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bethanyjoyce
« on: August 30, 2010 03:08:28 PM »

every summer I try to build my knitting skills by learning something new. This summer, I successfully tackled socks:









Sorry for the poor quality photos. I used Simple Toe-Up Socks in Four Sizes by Kim Salazar, a free pattern (http://www.wiseneedle.com/patternpage.asp?pattern=knitpatksox). I had to adjust it for the yarn I was using because I knit loosely but it wasn't too hard.(details on my ravelry page: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/bethanyjh)

I was really happy I could try them on as I went to make adjustments. I used lest than one ball (210 yds) for my size 8 feet. I do think the heel/ankle section could be described more clearly, but even though I did it better on one sock than the other they both look and fit about the same.

I added the diamond pattern that I found in an old paperback knitting dictionary I got for 25 cents. I like it up close but it looks nubby from far away. Maybe its not the best for small projects, or would show up better on a lighter color yarn.





The yarn is an angora blend that is super soft and warm. My feet are going to be happy this winter!
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« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2010 06:34:27 AM »

Welcome to the world of handknit socks! It is a wonderful world, where are feet get just as nice of treatment as the rest of our body that get to snuggle with handknits. 

Congrats! I love the diamond pattern.  Did you use short rows for the heel? I have to admit, I'm a top down sock kinda gal.  Not that I have anything against toe up or anything, but I'm just not a fan of the short row heel.  I much prefer the fit of the heel flap/gusset.
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« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2010 04:37:33 PM »

yes, it called for a short row heel, and it took all of my concentration to do it correctly. You make the other way sound tempting, but as I'm usually cutting it close on yardage I will probably do another toe-up sock next.

I was reading a pattern where you make toe-up socks two at a time and it called for an afterthought heel. Has anyone done this before? What do you think of it?
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« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2010 06:51:39 AM »

One thing I can't knit yet are socks.
Those look warm and cozy! I love the pattern!
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« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2010 04:03:38 PM »

yes, it called for a short row heel, and it took all of my concentration to do it correctly. You make the other way sound tempting, but as I'm usually cutting it close on yardage I will probably do another toe-up sock next.

I was reading a pattern where you make toe-up socks two at a time and it called for an afterthought heel. Has anyone done this before? What do you think of it?

I've definitely heard about toe up with an afterthought heel, but I haven't attempted it yet.  It sounds like something I might try out eventually though.
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