Saturday, November 1, 2008

First Toe-up socks

I've made socks before, but always from cuff down. I liked the idea of doing them toe-up because I could try them on as I went and also use as much of the yarn as possible without wasting any. I also wanted to try a short row heel as well because I like the way they look a lot better than a heel-flap (which just look strange to me). I used the instructions from Silver's Sock Class for socks on two circular needles (size 1 KnitPicks 16") and I LOVE this method for making socks! Thank you Kristin (aka Silver) for your great tutorial!

She teaches a figure-8 cast-on, which is very easy and a non-holey short-row heel. I wanted to have a stretchy bind-off because a typical bind-off is pretty tight and makes it hard to pull on over your heel. I found instructions at which are easy and stretchy - meets my requirements!

The cables running along either side are pretty much from the sock instructions. I used 4 stitches for the first 4 cables, and then elongated the 5th cable and knitted 7 rows before adding the next cross-over.

I really like this yarn - Zitron Lifestyle. I've got a couple of other colors and have already started on another pair of socks... not sure which pattern I'll do this time, but I know I'm doing toe-up again.


Holly S. said...

Cute socks! I have a pair hibernating that are in this pattern:

It's a great pattern. I love the heel. I showed it to a friend from my knitting group who makes lots of socks (she has tiny feet, so it's easy for her). She loves the heel and it's all she uses now.

Oh, and GO TIGERS!

Victoria said...

Those are gorgeous - I can see why your relatives want some of their own!