View Full Version : a Jaywalker KAL

06-25-2007, 12:27 AM
ok, this pattern is so easy to remember!! i know i am not the only one to be knitting this right now, and i am sure i won't be the last.
jaywalker pattern here (http://magknits.com/Sept05/patterns/jaywalker.htm)
some jaywalkers here (http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=jaywalker%20socks&w=all)
alterations to pattern (http://www.grumperina.com/jaywalker.htm)
toe up jaywalker (http://azazello.org/nataliaknits/?p=36)

i am using some knitpicks bare superwash (http://www.knitpicks.com/dye+your+own+knitting+yarn_YL300110.html)(don't remember if it has nylon) that i dyed in a colorway that reminds me of the roses in my front yard, i call it Nana's Garden. i am also using 2 size one circs (susan bates quicksilver)

here is the start of my first jaywalker sock (i decided to forgo the ribbing and also make a shorter (probably 4 inch) cuff... and the crappy photo is taken on my cell. better ones in the future!

06-25-2007, 01:49 AM
my colorway inspiration

06-25-2007, 04:46 AM
if you didn't do the ribbing did you start right off with the pattern?

06-25-2007, 11:58 AM
yep! i just cast on 84 and then my first row was the pattern. it's very easy to memorize! i thought for sure it would be harder. i need to go to get ink for my printer so i can have the heel, foot and toe part in front of me :heart:

06-25-2007, 02:51 PM
Might want to toss this in the first post too.

Toe Up Version (http://azazello.org/nataliaknits/?p=36)

06-25-2007, 03:24 PM
thanks friskums! i added that version too :)

06-25-2007, 09:51 PM
i worked on my sock a bit, about 6 rounds! i decided to pull it on, and i am glad i did the larger (84) cast on! it streches a bit to fit over my heel, so they should be comfy socks :cheering:
oh, and i was a little worried about color pooling, but it's not a problem!

06-25-2007, 10:45 PM
Oh I'd like to join this KAL! I'm using the pattern for my toe-up worsted slipper socks, with some modifications of course. I've only done a few rows so far, but I'm liking how it looks!

I think I'll use this as an excuse to try a different heel than short row as well...

Those colours are so pretty Jeani!

06-25-2007, 11:21 PM
I started knitting these just the other day! Count me in. I'm putting them on hold until I can get another set of size 1 DPNs. One of mine broke, which wasn't too bad until I noticed that the puppy had EATEN 2 more. It's hard to knit with only 2 DPNs. Grr! :gah:

06-25-2007, 11:27 PM
yay! more knitters!
orangeus- thanks! it has turned out prettier than i thought it would :heart:
meearnol-bad puppy! i like dpns, but not yet for socks. too scary for me. maybe after i knit a few pairs!

please post some sock shots! i'd loooove to see your socks in progress :mrgreen:

06-26-2007, 02:10 PM
Oh how I love worsted weight socks, they're so quick, hehe. This pattern is quick also!

Detail shot:

And the whole sock:

I'm doing k3 between the increases and decreases rather than k7, and right now the bottom is just plain. I plan on doing one 'set' on the back of the leg, rather than two on the front.

Oh and the first row in pattern made two little bumps right on the toe area (you can kind of see them in the wide picture), that remind me strongly of the little ridges some snakes have over their eyes, so these are going to be my snake socks, hahah!

I can't wait to see everyone else's socks!

06-26-2007, 04:04 PM
I'm joining! I just cast on my 2nd sock using the larger size this time. I hope I can get this size over my heel. I am using Lornas Laces sock in Liberty colorway. It is a red,white & blue colorway

06-29-2007, 01:11 PM
i am a little more than halfway done with my first cuff. i knit on it last night at my LYS, but just before i left, i realized i screwed up somehow on thelast round i knit, so now i have to tink back one row! :pout: so not easy cause my stitches seem to be so tight :!!!:

06-29-2007, 04:37 PM
I got some YUMMY sock yarn from my swappee...I think I might use it on this pattern. Not sure yet though.

06-29-2007, 04:56 PM
As it so happens a pair of these are on the needles anyhow, my only pair of socks at the moment, so I'm in. Doing top down, I'm about 3 inches into the foot of the first sock. I made the larger size, too, and it fits really nicely. The thing about these socks is, though the have the sizing issues, once you get the size right, the fit is wonderful because it snugs up on the leg eliminating baggy sock syndrome. Or, I think.

06-29-2007, 11:28 PM
ok, so i was thinking about tinking the last round, and i decided not to. the mistakes is a few stitches that seem to somehow gotten slipped instead of knit. will it make a huge difference? this happened on the double increase/decrease round, which means next up is all knits. help. will i completly screw up my first sock?? :pout:

06-30-2007, 03:22 PM
Er, I don't think that would mess up the sock really obviously... I suppose it's possible. Instead of tinking, couldn't you just knit to that error, knit those slipped stitches and then knit them again?

