In Sock Knitting Education

My first crocheted sock was toe-up. It was the best way for me to learn
how to make socks initially because I could try them on as I worked on it.
Another major benefit is that I can work until the yarn runs out without
worrying that the foot won’t be long enough (not normally a problem for
short-sock loving me though).

For some reason, when I moved to knitting socks, I worked them
cuff-down. In retrospect, I suspect this is because I learned how to
knit by knitting socks (after all, I could barely cast on and I couldn’t
purl when I made my href="http://www.xantha.org/gallery/knit/DSC_2027">first
knit sock) and the idea of trying a figure 8 cast on or a
short-row-toe was quite beyond me at that point.

Since I already know the love that is toe-up crocheted socks, I really
wanted to become acquainted with the love of toe-up knit socks.


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alt="toe-up sock" title="toe-up sock" border="2">

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alt="toe up sock hourglass heel" title="toe up sock hourglass heel"
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Cherry Tree Hill Supersock in Northern Lights
toe-up sock, short row hourglass toe and heel
64 stitches around, magic loop on 32″ 2.5mm (US1) addi turbo

I had a number of figure 8 false starts, a handful of wrapped
short-row toe false starts, and finally I went back to Priscilla
Gibson-Roberts short row, backwards yarnover method for the hourglass
toe/heel (with some help from href="http://alison.knitsmiths.us/shortrow_tutorial.html">Alison’s
Short-Row Tutorial, as always).

Prior to starting this sock, I had worked 1 complete and perfect
short-row hourglass heel using this method. I had also worked and
frogged at least four failed attempts. Finally, I figured it out while
working the toe for this sock! In fact, I did not need to look at the
instructions while working the heel (progress for me; means I truly
understand how it’s constructed — I don’t like methods I can’t
understand or recreate without instructions, they slow me down).

My biggest problem with this method was that you need to know how many
stitches you want around the foot of the sock. I guessed in this case
and decided that 64 was probably right with this yarn on US1. The sock is
slightly wider around than I like my socks (but I like them tight) but
actually fits a lot better than I expected. I thought I was going to have to
frog!

The other problem, which stems from working these using one long
circular — I have ladders on the sides of the sock. They’re not bad
ladders, but they are worse than the lack of ladders I have when I use
dpns. I will live — I can fix these, but it’s frustrating. I’m not sure
magic loop is for me, but it is great for on-the-go knitting.

I love this sock, and it’s actually been interesting to work on, and
it seems a lot faster than cuff-down socks. I hope to work on them
during intermissions at the Caps game tomorrow night.

The next problem? Finding the best stretchy bind-off! I would
appreciate any suggestions anyone has.

And now back to my workstress and knitting on a secret project with
good pal E.

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