June 06, 2007
Sidewinders: Act II
In Act I you finished the first 1/4 of your sock, turning the heel using paired decreases. In this act, you’ll concentrate on the toe shaping, working paired increases every row to increase the toe to its final length. Half of the increased stitches create the top of the toe and the other half create the bottom – think of the center two toe stitches as the fold line.
Finding paired increases that didn't distort the fabric when worked every row was tricky business. I finally settled on the raised bar increase, but please fell free to substitute another if you prefer – I trust you.
That's enough chit-chat, let's get started on the toe...
Sidewinders Act II: Toe Out
Raised Bar Increases
- Find the horiztonal connecting yarn between the needles.
- Using the left needle pick up the connecting yarn from back-to-front and leave this "raised bar" on the left needle.
- If this is a right side row -- Knit the raised bar.
- If this is a wrong side row -- Purl the raised bar.
- Find the horiztonal connecting yarn between the needles.
- Using the left needle pick up the connecting yarn from front-to-back and leave this "raised bar" on the left needle.
- If this is a right side row -- Knit the raised bar through the back loop.
- If this is a wrong side row -- Purl the raised bar through the back loop.
InstructionsI’m going to stop saying, "Continuing in established stitch patterns", because I have faith that you will continue to do so.
Shaping the ToeNext Row -- Row (18,20,23), [(18,21,23), (19,22,24), (20,22,25)] -- Begin the toe shaping by working paired increases every row as follows:
After completing your first WS row, go back and mark the first toe edge stitch by sliding a safety pin around edge stitch still on the needle. You’ll be glad you did when we get to the Grand Finale.
Repeat the increase row (10, 11,13), [(10, 12, 13), (11, 13, 14), (11, 13, 14)] more times. You'll know you're done when you have (13, 14, 16), [(13, 15, 16), (14, 16, 17), (14, 16, 17)] stitches between the center toe marker and the end of the toe.
Row (28, 31, 36), [(28, 33, 36), (30, 35, 38), (31, 35, 39)] -- This should be your last row of toe increases. When finished with this row, you should have:
(42, 42, 42), [(44, 44, 44), (44, 44, 44), (47, 47, 47)] stitches between the cuff marker and the center heel marker,
(49, 49, 46), [(51, 50, 48), (53, 50, 50), (56, 54, 53)] stitches between the center heel marker and the center toe marker,
(13, 14, 16), [(13, 15, 16), (14, 16, 17), (14, 16, 17)] stitches from the center toe marker to the end of the row.
For a total of (112, 113, 112), [(116, 117, 116), (119, 118, 119), (125, 125, 125)] stitches.
Work straight without further toe shaping for (7, 8, 9), [(7, 8, 9), (7, 8, 9), (8, 8, 10)] rows ending with Row (35, 39, 45), [(35, 41, 45), (37, 43, 47), (39, 43, 49)].
Congratulations! You're half way done with your sock having worked 1/2 of the heel shaping in Act I and 1/2 of the toe shaping in Act II.
Tomorrow in Act III, we'll work the 2nd half of the toe using paired decreases. Paired decreases? That should sound familiar -- think Act I, heel.
I am still working on Act I, started only late this evening. Maybe I will not go to sleep tonight! Thank you for this marvelous adventure.
Posted by: Rachel | Jun 6, 2007 11:11:06 PM
I'm enjoying this pattern. The directions are straight forward and easy to follow. This is my first sideways sock. It is great fun to see a watch it unfold.
I just finished the toe increases and I have 52 sts between the center heel marker and the center toe marker (I'm working the largest size). I've checked and I don't think I missed an increase. I'll look again in the morning with fresh eyes.
Posted by: Maia | Jun 7, 2007 12:10:49 AM
That toe is so clever! And, of course, so are you. The sock taking shape on my needle is elegant and unusual, so exciting that I went to sleep last night frustrated that I hadn't finished Act 1. Not a problem tonight as I've just finished Act 11. It's 9am and I've been knitting for 2 hours. Did I mention that you're Evil?
But in a good way.
Posted by: sarah | Jun 7, 2007 1:03:13 AM
That sock looks like it is painted on - so shameless! Those little blue blips are the best!
Posted by: Sonya | Jun 7, 2007 10:55:19 AM
Hi! I came here from Cara...I've got you bookmarked, will come back and do some serious looking at how you built those sideways socks. They look really great!
Posted by: lisa | Jun 7, 2007 4:20:54 PM
So far, so good. Great even! I just finished my Act II section. Looking great. Thanks again, Nona!
Posted by: Kathy in Iowa | Jun 7, 2007 5:23:34 PM
Can't wait for the next installment. I am learning a lot with this project.
Thank you for such an exemplary pattern--I feel like I am taking a class from a really superb teacher. I really enjoy the way you have written this pattern in your own nonaknits voice.
Posted by: Kathleen | Jun 7, 2007 5:33:27 PM
I'm learning a lot, too, and I'm so addicted to this sock already! Thanks for sharing this pattern with us. I'm off to work on Act II.
Posted by: KelInCal | Jun 7, 2007 7:35:52 PM
I took my sock in progress into the local yarn shop and they're already asking if I can teach it as a class this fall. How does that work with copyright and stuff? Would that even be okay with you? I love the sock and everyone who sees it does too. It's definitely a keeper. Thanks for the great serial KAL.
Posted by: Jennifer | Jun 7, 2007 8:28:37 PM
I will definitely have to try my hand at your lovely sidewinders sometime. For now, I will continue working on my very first (plain, simple) sock.
Posted by: Octopus Knits | Jun 7, 2007 8:40:06 PM
My boyfriend was just reading over my shoulder and he commented that these socks look like musculature! And they do!!! I just LOVE that yarn! It looks so great with this pattern.
Posted by: Vanessa | Jun 7, 2007 9:36:25 PM
Hi nona! I'm just checking in to say that
I finished Act 1 today and am well into
Act 2. I had to fix a couple of little
mistakes, but I'm coming along. Your
pattern is addictive! I find I really like
the garter stitch section on the back of the
sock, and I am thinking -- what if the leg
of a sock were all garter stitch???? My
Lorna's Laces yarn is making wonderful
partial stripey designes so far. I feel a
little bit guilty about my other projects
otn right now; I have abandoned them all
for your Sidewinders!
Posted by: Nancy | Jun 10, 2007 11:32:13 PM
I was doing so good...
I knit the gauge swatch and was right on!
I started the sock and got addicted like everyone else. I got halfway done with the sock and thought it looked a hair big. I decided out of whim to remeasure gauge and I was getting 26 st/4 inches...
By the way, your blog is always cut off for me on the right hand side with a big yellow column. I use Firefox.
Thanks for the pattern. I will have to try again on different sock yarn.
Posted by: Wendy | Jun 17, 2007 1:56:08 AM
I was finished with Act II in two days. I'm definitely hooked on these wonderful socks. I can't wait to see how they turn out!
Posted by: Laura | Jun 18, 2007 11:41:29 AM
How is this going! Just wanted to write great web site. Continue with the great work you are doing!
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