On Monday, I talked about using January as Knit for Yourself Month. And, usually I end up ignoring my own advice. But this time, I totally didn’t!
I’m going to make my first-ever pair of toe-up, heel-flap socks in some lovely yarn that’s been hiding in my stash.
What’s that? You’re asking how these could be my first pair of toe-up, heel-flap socks when I constantly have at least one pair of socks on my needles.
Well, I exclusively do top-down socks. I know it’s kind of silly to get in such a rut, but top-down are the socks I learned how to make back in college, and they’re where I’m comfortable. And, well, when it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? To be fair, I experimented with toe-up socks with afterthought heels, and some with short-row heels, but that was years ago. And anyway, I’ve never attempted a heel flap in a toe-up sock.
So, after finding the pattern in my queue on Monday, I downloaded the “Diagonal Lace Socks” pattern off Ravelry and looked it over.
It didn’t look too bad, except that the designer expected me to knit a pair of socks for my size 10 feet with a set of US0 needles. That wasn’t going to happen. I loose patience with tiny needles, and rarely go below a US2. But, for this I was willing to compromise. I pulled out my US1’s and decided to make the “medium” size, instead of the “large,” and cross my fingers that the difference in gauge would make up for the few stitches difference.
Then I dug through my stash and found a skein of Hawthorne Speckle Handpaint that Knitpicks sent to me, in Cosmic Speckle. (I think this colorway is unfortunately discontinued, but they’ve got lots of other gorgeous colors. I highly recommend this yarn- it somehow manages to feel both crispy and fluffy at the same time; it would make a great pair of cabled socks. I don’t know how they do it!)
So, now I’m off to find a good video of Judy’s Magic Cast On, and start my new socks!
Does anyone have any tips for toe-up socks?
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If you’re doing a short row heel- I usually pick up two stitches, instead of just one, when you’re connecting for the expansion back out. (I may be saying the wrong terms. It’s when you’re wrapping and turning (K3, wrap and turn, K2 wrap and turn), and you’re down to the last wrap and turn before you start increasing again. I pick up two stitches instead of one, to minimize the hole there.)
Also- your toe stitches will look wonky for awhile. They even out with washing/blocking.
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