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EarthForce Socks! [Sep. 24th, 2009|07:37 pm]
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Okay, so it's my day, and I'm posting a bit later than I wanted, but... that's okay. I've got something that, while it might not be something for everyone, it's a first for me, and it was fun. Anyway.

I love knitting. I began knitting because of fandom (Hogwarts scarves FTW!), but one of my most beloved fandoms — this one — doesn't lend itself to a lot of straightforward knitting patterns. There are no iconic scarves or hats or jumpers or wacky socks. To knit something B5-related, I'd have to think outside the box a bit. But only a bit. For now....

So, I hereby present...

EarthForce Socks

"'I'm gonna live forever. You know why? 'Cause I never leave the barracks unless I know I've got something to do when I get back. The only kind of man who gets killed is the man who is done doin' whatever it is he's doin'. And I know I'm gonna come back alive 'cause I got socks to wash.'

"We all took a vow that, for as long as we were in uniform, we would wash our own socks every morning."

Season 5, Episode 1: "No Compromises"

It seemed obvious that the first B5 knitted thing I should make should be knitted socks, because those can be made to be hand wash only. And because, well, it’s about the only knitted thing I could possibly make!

So, I thought about what an EarthForce sock might look like, pattern-wise, and went from there. The final design is, I think, a subtle and rather believable design, if a military organization decided to have something other than plain, generic socks.

7 stitches/10 rows per inch

2-3 hanks, Gloss Sock Yarn, black (shown in Cosmos); 70% Merino Wool, 30% Silk (fingering weight), 220 yards/50 grams per hank, or similar
Set of 5 double pointed needles (6 inches or longer), size 2/2.75mm, or sized for gauge
Yarn needle

Twisted Rib
Knit the first stitch through the back loop; purl the second stitch normally. Continue in this pattern until the end of the round.

Pattern information and abbreviations
Written in two sizes, ladies and men. Men stitch counts will be in parenthesis.
k: knit
p: purl
ssk: slip-slip knit
p2tog: purl two together
k2tog: knit two together

Using the long tail method, cast on 60 (72) stitches, divided over four needles. Join to work in the round. Work a little over 2 inches (I used 12 rows) in a twisted rib pattern.

Using the chart, knit pattern 10 (12) times across. Continue in pattern until desired leg length. (I did two full pattern repeats.)

Note: I found it easiest to end the pattern at the end of the pattern, as it makes picking it up again for the instep easier.

Row 1: Sl 1 purl wise, k29 (35) stitches; turn. The heel flap will be worked across these stitches; the remaining 30 (36) stitches are held for the instep later on.
Row 2: [Sl 1 purl wise, k1] to end.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 15 (18) more times, for a total of 32 (38) heel flap rows.

Heel Turn
Row 1: Sl 1 purl wise, k16 (19), ssk, k1, turn.
Row 2: Sl 1 purl wise, p5, p2tog, p1, turn.
Row 3: Sl 1 purl wise, k to 1 stitch before gap, ssk, k1, turn.
Row 4: Sl 1 purl wise, p to 1 stitch before gap, p2tog, p1, turn.

Repeat Rows 3 and 4 until there are 16 (20) heel stitches remaining, ending with a ssk on the Row 3 repeat and a p2tog on the Row 4 repeat.

Setup: k8 (10). Your gusset rounds will start here, in the middle of the heel.

Row 1: Knit 8 (10) stitches. Pick up and knit 17 (20) stitches along the edge of the heel flap (these are your slipped edge stitches plus one extra stitch between the heel and the instep). Knit across the 30 (36) instep stitches in pattern. Pick up and knit 17 (20) along the edge of the heel flap and continue with the final 8 (10) stitches. This should give you 25 (30) stitches per heel needle and 15 (18) stitches per instep needle.
Row 2: k20 (25), k2tog twice, k1; work instep stitches in pattern; k1, ssk twice, k20 (25).
Row 3: Knit across heel stitches, work instep stitches in pattern.
Row 4: Knit to 3 before end of the needle, k2tog, k1; work instep stitches in pattern; k1, ssk, knit to end of needle.
Repeat Rows 3 and 4 until there are 15 (18) stitches on each needle. Once you’ve completed that final round, knit across the first needle (which should bring you to your instep pattern); make this the start of your rounds.

Note: If you began the gusset on Row 1 of the pattern chart, your rounds without decreases should be the written charted row, while your decrease rounds are the repeat rows. Of course, if you haven’t done that, please ignore this.

Continue working the instep in pattern and knitting the foot stitches until the length is approximately two inches shorter than the desired sock length.

Row 1: k1, ssk, knit across needle; knit to 3 stitches before the end of the needle, k2tog, k1; k1, ssk, knit across needle; knit to 3 stitches before the end of the needle, k2tog, k1.
Row 2: Knit all the way around.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until there are 16 (20) stitches remaining. Using the kitchener stitch, graft the toe closed.

Weave in the ends.

