I’m diving right in with my first real blog entry and tossing out my very first ever sock pattern!
For the longest time I pretty much stuck to cuff down socks with kitchener stitch toes and gussets with stitches to pick up. I can do those pretty much all day but I knew that I needed to get out of the rut and try some other options.
I have tried toe-up socks. But that process really never caught my fancy. Still I just kept thinking there has to be a more interesting way to do toes and heels in socks than what I was used to without being overly complicated. So I went in search of that. And just to make it challenging I decided to write my own pattern for it as I went along. Here’s what I came up with. This is a cuff down, round toe, afterthought heel sock. I decided to name it Not Just Purls. It is knit with one needle in magic loop method.
I decided to simplify a toe technique that I had used in one of my most favorite sock projects, round toes. No kitchner stitch this time! I first fell in love with round toes when I knit the Embossed Leaves Socks. (not my pattern) years ago. It had a version of this round toe that I altered here to be super simple. The toes are a complete breeze!
Now here comes the challenge. Trying a new technique for the heel portion of the sock. I chose the afterthought heel. Never having attempted it before I watched lots of videos and read numerous blog entries by other knitters and then decided to give it a whirl.
I admit I started over several times!
Here’s what I discovered… i think a lifeline in the row before and the row after your waste yarn is necessary. I tried it without and it was a mess. But all in all this was a great way to try something new. Afterthought heels are great for patterned yarn because you can keep the stripes going, and then later insert the heel. I jotted down the pattern as I went along, and then reknit it again in a different color with a less solid colored yarn just so you could see.
I included a photo of my lifelines in my pattern so you can see what it looked like at that stage.
The variegated, striped socks on the left look great but my favorite of the two pairs is the pair on the right, the peachy pink pair. For the pink pair I experimented a tad. I knitted only the top 3 rounds in the contrasting color before changing to the main color yarn, making it an accent rather that a full contrasting cuff. I also knit two different k/p patterns on the cuff just for fun. You may not notice it in the pics unless you look closely. After all No one is gonna notice but me more than likely. Except now you, because I pointed it out. Ha!
So I learned a new technique, and it will be something I use (afterthought heel) whenever I want to continue a striping pattern for sure. And I created my first ever sock pattern! I won’t tell you exactly how many days (several weeks) I spent knitting, starting over, tweaking and then writing up the pattern. And oh my gosh. Let’s just talk about that for a hot minute! Writing patterns that make sense is so much work! They sure look easy when you are knitting other people’s patterns but it gave me a new appreciation for the fine details most patterns contain. (Crossing my fingers my pattern isn’t crazy looking to ya!)
I’m sure this pattern isn’t perfect. What is? But I’m offering it up for free and hoping to get good feedback on what you think of the pattern in general, and the written pattern notes themselves. I didn’t invent any of these techniques, just simplified some or changed details that made sense to me. Please do offer your helpful comments!
So, I’ll stop chattering and give you the link to the pattern now… Can’t wait for you to give it a go. Be sure and let me know what you think!