After posting that I was starting my first pair of socks, I received comments by the two blogs that had inspired me to start and invited to participate with them while knitting their first pair of socks. I am about 5 weeks behind them; however I’m excited to be joining 🙂 Here’s Maggie’s first post Sock It to Me Thursdays and here’s Hannah’s first post Knit-a-Sock-Along. You can follow along with them, as well as myself, if you would like. I can’t wait to see their posts for this week!
I had noted in my last post that I am working with this pattern: Toe-Up Socks using German Short Rows. I’m really happy with the video instructions, as well as the written instructions. This pattern starts with a provisional cast on, which was a lot easier than others I’ve used in the past. If you want to see how she does it, check out the YouTube video. I am using US 3 – 3.25 mm bamboo Double Pointed Needles (DPNs) and Lion Brand LB Collection Super Wash Merino yarn in the color Purple.
Using the German Short Rows (GSRs) made creating the toe super simple. During this section, you only use two needles and create the toe using increases and decreases with the GSRs.
Once the full toe is complete; you pick up the stitches from the provisional cast on and divide among two more needles. The pattern advised to tie a piece of string at this point on the front of the toe so it would be easier to match the second sock. I’m also keeping track of my row count so I know they will match.
Now, this was where it got kind of scary…my first time using DPNs and boy was it awkward! I googled ways to hold your needles and I think I’ve found a method that is comfortable for me. It’s good to know that even for experienced DPN users, the first few rows are unruly. Now that I’m several rows in, things are going much more smoothly. So, with a few days down (and other WIPs going on besides the socks…more on that later) I now have 15 rows of the foot complete, and as my husband calls it, a toe warmer!