Saturday, July 3, 2010
Caspian Sea Socks
The other day I was looking at a tutorial on Knitting Daily's site - reviewing seaming techniques for my little blue sweater - when I saw the list of links for free eBooks including 7 Free Sock Knitting Patterns. That's too much to resist, isn't it? And minutes later as I was clicking through the eBook, I came across this pattern for Caspian Sea Socks. Oh no, I have to try these!
To start the sock, I had to learn an Eastern or Turkish cast on. The pattern instructions left me in the dark, so I googled for help. One more little tip that I found helpful? Start with a slip knot just to keep the yarn tail in place until you're ready to knit the second half of the stitches. I was all thumbs trying to work it until I tried that!
But my next dilemma is how to do the Eastern cast on in the colourwork pattern? I'm perplexed, and more than a little frustrated, so I've posted to the techniques forum on Ravelry for help. I tried casting on in one colour and then starting the colourwork chart on the next round, but it's leaving me with a nub that ruins the shape of the toe. Add to that the fact that the sock is working up too small, I'm ripping out and starting again. And learning as I go!