Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Look! Up in the Sky!

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's...a toe-up sock!

The specs:

Yarn: Mountain Colors Bearfoot. (Love it!) Not sure of the colorway.

Needles: 2.24 mm, long, slippery, metal Susan Bates dpns. (Not so much.)

Pattern: I started with Wendy Johnson's "easy toe", which wasn't. Halfway up the foot, Cynthia took pity on me (thanks, Cynthia!) and turned me onto her pattern (Rav link) for toe-ups. It includes instructions for a short-row heel (love it!) and a really easy, stretchy bind-off (ditto). I can't wait to try the toe on the second sock. The top of this sock is done in 2x2 ribbing, with every other knit rib done in a 1x1 cable for a ropey effect. I would have done this all the way around once I reached the ankle, but I forgot, so it's only on the front of the sock. I finished the cuff with basic 2x2 ribbing.

To my great relief, it fits perfectly and feels like it will stay up. I particularly like the short row heel. I have narrow heels, and my flap heels always sag. I also never seem to get them the right height. This short row heels fits the shape of my foot much better and didn't require picking up gusset stitches, which I dislike.

Unfortunately, I didn't knit two at a time (sorry, Melissa!), so now I have to go cast on for the second.

7 comments:

Jill said...

Wonderful!

trek said...

Nicely done! Kudos!

I am still knitting sleeve....

Rachel said...

It looks great...way to tackle the toe-up sock! I've yet to try it but it's on the list of things to do!

toni in florida said...

Very pretty! Have fun doing the 2nd sock, especially as you won't have the same fiddly experience on the toe this time. Doncha just love helpful knitting pals (live and virtual)?

Knitman said...

I love the colourway. And perhaps we'll make a sad sock fiend out of you yet....

Suzanne said...

Very nice sock!

Strickmuse said...

I love that colorway too. I can imagine enjoying knitting that yarn.
Just wanted to wish you and your family a happy holiday and a yarn-filled 2010.