Friday, 21 September 2007

Progress on the toe-ups

Well, the jury's out about these toe-ups. In my last post I was wondering whether to start again with them. Seconds after putting my thoughts "out there" in cyberspace, I ripped them back and started again, thereby not having Caroline's wisdom in the comments for how to proceed without ripping back. But, actually I'm glad because the second attempt is a lot neater and it gave me a chance to practise wrapping stitches. Once you get crack them, they're actually no bother.

The trouble for me is that I never feel I know where the pattern is going. With my regular cuff-down socks and heel flap I "get" what's going on. With these socks I've felt bemused throughout. I have completed the first foot and have down the short row heel and so am now on the leg. But it's weird because I don't feel like I've "turned the heel" and I thought that was compulsory with socks. It seems you just make a heel and join it all together again. I think there's less knitting but I miss the heel flap and gusset.

I did add a lace pattern. I'm not sure anyone else will like it, but I do. In white the pattern would look like those school socks I used to wear as a lass. Trouble is, I don't think you can see the X pattern so well from my photo. If you squint a bit you might be able to make out something, but don't bank on it.


Caroline M said...

You can do a heel flap and gusset in a toe up sock, you need to start the flap in the same place that the gusset decreases stop when you are working top down (use another sock to measure against). I have one on the needles that I can show you if you want.

If you think about what the heel is there for, it makes your knitted tube turn through 90 degrees. If it does that then it's a heel.

When you come to do the cast off, make sure that it's really loose or they will bind (which is what I did wrong on my first pair of toe ups)

jillm said...

I can see the pattern quite clearly. It looks good. I am very impressed with your commitment and persistence!