Welcome back, Knit-Alongers! If you're just joining our knit-along, download your free pattern for the Little Lamb Sock Critter now, and let's get started!
In this week's segment, we have a lot to cover! Take it step by step and, remember, you can always come back to the video and this blog post when you're ready for each of the steps.
Last week, we set up the lamb's body, and this week, we will show you how to cable and follow the cable chart. One thing you'll notice in the clip is that I mark my chart with arrows, representing the edges of the cable pattern running up our little lamb's belly. I also put stitch markers on my needles corresponding to where those arrows are. This is a good trick so that you can easily tell where you are in the row if you stop working in the middle of the row for whatever reason, without counting across the entire row; instead, I just count in relationship to the stitch marker/arrow.Once you work up the entire torso of our lamb, following the chart and using your cable needle, you'll need to transfer your working stitches to 3 double-pointed needles (DPNs)–16 stitches for the front, 8 each for the two back flaps.
Tip: To join in the round, simply start knitting and when you finish all 3 needles, go back around to the first needle with your working yarn and keep working across instead of turning. Be sure to pull your working yarn tight as you switch back from needle #1 to needle #3. You'll work around and around in your 1×1 rib pattern to create his neck.
Next, in the video, you'll see that we leave the 16 stitches of the front of his neck alone and work the back 8 stitches (on two needles) — this is the "heel flap" part of our sock critter, and it's worked just as it would be on a sock. As you can see, it's done in the same moss stitch pattern as the majority of our lamb's body. NOTE: I demonstrate the p2tog decrease at the beginning of the row so that it's easy to see, but as you follow the pattern, you'll notice that the p2tog and k2tog are in the middle of the rows (starting at "Shape Top of Head"), so be sure to follow the directions as written.
Once you're done with these steps, you'll also want to go ahead and start working on all 3 DPNs for the "Shape Face" portion of the pattern, which will give you the face and muzzle of our lamb. As you'll see in the pattern, you'll need to pick up stitches to make up for the "gap" created on the sides of of our heel flap (the left and right edges). (If you've never picked up stitches before, there are plenty of YouTube videos out there that demonstrate this skill; a quick search will bring them up. As you work, go slow and remember that you can always do it over again, if you feel like you need to adjust your stitches.)
You'll want to complete everything through the face for next week's segment, when we'll talk about finishing him up.
I hope you're having fun working on this critter, and I'll see you next week!
This knit-along has been brought to you by Lion Brand Yarn. For the yarns used in the Little Lamb Sock Critter, seen on Knitting Daily TV Series 500, visit LionBrand.com.