I’ve made it to the toe! My socks are almost finished! Woo! There’s something just so satisfying about finishing a pair of socks (or any knitting, I suppose).
This morning, after dropping off my husband at his bus stop, I sat down to do knit a couple rows before grabbing breakfast.
And, well, I got a little distracted. Let’s just say I got my breakfast a couple hours later than I had planned (which is saying something. I love breakfast).
I’m so happy with how the socks turned out, but I think my favorite part of making socks (and the reason I love making top down socks in particular) is sewing up the tip of the toe with the Kitchener stitch. It’s one of those perfect knitting tricks that just makes me endlessly happy. I know that a lot of people have trouble with the Kitchener stitch, and it took me a long time to figure out how to do it. But, man, I love it now.
It’s like magic!
You start with a big ugly hole in the end of your nice sock. Then with a few careful stitches,Then a little careful pulling, (I know you’re supposed to keep your stitches tight when you do the Kitchener stitch, but for whatever reason, leaving them loose, then tightening them up afterward makes more sense to me.)And, voila! A perfect, lovely toe! I just love how the stitches disappear, looking just like your knitting. Whoever figured out how to do the Kitchener stitch (presumably, Ms. Kitchener) is a freaking genius! Now I have to go weave in all my ends (my least favorite part of making socks).
Do you have a favorite technique? Something that makes you happy whenever you have to do it?