That made a lot more sense in my head, lol

06-30-2007, 03:41 PM
oh! i bet i could! that should work :mrgreen: THANKS

07-04-2007, 02:16 AM
pics of my progress (pre-mistake!)





07-04-2007, 01:17 PM
Those colours are even more beautiful! (and I'm not even that fond of pink things!)

It looks really great. I like the effect if gives without the ribbing at the top.

I'm working on the heel on my sock...again. The first time I didn't know what I was doing, and this time, it's too big, so I'm going to rip again. So it's not very photogenic at the moment, haha

Jackie Lim
07-04-2007, 09:25 PM
Hi ladies,

I am a proud owner of my first pair of handknitted socks recently.

I had so much fun knitting socks, it's addicited. May i join in the fun ?

I love those colours (Jeanius' Pink and Orangus's orangie). wat brand is that please.

07-05-2007, 01:11 PM
Hi ladies,

I am a proud owner of my first pair of handknitted socks recently.

I had so much fun knitting socks, it's addicited. May i join in the fun ?

I love those colours (Jeanius' Pink and Orangus's orangie). wat brand is that please.
you are more than welcome to join! this is an open ended KAL :mrgreen: my yarn is some bare yarn from knitpicks.com that i dyed :heart:

07-13-2007, 05:30 PM
Im getting ready to cast on for my first JayWalker, and I have a question at the TOE section.

What does "Work needle # 1 even" mean?

I know Im jumping ahead of my self, but I need to make 100% sure I understand the terms first.

I looked up the k f/b and the dd that I wasnt familiar with...and I think other than the question I asked, Im ready to go! :woohoo:

After I buy the sz 1 needles. :doh:

07-13-2007, 05:41 PM
When knitting the sock the author directs you to use 5 needles, 1 to knit with and the others the stitches are spread out over. Starting from the beginning of the round, needles are numbered 1-4. So the first needle in the round is Needle #1, the second is #2, and so forth.

Here's a pic of my one Jaywalker. I made the size with 84 sts. This yarn was so shiny and had such vivid color before I washed it. It's Yarn Pirate's merino/tencel blend. But it bled a ton when I washed it and lost its luster. Boo.

07-13-2007, 07:55 PM
Oh, I know what knitting on DPNs is...I know about numbering the needles...Im just wondering because in the pattern it says...

"Knit needle 1 even
*K1, ssk at the beg of needle 2, work to etc so on & so forth...
repeat from * for needle 3..blah blah...
Work needle #4 even."

I assume that "working the needle even" is the same thing as just knitting on that needle, as opposed to doing a pattern, or anything?

07-13-2007, 08:07 PM
yeah that sounds right papergirl

07-13-2007, 08:42 PM
Mwedzi....I like the colors on your sock!

07-14-2007, 04:05 PM
Mwedzi, your sock looks great!

I turned the heel...again, on my sock. I've been busy knitting Harry Potter related things though, so it's taken my longer than I thought, haha.

07-18-2007, 02:25 PM
Count me in.:thumbsup:

I'm going to try the toe-up verson with Trekking on Size 1.
I'm hoping that the stripes turn out cool.

07-18-2007, 07:15 PM
1to1- check out these (http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=jaywalker%20trekking%20socks&w=all)! stripy yarn looks great in this pattern.

i would post an update, but i haven't taken one :blush: i am on the heel of the first one. when i get past that, i take and post one :)

07-19-2007, 12:01 PM
Yeh, I did look through those and thought that this yarn would be cute.

Last night I did a Figure 8 Cast On with only 8 stitches :shrug: and while doing the toe thought it looked to pointy but continued until I finished the whole toe :wall::doh:. Did I mention that I'm doing this 2 at once on 2 circulars?! So this morning I tinked it all and will try CO 14 since that is what the original pattern ended with.

07-23-2007, 01:16 PM
After reading how so many were having trouble getting them on, I finished up the toe and then decided to switch to a Size 2.

I love how they look and will post pictures later. I didn't have much time to work on them this weekend. It was beautiful outside so played some golf and tennis instead.

Jackie Lim
07-30-2007, 10:02 PM

Hi everyone,

This is my Jaywalker saying HELLO :woohoo:

07-30-2007, 11:12 PM
Pretty colors!

07-31-2007, 10:44 AM
My Jaywalkers look B I G since I switched to Size 2. :doh: I'm going to make them big all over then wash and dry them to shrink them. :shrug:

07-31-2007, 11:29 AM
So the pattern says they are easy enough for a beginning sock knitter. What do you guys think? I was gifted some fabulous sock yarn and I want to try my first pair. Could I do this or should I do something plain and basic?

Jackie Lim
07-31-2007, 08:39 PM
Hi Amanda,

This is going to be my second pair.

