If at first you don’t succeed…

You may recall that I’m knitting a toe-up sock, based on what I learned in Cat Bordhi’s class at Sock Summit. Here’s where I was on my sock on Sunday afternoon.

first try

And here’s where I was a mere 5 minutes later. Ouch.


When I tried on the sock, I found that it was about half an inch too long in the foot. Even after tracing my foot and measuring and figuring and all that fun stuff. Poot. Why didn’t I try it on sooner? I did, right after the heel turn, and found it a bit loose, but assumed it would be all right once I finished the back of the heel and got going on the leg. But I couldn’t try it on for a chunk of time because I was knitting in church. (Knitting in church? Meditative, helps me focus. Trying on sock in church? Distracting. Not OK.) When I got home, I tried it on, and it was baaaaaad.

Here’s the bad part of knitting from the toe up, at least with this particular sock architecture. I had to rip all the way back past the beginning of the arch expansion to make the toe end of the foot shorter by half an inch. That’s horrendous. This is my first completed toe up sock, so I don’t know if it’s different with a different sock architecture, but that’s where I had to shorten it on this one.

Looking on the bright side, it gave me a chance to reposition the band so it wouldn’t run into the heel. Perfect.

cori heel

I finished Wednesday night. It’s perfect. It’s beautiful. I love how the Coriolis band winds around the ankle. And I love how simple stockinette lets this yarn shine. It’s Socks that Rock Mediumweight in Alley Oop, and it’s only 48 stitches around. Fast!


spiral inside

I used a 3×1 rib at the top rather than my favorite 2×2, because I wanted it to look more like stockinette than ribbing. And because I knit this based on what I learned in Cat Bordhi’s class at Sock Summit, I finished with the bind off that Cat introduced to us, Jenny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off by Jennifer Staimann. It’s really stretchy! I like the little bumps under the chain loops of the bind off. They look like beads. And I still can’t tell you how it’s done, because it’s not published yet. It’s coming soon, in the fall Knitty.


For the second of my fraternal twin socks, I want to try Cat’s Upstream sock architecture. I was going to try the Riverbed, but I think I’ll save that for a patterned sock because it really lends itself to that. I want something that will let this yarn sing in stockinette. And now that I know how long to make the toe portion of my sock, there shouldn’t be any more frogging trauma. Right?

15 responses to “If at first you don’t succeed…

  1. No more sock trauma — the second sock will race by.

    The first sock is VERY pretty!

  2. ouch indeed!!

    That’s amazing that the sock is only 48 stitches around. Very cool and I rather like the rib – you’re right, it does look more like stockinette. Clever you!

  3. It stinks that you had to rip it back but it was worth it. It’s lovely!

  4. Fall Knitty is published today! So people can learn it soon! Yay!

    The sock looks great. Sorry you had to frog back. =(

  5. I sometimes think I rip things out more than I knit them. 😦

    That is gorgeous – really pretty, and I love the traveling band on it.

  6. Oh a happy ending, I like those. Gorgeous sock! I can’t wait to see the next one.

  7. Frogging is no fun, but I love the way the sock turned out! The band twisting around the ankle looks really cool!

  8. Of all the toe up patterns out there this is the one I want to do but for the same reason you had to rip, has been my hesitation. You’ve inspired me to try again though. Your sock came out beautifully. Well done!!!

  9. Great sock, but it was painful to witness that frogging! And you get to knit in church?!?! Lucky you! The Jewish holidays are coming up and I always try to convince my husband that it would be okay for me to knit in temple for those long services — but he doesn’t agree! 🙂

  10. that was definitely an ouch of frogging! Beautiful yarn and socks. they turned out great!

  11. Sounds all too familiar, I think frogging is my middle name. The sock turned out to fit so nicely. Great choice on the yarn for this sock.

  12. Beautiful! I really need to give Cat’s sock techniques a try.

  13. Hey! I knit in church for the very same reason! I thought I was the only one.

  14. That is a gorgeous sock – sorry you had to frog it, but glad it worked out in the end!

  15. That is a gorgeous sock – sorry you had to frog it, but glad it worked out in the end!…