the same row & keeps the petal tip symmetrical. All other M1 stitches are created the usual way by picking up the loop of the next stitch on the left hand needle & knitting into it.

W&T - (wrap & turn) - knit (or purl) the specified number of stitches. Slip the next stitch from the left needle to the right needle, bring your yarn between the needles, slip the stitch back to the left needle and turn the work. Yarn is in correct position to be used for the next row. This pulls the stitch in so you won't have a hole in your work.
Note that I do *not* do this on every stitch, only on the last 2 rows & the 2nd half of the toe/heel; nor do I pick up the wraps to knit or purl them.

Petals (make 6)
Cast on 1
Row 1: KFB
Row 2 & all WS rows: purl back
Row 3: K1 M2 K1
Row 5: K1 M1 K2 M1 K1
Row 7: K1 M1 K4 M1 K1
Continue to increase in this manner until you have 12 stitches.
End with a purl row.
Break yarn, leaving enough to weave in later.

Leave this petal on the needle - this is now a 'holding needle'.

Use a new needle to start the next petal. As you finish each petal, slide the stitches onto the holding needle, making sure the RS is always facing the same way.

Make 5 more petals in the same manner except at the end of the last petal, do not break yarn.

Knit across all petal tips, placing a stitch marker between each petal tip.

Purl back.

Next row - RS: *K1 SSK knit to 3 sts before next marker, K2tog, K1* repeat across each petal tip.
WS row: Purl back
Repeat these two rows until you have 4 stitches between markers, ending with a purl row.
Break off yarn, leaving a long enough tail for sewing later.

At this point, slide the stitches to the circular needle or use a tapestry needle to pick up the stitches onto a lifeline for blocking. Skirt needs to be blocked with the center in a circle. Pin & set to dry while you work the rest of the sock.

If you already have a toe up 24-st mini sock pattern that you like, feel free to use it.

The only way I do toe-up socks is with the provisional cast on. If this is new to you, you can find a good tutorial on that here:
or a written version here:

Here's how I do my toes:

Using the provisional cast on, pick up & knit 12 stitches. Purl back across them (WS row).
Row 1: Knit 11
Row 2: S1 P9 turn
Row 3: S1 K8 turn
Row 4: S1 P7 turn
Row 5: S1 K6 turn
Row 6: S1 P5 turn
Row 7: S1 K4 w&t
Row 8: S1 P3 w&t
Second half of toe:
Row 9: S1 K4 w&t
Row 10: S1 P5 w&t
Row 11: S1 K6 w&t
Row 12: S1 P7 w&t
Row 13: S1 K8 w&t
Row 14: S1 P9 w&t
Row 15: Knit across

Divide these stitches on 2 needles for heel stitches.

Carefully pulling the provisional cast on stitches off, pick up & knit 11 stitches. You'll need to pick up 1 stitch so you have 12 instep stitches on this needle. Knit across 12 instep stitches.

Using stockinette stitch, knit sock foot until it is 1 1/2" from cast on.

Heel is worked over 12 stitches using the same directions as the toe.

After you finish the heel, rounds start at center of heel. You can divide the stitches evenly between the needles as long as you mark the center back.

Knit 12 rounds of stockinette stitch.

If petal stitches are on a life line, place them back on a needle. Hold this needle next to the sock, right side of petals facing towards you.

Next round: Starting at center back of sock, knit one stitch from each needle together to end of round. 24 stitches on working needles, all petal stitches are knitted into the sock.

Knit 10 rounds of stockinette stitch.
Knit 6 rounds of K1 P1 ribbing.
Bind off.
Sew the center back seam on skirt.
Weave in all ends.

Wings are crafted from organza or another transparent-type fabric, preferably one with some stiffness to it.

You won't need much fabric, but create your wing pattern from paper first, until you get a pattern you like. My pattern was drawn as a single unit to make it easier to sew the wings to the sock.

You'll need two layers of fabric with WonderUnder ironed between them. You could add shreds of metallic fibers, colored embroidery floss, bits of glow-in-the-dark thread, etc. between the layers of fabric when you iron them together for your own unique look.

Trace & cut your wing pattern. Fold the finished wings in half & iron for neat fold - wings will stand back from sock & look more like they are in flight.

Sew to center back of sock down the center of the wing pattern.