Have you tried Judy’s Magic Cast On? The instructions in Wendy’s book (printed with Judy’s permission) make this purchase already worth the cost. Here I am, 4 repeats into my first-ever socks on two circulars!
I’m knitting the medium size to account for the stretchiness of the lace. I may also knit a slightly shorter foot to create a snug fit. I am absolutely thrilled with the way this colorway is knitting up, and I’m really enjoying knitting with 2 circulars! Victory all around, even if I am not able to finish these by the end of the month (and qualify for all of the incredible Socks From the Toe Up KAL June prizes). I don’t know why I didn’t try using 2 circulars earlier — it makes a lot of sense for a patterned sock — one needles has the pattern, and the other needle is the bottom of the sock, all in one place. Rather than become a hard-core advocate of one way to knit socks, I’m beginning to see the benefits of choosing needles that fit the pattern. I may even have another go at Magic Loop (which I liked and have used for sleeves and things, but found a bit fiddly) — my Twisted Tweed Socks (rav link) were giving me some trouble around the heel, but maybe I need to try a different way of knitting those when I bring them out of hibernation.
Here’s one more close-up of my Lacy Ribs Sock:
Here’s hoping I can stick to my goal of equal amounts knitting/spinning and reading. I’ve put in some serious time on these socks in the last 12-14 hours, so as soon as I hit publish, I’m going to curl up with a book on the Gilded Age.
I think I mentioned something about farm shares and strawberries yesterday. Want to see this week’s haul?
Red lettuce, harukei turnips, kale, chard, broccoli, oregano, rosemary, basil, mint, 2 qts strawberries, more komatsuna, mustard greens (!!), and a handful of calendula flowers to brighten my kitchen.
Time to get to work!
The socks look great! The magic cast-on is certainly magical, I agree. Figuring out the magic loop method totally changed my sock-knitting life. It’s strange how one new technique can make all of the difference. Happy reading!
That is my favorite cast-on for toe-up socks. It’s magical! Like unicorns for your toes! Also, socks on two circs is the only way I knit them anymore; the DPNs are just too fiddly for my loose-knitting self. The colors are pretty!
I agree 100%!! I took a class with Wendy, and the cast on and no grafting alone would have been COMPLETELY worth the cost of the class! I am now in love with this book…. And I REALLY like the way your stripy yarn is working up in that pattern. I started that one in a solid and it quickly looked boring. Now I know the secret!
The socks look great! I love the combo of the lace and the stripey yarn. And YUM look at all that produce!!