Toe-up socks finished!Posted: October 18, 2013
Before I say anything else can I just say how much I loved knitting these socks? Really loved it. So much so that I have already made a start on another pair for my mother!
Because this was my first experience knitting socks from the toe up on a single circular needle rather than the multiple dpns – and there seemed to be a lot of new techniques to learn – I decided to make them plain rather than following the lace chart provided with the pattern (which is free on Ravelry - did I mention that before?).
Fear not. These socks proved to be very easy, a really portable project (I took them with me to Windermere), and very relaxing to knit. The ‘magic’ cast on is genius and after watching the you-tube video a couple of times I managed without too much difficulty. I even managed the second sock without referring back to it so it couldn’t be too hard! The heel turn is described as a ‘classic’ heel, with a slip stitch heel flap. I tried to make things more complicated than they were when I got to the heel turn but if you just follow the pattern it is very well explained. And it gives a nice thicker section on the heel where your shoe would be touching/rubbing your foot.
I was a little concerned that they may be a bit ‘baggy’ on the leg without the lace/lacy rib combination on the pattern so I just used a knit 3 purl 1 rib to create a little bit of elasticity. There is an inch of K1 P1 rib at the very top, and the cast off is a ‘stretchy picot’ bind off which looks really cute.
The best bit of making these? After I cast off all that was left to do was darn in the cast on and cast off tails. Wonderful. And the toes? You (well, I) would never manage to graft the toe as smoothly as this is.