After I posted my blog entry last night, I went back and ripped out the heel of my sock and added 2 more increases to the gusset and re-did the heel. Now I am happy. The sock-in-progress fits me perfectly now.
The lovely Chewy Spaghetti yarn stood up to being ripped and reknit twice with nary a whimper, I am happy to say.
A bunch of you asked about the heel. I knit a gusset and then turned the heel, decreasing back down to the pre-gusset number of stitches.
I will post a pattern for this sock, after I knit the second one. (I am in no way claiming to have invented this heel — it’s something I sort of figured out trial and error, but I’m betting someone else has also figured it out before me.) I’ve drafted the pattern but want to make the second sock from the pattern to proofread it and make sure I didn’t commit any atrocities in it. The pattern will be for a sportweight sock yarn (which the Chewy Spaghetti is — I’m knitting it at 6.5 stitches and 9 rows to the inch). I’ll rework it for a fingering weight eventually.
Thanks to those of you who have suggested alternate methods for doing the toe. I have tried them all. No, I do not like the Turkish cast-on. Sorry Debi. I actually have tried it several times. Yes, I can do it and it looks just fine. No, I do not like it.
I have done Judy’s Magic Cast-on from Knitty. Ditto above.
Both of these techniques work great and make beautiful toes. If you like them, use them, and more power to you. They are just not for me.
Back to the Miters
The poor miters have been getting short shrift the past couple of days as I have been playing with socks.
Patti asked a good question:
Ok I confess…I’m miter-square challenged. I understand how they are made (I’ve done miter-square dishcloths) but how to you put them all together? Is there a good tutorial/book out there? I’ve seen mitersquare afghans, and I’m thinking this is a GREAT way to use up all my scrap sock yarn. We shall not speak of how much leftover sock yarn I actually have.
I think the book Knits From a Painter’s Palette is a great source of inspiration, and also has a good section on how to knit miters in different shapes and how to attach then to each other.
(It is also some serious eye-candy.)
The way I attach my miters:
I have a right angle along which I need to pick up 25 stitches (my squares start with 25 stitches). I start at the top edge and pick up 12 stitches down to the corner. Because I have slipped the first stitch on every row as I knit a square, I’ve got a nice chain edge from which to pick up stitches. I pick up each stitch in both “legs” of the edge stitch.
Then in the corner, I pick up one stitch.
Then 12 more stitches on the bottom edge.
And there you have it!
When you attach the first square at the start of a row, you don’t have the first side to knit down, so I cast on 12 stitches using a knitted cast on, then pick up the corner stitch at the very edge of the bottom square, then pick up my 12 stitches along the bottom.
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