Posts Tagged 'toe up'

FO: Tiger Socks

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I promised Miss 3 the rest of my orange Vintage Purls sock yarn would become socks for her.  She was a little disappointed that it had to be striped with black to have enough though.  She has said she wants a pair that are “just orange” so my wee excursion into orange socks might have to be repeated some time in the future!

These toddler socks are knit toe up on magic loop, with a gusset heel. I am trying to work up a pattern to share with you, but have a few kinks to work out first – like these are about a centimetre too long. So will keep on it and let you know when I have an ultimate pattern, as these are sooo simple!

One of the ladies at knitting night was asking about stripes last night, so I promised I would show the jogs where I change colour on these socks.

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The top sock (right) is where the change over happens, the bottom (left) is the other side of the round. You can see a small jog but not a significant one, in fact it’s almost comparable with where I change needles I think.  I just wrapped the new yarn a couple of times around the old one, until it was fairly tight, and kept going with the new colour. There might be a technical name for this (complete fool’s method?) or not, I’m not sure. But my attempts at jogless jogs resulted in more of a jog so I stuck with this improvised method.

You can see the gusset heel here too – no heel flap, just gusset increases and then short rows. Very quick and satisfying and has resulted in a fairly good fit.

Now I am left contemplating the wee nugget of orange yarn and wondering if I have enough left to make a pair of tiger ears and a tail?

Blogtober 30th: Finally a FO!

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It seems like I’ve been doing more blogging than knitting this month, but I have another completed pair of socks to celebrate Socktoberfest.  These are the Ribbed Ribbon Socks from Wendy Johnson’s lovely book Socks From the Toe Up. They were knit in a lovely limited edition colourway called Citrus Sunset by Vintage Purls. The colourway is a massive departure from my usual fare of purples, greens, blues and pinks, but they certainly make me smile I and I think I will enjoy these socks.002 

I really enjoyed knitting this pattern – the second one I have knit from this book, and like the first it was well written, free of errata, logical, and pleasing to knit.  I commented early on that the 24 row repeat wasn’t totally easy, but I was able to work without the chart except for the occasional reference for all of the second sock, so it certainly grows easier as you go.  They are only patterned on the front of the foot, so that speeds up proceedings for the leg too!

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Months ago I commented that I had a new pair of sock-wearing shoes and I never managed to capture them on film. So, here they are with their pretty new companions.

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Blogtober 21st: You don’t need to be scared

Last night at kniting night, I sat in the sock corner.  We had a spinning corner too.  Kate is hoping her influence will rub off on the rest of us I think. She brought her new wheel with her in a fit of pique with her second ever sock.  Lizzie threw her sock across the room at one stage.  Desssert was served soon afterwards. 

Conversation in the knitting corner turned to sock construction at one stage.  My friends Kristie and Hannah are both new sock knitters, and both have started off with top down socks.  Kristie wasn’t too sure about toe up socks. So this post is for her.  She doesn’t need to be scared of them – and neither do you!

So, what’s different about toe up socks? 

* The cast on.  Generally you will be casting on quite a few stitches at once – typically 20 or so, and there are some awesome cast ons you can use to do this so easily.  Judy’s Magic Cast On is fab, and she explains it in a tutorial here.  Another clever cast on is the Turkish Cast On,  and you can find a tutorial here for this one.  Once you’ve cast on, it’s a simple matter of increasing, usually 4 times each round every second round, until you have the right number of stitches.  Nothing too scary about that, right?

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* The pattern – generally you get plenty of time to get used to any lace pattern because you get to practise it just on the top of the foot, so when you get to the leg you have it mastered.

* The gusset – this is where the big differences start.  A standard sock will work the gusset in the exact reverse of a top down sock – instead of decreasing as you go around, you will M1 (or Kfb) one stitch from each side of the instep.  Nothing to be scared of there.  And that’s where I am up to on my current sock (note the natural daylight pics).

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This is where some cool designs can vary – I’ve knit socks with gusset decreases moved to the front and to the bottom of the heel for different effects. This one has the decreases hidden in the almond shaped panel at the front.

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* Heel flap – There are different ways to work the heel flap, or not – this pair just have a fancy gusset – seriously simple.

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Generally the instructions are super simple, and often you will find they are very similar to how you would knit a top down sock, just in the reverse.

The leg – you’re on the home stretch!  You have the advantage over top down socks in that you can see how much yarn you have and knit until your yarn runs out if you want.

The cast off – the final difference is that you need to make sure you have  a good stretchy cast off.  My favourite is the sewn bind off. It is super easy, and pretty well guaranteed to be stretchy enough.  A tutorial for it is towards the end of this page.

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So, there you have it – it is awesome to see my friends knitting socks too (and buying sock yarn I can drool over). Maybe I’ll see them knitting socks from the toe up soon too 🙂

FO: Noro Socks

A week or so ago I blogged about the lovely Wendy Knits book I got for my birthday and showed you the plain gusset heel sock I had completed from my first pattern in it.  Now, I totally deny that I have the dreaded “SSS” or second sock syndrome. Totally deny it.  The reason I have three  four socks without partners sitting here has nothing to do with any difficulty or lack of motivation in knitting them a partner.  No, I totally blame all the gorgeous yarn and patterns in my stash that keep calling to me. If anything is to blame for my socks not having partners, it’s cast-on-itis, not SSS!  I’d happily knit them a partner if I had the time…

That said, since I’ve decided to take a break from sweater knitting for a while, it seemed like the perfect time to catch up on those second socks. First to make the cut was my Noro socks. Even though they’ve been waiting the shortest length of time… But I was curious about how the stripes would turn out, and because they were a plain knit, I could knit them while reading – I like to have a project I can pick up and knit while studying.

So, without further ado… here they are 🙂

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For those who love matchy-matchy, this is not the pair of socks for you! I always knew they would be ‘fraternal twins’, and it’s interesting to see how the combinations of colours worked together as they changed.

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In terms of a pattern review, the pattern is simple, well tech edited, and accurate. Knit from the toe up (the book’s title “Socks from the Toe Up” gives you a good clue there), it has a wide toe, and is quite roomy in the foot. I found the gusset heel quite an unusual construction, as it has no heel flap. There is no ‘heel turn’, and gusset flap goes up the back where a heel flap would be:Picture 2261

The Noro Kureyon sock yarn was a good buy from an Australian supplier.  I like not paying Aussie sales tax… I was a little hesitant about buying it though, as the yarn has the typical Noro feel – far from soft. But on it is not scratchy at all, and the socks are very comfortable. The other issue I have had with Noro yarn in the past is really long variegations which can be difficult to manage if you are matching balls. But because this was a one ball wonder I could sit back and relax. The yarn was alarmingly thin in places, so I will be closely watching how these wear.

I knit the socks using four row stripes, which I think is quite cute. I didn’t bother with jogless jogging, instead changing balls at the side of the sock. The result was still fairly neat.Picture 2259

Overall, I’m really pleased with these socks. They are simple and cheerful and I’m sure that I will love wearing them.

I’m hoping that I will equally love the other pairs of socks I’m determined to finish soon too!

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