Saturday, March 06, 2010

My First Toe-Up Sock Done!

For years, I've been wanting to learn how to knit socks from the toe-up. There are dozens of ways to Cast On for toe-ups and I finally found that I like. Then, there was the matter of working the heel on Toe-Up socks, which is usually a wrap and turn method, which I didn't like because I always ended up with holes.

I used the Easy Round Toe for Toe-Up socks in Charlene Schurch book Sensational Knitted Socks and I knitted the Van Dyke Socks in Socks from the Toe Up by Wendy D. Johnson and the gusset and the heel flap was one of the easiest that I found, no wrapping or picking up stitches.

I'm very pleased with the way my very first (completed) Toe-Up turned out. I ended up using a Picot Bind Off (search Google) for the cuff, so that I had a stretchy cuff on my leg.

I've already CO for the second sock and I have this pattern knitting!

After I'm finished with these socks, I'll be searching through my sock books for another pattern to go with this yarn.

I've never used Patons Stretch Sock yarn before, but I liked the color and the price was reasonable.

Monday, March 01, 2010

Van Dyke Socks

I've been a big fan of Wendy Johnson of Wendy Knits Adventures with sticks and string and of Socks from the Toe Up: Essential Techniques and Patterns, for quite some time. That being said, toe-up socks have also been my nemesis for quite some time as well. I just couldn't get the shape of the toe-up sock to my liking until recently, thanks to Hubby.

At Christmas, he gave me several sock knitting books, one of them was Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Schurch
. This book has another technique for a toe-up sock to create a round toe, see pg.61. It's so easy and so nice!

I think that I'm finally going to succeed in making and finishing a Toe-Up sock.

Close-up of the Van Dyke socks in Socks from the Toe Up: Essential Techniques and Patterns from Wendy Knits, pg. 116

The gusset and the heel is done very differently than most toe-up socks. This one didn't involve picking up and wrapping, which I really dislike, because no matter what I did, I always ended up with holes at the gusset. This was pretty easy and straight-forward.

I'm hoping to work on the rest of the leg tonight and then try to figure out a stretchy bind-off. Who knows? I just might like knitting toe-up socks after all.

Hopscotch Cardi x 3!