Saturday, April 19, 2008

Toe -Up Socks

I'm still on a sock-knitting adventure. Maybe it's because

they're so versatile. Socks can be done on DPN's, 2-Cirs, the

Magic-Loop, and they can be knitted from the cuff down or

from the toe-up. There's so many yarns from which to

choose from, even yarns that that do the fair-isle thing all by

itself. How cool is that?

My first socks were baby socks done on metal DPN's. I

hated it, because DPN's & I don't play nicely together, but I

did want to learn to knit socks. So, my first pair of socks for

myself were done on 2-Cirs. I used Cat Bordhi's book,

Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles
but I had to have a lot help from my blogging friends.

This was just the just the beginning. Since then, I've been

exploring knitting socks on the the Magic Loop and I have

been diligently trying to figure out how to do socks from the

toe up. I've been working on this for weeks. The

problem? I just can't seem to get the hang of the

"Provisional Cast-On". It was enough to make think that I

was never going to knit toe-up socks!

I was born determined! I tried & I tried & I practiced & I

practiced toe-up socks. I tried all sorts cast-on methods and

I finally got the hang of the Turkish Cast-On:

and I use the a

Knit Pick Needle for the cable to hold my "live sts."

But, my toe-up sock experience didn't stop here. I

discovered that I just didn't like the general appearance of

the way the toes looked with all the increases involved in

achieving the toe. My problem was, I knew how I wanted

my toe to look, but I didn't know how to get there.

THEN.....with the help of my of my
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tried the "Turned Toe" method for the toe. Cat Bordhi also

has a pattern for the Turned Toe in her book, but it's a little

different. I really like this way of working the toe, because

by the time you've completed the turned toe, all of your

shaping & increasing is done & you're ready to start knitting

in the round.

In a wild moment, I bought some new yarn : Fortissima

Socka AND Bamboo Double-Pointed Needles! This Yarn is

yummy & these needles are great! So far, so good!

1 comment:

Joansie said...

You have come so far with your sock knitting, Deb. What with all the fun needles you purchase, you are being very creative!

My Fair Isle Hat (Selbu Modern)