Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Another Finished Pair, and a Question

First the finished pair: Whitby Socks, from Knitting On the Road.

Details are on my blog.

My second attempt at toe-up socks went a little better.

This is Knitty's Widdershins pattern, although I changed it to work a K2P1 ribbing right up the leg. I like knitting cuff down, but I wanted to learn a toe-up technique for limited-yarn situations. I wasn't sure how this yarn would knit up, since it's a little heavier than typical sock yarn. That bit to the left is how much is left over from half the skein.

My question: I ended up with small holes at the top of the gusset, where the heel stitches meet up again with the instep when the heel knitting is through and I joined to work in the round again. Should I have picked up stitches in the corners?

I'm going to close it up, and I was planning on picking up a stitch on each side for the next sock, but I was wondering if anyone had any other suggestions or tips.


Kate (Kiss My Frog) said...

I generally pick up a stitch or two, and then (depending on the chunkiness of the ankle in question) I usually decrease again in the following round.
Love the sock - the variegation is lovely, it looks like it's just been sprinkled with blue/purple. Very, very pretty.

Rose Red said...

Thanks so much for the recommendation of Judy's cast on - am so going to use it when I try my first toe ups. The sock looks lovely (as do the Whitby's!)

Ann said...

Your socks are lovely. I do pick up 1-2 sts to close the gap & the knit them together in the next row. This has worked very well for me so far as I knit all my socks toe-up.

kms said...

very clever on all fronts, i admire your perserverance with the toe ups, they look great!

amy said...

Thanks, y'all. I should have known on the gussets to pick up extra stitches. I always do with mittens. Why don't pattern writers simply say so, is what I wonder.