dpn cast on

It has come to my attention that I began my sock reassurance program with an airy “knit the leg” while actually getting started has its difficulties.

I am therefore going to show you the beginning of the second sock before we get to finishing the first.

If you have your foot all knitted and want to look at a toe, skip on down.

The picture above is there to make a simple point: cast on all the stitches normally, onto one double pointed needle.  Sometimes folks think they should cast their stitches on in the even distribution they plan for when they are knitting on their dpns, but I think that is more difficult. So this is a dpn with 48 stitches on it, the number for beginning the sock.

The next thing is to knit back cross those stitches, and it is at this point that you will distribute them on the needles.

dpn start I usually use 4 dpns, so I want my stitches to end up on three needles: half the stitches on one needle for the front of the sock and the other half on two needles for the back. If you like to use five needles, then you can put them evenly onto four needles and have one left to work with.

The alarming aspect of this step is shown in this picture. While you knit with all the various needles, you will have the previous ones hanging down. You have along tail of stitches with a bunch of needles threaded through them and it is at this point, I surmise, that Formerprincess decided her knitting would never be a sock.

 

dpn join

When you have stitches on all three needles, you will join them together.

At this point, you will have that triangle of needles that you see when you watch people making socks. Up until that point, it all seems very chaotic.

 

cuff

Now that you have the stitches all together and joined and are knitting in a circle, there is a light visible at the end of the tunnel. But it will still take a couple of rows before you quit feeling as though you are trying to subdue a porcupine. The key to success at this point is to keep going, bearing in mind that it will be better soon.

There are so many circumstances in life in which this the best strategy that it is good to have some practice.

Now, let us suppose that you have gotten to the foot of the first sock and knitted it until it is the length you want. toe decrease

You will now go ahead and do the paired decreases on alternate rows that you did before, when you were knitting the gusset. The effect on this occasion will be entirely different. Last time, you had a different shape to begin with, so it was a geometrically different situation. Do not think that you will end up with gussets again.

Instead, the toe will become rounded and smaller and end up looking like, well, the toe of a sock. log cabin toe

You will bring the number of stitches down to 8 or so, and then you can finish it off in whatever manner you prefer.log cabin sock

You can find endless discussions on the web of the various virtues of kitchener stitch versus 3 needle bindoffs, but I think that with 8 stitches it hardly matters. Do whatever you prefer. Sometimes I turn the thing inside out and crochet it up.

What harm can you do with 8 stitches?

You will inevitably end up with a sock, such as this one, the Log Cabin sock from Handknit Holidays.

We are heading to the farmers market this morning, and then to seek dress clothes for #1 son. There is a party after a bit, and I suppose at some point we will buy groceries.

And right now my offspring are chivying me to hurry up, so I will post without proofreading. Who knows what I might have said up there?