What do you get when … you get carried away with heels and toes? Whimsy, a sock scarf. I used to demonstrate antique circular sock machines at fiber and knitting events. I found that like at most public demonstrations you get many of the same questions over and over from each group of people passing by. On a sock machine most people really want to see how you knit a heel or a toe. After many hours of knitting heels and toes you end up with a wonderful Dr Suess-ish scarf. I can’t tell you how many of these I have made over the years but I can share with you how I knit them. After repeated requests for a pattern, I’ve finally written it out so you can hand knit along with me. Whimsy  If you happen to have an antique circular sock machine, here’s my method: (written csm instructions in a pdf format will be available soon too!)

1. Make a cup of tea, choose carefully.

2. Set up your sock machine and cast on in the usual way. I’ve got my Money Maker A right here:

3. Knit 5-7 rows, turn a picot row, knit 5-7 more rows and rehang your hem.

4. Start knitting again. Knit as you would for the leg of a sock.  Then you are going to turn a heel.

5. Now after your heel, knit some more rounds for the foot of the sock. Make toe but don’t csat off.

That’s the basic idea. Heels and toes, toes and heels, on and on.  Stay tuned for part 2 for details and the finished results.

Comments on: "What do you get when…..(part 1)" (9)

  1. love your choice of tea!

  2. Happen to have a sock machine? I didn’t even know one existed! This scarf is at UT, now I get it!

    • You mean you don’t just happen to have one of those hidden in a closet somewhere?!? Yep, that’s the scarf hanging at Uncommon Threads. So many people have asked about it I thought it was time to write it up as a pattern.

      • Sock machines date from the late 1800’s early 1900’s and were used to knit socks to help supplement household income. They were very popular around World War II.

  3. What if you don’t have that kind of tea? Can you substitute? I have the H&S Chocolate Rose tea — will that work?

    • UMMM well if you have to substitute tea that is probably fine! Yes, of course, as long as it is the kind of tea that puts you in a patient calm sort of mood for sock machine knitting 🙂

  4. Cynthia said:

    Hi I have a CSM and would like to learn how to use it. Do you teach and are you near Santa Cruz, Ca? Thank you, Cynthia

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