Saturday, March 28, 2009

Magnet Bed Socks

My father has been using magnets for pain relief for years now.
I made him some anklets, but he was having trouble with wearing them at night.
He had a semi truck run over his ankle when he was young ( they had to roll it over his ankle again to get him unhooked from between the tires ) he is very lucky to even still have a foot. They didn't think he would ever walk on it again, but before he was even out of the cast he was up and running. However it did leave him with pain most of the time.
So a bed sock seemed like just the answer. It's pretty basic with a few little changes here and there.

Magnet Bed Socks
Fits men’s shoe size 10 to10½ US.
200yds worsted weight yarn ( I used Redheart Super Saver in black )
Size 6US & 8US dpns. Set of 5 each
24 small disk shaped bead magnets with holes for sewing
Sewing needle ( small enough to go through the beads )
Black thread
Yarn needle
Gauge 4sts. by 6 rows = 1”
Cast on 40
place on four size 8 dpns evenly. Being careful not to twist stitches
Cuff
1 by 1 ribbing for 5”
Knit even for 1 ½ ”
Heel Flap
Knit needle # 1 with sz. 6 dpns, turn and sl 1, purl all the way across needles # 1 and # 4, keeping all heel stitches ( 20 ) on one needle. You will not be working with needles # 3 & # 4 for the heel flap.
Work heel flap for 2 ½ ” as follows
Sl 1, k to end
Sl 1, p to end
End with a knit row.
Round heel
Sl 1, p11, p2tog, p1 turn
Sl 1, k5, k2tog, k1 turn
Sl 1 at the start of each row, knit or purl ( depending on the row your on ) to one before gap, decrease over gap, knit or purl one more stitch and turn.
Repeat until all stitches have been worked ending with purl row ( decrease will be the last stitch )
Gusset
Pick up stitches along gusset ( still using smaller needles ), making one stitch on each side of heel flap ( using the bar between ) knitting into the back loop of all picked up stitches, to avoid holes.
I kept to the smaller needles on the soles and larger on the tops of the feet to give a stronger sole, yet stay a little more “roomy” on top.
After picking up stitches on right side, knit across needles # 2 & # 3 using sz. 8 dpns. Then pick up stitches on left side ( needle # 4 ).
Knit to center of heel using needle # 4, place stitches back on 4 dpns, by sliding the other half of the heel stitches to needle # 1. You should have half the heel stitches and the gusset stitches on needle # 1 ( sz. 6 ). 10 stitches on needle # 2 & # 3 each ( sz. 8 ) and the other side gusset and heel stitches on needle # 4 ( sz. 6 ).
Knit one round.
Start gusset decreases
Knit to last three stitches of needle # 1 then k2tog, k1. Knit across needles #2 & # 3 to needle # 4, k1, k2tog through the back loop, k to end of round.
Knit next round.
Keep decreasing in this manner until you have 10st.s left on gusset needles.
Knit for 6”, switch to all smaller sized needles, knit for ½ ” ( for a total of 6½ “ from end of heel ) this adds to the strength for the tops of the toes.
Toes
Needle # 1: k to last 3 sts., k2tog, k1.
Needle # 2: k1, ssk, k to end of needle.
Needle # 3: k to last 3 sts., k2tog, k1.
Needle # 4: k1, ssk, k to end of needle.
Knit next round.
Repeat decreases until you have 6st.s remaining on each needle. Graft together, weave in ends.
Adding magnets
I used 12 small disk shaped magnetic hematite beads sewn flat onto the wrong side of the ankle. When sewing magnetic beads in make sure to do so individually as well as all the way around each bead. This will assure your stretch ability and keep them securely in place.

Warning : Mangets should not be used with persons with pacemakers or insulin pumps, as well as pregnant women.
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