I did my first pair from a free pattern leaflet on the Lion Brands Yarn *Magic Stripes yarnband. (you may see it in my blog)

I would say go for this Jaywalker as it is not difficult as it seems. It is "mindless knitting" pattern for the zigzag as it goes round and round knitting the same stitches.

I cast on 76, with 4 Aero double pointed needles, using LionBrand Yarn (again, yes, again cos i like the texture, comfortable and east care, no blocking required, it still looks as new after many wash)

But tis time with i'm using a different colour.

Pls give it a try.

Is there anyone isl knitting Jaywalker out there now ?

07-31-2007, 10:26 PM
i/m still working sloooooowly on mine! i have to rip back the heel and start over *sigh* soon i'll have a finished pair of socks! (fingers crossed!)

08-07-2007, 03:39 PM
i am probably the only one on the planet with this issue, but in the instructions it says

*k-f/b, k7 (8), dd, k7 (8), k-f/b; repeat from * a total of 4 times.

which i read to mean that i knit f&b and then knit seven, and then DD and then knit seven and then knit f&b and then begin again

which means that i am increasing by one stitch with each pattern repeat which seems crazy to me

am i reading this right?

08-07-2007, 03:43 PM
yes but you have a decrease with the DD.

08-07-2007, 03:53 PM
i thought the same thing.but it works.see:
{ k-f/b, k8, dd, k8, k-f/b }
each pair of K f/b is matched by a DD so your stitch count stays the same. you increase 2 stitches each repeat and decrease 2 stitches each repeat.

08-07-2007, 07:26 PM
i thought the same thing.but it works.see:
{ k-f/b, k8, dd, k8, k-f/b }
each pair of K f/b is matched by a DD so your stitch count stays the same. you increase 2 stitches each repeat and decrease 2 stitches each repeat.

gracias. i took a nap and it made sense to me and i felt so foolish afterwards. with a double decrease im decreasing two not one. <insert homer simpson DOH!>

Jackie Lim
08-16-2007, 10:28 PM
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c198/440055/Knitting%20projects/P8160401.jpg :happydance:

Tis is my Jaywalker so far...how's everyone :??

08-17-2007, 01:18 AM
i had to frog mine.... i'm waiting for new needles to arrive so i can start over. *sigh*

08-17-2007, 11:47 AM
Awww! What happened?

08-17-2007, 12:23 PM
the heel was not right, and i don't think once i knit the foot that it will fit over my heel... so i am going to go up in needle size and still do the large size from the origional pattern. it's ok though, i was doing a short cuff anyhow, so not a lot of frogging needed... :)

Jackie Lim
08-17-2007, 11:57 PM
oh, never mind, take your time.

i m knitting it during my free time too.

Jackie Lim
08-21-2007, 09:16 PM

One down, one more to go :happydance:

08-21-2007, 09:19 PM
jackie- what a great sock!!

Jackie Lim
09-02-2007, 04:32 AM

My Jaywalker is done. More details in my blog.

09-02-2007, 08:55 AM
Jackie Lim, those look great! i used that same yarn to knit my first pair of socks.

I started my jaywalkers a few days ago and I think I need to frog them. I was think to restart them on US 2s and try toe up. The fabric is just too tight on the 1's. I'm KP bare yarn that I dyed.

Has anyone else tryed these socks on bigger needles?

Jackie Lim
09-02-2007, 10:24 PM
:aww: tks for the nice comments.

I use the 3.25mm dpn as per the yarn leaflet band, cast on 76 sts as per the pattern. It fix me well and very comfy.

It is worth :knitting:

09-03-2007, 11:55 AM
Hmm, maybe i should try my 3.25 needles. I think i just might!

09-17-2007, 12:48 AM
I finished my first one this evening and cast on the second. I'll have to take some updated pictures, but here is what it looked like on Friday.http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1250/1372786561_5a2084d36f.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/adallen/1372786561/)
It is my very first sock so I'll have to get some pictures of the gusset and the toe and you guys will have to let me know how I did.

Jackie Lim
09-17-2007, 09:12 PM
AdAllen, your colour is very nice. I love it.

09-29-2007, 08:57 PM
Thanks Jackie! The yarn was a gift from JamOKnit from the swap this summer. I finally finished them last night! They are drying right now. They are a little big, but not too big. The toes are a little square, but I don't think I have any laddering or the holes at the ankle. Here are some pics.
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1156/1455585164_6cf212bb26.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/adallen/1455585164/)
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1157/1454718991_e2eef1c967.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/adallen/1454718991/in/photostream/)
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1327/1459991161_77fd6fa7b8.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/adallen/1459991161/in/photostream/)

09-29-2007, 11:19 PM
ADAllen, your jaywalkers look great!

Jackie Lim
10-01-2007, 12:47 AM
ADAllen, it is beautiful. Nice colour with neat stitches.

10-01-2007, 09:54 AM
I sooooo love these socks! Im casting on tonight!!