Friday, December 11, 2009
Square Sock toes
This sock toe is great. It's really easy, and it warps to fit any sort of foot. It can be used with most toe up sock patterns....just don't do the toe they suggest, do this one.
Figure out how many stitches you want the foot to be (look in your pattern, or do the math, whatever).
Divide that number by 4. Let's name this number....Alfred (if it is not even, just round it down, and increase those 1-3 sts in the last row).
Cast on Alfred stitches with any provisional cast on you feel like. I like the invisible cast on, here, at http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/cast-on (scroll down), but any will do.
Work in garter stitch, knitting each row, until you have Alfred ridges on both sides (this will be Alfred times 2 number of rows).
Pick up Alfred stitches along the next side....if you have two circs, just pick up sts, one per ridge, with the needle tip with the yarn tail hanging from it. Pick one spot at the very edge of the ridge, to pick the st through, and use that same place in each ridge, to make it smooth and even. If you need to, finagle the last sts/ridge just a bit. If you are using dpns, then use a second needle to pick up these sts.
Now take out the waste yarn, putting the new, live sts from the cast on onto another circ or dpn.
Pick up sts along the last side, same as the 2nd side, onto that second circ or a 4th dpn.
Count your sts, making sure you have the required number for your pattern. Each circ should have 1/2 (twice Alfred), each dpn should have Alfred. If you had to round down to get Alfred, now increase to match your pattern and you knit the next row, and put them on your needles as the pattern requires. Continue with your pattern. This toe is a bit shallower than many short row toes, so you may need a few more rows before the ball of the foot. Most patterns measure from the tip of the toe to judge when it's time to start the heel, so changing the toe works for most patterns.
The points of the square will point up the sides, center top and center bottom of your foot.