New Heel, New Toe, New Cast On

I am on a self-imposed quest to knit my way through some interesting sock knitting techniques.

My Hedgehog Family pattern will be published next week. But whilst the Hedgehogs were being tested, I needed something engrossing but simple to knit. I settled on Knot Socks by Nancy Bush from the book Sock Knitting Masterclass by Ann Bud.

The Knot Socks pattern uses lots of construction techniques that I hadn’t tried before. A Double Start cast on, a Dutch Heel and a Three Point Toe.

The Double Start cast on was introduced in Folk Knitting of Estonia by Nancy Bush. It’s a pretty cast on which works well with ribbing. Nancy has made some good video tutorials to help out us non-Estonian knitters. I found the Double Start challenging and I had to really concentrate on what I was doing. I usually use a long tail cast on, so I found myself chanting “normal, odd, normal, odd” as I cast on one stitch as I usually would and the next with the yarn wrapped in a different direction. I also made the mistake of not reading to the bottom of the instructions before I began, so my slipknot was too bulky and I had to try to hide it when I sewed in the ends.

After the cast on I soon discovered that I am not a fan of knitting rib stitch for a whole sock leg. I know I’m probably holding my yarn wrong because it gave me quite bad RSI in my thumb. I also know that I shouldn’t be watching TV and knitting at the same time because I needed to un-knit a few sections where I had knitted when I should have purled. Needless to say I was very glad when I got to the heel turn.

I LOVE the Dutch Heel Turn. It looks so tidy and it continues the reinforced slipped stitches to the back of the bottom of the heel, that makes a lot of sense to me. I was a bit concerned that my foot wouldn’t fit in there, but as you can see from the photo above, there was lots of room.

What you can’t see from the photo is that the Three Point Toe is quite uncomfortable, it may be the yarn, or it may be my funny shaped feet, but this is not the toe shape for me.

This is the first sock I’ve knitted (I’ve yet to make the second one in the pair) which I don’t like. I’m pretty sure it’s not the pattern. I think I used the wrong kind of yarn. I chose JoJoland Melody Superwash for this pattern because I wanted a very gradual color change and I hadn’t knitted with any sock yarns with a lot of twist. But I now don’t like the way the twist made such a thick fabric, I also don’t like the color change with the cables.

The challenge for me will be to knit the other sock in the pair, even though I don’t like the socks! It makes me wonder about myself that the thought of frogging this sock didn’t occur to me till just now. I also, always finish reading a book, even if I don’t like it.



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4 responses to “New Heel, New Toe, New Cast On

  1. Dee near Berkeley

    Have you looked at “The Sock Knitter’s Workshop” by Eva Jostens (sp) & Stephanie van der Linden? It has more technical variety & explanations than any other sock book I’ve seen. It’s more a recipe book than a “normal” sock book. And there’s a section on which heel to use for a high or low arch & narrow or wide heel, ideas for fitting I’ve *never* seen elsewhere. More for your reading list!

  2. nattyknitter

    Thanks Dee, that sounds like just my kind of thing. I’ll see if I can find that book.

    • Dee near Berkeley

      It was originally published in German, but it came out in English in 2010. ISBN 9780823085538

  3. nattyknitter

    Thank you, I’ve added it to my huge pinterest pattern wishlist, but it looks good. Those adorable baby socks on the front cover are very tempting.

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