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It’s Clear To Me February 19, 2011

I’m almost to the bind off on my toe up socks, which I knit with Schoppel Wolle Flying Saucer sock yarn. And, for reasons unknown to me, the yarn didn’t do its cool tie dye bit on the leg of the sock, only on the foot.

I waited for it to materialize, I even made it longer than I normally would, but that magic moment never occurred, except for very briefly on the ribbing. It happened on both the leg and foot of my husbands Flying Saucer socks, which I knit top down, so I assumed it would work toe up too, but you know what they say about assume…

And I am sad that the coolest part of the sock will be hidden away in a shoe.

 

I finished the sock, so I thought I'd show you what I was talking about.

All is not lost, however, as I had a brilliant brainstorm. Wait for it. Clear shoes!

I think this is a highly marketable item for the yarn loving community. We knitters love our socks. We’re proud of our socks. And we want to show them off.  What better way than with clear shoes?

There could be different styles; clear loafers for every day work socks, clear ballerina slippers for delicate lace socks, clear ked-type for coordinating laces with socks, and clear boots for cable socks.

It’s genius!

And I will be first in line with my Schoppel Wolle Flying Saucer socks.

(If someone does invent this, I would like a percentage of the sales for my creative genius. Or free shoes. Either one.)

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A Double Knit Twist February 5, 2011

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To complete my toe up sock I decided I would stick to the theme of trying new techniques and end with an untried bind off.

I flipped through my sock knitting book and decided on the Double Knit Twisted Bind Off, which was described as both ‘very stretchy’ and ‘reinforced’. Sounds ideal, I thought, especially since I am notorious for binding off too tight.

Basically, you knit two stitches, then slip them back onto the left needle and knit them together through the back loop. Knit the next stitch, slip back onto the left needle, knit together through the back loop. Etc.

It’s straightforward and easy, which I like. What I also like about it, which was probably emphasized by the multicolored yarn I knit with, is the decorative little bumps you get across the bound of edge.

 

The little bumps are so fun! (I think the sock kind of looks like a cobra in this photo.)

The edge does curl out some from the ribbing in its relaxed state, but since the point of socks is to wear them it doesn’t matter to me.

Unfortunately, it is still possible to bind off too tight, so my first attempt had to be tinked. But, the second attempt was a sock-cess! Oh, that was so bad of me. Sometimes I just can’t help myself!

What bind off do you prefer for toe up socks?

 

Wrapped Stitch vs. Double Stitch February 2, 2011

Wrapped stitch and double stitch short row heel turns go toe to toe (get it, hehehahahoho) in this blog post.  Who will be the winner?

Part of the reason I ventured into toe up sock territory is because my last few socks were knit with a boomerang, or short row heel, and I thought that gave me a leg up on toe up already. (I am so punny today! Sorry, I’ll stop.)

But, never one to sit idly by and repeat the same technique, this time I wouldn’t do the double stitch short row heel turn. You might be wondering what a double stitch short row heel is, and I will blog about someday, but at this moment am boycotting because the ill-fated computer crash of November lost all my hard won double stitch heel turn pictures! In the interim, this blog has pictures, and I think it’s best described thusly; when you get to the stitch where you turn your work you knit that stitch, turn the work, slip the stitch purlwise onto the needle, and then yank the yarn hard until the two legs of the stitch wrap over the needle and form a double stitch.  You later knit these two legs together eliminating the need for a wrap.

But, I am a glutton for punishment and decided I would try the more widely known wrapped stitch short row heel turn.  This technique is oft maligned and I was curious if it warranted the animosity.

I read the instructions in my go-to sock knitting book. And I thought, ‘Ok, this makes sense.’ Slip, wrap, continue.

And then I got to the part where it was time to add the stitches back into the heel. There was a lot of wrinkle deepening brow furrowing at that point. Wrap it again? Two wraps on a single stitch? That’s just insanity! And then I got it. Or, at least, I think I got it. Judging by the finished result I am not sure if I did it right. What do you think?

 

This is how the heel turn looks on the knit side of the short rows.

 

 

This is what is looks like on the purl side of the short row turn. It's weird to me that they don't look the same on both sides, which is why I think maybe, just maybe, I did something wrong.

The thing that bothers me about this heel turn is the following 1) You can see the extra wrapped stitches. Error on my knitting part or just the nature of this heel turn, either way, I don’t like it. 2) Once you start dealing with two wraps it is really cumbersome and I got to the point where I couldn’t even tell if the original stitch was facing the right direction on the needle as I struggled to pick up both wraps.

Enter the double stitch short row heel. So elegant in it’s simplicity and I think the end result is more elegant in design also.

More elegant, easier, and the same on both sides. I present, the double stitch short row heel.

And the winner is? Double Stitch Short Row Heel!!!!!! Hoorah!!!

Like you didn’t see that coming. I am interested in your experiences. Have you tried both heels? What were your results? And, did I do something wrong on the wrapped stitch heel?