Knitting Socky Shoes: Learning to Pearl

This is the third blog about knitting. If you want to knit, but don’t know how, look back, and there is a blog about casting on and another one about basic knitting.  If you don’t want to learn how to knit, don’t worry. All my blogs are not about knitting.  Right now, I am making pumpkin bread, and you will get a blog about that.  I also have two more Korean lessons created I haven’t posted yet.  My son in law is always dreaming up places for us to go here in Korea because he loves to site see, so when my son in law and daughter are free, we will go to those places and tell you about them.  This week, a friend of mine who runs a private English school here in Korea has asked me to visit his school. I will take pictures and blog for you about English schools.  I will also begin something new.  If you are a mother or grandmother, you may be interested in what I plan to do.  My friend has bought lots of expensive cameras, and I plan to begin reading to children on film for You Tube.  I may also give English lessons for Koreans, but I have a grand daughter I never get to see, and some parents are so busy they don’t have time to read to their kids, which I believe in a necessity, so I really want to read to kids on You Tube.  As for this blog, I will be showing you some important things about knitting.


When I first began to knit, to finish a task seemed insurmountable. I knitted, but I just couldn’t finish anything because it was too hard, and my skill hadn’t grown much.  My older sister was making these socky shoes, and they looked easy, so I tried, and they are easy.  I have made many pairs since.  However, there are some stitches you need to know I haven’t taught you yet you need to know to accomplish making these shoes,  and I will teach you to make those stitches as I teach you how to make these shoes.

Cast on 20 stitches.
Knit 6 stitches.
Pull the yarn from the back through the needles to the front.
Instead of putting your needle into the stitch toward the back like you do when you knit, insert the needle into the front of the stitch.
Loop your yarn around the front hook.
Pull the yarn back through the stitch. You are doing the same thing you did when you knitted, but just doing it in the front instead of the back, so let the stitch on the left needle you just pulled the yarn through fall off the needle. You have just pearled one stitch.  Now, to continue, put the yarn back through the needles to the back so you can continue knitting.


To begin with, cast on 20 stitches.  After that, knit 6 stitches at the beginning of the row.  Then, pull the yarn through the needles to the front.  Now, you are going to backwards knit which is called pearling.  After you pull the yarn to the front, insert the needle into the front of the stitch on the other needle.  Loop the yarn around it, and then pull it back through, then take the stitch off that you just used to pearl into.

After you have done a few rows of knit 6, pearl 1, knit 6, pearl 1, knit six, and then knit a row, and then done another row of knit 6, pearl 1, knit 6, pearl 1, knit 6, then knit another row, look at your work.  Where you have been pearling, you will see that your work will have a chain on it.
When you hold it up on one side, you can see two chains.
On the other side, your work will have an indented line where you have been pearling.

Put the yarn back through the needles to the back of your work again, and then knit another 6 stitches.  Now, pull the yarn forward again and pearl another stitch, then put the yarn in the back again.  Knit to the end of the row. Next, turn your work over and knit a whole row without pearling. Next, do another row of knit six, pearl one, knit six, pearl one, knit six.  After that do another row of just knitting.  Then, do another row of knit six, pearl one, knit six, pearl one, knit six, and then just knit another row. Continue this pattern until you have knitted 22 rows.  If you want to count how many rows you have done, count the ridges that stick up and multiply by 2, and you will know how many rows you have done.

After you have followed the pattern above for a while, you will notice that where you are pearling the one stitch, there will be a chain pattern on one side of your work and the other side will look like you have a bend right there.

I have knit 22 rows.


On the next row, I begin knit 2, pearl 2, knit 2, pearl 2, all the way across.

After you have done a row of knit 2, pearl 2, knit 2, pearl 2, etc., look at your stitches, they won’t seem as even as when you just knit the whole row. You will knit the whole next row, then you can notice how even the stitches seem again.
Look at your work after you have done one row of knit 2, pearl 2 across and one row of just knitting, then the next row of knit 2 pearl 2 across, etc. You will see a different pattern. Where you have been doing the pearls, you will see two chains.  This pattern is called ribbing.

After you have knitted 22 rows, you want to begin the toes.  There is a different pattern for the tows.  On the 23rd row, knit 2, pearl 2, knit 2, pearl 2, knit 2, pearl 2, all the way across the row. Next, knit the whole next row.  After that, do another row of knit 2, pearl 2, knit 2, pearl 2 all the way across the row, then knit the next row.  If you stop to look at your work, you will see another pattern is emerging. This is called ribbing.  Continue this pattern for 10 rows, and then you have knit the whole thing and need to finish it off.


You are going to cut your yarn and then thread it back through all the stitches on the needle.

There is yarn through my stitches instead of a needle.
Pull your yarn tight at the toe, and you will see your shoe begin to take place.

If you were making something else, you would have to cast off next, but with these socky shoes, they are easier, and you can make them without knowing how to cast off.  Next, you will want to cut off your yarn a length from the last stitch.  Next, you should knit a stitch, and then pull the yarn all the way through and take the stitch off. You will basically be threading the yarn all the way through the stitches and taking the stitches off the hook. You are making the toe.  Pull the yarn once it is thread all the way through, and you will see that it works well because it will close around your toes there.


I used the yarn that was still connected to the shoe and sewed up the top of the foot to just past where the ribbing began.


If you live in America, you will be able to find a yarn sewing needle. I used to have one. They are usually plastic, but there are metal ones too.  They are large and have a large enough eye in the needle that you can put yarn through it. You will want to thread the piece still connected to your work that you cut through the yarn needle.  As for me, I am in Korea, and I have trouble finding what I need, so I am going to use a safety pin as my yarn needle, and I thread the yarn into the end of the closed pin.

After I sewed the heal too, I put my socky shoe on. Now I am read to make another one.

I sew from the toe of the needle up the shoe slightly past where I began to rib.  Next, I sew the heal closed.  I make sure the ends of the yarn are tied and woven into the inside of the shoe.  My socky shoe is finished.

Now, make a second one, and you will have either comfortable house shoes for you to wear in the house this winter or a nice Christmas gift.











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