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Since I spent much time thinking about my love for ethnic/Turkish socks when I was in Portland, OR for Sock Summit, I have been itching to cast on something extra-colorful. I have been poring through books and other resources for inspiration.


I have been analyzing my solid-colored-sockyarn stash to see what colors I have that will contrast well with one another. (I have a zillion reds and pinks in stash, and a few greens, mostly bright. No blue, purple, light gray. No turquoise, because those are all being used on the now-stalled mitered square tank top.) Though I have black, it does not photograph well so I skipped it.

I was determined to work things out from resources/yarn I already had in my home/studio. Most of the socks of the sort I love, require a minimum of 3 colors.

I finally decided to cast on one of the sample socks in Ethnic Socks and Stockings by Priscilla Gibson-Roberts. (These are small examples, holding many ethnic socknitting techniques.)

This has a vertical cast on with a sideways-placed toe rectangle (not like the one I use in my First-Time Toe-Up socks). I have done a toe like this before, but in this version I needed to cast on (begin the first row) in two colors.

Mind you, this sort of knitting is fussy. All knitting is a bit of a struggle for the first two or three rows.

And, when you start with a dozen or fewer stitches on three needles, the needles are clunky and in the way. When the needles are size 0US/2mm in diameter, the issue magnifies. It’s a slow process to get it started, more than with a hat or sweater.


So what did I do? I got this far. It took far too long to get this much done. And then I realized that I had cast on the colors in the wrong order. Oops! On top of that, somehow I had knit into the wrong leg of the stitch and you can see the slanted stitches of the cast-on easily.

I had to take it out, there was no other answer. Pout.

Here you see the toe before I pulled out the needles. I’m happy to say I got it going fine the second time around, though I waited a day to try again. No photos of my “second draft” sock right now, but you will see some soon enough.

2 Responses to “Toe-Oops!”

  1. Diana Troldahl Says:

    when my copy arrives, want to have a knitalong?

  2. Priscilla Says:

    Ooh, that sounds like fun. You two should definitely do that.

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