Friday, April 5, 2013
Tale of Two Toes
I recently finished my first sock in over 30 years. I'm currently knitting its mate. It had been a long time since I started the toe on the first sock and I did not keep good notes. When I wanted to start the second sock,I didn't find the exact pattern I used (Fleegles Toe-Up No Flap No Hassle Sock Pattern.). After successfully using the figure-8 cast-on and knitting around the stitches on the two needles once, I decided to follow Lynne Ashton's Seam Free Rounded Toe for A Toe. Stubbornly I didn't want to make a stitch in a different spot on the second row, so I knit even instead.
The two toes didn't match. I didn't think I was following Fleegle's toe correctly the second time, but I was. The second toe, accidentally recreating Fleegle's pattern, fit much better, following the contours of my toes much more nicely, and I decided to keep it. I don't know how similar the first toe I knit is to Ms. Ashton's. It turned out a lot shallower, like the toes for athletic and tube socks. It relies on the stretch of the fabric. It turns out when I knit the toe for my first sock, I didn't follow that pattern correctly either. I left out knitting alternate rows even.
In my defense, my allergies were bothering me greatly when I started the first toe. That was a few years and many allergy shots ago.
If you ignore the toes, I am avoiding the second sock syndrome. I started the second sock within a couple weeks of finishing the first sock, AND it's the same width as the first. After getting used to the mechanics of the toe and the heel I just may turn into one of those people who think knitting socks is fun.