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Archive for March 26th, 2006

Sabrina’s Sock!

Sunday, March 26th, 2006

Sabrina with her sockSabrina works at Threadbear Fiberarts. I really enjoy her company.

She knows I love knitting socks and told me that she has really struggled with socks because of gauge/fit issues. If you start a top-down sock with the wrong gauge/number of stitches, you end up with something disappointing because it does not fit right. She can do the techniques without trouble, but got really frustrated by having to rip out frequently when a sock she’d started did not fit.

I suggested she try my First-Time Toe-Up sock pattern. It’s easier to do this toe than many other toe-up methods because you first knit a square of flat stockinette fabric before starting to go around in a tube.

One big benefit to toe up socks is that you can try them on as you increase, stopping when you have increased enough that the sock fits properly. There is no gauge swatch, and no disappointment if the swatch and the sock don’t match somehow. (I really understand this, as my gauge tends to change by the minute and so often my gauge swatches are merely an approximation. I need to be able to adjust as I go for many projects.)

So here Sabrina is with her first completed sock! I suggested she work with fat yarn and make a slipper sock at first, and she’s got this lovely red number ready to go. Congrats, Sabrina!