I got some great comments with regard to my whining about how to finish picot edges on toe-up socks.
Vanessa pointed me to this entry on her blog, where she documents kitchenering her picot edges down.
And Elaine in Kentucky emailed me to tell me that she crochets her facings down. She said:
I kind of chain the live stitches through the portion of the garment that you’d normally sew the band to. It turns out nice and stretchy and very neat on the inside, and since you’re not binding off you’re not adding any more bulk than with the usual method. I haven’t actually done this with socks so I can’t promise that it would be stretchy enough for them, but I do it all the time on collars, cuffs, bands, etc…. If you had to, you could crochet an extra chain between live stitches for extra stretch.
These are both excellent suggestions! And from the comments, more good ideas. Hillary commented:
I just made a Rick-Rack bag and it required creating a welt by knitting the current row to one 5 rows earlier.(does that make sense?) It seems like that ought to work for creating a picot edge on a toe up sock too. Just a thought.
Why, yes, that does make sense! And I did that very technique when I made the Nantasket Basket last year. And that’s sort of what was swimming around in the back of my mind when I was thinking that I ought to be able to knit the stitches down. My only issue with doing this on a sock is that I think it would be hard (hard for me, anyhow) to execute this effectively on such teeny-tiny stitches, particularly with this dark-colored yarn.
I like to knit down my hems to the row before the picot edge starts, rather than sew them. i pick up stitches from that row through the back loops and knit them together with the ones on the needle, binding off at the same time. if needed, a life line running through the row to be picked up might help keep it all straight.
Okay, now, this helps solidify the idea in my head — pick up the stitches first and then knit them together — that might be easier than picking them up one at a time. And a lifeline is a great idea.
So now I’m thinking about decorative cast-offs that might work for socks. Hmmmmmmm . . . can you hear the wheels turning around in my head? Must check out the cast-offs in this book.
Anyhow. I’m making progress on the second sock.
Extreme close-up of the heel!
And . . . I’m knitting along on Deirdre.
Lucy is preening herself, for she believes that a lady should always be well-groomed.