Sunday, March 18, 2012

The sock takes shape

IMG_0917This sock project has been chock full of learning for me.  This is partly because of the pattern, but mostly (I think) because of my size alterations to the pattern.  I started the toe 3 times before getting it right, and the heel twice.  I’m going to do the heel a bit differently on sock #2 and it should result in perfection.  This one is imperfect but it’s going to work, and I’m not ripping it again!IMG_0915One thing you can see clearly in these photos is the “jog” along the side of the sock – at least on the foot.  The pattern calls for the start-of-round to be in the middle of the sole, but I was lazy and just made it at the start of one of my circular needles.  I think I will change that on sock #2, also, so that the jog is on the bottom of the foot.  Once I turned the heel and resumed the plaid, I relocated the start-of-round to the center of the back, so you don’t see it on the leg.  It will also be prettier when I weave in all my ends.IMG_0916At 60 stitches around, this sock fits like a glove.  But it FITS – hooray!  I was careful to strand very loosely on the horizontal stripes, and it seems to be working.  I need to strand even more loosely on the first stripe after the heel turn – that’s the one that goes around the largest part of the foot.   

I’ve never does a heel flap on a toe-up sock before.  Like the toe, the heel is worked in eye-of-partridge stitch for extra strength.  Whenever I darn S1’s socks, it is on the heel – so I think this is a great idea.

I really do enjoy knitting these vertical climbing strands.


  1. While I am sure everyone can see this in the photos, I just want to reiterate that these are way cool socks -- totally neutral and yet colorful at the same time.

  2. I love how the heel flap is under the heel, rather than behind it -- makes sense for keeping the design. These are so great!

    I feel for you about wanting to make the seam at the needle change. I did that once and it had design implications later. I like it when patterns tell you why a seam should be in a certain place ahead of time...

    Are you catching the floats behind the fabric as you go? Because if you are, I can't tell.