Thursday, October 05, 2006
5th...6th...time is the charm?

Obviously, this KAL is exactly the place for me. I really want to knit socks. I figured I'd start with a pair for my 8 yr. old daughter, since she's pretty forgiving of my learning curve. This is my first attempt. Damn center pull skein. I used Wendy's Toe Up sock pattern, but picking up the double wraps was hard for me. I wasn't at all happy with the way the short-rows looked, and it took me a lot of time and frustration to knit just one double wrapped stitch. The sock ended up being a shade too small anyway and really thick. I had another skein of the yarn, which I wisely wound into a ball before I began again.

This time I tried Purly's yarn over short rows (great tutorial!) with two circulars and that went much, much better. The first few rows were crappy looking until I got the hang of it, so I frogged and began again. One thing I didn't like about either of the short row toes is that the stripes didn't go 'round and 'round the toe, but back and forth. I'm think I'm just weird like that.

I decided to give the Magic Cast on a try. The tutorial on Knitty looked really scary, but after about 6 tries, I got the idea. My toe looked great!

Except for the very pointy toe. I think I had 10 stitches on each needles. When my daughter tried it on, it looked as though she had a little hat at the top of her toes.

I tried again last night, using more stitches at the toe and the Widdershins pattern as a guide for increases, and now it's looking just right.

I'm going to try a short row heel, but I've got a bad feeling about those double wraps. It's great to see everyone else's efforts.

Becca at Forward Motion.


Blogger ellie said...

Beautiful yarn!

Blogger Zonda said...

Hang in there!! Good thing we are all new at this! We can cheer each other on! :)

Blogger OzKnitter said...

Yay! Keep going Becca, you're doing great. What yarn are you using? It's pretty and I'm sure your daughter will love it.

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