Repeat the entire process for the second sock.

To download the pattern as a nice, printable pdf, click here.

Much thanks to my dad (right foot) for modeling with me (left foot).

ETA 2011-12-13: I just realized that I missed the heel instructions, so they're there now.

[User Picture]From: peachtales
2009-09-25 12:10 am (UTC)
Cute, and very inventive!
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[User Picture]From: cosmob
2009-09-26 07:44 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: jenavira
2009-09-25 02:48 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: cosmob
2009-09-26 07:46 am (UTC)
Well, I try. :)
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[User Picture]From: thebunnybag
2009-09-25 06:20 am (UTC)
I love socks!!
(no, I really do. I'm the one among my friends who is known for always having cool socks)
therefore this is awesome and win.
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[User Picture]From: cosmob
2009-09-26 07:48 am (UTC)
I never used to like socks a whole lot, mostly because the cool ones never fit me. Now, though, I love socks... if I knit them.
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[User Picture]From: littlemimm
2009-09-25 08:55 am (UTC)
You know, I first saw this on Ravelry and just had to come and check if this was related to the love month. ;) And it was! I love it when fandoms and crafts collide. I'm not that big on knitting socks (I'm a mittens-hats-sweaters-and-cardis kind of person myself, though I can knit a pair of socks if I want to) but I think I have to make these just because they're, well, spot-on. :D And then I'm turning the pattern into mitts I can show off during lectures. Yesyes.

♥ B5 and knitting ♥

Also, your icon is made of epic win. For the past few weeks I've been watching and rewatching MST3K movies while knitting and crocheting. It's a perfect combination of fail and fun.

Thanks so much for this pattern. And, personally, for making my Friday start very nicely indeed. :)
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[User Picture]From: cosmob
2009-09-26 07:36 am (UTC)
Yeah, I may or may not have gone a little overboard with the posting. Color me excited about it.

I don't have much of a need for mittens or hats, and sweaters and cardigans take a bit too long to make; socks, though, are my knitting friends.

I'd love to see a picture of your mittens version! And your socks, too.

Yeah, MST3K is wonderful, though I do find myself hesitating when on Netflix. Somehow, it just feels wrong to give Manos: The Hands of Fate five stars.
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[User Picture]From: artemis10002000
2009-09-25 09:49 am (UTC)
That's brilliant!
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[User Picture]From: cosmob
2009-09-26 07:49 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: galyndean
2009-09-25 11:09 am (UTC)
Totally awesome. :)
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[User Picture]From: cosmob
2009-09-26 07:50 am (UTC)
They'd be more totally awesome if I didn't have to unravel the larger one to make a proper pair now, but they're not bad. *bg*
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[User Picture]From: galyndean
2009-09-26 01:26 pm (UTC)
The quote on your icon is awesome.
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[User Picture]From: deiann
2009-09-25 04:10 pm (UTC)
Coolness! :D Very plausible EA socks! :D Thanks for sharing! :)
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[User Picture]From: cosmob
2009-09-26 07:37 am (UTC)
Thanks! I was going for believable military socks that aren't just plain knit.
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[User Picture]From: delenntoo
2009-09-25 04:42 pm (UTC)
Wow, now *that* is very creative of you! Plus it took a LOT of dedication - amazing! I will have to print out your wonderful pattern for my daughter-in-law, who is a knitting fan too.
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[User Picture]From: cosmob
2009-09-26 07:38 am (UTC)
Aw, thanks. I hope your daughter-in-law likes the pattern... and makes a pair of socks for you!
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[User Picture]From: amatara
2009-09-25 05:11 pm (UTC)
Super - I love it! :-D Thanks for sharing!
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[User Picture]From: cosmob
2009-09-26 07:50 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: ingrid44
2009-09-26 03:50 am (UTC)
Awesome! very creative, and practical. Haven't had a pair of knitting needles in my hands for years, more into crocheting. You may have sent me back to my needles (think there's still a pair somewhere.) Thanks for sharing the pattern.

I remember the episode as well - Ivanova's brother introduced, right?

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[User Picture]From: cosmob
2009-09-26 07:43 am (UTC)
Actually, I first started out crocheting myself, back in elementary school in the '80s. I never made anything, um... good, and I stopped after a few months, but it's where I started. (Though, I find that nowadays I can't crochet for very long, simply because I keep reverting back to my inner 9-year-old and her odd and uncomfortable way of holding the yarn. I've tried other methods, but the tension is rubbish.)

Did Sheridan talk about washing his socks when Ivanova was still around? The bit I was using as reference was from the fifth season, after Ivanova left. Darn it, I guess I'll have to rewatch the show. Again. *g*
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[User Picture]From: ruuger
2009-09-30 03:10 pm (UTC)
What a brilliant idea! This has to be the most original contribution to any fannish community ever. Serious kudos ;)
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[User Picture]From: cosmob
2009-09-30 09:45 pm (UTC)
Aw, thanks! What a lovely thing to say.
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