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Topic: Simple Socks-Priscilla Gibson Roberts  (Read 814 times)
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« on: January 06, 2005 06:24:11 PM »

I have no problem with top-down socks & I've been wanting to try toe-up.  So I've been trying to knit the toe-up crew socks from PGR's Simple Socks, but I can't get it right.  The toe shaping has a lot of holes in the side & I'm not sure if it's how I'm doing it or just the technique.

I'll break down what I've done so far:
Invisible cast with 30 sts.  Knit until last st then turn.  YO and purl to last st, turn.  YO knit, knit to one less stitch than before (up to paired stitch/yo of the previous row).  YO purl, purl to etc. Do this until 12 sts remain between YOs.

Next row, YO and knit to first available YO. reverse the stitch and turn.

YO, purl until first YO, slip the st and place it back on the left needle.  Join this YO with the next st with an SSP.
YO, knit until first YO, slip next 2 sts as to purl, place back on left needle and k3tog.
YO, purl until first YO, slip next 3 sts as to knit, place back on left needle and SSSP from the back.

This is where the holes come in.  I'm slipping & returning all sts separately.  I purl into the back of the 3 purl sts, but knit in the front of the k3tog.  Maybe the problem is what I consider the YO.  Currently, I'm slipping the pair of sts the make of the YO and then the first st after the gap.  Or should I knit the first st of that pair and then slip the YO, slip next st after the gap and following YO?

Help please, I don't want to frog this for the 5th time.  Thanks.

« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2005 08:08:55 PM »

I don't know if this will help or not.  OK, probably not.  I have that book too and it confuses me to no end.  I tried the top-down socks in it and had very similar problems to yours.  I ripped and reknit many times and they're still sitting in the "Ihateyou" pile.  Mine aren't so much holes as a line of really really big loose stitches marching up the sides of each heel and at the toe.

Good luck and I hope if you find a solution, you'll pass it on!
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2005 08:00:12 PM »

This website is a pretty good tutorial:
Pictures aren't that great, but it made the process easier.  I just finished my heel and it looks great.  I don't think I've ever been happier while knitting.

When you do your YO on the purlside, take special notice of how she does hers.  It's a little different than a regular purl YO.  But they helped me close the gaps.  I now have two tiny gaps by the last heel decreases.  I just didn't read further where she explained why they happened and how to get rid of them.

Now on to my toe.

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