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Topic: Star-edged Socks (with an Afterthought Heel)  (Read 2524 times)
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« on: April 27, 2009 07:02:26 PM »


I decided to go the non-traditional route when it came to afterthought heels. I wanted my heel to look just like my toes. You know, to give it a subtle, "huh" effect. It looks like the toes should feel weird, because a star-toe decrease does look a little awkward...but it's not. It feels just like any other sock. Also, I knit these two-at-a-time, because of my serious case of Second Sock Syndrome!

64sts socks are usually a little large on me, so I decided drop it down to 60. I haven't done such a thing on size 2's, so I guess i shouldn't be that surprised that the stitches had to stretch a little bit in some areas. It's a catch-22. You lose, and you lose. Next time, I'll start off with 60sts, increase to 64sts around the heel, and when that is all said and done, drop it back down to 60sts. What can I say. My foot's weird. Needy, I guess.

Pattern: Star-edged Socks, by KUAS (yours, truly)
Yarn: approx 385 yds of KUAS' fingering weight yarn in the colorway "Butterfly"
Needles: size 2US dpns, set of 4.
Method: Top-down
Special features: Afterthought heel & Star-Toe decrease on the toes and heel.
Project: April 2oth-26th, mainly (I started 3.5'' of the leg months ago)

I like them. They feel very springish. You'll notice one curvy decrease on the heel in the photo below, but if you turn the foot, you'll notice that they are actually decreasing at 4 points. It's kind of tripy with variegated yarn.

If you've never done an Afterthought Heel, I've written out an extensive tutorial with pictures of every step on the way: http://knitting-up-a-storm.blogspot.com/2009/04/afterthought-heel-pt1.html.

Thanks for looking! I hope you like the socks!
(You can also visit my blog if you want to hear more about these socks.)
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« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2009 08:19:40 PM »

I like 'em!
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« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2009 08:22:24 PM »

these are adorable! I need a pair of socks like these. I love the colors and the simplicity with the surprise of the heel... I have a hard time finding simple sock patterns that aren't unbelievably tacky these days.
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« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2009 02:13:24 AM »

Must learn to knit socks! Must learn to knit socks!....I'll check out the tutorial later.  I really love those socks.  I already have the yarn, just need to get the guts.
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« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2009 05:36:43 PM »

Very cool! That heel is awesome.
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« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2009 02:06:33 PM »

These are gorgeous! I love afterthought heels, I think they look really cute and professional, but I'd never seen one done with the star decreases before. I like it! Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: May 07, 2009 04:11:45 AM »

As much as I love the original detailing in the pattern I think it is overshadowed by the yarn - it's beautiful!  (It sounds like you are responsible for it too so I hope you don't mind me saying so!)
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« Reply #7 on: May 08, 2009 03:35:09 PM »

As much as I love the original detailing in the pattern I think it is overshadowed by the yarn - it's beautiful!  (It sounds like you are responsible for it too so I hope you don't mind me saying so!)

Thanks guys for the compliments.

Julietalpha-as for the colorway, I originally was going to do these socks in just plain stockinette because I can be such a Plain-Jane...and these were really just a convinent pair to work on this new technique for me. It is a little hard to see the star decrease on the socks, but I also felt that in a way, it was good because I too was nervous to go out of my shell and do something "out there" like this.  Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2009 03:13:14 AM »

I love the idea of doing toe decreases on a heel!  I'll have to keep this in mind as something to stop me getting bored next time I do a plain stocking stitch sock
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