Toe-Up Socks for Every Body: Adventurous Lace, Cables, and Colorwork from Wendy Knits
Wendy D. Johnson
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Acclaimed knitter, author, designer, and teacher Wendy D. Johnson is back with the perfect sequel to her hit book Socks from the Toe Up. In Toe-Up Socks for Every Body, Wendy shows knitters, whether they’re knitting their first or hundred-and-first sock, how to use the toe-up technique to get the perfect fit. Not only that, she shows you that even seemingly complicated patterns are still knit just one row at a time. Go ahead! Turn your favorite knee socks into thigh-highs. Knit that special someone classic argyles. Put even the wiggliest of toes in their first pair of lacey anklets. With Wendy’s help, there’s nothing you can’t try from the toes on up.
These 21 patterns cover everything from basics like materials and tools, to delicate lace, intricate cables, and fancy colorwork. Use these techniques and patterns to create beautiful socks for yourself and everybody in your life—friends and family, young and old. With the lovely photographs, helpful illustrations for cast-on, toe, heel, and bind-off options, and all-around expert advice in Toe-Up Socks for Every Body, you’ll be a well-heeled and warm-hearted toe-up knitter.
chart. Continue to increase 2 stitches in this manner every eighth round until you finish round 26 of the increase chart. Move the markers so that they are on either side of the center 5 stitches again, and repeat the chart. Note that you will continue to work the 4 stitches of the lace chart and 1 knit stitch (total of 5 stitches) in the center as set as you knit the entire leg. Continue to work the leg, making the increases every 8 rounds as set, until you have a total of 132  stitches
modern interpretations. Creating cable sock designs requires some creative thinking. Cable knitting often appears very three-dimensional due to all of the twisting and moving of stitches. Many cable knit sweaters, for example, are highly textured and densely patterned. While this is wonderful for a garment meant to be worn while working on a cold, damp fishing boat, it is not appropriate for socks (unless you are knitting thick slipper socks for padding about the house). You will find that the
else do you need to start knitting your socks? SOCK YARNS The most important thing you need to knit a sock is, of course, yarn! All of the patterns in this book are knit from fingering weight sock yarns. If you are already a sock knitter, you likely already have a stash of sock yarns in myriad colors and fibers. And although a specific yarn is suggested for each design, you may find yarns in your stash clamoring for attention that will work up beautifully in the designs you choose to knit. In
pen in your knitting bag to jot down notes as you knit. For cabled socks, many knitters use a cable needle, which temporarily holds the set of stitches to be cabled. It’s fine to use this tool; however, I’ve also included instructions here for working a cable without a cable needle, because, ultimately, doing so will make intricately cabled sock patterns much easier and faster to knit. I have knit every cabled pattern in this book without a cable needle (and you can too). Another optional
= 1" (2.5cm) in stockinette stitch NEEDLES 2 US size 0 (2mm) circular needles (or 1 long circular needle), or size needed to attain gauge YARN 1 skein Dream in Color Smooshy Sock Yarn, 100% superfine Australian superwash merino, 4 oz (113.5g), 450 yd (411.5m), Punky Fuchsia, Superfine TOE Using a Turkish Cast-On, a Figure-Eight Cast-On, or Judy’s Magic Cast-On, cast on a total of 22 (26, 30, 34) stitches—11 (13, 15, 17) stitches on each needle. Knit across the stitches on each needle