If my Technical Tuesday post wasn’t enough of a hint; I’ve been studiously working on socks from the toe up. I’ve actually started two pairs! One for Paul and one that was a dye experiment!
First up I’ll show you Paul’s socks. This is the Manos del Uruguay Alegría yarn. I am not 100% sure on the colour, but I have linked to it on the Ravelry project page! The yarn itself is really knitting up in an interesting way. Everyone I have shown has asked if it is self striping yarn, but I’ve just hit that magic number of gauge when the yarn takes its own patterning and runs with it!
The second pair of socks was actually a dye experiment for self-striping socks. I think I have figured out how to do it and I was just playing around with colours. Seeing what lengths to dye for what kind of block of colour. I think they look kind of cool though!
At the very least they are definitely bright in true Stitch Please fashion!!
I’ve started my pair of socks for April and decided to do these ones from the toe up. My friend, Lisa, gave me some great advice for toe up sock heels, so I am going to share it with you. The first thing you need to know about this particular post, is that I love heel flaps. I know a lot of people who hate to do heel flaps because they have to pick up stitches or they get holes in the sides, but I have this down to a science (most of the time) and I love doing socks this way.
When I was discussing this with Lisa, she said she does her toe up socks with a heel flap as well; which, of course, made my day! If you refer back to this post the best cast on and cast off for toe up socks are there; all I needed was the middle bit!
This week has been a really rough week. Getting everything together for the wedding takes a crazy amount of time and memory; both things are in short supply here. Paul and I have been running around like chickens with our heads cut off trying to make sure all the odds and ends are tied up.
This week we were also struck with a really bad case of the flu. We were both bedridden for the weekend and Monday! It was going around and we were bound to get it at some point. I guess it is better to get it now rather than later and possibly during the wedding. It was not a good flu though, I was legitimately too sick to knit.
In the past week I have gotten quite a few rows put on my gradient socks that are my car knitting. I can never believe how fast these knit up. It is really quite crazy. I think if I ever had to commute to work, on a train or something, I would be the most productive knitter ever!
I also started another pair of the gradient socks, as per the title. I wrote about them in yesterday’s Technical Tuesday, but here is the photographic evidence!
They were a little bumpy getting started, but no more than when you try something new. I found the pattern gave a lot of leeway and wouldn’t recommend it for a beginner pattern. I would have preferred something with more structure, which I could flagrantly disregard. I messed up on the slip one knit one of the heel flap, I had a hard time understanding the instructions so there was some ripping and re-knitting, but I didn’t want to go back too far or I would be totally lost in the pattern.
I think they are turning out not too bad, all things considered, and no one will really notice if the alignment of the heel is off by a little bit. I did the same thing on my first pair of cuff down socks and I thought it would really bother me, but I haven’t even noticed it. Honestly, how often do you look at the back of your heel? When the socks are neatly folded, no one notices either. This is one of the only mistakes that doesn’t haunt me, which is why I am going over it now, and not as a Monday Mishaps. It was a mistake, but not a painful one, or maybe more like a growing pain. I’m getting taller as a knitter.
I did have a post planned for today that involved beading, but I got carried away by yet more socks. As I mentioned before I wanted to try socks from the toe up rather than the cuff down. On a whim I decided to start another pair of socks and give this technique a go.
First I used Wendy D. Johnson’s pattern Toe-up Socks with a Difference. I believe the difference is because the increases are on the bottom of the foot rather than the sides, but I used this pattern more like a guideline than an actual solid truth rule.
The pattern gives you options for the cast on, but not instructions, I simply went on youtube and found Julie’s Magic Cast on. I’ve heard a lot of good things about this cast on and it’s very popular, how could anything go wrong?
There wasn’t anything that went wrong in the cast on or the pattern itself, but I think the pattern was written for those using the magic loop method of knitting socks, not dpns. The pattern only specified needle one and needle two, usually when you’re using dpns there are three. I put a lot of time and effort into liking dpns so I am not going to stop using them now. I had to improvise a little bit and use my head, but I managed to get it working and my socks on the way.
I haven’t gotten to the bind off yet, but I am going to use this technique, I found it while looking for a super stretchy bind off for sweater cuffs. I always pull up my sleeves and if the BO is not stretchy enough, it cuts off circulation, which is never good.
The last of the sock succession! Knitting in the round with two circulars is the last technique I am going to go over. Here are a few of the best videos I could find. The first two are by sock queen Cat Bordhi.
I really love the ‘udder’ needle analogy! These are from the top down, so here are some from the toe up!
I will say that toe up double circular videos are harder to find. If you are having issues you should be able to modify the magic loop method to two circulars. Just remember to keep one side of each sock on one needle and the other side on a separate needle!