Sock Week: Starting at the top



I am.  And apparently overexcited.  Or possibly over-caffeinated.  Which is often the same thing.  Without further ado, let’s get started.

So, these are “top-down” socks, meaning that we cast on at the cuff, and work down to the toe.  Some patterns are worked “toe-up,” but it’s really just a personal preference if you like top-down socks or toe-up socks.

Since these are top-down socks, you’ll cast on your Sock Number of stitches (I hope you remember it from Wednesday).  I cast on 60 stitches, because that was my sock number.

Divide your stitches evenly among four of your  needles (15 stitches on each needles, in my case).

Then…. knit the leg of your sock.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA


For my basic basic socks, I like to do 1 inch of k1p1 ribbing, then stockinet stitch (all knits, since we’re working this sock in the round) until the leg measures about 6 inches.  BUT, you can do anything you like.  Think about this sock leg as a canvas for you to play on.  The rest of the sock is pretty standard, but you can add all sorts of fun stuff to the leg, if you like.

How about:





Tall socks?

Short socks?

Take a look through pattern books and at pictures of socks and find something you like.  As long as the pattern you choose (ribbing, lace, colorwork etc) uses a number of stitches that divides nicely into your Sock Number, you are free to do whatever you like.   So, work on your leg over the weekend, and we’ll move on to the heel flap on Monday.

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