Sunday, 16 September 2007

Who's afraid of the Big Bad Toe-Ups?

Not me!

I have finally managed to overcome my demons and start a toe-up sock. I can't say it was easy because it was jolly well difficult. It started with crocheting a provisional cast-on and didn't get any easier from there. But, about an hour and half later and a lot of neck ache from studying so intensely, we have the start of a sock. The trouble is that it's too small. I originally cast on 30 stitches but they seemed to big, so I started again with 24 and now I'm tempted to rip it back and start with 30 again. These socks are for my Auntie Paula because she will love the colour and feel of these socks and at the moment they are only good enough for a child and Shona can't have two pairs of socks when everyone else has only one.

Thanks to Caroline for persuading me to bite the bullet. Both she and Lucy had sent me personal messages via the forum with patterns to egg me on. The instructions from Caroline are really detailed, which is exactly what I needed because wrapping stitches meant nothing to me until a few hours ago. I know I've seen Caroline do it before but until the needles and yarn are in your hands, you don't actually know how to do it.

The more I think about it, the more I think I am going to rip it back because I think it wouldn't take as long a second time and it would be good to get it right. Also, I'm interested in adding more challenge by putting a lace design in. The one I'm interested in is on the left and is called the 'Lozenge Lace Panel'. I think it would add interest to what is otherwise going to be a plain sock. Or am I just running before I can walk?


Caroline M said...

That is the problem with working toe up from a provisional cast on - you need to know how many stitches to cast on. When you start with a figure of eight cast on at the toe end you just keep increasing until it's big enough (although that's not much help when it's not intended for a foot that you can try it on)

You don't need to rip it all out. If you take it back to where you picked up the cast on stitches you will have 48 on the needle. If you then work in rounds and increase four stitches every other round (in the same places as for toe decreases) you will soon have your 60.

jillm said...

I think you should write a beginners guide to knitting socks W4B. Then I could sell it....

Anonymous said...

Have you got the right woman there jillm?