I just received my book. What a beauty! I can't wait to get home and dig through my stash of sock yarn and get out my needles and begin. Cables are one of my favorite things to knit, keep it interesting. The rest of the patterns in this book are gorgeous.
I know I shouldn't with 3 projects on the needles right now, but can't resist. Off to find the book.
From Ann Budd:I finished the first Asymmetrical Cables sock and I love it! What you can't see in the photo is how the left cable panel travels across the top of the foot and that the other side of the leg is all stockinette stitch. But because the other sock is a mirror image, you'll be able to see both sides at once when I finish the second sock and take a photo of the two together.
Here are my notes and changes for the lower leg, heel, and toe.• Because I added 4 stitches to the original cast-on for the middle size, I modified the instructions to have 37 stitches between the the last stitch of the one cable panel and the first stitch of the other panel (the instructions called for 33 stitches in this section). • At the beginning of the heel, I had 70 stitches (instead of 66). I worked the heel on 34 stitches (instead of 32), leaving 36 stitches for the instep (instead of 34).• This heel flap is worked a little different than most--it has the slipped stitches worked on wrong-side rows and the right-side rows simply knitted. My muscle memory wanted to do the opposite (slip every other stitch on right-side rows and purl the wrong-side rows), so I stumbled a few times when I wasn't paying attention.• To make a firm join between the heel flap and foot, I picked up the gusset stitches through the back of both legs of each selvedge stitch, as demonstrated on the accompanying DVD.• I wanted a wider band on the wedge toe than called for in the instructions so I worked my decreases one stitch in from the end of the needles (i.e., "k1, ssk" and "k2tog, k1") instead of at the end of each needle ("ssk" and "k2tog").• The toe started to look a bit long so when I had decreased every other round to 36 stitches, I changed to decreasing every round until 16 stitches remained. Then I worked the Kitchener stitch to finish it off.—Ann
Hi all! --Ann Budd here.
Kathleen steered me to this forum and I've got say that I'm overwhelmed with the number of people interested in joining me as I knit my way through Sock Knitting Master Class! And thank you all for your kind words about this book. I'm still blown away by the great collection of designs from talented masters.
I hope to start a new sock every couple of weeks but that will depend on that part of life that gets in the way of the best-laid plans. I'll probably post 3 or 4 times for each pair of socks. The first to talk about my yarn and needle choices, the second to talk about casting on and the first few inches, the third to talk about the leg, heel, and toe, and the fourth to show a completed pair. I'm giddy just thinking about the fun this will be!
I am so excited about this knit along! My book (actually books, since i also purchased Ann's "Knitting Socks") arrived this afternoon. Now I'm waiting on my yarn. What a great way to become really knowledgeable about sock knitting from THE PRO! YAYYYY!!!!
Sure you can learn! I just learned this spring. The book I use is by Mellisa Morgan-Oakes, called 2-at-a-time
There are several different methods out there, but this book has very clear photographs for every step in the process. There are a couple places where the directions fall short, and I had to puzzle it out, but if you need help, just give me a holler, and I'll be happy to see what I can do for you.
Now, Melissa has two of these books out - this one is for top-down socks, but she has one for toe-up socks as well, on one needle. I haven't tried those yet. Heck, I haven't tried toe-up socks period. My sister doesn't like them, but I've never done them, so I don't know yet. I'm very tempted - I have to pull out my instructions for the Kitchener stitch every time to weave together the toe stitches, and I've been knitting socks for years! It would be nice to just skip that step altogether, but I'm curious to see how the heel would be constructed.
Recieved my book yesterday! Spent the morning so far reading. Dusted off Ann's knitting socks book and as a newbie I think i will start there. Have some cascade 220 yarn and my needles ready to go now i just have to master the cast on! Looking forward to your posts Ann and love both of your sock books.
Just bought a beautiful hand dyed wool for this project and started the gauge swatch. How many stitches did you use for the swatch and it was suggested that you do a swatch in the cable pattern. Did you do that as well?
Chris from PA
I'll be using Mira Cole's Baah La Jolla 100% Merino wool. The color I picked is a medium turquoise with light turquoise thrown in for a lovely shimmer. I like the handpainted look even in solids for sock knitting. I think this will highlight Cookie's intriguing cables nicely.
My book should arrive on July 13. Can hardly wait to get started. What fun!
Sharon W in Freeport, IL
My book arrived yesterday and I can't wait to start. I just found a rose color in my stash. Now I just need to find my needles. I usually use the magic loop but I will follow the instructions this time and use double points.
Happy knitting everyoneQ
Judy in PA
Hello---I consider myself a somewhat experienced knitter (fair isle, lace, etc,) these socks seem a bit daunting to me. I do like working on double points, however so I am excited to try ! You say you have FINISHED yours already. I have the book and am waiting for my yarn. Hope to start soon.
Give us all time to catch up with you! :) By the way, what were those cool double points in one of your pictures?
Lori in VA
HOLD on wait for me!!! WHO needs sleep anyway! Think I might try two at a time on two separate sets of dpn so I won't have to remember so much along the way or if (IF) I mess up I can unknit at the same time! Maybe I should rethink this :-)
I have the book and the socks are beautiful. How do I keep in touch so that I can also participate in the knit along. Sunny