I had an e-mail forwarded to me a few days ago posing a knitting question. I love a knitting dilemma because it really makes me think about what amazing things can be achieved within certain boundaries.
This lady had been shown as a child how to knit slippers in the round, but on single point needles! I had never even considered this, so I set aside some time to try and solve it.
and I have!!!!
Cast on 20 sts, *Knit 1, bring your yarn to the front between the needles, slip the next st purl ways, take the yarn to the back of the work between the needles*, repeat from * to * until all 20 sts have been worked. Do not worry that you have not knit the last stitch, only slipped it, as it will be the first stitch you knit on the next row.
If this sounds a little confusing think of how you work a K1, P1 rib, you are doing almost the same thing except you are not actually working the purl stitch, just slipping it across.
To cast off you need a third needle as you have to divide the stitches on to two needles, then cast off one side first before continuing onto the other side.
To cast off I Knit 1, slipped the next stitch on to a spare needle, Knit the next stitch fairly loosely, passed the first Knit stitch over the 2nd Knit stitch, slipped the next stitch on to the spare needle, and continued in this way until the first side was cast off. I then slipped the stitches from the spare needle back on to my working needles and continued to cast off in the normal way, just making sure it wasn't too tight.
You do end up with a tube. It is basic, but makes a simple sock.
Think I need to start a U-Tube channel for techniques such as these!
Have a great day.