Beginner's Easy Basic Sock on the Auto Knitter with 60 cylinder/ 30 ribber dial combo 


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Finished sock still on the machine.

For simplicity, I'm going to give instructions for this sock knitted with my cotton/wool/ yarn in size 9-11 woman's sock.  This was knit loosely to allow for the cotton shrinkage.
You'll need to alter number of rows for other yarns. 


*Cast on in waste yarn with all 60 cylinder needles in the cylinder.   

*Put your ribber on and knit a few rows to make sure that it is in position and the lug on the dial is hitting the pin inside the cylinder.

*Switch every other cylinder needle to a ribber needle, so you will have a  1 cylinder needle, 1 ribber needle pattern all the way around.

*Knit a few rows with waste yarn, then tie on sock yarn.

*Knit one row with sock yarn.

*Put ribber into OUT position and knit two rows.

*Put ribber back into IN position and knit 60 rows..

End of Selvedge

*Switch rib needles back to cylinder needles so they are all back in the cylinder.  You can now remove the ribber and place it in it's holder. (You may need to lift the ribber out with a screwdriver by placing it underneath the ribber arm and prying it upwards, if it's on tight.)

*Make sure all the needle latches are open and knit 10 rows plain stockinette, ending with the yarn carrier in the front of the machine.


*Raise up out of action all the needles behind the hash mark except for the first one on each side. You will have 28 total needles raised up on the back side of your cylinder.

*Place your yarn in the "take up".  

*Knit all the way towards the back so your yarn carrier is in the back of the machine.  Raise two needles up out of action on the right side of the machine.

*Knit to the other side and raise two needles up out of action on the left side of the machine.  

*Knit to the right and raise 1 needle up out of action on the right side of the machine.

*Knit to the left and raise 1 needle up out of action on the left side of the machine.  (You will always be raising and lowering the needles on the same side your yarn is.)

You will eventually need to start pulling down on the front of the sock while you are doing this, and/or add a heel fork weight or other weight to the front of the sock.

*Continue this way, back and forth, one needle at a time,  until you've decreased down to 12 needles left  working in the front of your machine. (you should have red marks or hash marks on the front of your cylinder showing you where to stop decreasing)

*End with the machine on the right side.
If you haven't done so already, add a heel fork or other weight to the front of the sock in the pocket of the heel.  Raise the weight up as needed.

*Now lower two needles on the right side of the machine and knit to the left.

*Lower two needles on the left side and knit to the right.

*Lower 1 needle on the right side and knit to the left.

*Continue lowering the needles one at a time until the needles you started raising, are all back down, except for the last one on the right hand side. 

*Stop with your yarn carrier in the front of the machine and lower all the upraised needles in the back, down. ( Make sure that all the latches are open before you start to knit.)

*Take yarn out of "take up".

End of Heel

*Knit 50 rows for the foot.  End with yarn carrier in the front of the machine.


*Raise the back half needles up out of action. This would be all the needles behind the hash/red mark on the cylinder.  Put yarn in "take up".

*Knit the toe just like the heel, decreasing & increasing; end with yarn carrier in front of the machine.

*Lower back needles, making sure all latches are open.

*Knit to right side, just until the needle right before the hash mark has knit the stitch.

*Break yarn above, leaving a long tail.  Tie on your waste yarn with a granny knot.

*Take your work hook and pull the yarn through the front of the yarn carrier until you've reached the waste yarn. Now knit a few rows with waste yarn.

Now you can knit another sock!

Taking the sock off the tube

 Once you have a long enough tube (I usually knit 2 to 3 socks before I start taking them off the machine) you can cut the waste yarn above the rib and pull it out.  This will give you a closed edge on the top of the sock rib.  If you like, you can pull the main yarn tighter on the first row .

 Kitchener's Stitch

You now need to close the toe.

*Turn the sock inside out.

*Undo the granny knot (leaving the waste yarn on) and thread the toe part of the sock yarn onto a needle.

*Put the needle through the first stitch on the left side and bring the yarn to the outside of the sock.

*Turn sock right side out.  Fold over waste yarn and weave the two sides together with kitchener's stitch.. swatch.jpg (26627 bytes)

*Weave yarn into addition stitches at the end to lock and cut tail.


Sock Instructions, short version
Cotton/Wool Yarn - Woman's 9-11

60 rows 1 x 1 rib
10 rows stockinette
50 rows stockinette for foot

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