When the Wollmeise finally came out with a grey color line named after mice, I had to make at least one fun project of it prior to making a sweater.
The grey is marvelous – as all her colors – of course. I’ve used Maus Jong, a light grey with at touch of pink to knit socks with mice.
When Northknitter saw the first sock, it remained her of the mice in Disney’s Cinderella.
They are knitted toe up. Casting on 14+14 using Judy’s Magic loop method. Increasing 4 stitches every second row. (Knit 2, increase 1, knit until 2 stitches remains, increase 1. Repeat at next needle. One round without increases. Continue with these 2 rows until you reach 80 stitches.
First pattern is cats. Note that I’ve used 3 strands on the eye round of the cats, but the blue eyes of the mice are added after finishing the socks. As you will see I've not added blues on the second sock as I want them to be slightly different. I've also used another green on the top, respectively Wasabi and Fruling. It is more fun (for me) not making the socks 100 % identical. I've also flipped the pattern. What I do is using a portable light box. You can of course flip them in your computer and print them. I've not followed the charts 100% when knitting the socks.
The first chart - dancing mice;
Thereafter one round with background color and then start on the dancing mice chart. When that chart is finished, there is two rounds with only one strand at the top and two colors at the sole. What I did was to cut the yarn after making the sole stitches, then knit the top. Then start the sole with a new strand of contrasting color, knit the sole, cut the yarn. Knit the top with the background color, and then continue with two colors.
HOWEVER you can avoid doing that with adding a few more rounds between the toe increase, the first pattern and after the first pattern, as I (for size 38) only needed 4 rounds after having done the shift to the second Mouse pattern before starting the heel.For heel, knit short rows using only the sole stitches. First row knit all, turn, cast one, purl all. Turn. Cast 1, knit all until 1 stitch and the cast (2 “stitches”) on left needle remain, turn. Cast 1, purl all until 1 stitch and the cast remain on left needle. Turn. Knit until 2 stitches and 2 casts remain. Turn. Continue until you have 12 stitches and 12 cast on each side of the remaining stitches. Then on the next knit row. Knit till the first cast. Knit the cast together with the next stitch. Turn, cast and purl until the first cast. Purl that together with the next cast. Turn. Knit until the first cast. Knit that cast, the next cast (you should how have two cast immediately following eachoter) and the next stitch together (3 “stitches” to 1), turn, cast and continue as this until all cast except of the first one is knitted/purled together with the stitches. You shall now have 80 stitches and 4 casts. The two casts at each side shall be knitted together with respectively the first and the last on the top to avoid holes.
Continue in pattern until finished with Mouse 2 pattern. I did add year and initials on the back. I did not provide any chart thereof.
Second chart - knitting mouse;
Repeat the cat chart row.
Rib 3 knit 1 purl for 13 rows. Change color. Continue for one row with 3 knit 1 purl. Then change to 1 knit, 1 purl. Make 2 more rows. Then knit all knit stitches and slip all purl stitches with yarn in front. On next row purl all purl stitches and slip all knit stitches with yarn in back. Cut yarn but make sure to have appr. 1 inch yarn for sewing off all stitches. The last stitch on the remaining row should be a knit one, and start sewing in a purl stitch. Sew off using Italian cast off. (Sewing needle through purl stitch from front to back, down in the knit stitch from last round by putting the sewing needle through the middle of the stitch and up on the side of the left of the stitch. Sewing needle in the knit stitch on left needle from the back and to the front, then put the sewing needle through the first purl stitch from the back and to the front, and slip the purl and knit stitch from the needle.Thereafter, for every pair of purl and knit stitch. Sewing needle through purl stitch from front to back, into the right stitch that you immediately prior to that have slipped from the knitting needle, sewing needle in middle and up on side, then from back to front through the next knit stitch and finally from back to front on the first purl stitch. Slip purl and knit stitch from needle. Continue until all stitches are casted off.