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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Knitting socks

Not really doing a lot of sewing right now.  I'm in Christmas present mode and while looking for a new hat brim pattern for one of my little ones, I stumbled across a pattern for knitting socks from the toe up using the Turkish or Eastern cast on method.  I was very intrigued so I decided to try.  Wow, I had to try it several times before I got it right, I'm not sure trying to learn it with super fine yarn and size 3 dpn was the smartest thing, but I finally got it.  If you are curious there is a wonderful video on YouTube that explains it better than the directions that came with the pattern.

One of the reasons knitting socks intrigues me is because I have very heavy calves and can NEVER find knee socks that fit.  So now I'm trying to make a pair that will.  I knit a gauge swatch so I know how many stitches are in an inch.  When I get to the part of the pattern where the leg is being formed I'm going to do some math to figure out how many to add.

If you are curious about how far I've gotten, here it is.  This is four inches or so into the foot.  It is a 2 x 2 rib pattern.

I'll keep you posted on how it's coming.


  1. Very nice. What yarn are you using? I'm currently making socks for Bumbly with Felici yarn and long tail cast on, but the socks look huge so far and I'm only on the cuff part. Are you on Ravelry? I'm on it as giazz, friend me if you like if you are on that.

  2. Giazz, I'm using a superfine wool and bamboo mix called Bamboo and Ewe. I am on Ravelry, I'll look you up. I'm at the heel right now and I'm a bit stumped. It is using something called "short row". I've only ever done a heel in the standard heel flap method. :) Well, nothing ventured nothing gained.

  3. Try http://www.knittinghelp.com they have great videos on everything! That's how I learned how to do it. Next time I see you I can show you how I did it, but the pattern might be different. Good luck!