WIP Wednesday: toe-up socks!

I’m very excited… I’m knitting my first pair of toe-up socks!

The Yarn

The yarn is fingering weight, 100% wool that I dyed with Kool-Aid:

I wanted orange and blue stripes, and I think I did it! The stripes are a bit larger than I expected… but I’m still pretty pleased!

Want to learn to dye with Kool-Aid? Fear not! Starting Monday, I’m having Kool-Aid Dye Week right here on my blog- and every day I’ll show you an awesome new technique!

The Needles

When sitting still, I like to knit socks Two at a Time on 2 Circular Needles. But, when I’m carrying the project along with me, it’s a bit cumbersome.

So, my preferred (portable) needle is the 9-Inch Circular Needle.

The only downside is that you still need to use double-point needles to start the toe… but then it’s smooth-sailing!

The Cast-on

I used Judy’s Magic Cast On to start the toe… I was nervous, but it was easy!

The Toe

These socks started because I was fantasizing about using Cat Bordhi’s Moccasin Toe from Sock Knitting Master Class. Isn’t is beautiful?

It’s a toe with a horizontal band across the toes… I love the look!

The Heel

Oh, the heel! I knit the heel three times, and the technique I liked the best was the no wrap short-row heel that I found on Ravelry. Easy, and left a neat line along the diagonal.

The Leg, Cuff and Bind-Off

Oh, I just winged it… stockinette with a little rib at the top.

To bind off, I used the k2tog stretchy bind off… was stretchy enough to work!

Onto the second one!

Do you like it? I’m in love with the colors and the toe… but not quite so sure I’m in love with the fit of the short-row heel. Do you see the little bit of bunching around the back of my ankle? Or maybe it’s the stockinette leg…

I’ll do the second sock the same, but then I’m going to explore some fancy leg/cuff possibilities!

That’s what I’ve been up to this week! Have you been up to anything exciting? I hope you have an awesome Wednesday, and get some great knitting/crocheting done this week!

If you want to check out more Work-In-Progress posts, please check out Tami’s Ami’s Blog, who’s been organizing a great WIP Wednesday blog theme! And, don’t forget to come back for FO (Finished Object) Friday!

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May 2, 2012 | Posted by in Blog, Works in Progress | 10 comments

Comments (10 Responses)

  1. Vicky says:

    I love the colours! Can’t wait for your dyeing posts, you’ve inspired me to give it a go.
    Could the problem with the heel be too many stitches? Is it too loose?

    • Stacey says:

      @Vicky: I think the problem with the heel is that I’m just not used to them :) You know how when you rip something out multiple times… it feels like you’re never quite happy with it? I think the bunching is just the stockinette on the leg, not the heel… but I’m really interested to try different heel techniques, tho!

  2. Vanessa says:

    Love it! You’re a really fast knitter. Socks take me a month or more to do one.

  3. Sue says:

    great socks, I may just have to give socks another go

  4. Mary says:

    Such a simple sock! I love the colors you dyed the yarn!

  5. Katie says:

    What a great toe! I’ve knit toe-up socks before, but my toe looks nothing like this, I’ll have to try it out sometime :)

  6. Pumpkin says:

    Lovely colors, and from Kool-Aid? Fantastic! That is definitely what I would call resourceful!

  7. Kathleen says:

    Ooh, that yarn looks amazing. Dyeing with Kool-Aid is too much fun, and you’ve gotten some great colours (and really nice striping) with this yarn! I love the way it worked up, although I’m sorrry you’re not crazy about the heel/leg.

  8. heather says:

    Love this sock! Can’t believe you dyed your own yarn and it came out so perfectly cool!!!

  9. The colors are fabulous! It looks like a fun sock.

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