toe-up-socks

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Current WiPs.

Learning magic loop technique. I kinda like it.  Fleegle’s Toe-Up No-Flap, No-Hassle Sock Pattern in Lang Jawoll Color Superwash Col 902.0019 on 2.5mm 32 inch circular and Lang Jawoll Magic Degrade Col 85.0079 on 2.25mm 40 inch circular.

And, since I’m passionate about sock yarn atm, a scarf. 10 Stitch ZigZag by Frankie Brown in Lana Grossa Meilenweit Bali Col 3207 on 3.5mm dpns.

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Finally finished my quatrefoil reversible double knit socks! It’s my first complicated pattern I wrote for double knitting and I did my best to explain my process. Pattern available here. I can’t wait to give these to my grandma, they’ll keep her feet so warm. Double knitting means there’s two socks attached to one another, so it’s doubly warm! I’ll probably have to make a pair for myself next (…and the husband, and my mom, and plenty of other people, too!)

What’s the perfect way to avoid fighting (dying. Let’s be real honest here, there’s not so much fighting as there is flailing and dying a lot) baddies in video games and that other knitting project that is still languishing as a barely started swatch (and the not-even-half-way-finished scarf, and the one-and-a-half hand warmers still on the dpns)?

Attempt toe up socks for the first time, naturally. (I might have a motivation/follow-through problem. It… might be a severe case.)

Yarn is one of the many balls of JoJoLand Melody I had for another project I never started (are you sensing a trend yet?), needles are the new Knitter’s Pride US2 circs I haven’t broken in yet.

But hey, I did finish my latest washcloth in a night a few days ago, so I can totally keep claiming that I actually knit whole projects, right? Right??

Knitting feedback needed!!!

Do any of y'all do socks two at a time and toe up? If you’ve tried it, what do you think?

I got this book forever ago, and now that I’ve finished the Neverending Socks (knitted the traditional way: top down, dpn’s and the whole bit), I think I might tackle this method.

Thoughts? Reviews? Opinions? Warnings? Cautionary tales?

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Finished another pair of socks!

kinda wish I had done a fleegle heel here but I knit too far to start it so I kept on knitting and did a basic short row heel.

self pattern gleaned from perusing the sock knitternet. Lang Jawoll Aktion on US 1.5 (2.5mm) dpn.

humbly submitting this to May craftchallenges “Nature” because the colors remind me of autumn foliage.

6stronghands asked:

Can you explain why toe-up socks are easier than cuff-down? Have you ever done the two-at-a-time method?

Hello 6stronghands!

I most surely can explain why I find toe-up easier than cuff-down. 

For me, it’s a mix of a few things that I find difficult for a cuff-down sock.

1. anxiety over running out of yarn before getting to the toe 

2. That I cast-on ridiculously tight and it’s a pain to go through the first row. That being said, there are ways around that, like casting-on on larger needles and moving down to the needles you intend to use. 

3. This isn’t really difficult, but it can be annoying: picking up the gusset stitches on the heel flap if you knit top-down. 

Now that I have that out of the way, I really Enjoy toe-up because

  • you can try the sock on your foot as you go. This means two things to me- you can treat the toe cast-on and build as your gauge swatch and you can test if you like the fit of the sock earlier in the sock (than if you started at the cuff). If it isn’t the right size, you haven’t gotten that far in the sock, so it’s no big deal to rip it and do it again. 
  • Toe hats are really fun
  • being able to knit the cuff the exact length you want without having to worry about if you’ll have enough for the toe later. 
  • being able to stop the cuff at the very end of your yarn if you really wanted
  • getting the harder parts out of the way
  • No need to kitchener-stitch the toe closed 

more thoughts on toe-up

  • You do not have to use short row toes or heels (surprisingly bad fit on my feet). You don’t have to use afterthought heels (even worse fit on my feet).  There are more options than these heels, which I have found to be sort of endemic in sock patterns, which is disappointing to me in a way since they don’t offer much in terms of customization to your foot shape (and the afterthought heel also uses the kitchener stitch, which is annoying to me). 
  • Here’s a Knit Freedom tutorial on a faux heel-flap heel for toe-up socks. I just used this in a sock that I knit toe-up that was written top-down and it looks just like the pictures in the top-down pattern. 
  • There’s also the fleegle heel, which is a gusset-based heel. I like it, it was on the first pattern I ever knit socks from (“serpentine” by wendy johnson)
  • There are some other heel types out there but I can’t really say much on them, since I’ve never used them (such as fish lips kiss heel)

On knitting two-at-a-time:

  • I have used this method, and I find it useful because it forces me to finish both socks at once instead of finishing one and never starting the other. 
  • I do it as such: make each toe one at a time, then start knitting them at the same time. When you get to the heel, depending on the heel type, you may need to do one heel fully, then the next sock, and then continue on. I divide my yarn skein into two balls if it isn’t already (50g each). 
  • My yarn hardly tangles because I turn the needles around in such a way that each twist, I untwist on the other side of the row. 
  • I recommend popping a stitch marker between the socks on the front so you always know which side of the rows you’re on. 
  • Oh and you’ll want long cable needles (Mine are 40 inches— I have addi turbos and they are so. nice. the cable is so flexible!). 

I’ve recently been working on reversing a complex cable chart that was written for cuff-down socks and in some respects it’s easy, though in other ways it is annoying… the original chart isn’t the best in “showing” what slants the stitches are supposed to have. Some simple textures are really easy to either reverse or use as written (it would be upside down from the cuff-down versions, but visually that doesn’t make much difference for smaller pattern repeats). 

My one hope and dream is that more designers start with toe-up designs, since I see a lot of really pretty socks where the pattern would be a pain in the butt to translate from cuff-down to toe-up. 

Hope this helps! Thanks for the question! (please feel free to ask follow-up questions if I wasn’t clear on anything…)

 

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The finished product!  Ta-dah.  Success.  A sock.  My very first.

I made a ton of mistakes.  I dropped a few stitches, and used too small of a crochet hook to fix them.  I wasn’t looking too closely when I pilfered it from my mom’s stash.

I did too few stitches when I cast on.  I have a wide foot, and I should have cast on 12 for each needle.

I continued to knit when I found both a knot in the yarn and when I found that the yarn was about to split from the skein.  I should have broke the yarn both times, but I was too scared to so I just plowed on.

I got the hang of magic loop, but I had a lot of trouble keeping my stitches on the needles when binding off.  I’m not sure if I will use my circular or buy DPNs for the future.

I bound off WAY too tightly, as usual.  I bound off in pattern, but it’s a hard fit over my foot.  When I wove in the ends and slipped it on to take this picture, I noticed that the ends I wove in started to come undone.  I don’t think I weave the ends in well enough.  Also, I noticed a jog when I was done binding off.  I think I made a mistake and knitted this unevenly.

For next time:

Cast on more stitches!

Use a stretchier bind off!

Buy your own damn crochet hooks and get the right size.

Make sure you complete a round before beginning the cuff so there isn’t a jog!

Other than that I am pleased as punch.  I think I’ll attempt to wear it after I wash it once; maybe it will felt a little.