Saturday, March 24, 2012
I have always wanted to try toe up socks and finally decided to give it a try. This is a simple pattern that I found on ravelry.com. The Sock Yarn is some nice 100% cotton yarn that I had received in a previous swap. The recipient was my sister who lives in Tennessee. The cotton made sense since the weather there is much warmer and wool socks probably wouldn't be worn as much.
I used a "figure eight" cast on for the toe with 60" Addi Turbo Size 1 needles. It was a little tough beginning at the toe with so little stitches and such long needles. Once the increasing for the toe was done, it was smooth sailing. I did the heel flaps one at a time because it was just easier. One of these days, I'll master the short row heel and not have to separate. It was an easy project, but you have to do everything backwards from cuff down. Just pay attention to the directions and you'll be fine. I hope that my sister like them.
Friday, March 16, 2012
Cookie A's Sock Innovation, #5 - Angee is very easy one to follow.
The colorway is called "Dune Twist" from Knit Picks, which was part of a sampler pack I had purchased a while back.
Even though it's an easy pattern, you shouldn't forget to keep track of your rows and use your lifelines. The variegation in the yarn is just enough for you to get lost if you're not paying attention.
The yarn was a nylon/wool mix that would often split, resulting in ripping back some rows or picking up dropped stitches. The nylon in the yarn will make it a long wearing sock. I had this yarn in my stash for quite some time and it knitted up nicely, giving the sock a nice mix of color without hiding the pattern.