In Which the Pirate Knits With Handspun.
During my brief hiatus from vacation, I cast on for a plain toe-up sock with my handspun BFL yarn. Mostly for my own reference, but just in case any of you are interested, I started with a figure-eight cast on that had twenty loops, and knit each side twice before starting M1 increases every other round. After a few rounds I tightened up the toe and took a preliminary measurement of ten stitches to the inch on size 0 needles, which is exactly what I’d been aiming for.
This is the first time I’m knitting anything larger than a little swatch with my own handspun yarn, and I am loving every stitch. The fabric is knitting up to have a nice softness and feel; Pirate-Husband said that it felt as if it had some silk content in it. I am really looking forward to seeing how the colors show. At ten stitches to the inch, I am knitting a 72-stitch sock. The benefit to knitting toe-up is that the toe is the gauge swatch; I just keep trying it on and increasing until it’s the right size! I’ll do a short-row heel, probably over 60% of the stitches, and keep on knitting plain all the way up to a ribbed cuff.
holy smokes… that is way awesome but how on earth do you keep up with the MATH?? that alone intimidates me enough to not even think about trying to knit a sock even though i’d love to do it one day…LOL!