Today I’m fascinated by…

Calf shaping: I have no idea if it’s helpful, but I cannot stop staring.

Short-row toes worked from the cuff down: a big hole remains right at the base of the toes, and then must be closed by grafting. This is the first time I’m working the toe this way!

I’m actually done knitting this pair of socks, but it must be blocked and I have to weave in the reinforcement before it’s ready for its close-up ;).

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  1. Monica

    Wow, that was quick. :)

    That’s a lot of stitches to kitchener! Although trying to make that seam look good is probably easier than making the kitchenered toe look good (at least for me).

  2. Lelah

    I’m curious– why do you weave in the reinforcement afterwards instead of just holding it with the yarn as you’re knitting? That way when the wool wears out, you have a template for your darning, no?

  3. Theresa

    Don’t knock calf shaping – works great if your leg is actually not a toothpick. Which is not to say I find it generally necessary, but it can be nice if the pattern accomodates it.

  4. Stephanie

    Very cool. I’m intrigued by the calf shaping – it seems like it’d be a good thing, except I have toothpick legs, so maybe not for me. I’ve never worked a toe like that, but it seems quite genius. I can’t wait to see the close-up.

  5. Teresa C

    Calf shaping is neat, they will be so comfortable.

    I love short row toes. When I do them I work the shaping from the top of the foot to the bottom, that way any uneveness in my kitchener stitch (a very rare thing, and I’m sure yours will be perfect :)) is on the bottom of the sock.

  6. claudia

    My standard short row toe is done that way, but I always knit the toe around from the front to the back, so that the grafting line is on the bottom of the foot. My reasoning is that if my grafting tension is wonky, I’d rather that be where the sun don’t shine.

  7. pj

    Priscilla Gibson Roberts had a short row sock in an old Interweave Knits that has you do a “Turkish” bind-off rather than a kitchener join. It looks really cool, and I will try to find the reference for you. (Actually, she suggests that if you want to kitchener, to keep the opening on the bottom of the sock. Perhaps her grafting isn’t up to snuff?)

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