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Topic: Knee-high stockings into calf high socks?  (Read 769 times)
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« on: September 09, 2010 05:45:43 PM »

Okay, I've never knit socks in my life. But I've been wanting to knit the "Pippi Kneestockings" from Stitch 'n Bitch. They seem easy enough and I really like striped socks. The thing is, I don't like knee high stockings. I'd prefer if they were just a bit shorter and cut off around the calf instead. But again, since I've never knit socks before, I'm not sure how to go about doing this. I've tried looking up other patterns, but alas, have only managed to confuse myself further. If someone could please give some helpful links, or advice, I'd appreciate it! Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2010 10:06:21 AM »

 What you can do is follow the directions until you've reached the length you want and then bind off. 


Using this photo as an example, you can stop at the first red stripe (the one with the red arrow) and bind of the last row of that red stripe instead of moving on.

I hope that made sense.

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« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2010 05:00:38 PM »

Well, although that does make sense (and I certainly do appreciate your help), the pattern is actually done the other way around. It starts at the top and then goes down to the toe.
The directions are divided into sections: ribbing, calf decreases, heel flap and so on. For the ribbing part it says to cast on 64 sts then work 14 rnds. Then continue to work 14 rnds in alternating colors.
So maybe what I should do instead is work the first part of the ribbing and then go directly to knitting the calf decreases instead of working the 14 rnds of alternating colors? I'm just wondering if that will work okay? I think it might, but I'd like some advice on it. Thanks!
« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2010 09:22:39 PM »

I'd look at what the stitch count is after the calf decreases and use that for the caston. Most sock patterns are a constant stitch count from ribbing to toe (with various changes in the middle depending on the heel style).
« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2010 10:49:13 PM »

Ah, okay well that makes sense then. It is 64 sts, so I will do that then. Thanks so much for your help!
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