Thursday, January 31, 2008

I need to vent!

I see more and more patterns for toe up socks. I have tried the instructions from Knitty and just don't get it. It just seems like I have a mental block on understanding this technique. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE what can I do to learn this.


Stuck in a non-toe up world!


Hanna said...

I prefer knitting socks cuff-down but I made two pairs of toe-up socks this month. I suggest that you should try with some pattern not with just some good hints. What is the most difficult part in sock for you?

I had troubles with figure eight cast-on and first I made socks with short row toes (like wyvern socks and firestarters). I got New Pathways for Sock Knitters book from my sp11 and I learned better way to start toe-up sock with magic cast-on( and now I'm not afraid of toe-ups. Cat Bordhi's book is really worth reading.

SockLady said...

The hard part for me is trying to hold the needles with so few stitches. The last time I tried I was using dpn and couldn't get them to stop falling out of the stitches.

Hanna said...

You can knit with three dpns (two of them holding stitches and third to knit with) until you have about 20 or 24 stitches. I suggest that you try pattern with short row toe (provisional cast on) or try with circulars. It is quite complicated to knit with only few stitches.

You can do it, trust me.

Piglottie said...

I hate knitting socks toe up and have never managed to be pleased with the method. Cat Bordhi's new book shows techniques for knitting toe up, and I might even be tempted to give it another go but will always prefer cuff down. Not much help but I feel your pain :)

kemtee said...

Hanna's right. If you can try with circulars, give it another go. No matter what cast on I try, toe-up + dpns = mess for me.

Also, if you haven't already, try Wendy's Generic Toe-Up recipe:

It's very straightforward.

razorknitgirl said...

I heart toe up because it maximizes on yarn, especially if you are short on yardage. I have poked around on a few different sites online and found some good info in the 'sensational knitted socks' book by Charlene(forget last name)
Everyone finds their thing when it comes to socks or any kind of knitting so whatever works for you :)