My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Back to the Socks

These socks, that is.



Toe-up socks with gusset increases done on the bottom of the foot, knit in Numma Numma Toasty sock yarn in the “Georgia Peach” colorway.

There were a lot of questions about these socks when I was posting the “in progress” pix of the first one last week. The most popular question — how the heel feels when you walk on it. Well, it feels like any other sock knitted in fingering weight yarn with stockinette stitch on the bottom of the foot.

I’m assuming that those of you who asked were wondering if you could feel the increases on the bottom of the foot. You can’t. Well, I can’t. If I run my finger over the inside of the heel, I cannot differentiate between the purl bumps and the increases. I do my gusset increases by knitting in the front and back of a stitch, and I do it very firmly.



A number of you asked if this was a Cat Bordhi pattern. It’s not, it’s just a little variation I winkled together myself. Really, it’s not rocket science — it’s exactly the same as the gusset and heel on my toe-up slipstitch heel pattern except that I moved the gusset increases to the bottom of the foot in a vee.

I did look through Cat Bordhi’s new sock book after reading that question. She does have a pattern that has the increases on the bottom of the foot, but from looking at the picture, hers seem to start much sooner than mine do and are accomplished more gradually. This may just be an optical illusion in the photo, because I didn’t check the pattern to see how her gusset was done. The truth is that while I think her ideas are extraordinarily clever and creative, I find the book to be difficult to read. It appears that you have to flip back and forth to different sections for different parts of the sock, and everything seems to be letter coded. I’m far too lazy to go to all that trouble to knit a sock.

So there is my sock experiment. The socks fit me very nicely, I don’t feel anything untoward on the bottom of the foot, and I rather like the way they look.

In other news, Lucy is practicing to be a puzzle.




  1. The socks look great…I just got some Numma Boo and can’t wait to use it. I agree with your comment on Cat’s book, while it is helpful info it is a little iedious having to cross reference pages.

  2. I love the socks! They are 2,2,2, beautiful! Like a sunset!

    And I love, love, love Lucy’s wittle toe tufts!

    Hope U R feeling better! luv.m.

  3. another fan of the socks! beautiful colorway.

  4. Love the socks, are you gonna post instructions? I know they are probably fool proof but since I spent 13 yrs in the Army they prob arent “me” proof, 🙂 And Toe Tufties on a kitty, Nummmmmmy!

  5. Teresa (NC) says:

    Love the socks and the foot increases. I hope you are feeling better Wendy.

  6. Beautiful socks Wendy. You are so clever. Hope you are feeling better. I spent a miserable five weeks with a sinus infection. Love the picture of the Lucy puzzle.

  7. I guess that this means you’re alive and well? hope so –

  8. I felt the exact same way about Cat’s book. I love her thoughts and such, however it was really difficult to figure out. I am working on the “Big Basin Socks” which are based off of her design, however the creator of that pattern made the steps much easier to understand.

  9. You’re right about Cat’s increases being more gradual. She does them every third round instead of every other.

  10. I’m trying to learn sock knitting, and, though I haven’t read Cat’s book, I’m feeling similarly confused with “Sensational Knitted Socks”. Probably I just need to work my way through a sock or two.

  11. Either way they’re pretty. I like’s ’em lots. I hope you write it up. I’d love to try it.

  12. That sock color is Numma-Numma! It’s beautiful.
    And Lucy is the prettiest puzzle I’ve ever seen.

  13. I’ve got to say that I agree with you regarding Cat’s book. I think the designs are pretty amazing, but I’m far too lazy to put that much work into my sock knitting. I’m pretty happy with my sock making as it is.

  14. Theresa in Italy says:

    And I thought it was just me having trouble following Cat’s book. I was putting it down to not being a very experienced (or brave) sock knitter, or to my habit of reading late at night when nothing makes sense anyway.

    Love your sock, though. If you have time to write up the pattern…pretty please?

    Lucy is obviously a cat of many talents.

  15. I agree with you on Cat’s book. I did the Master Coriolis, and I found it maddening to have to flip back and forth through the book to get the complete instructions for the sock. It seems to be geared to more of how she thinks rather than how the reader learns. There are great ideas there, but the presentation is off-putting.

    I love all of the socks!

  16. Hi Wendy. I’m also lazy – – would you please write that lovely heel’s directions for us??? Please, please??? Purty please??

    Oh, kisses and hugs to Miss Lucy.


  17. Wendy,

    I really enjoy your blog!!
    Question: Do you ever knit two socks at one time? I recently read a Knitty article about this and it has piqued my interest…..

    Thanks, Cindy

  18. Please publish some instructions for the Georgia Peach foot gusset sock. Some of us are impaired when it comes to winging it.


  19. Lucy has the most awesome toe tufites!

    I love the Garden Party shawl, it is gorgeous! The socks are great, too. I don’t know that I’ll ever knit socks, so for now I live vicariously through you knitting yours.

  20. Wow! You answered all the questions I thought of this morning without me even asking. It’s also good too see all the comments on the book. I flipped through it when it came out, but didn’t study it. This morning I was thinking I might have to get it, but with you all saying it’s annoying maybe I won’t.

  21. I’ve tried Cat’s patterns and while I like the way they turn out and have knitted several of them, I keep coming back to yours. I just finished one of a pair using the Hearts For Heidi pattern and the heel practically knits itself. Thanks for writing us such easy and wearable patterns!

    And the shawl is so pretty!

  22. I’m knitting Jewelled Steps right now from New Pathways for Sock Knitters and it’s the only time I’ve enjoyed math! I agree that the jumping around was overwhelming at first and I had to have time and be in the right mood, but then I just photocopied the pages I needed for the pattern point I was at and did the calculations for the the letters at home. (That would have been way too much photocopying to have all those pages too.) I’m making them for my mum and so now I’ve done the math and recorded the letters and corresponding numbers I can make her perfect fitting socks any time I want.

  23. They look wonderful. Great job!!

  24. Thank you, Ruth for your comment on Cat’s book. I loved working out the math and learned just how important it was to get the measure correct. I had a ‘frog’ with the Cariolas, but my error was easy to see and it was in the measure, once corrected I have a beautiful fitting pair of socks and my friends are awed at the spiral design. I like being able to pick a toe or cuff and this was a successful toe up knit, my first. Perhaps I enjoy the challenge and hope I can learn enough to take other ‘leg’ patterns and use them also.