It was heartwarming for me to see other lovers of DPNs step forward and be counted in the comments. Dude! DPNs rule! Or, as Claudia so aptly said: “DPNs or bust.”
But . . . to each his/her own. Some of you weighed in liking the 2 circs method or the magic loop method. Good thing we don’t live in a society where it is illegal to knit socks on anything but dpns and any sock knitter found with a circular needle would be dealt with swiftly and mercilessly.
Not that I would be comfortable living in such a society.
I have turned the heel on the second Bob Sock and am knitting down the home stretch. That is, up the leg to the cuff.
Thank you for your kind comments about my short row heel. I love short row toes and heels. And now might be a good time to point you in the direction of an article I wrote for Knitty way back when on different techniques for toes on toe-up socks. If you are a toe-up sock wannabe or newbie, you might find this helpful.
Ann and Tricia asked for tips on keeping short rows neat and tight.
My advice: Make a conscious effort to knit tight!
I find that I have a tendency to loosen up my knitting slightly while doing short rows, so I make a conscious effort to knit tightly and firmly.
I double-wrap my short rows too — I think that helps guard against holes. I talk about double-wrapping in the Knitty article on toes, so check that out.
When you get to the end of the heel shaping and are ready to resume knitting all the stitches, you might find that there is a small hole between the heel stitches and the instep stitches. I almost always pick up a stitch or two in-between heel and instep on each side as I work the first row. Then on the next row, I decrease back down to the proper number of stitches by knitting 2 together.
What kind of ribbing did you do on this sock? Did you use a smaller needle or something to make the ribbing draw in so much as compared to the rest of the sock? Looks like it would be nice and stretchy… just what I need!
I do so love me a nice stretchy cuff! The cuff on the Bob Sock is done with the same number of stitches (72) and the same size needles as the rest of the sock. It is a 3 x 3 rib, which is why it draws in so much.
I have a question about your generic toe-up sock pattern. When I do the short row toe, my self stripping yarn comes out in blobs of color.(I don’t know how else to explain it) Your strips seem even. My colors pool. Do you adjust your yarn ?
I’ve made no adjustment, and I’ve got blobs of color at the toe (and the heel too) as well — see? Toe:
My blobs are not too big, because my yarn has a fairly fine stripe sequence. If you are using a self-striping yarn that has wide stripes, you’ll get big blobs of color at the toes and heels.
I went into my knitting gallery to look at socks I’ve made in the past. Check out the Lorna’s Laces Bee Stripe socks. Now look at these Opal Mexiko socks. Clearly, the skinnier the stripe pattern, the more acceptable the patterning at the toe and heel.
All right kids. They claim the weather is going to return to “seasonal” overnight, so in a day or so I’ll start assembling Dungarvan and knitting the bands.
But now if you’ll excuse me, I have bears to stuff.
Why, yes, I am a fan of the ear rubs!