I stand corrected

By | September 26, 2012

It was brought to my attention yesterday that Cat’s Sweet Tomato Heel Socks e-book suggests working increases on the sole before knitting the heel, if you have a high arch. Whoops! So it does, both in the general instructions on page 3 and in the individual sock patterns. Doing so would’ve eliminated the need for mini-gussets. Hmm. I must’ve skimmed right over that part of the general instructions. Or maybe the concept didn’t stick because I don’t think of myself as having a high arch. Either way, I still like my mini-gussets.

After wearing my toe socks for a few hours, though, I have to say I’m a little less fond of the fit. The pinkie toes on the socks pooch out a little bit beyond my actual pinkie toes. At first, I thought perhaps I’d knit the pinkie toes a little too long. Closer inspection, however, revealed a different culprit: After joining all the toes but the pinkie toe, I knit three rounds plain before joining the pinkie toe, but I should’ve knit more than three rounds… seven, or maybe eight.

Oh, well. I was already figuring on knitting more toe socks anyway. It’ll be a bit like the gloves I knit a couple years back, with the second iteration trumping the first.


Ruby on September 26, 2012 at 3:00 pm.

And once you do these toe socks again, you can write up the pattern for us?

JC on September 27, 2012 at 7:46 am.

Sorry, Ruby, but as with my fingerless gloves I don’t think I’m ever going to write up a pattern. Everyone’s toes differ too much, and writing a single pattern to fit everyone would be a nightmare. But I could maybe see teaching a class on the process someday: working a pinhole cast-on, increasing to shape individual toes, figuring out at what point to join the toes, and grafting the junctures between the toes… that could keep people busy for a few hours, eh?

Sarah Anderson on September 28, 2012 at 8:46 am.

I’m wondering if people like me who have a really small little toe might do well with a four toed sock. The last toe could be a little wider to accommodate the last 2 small toes. What do you think? An added benefit is that you could pose as a 4 toed mutant…

JC on September 28, 2012 at 12:37 pm.

You could do that, I suppose. It would be similar to “hunter’s gloves,” if I’m remembering the phrase correctly: gloves that bind the middle, ring, and pinkie fingers together (like a mitten, to keep them warm), and that leave the index finger and thumb separate (for use in pulling the trigger).

And four-toed socks would be easier to put on. But I wonder if they’d feel funny… you know, two toes jammed together while all the others were kept separate?