Wednesday 7 September 2011

preparing for a toe up sock workshop

On Saturday 17th September, I am tutoring a workshop on knitting socks from the toe up. I am being assisted by two very experienced sock knitters, one of whom only knits toe up.

We will be using Judy's Magic Cast On (pending permission), some short-row shaping in the form of an hourglass heel from The Twisted Sisters Sock Workbook by Lynne Vogel (2002) - used with permission - and finishing with Jeny's Surprisingly Stretch Bind Off (also used with permission).

I have written the pattern for our sample sock. I have test knitted the pattern for 5 dpns, 4 dpns and two circulars. I have asked one of my assistants to translate the dpn instructions for Magic Loop (I hope it's not too complicated) and have asked the other one to re-test the instructions for 5dpns.

Here is my sample sock. Cute, huh?
What do you mean, you can't tell what size it is? LOL

Here it is again - those are my 20cm (8") Knitpick dpns added for scale!

This sock is a little too small - it is knitted on 24 stitches on 3.75mm (US 5) needles using 8ply (DK) yarn. I have re-written the pattern for 32 stitches; that will mean more practice on the short row heel, which can only be a good thing, right?


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