Although I spent most of my weekend working on the house (more to come on this in a later post) I was able to get in some knitting time on Sunday afternoon.
This is my pretty basic sock, but I did an afterthought heel instead of a short row heel. I wanted the colors to form a nice circle instead of awkwardly butting up against each other.
Changing up the heel got me thinking about all the different ways one can knit a simple pair of socks. Here are my preferences:
Toe-up or Cuff-down: Hands down it’s toe-up
Needles: 2 24″ Addi Turbos. I love the feeling of bamboo but I prefer the way my knitting looks with 2 circs (and I think it’s easier to try them on with the circs too).
Length: I’ve been doing the leg as long as my foot, but lately I’ve been thinking I’d like to go higher. Doing that will require me to do a few increases though — my
Toe: Figure 8 without a slip knot. This lets me go back and tighten up the cast on after I’ve knit the toe.
Heel: Short row. I used to prefer a no-wrap short row, but I’ve recently noticed that my short rows look better with the wraps. I’m not saying this is the case for everyone, but it does seem true for me.
Cast-off: I typically go for the Sewn cast off but it is S-L-O-W. I’m definitely open to other possibilities here (and no, Margene, knitting them cuff-down is not a possibility!)
Peeves: Spiraling (Lorna’s Laces and others), knitting the yarn too loosely so it doesn’t fit well and doesn’t wear well, and anklets. I know I won’t win any popularity contests about the anklets, but I hate em! They remind me of this awkward time in grammar school and I just can’t wear them because of that. Silly, yes. But keep those damn anklets away from me.
Ahh, I feel better now.
So, what do you like to do?
Feel free to share whatever comes to mind — great techniques…favorite yarns…wonderful patterns…horror stories. And don’t be shy! De-lurkers are encouraged to comment (so yeah, that means you!). Include links if you have them and if there are enough I’ll pull them together into a follow up post for all of us to use.