Friday, February 12, 2010

Further skewed

I do plan to release a multi-size version of Skew later, but for the brave, I'm posting my notes on how to shape the heel for an 84-stitch foot. A talented friend successfully produced socks from these notes. If you need line-by-line instructions, I'm afraid you'll have to be be patient until the official version comes out.

KNIT AT YOUR OWN RISK. I have not personally tested these numbers and can't provide "pattern" support.

Cast on 8 stitches per needle, increase in the big toe section to 56 stitches, then to 84 in the mid-toe section.

Inner ankle gusset (IAG) needs to create 42 sts for the back of the leg, which takes 42 rounds (21 shaping rounds separated by plain knit rounds). After 7 IAG shaping rounds (14 sts between IAG markers), start working mini-gusset shaping as for the 72-stitch version. After 14 IAG shaping rounds (28 sts between IAG markers), start the heel decreases.

During the heel decreases, my notes say there should be 18 stitches between markers instead of the 15 for 72-st version-- so on left sock, replace "k 10" with "k 13."

18 comments:

Becky said...

I need a version with fewer stitches, but I'm going to be brave and see if I can work it out as I go along. Should just add to the Knitting Olympics challenge!

owner said...

Becky, if a 60-stitch foot will give you the size you need, I think I had notes for that. I'll look for them.

Becky said...

You know what, I cast on and am through the big toe, and I'm getting just over 32 stitches over 4", so I think I'll be able to use the pattern numbers. Not sure how I managed that with mediumweight socks that rock, but I guess I'm a tight knitter. Thanks for the offer!

I would love a little insight into the RLinc. Once you've done the lift and it's on your right needle, do you slide it right across to the left ( putting the left needle in through the back) or twist it a bit (putting the left needle in through the front)when you add it to the left. When I slide it straight across, it becomes nearly impossible to knit normally into the front as you're basically double twisting it. But if, when it's on the right needle, you insert the left needle in through the front of the stitch and slide it over, then it's easy to knit into it. I'm already to the mid toe and just kind of making it up as I go, but would love to know how it's supposed to work.

PegAlex said...

Bigger yarn is helpful too! I insisted on tiny needles/yarn/gauge. I am thinking that a med weight sock yarn would not need tinkering (think sock that rock)?

Angela said...

Lana, I left you a PM on Ravelry about a possibly typo in the short row set-ups.

Love the pattern!

Angela said...

BTW, you've hit the top of the list with 110 wips. Congrats :)

owner said...

Becky, the increases are supposed to be entirely untwisted. Knittinghelp.com has great videos of them; my RLinc is the same as their KRL, and LLinc is the same as their KLL.

Marcia said...

Becky: Here's a link to Cat Bordhi's YouTube video showing LRinc and RLinc.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYOYMJBGxrw

Becky said...

Thanks for the insight. The reason I was confused is that the instructions on Knitty for RLinc and LLinc say to insert the needle from the front to back to "lift" the stitch. I was having trouble making that work. Both videos, however, have you insert the needle from the back to the front to lift the stitch which makes a ton more sense and works much better.

Lana, you might want to revise the RLinc and LLinc descriptions on the pattern, or at the very least link to the suggested videos.

I am loving the pattern so far! I have one sock ready to start the heel and the second just started the inner ankle section.

stebo79 said...

Thank you!

I was aiming for a 80 stitches version, calculated from my (too tiny) socks. Let's see how that works.

Cheers, Steffi
(thanks for your PM on Ravelry!)

Melissa said...

Rarely do I see a design and mentally go through the stash to find something with which to cast on right away. AND you accounted for bias. Well done! Looking forward to seeing your other design work...

WorkingMom said...

I LOVE your Skewed Socks. I've just posted a link on Mensa Denmark's internal forum.

Best regards,
Tine

WorkingMom said...

I LOVE your skewed socks. I just posted a link on Mensa Denmark's internal forum.'

Best regards,
Tine

Annie said...

Thank you for the additional guidance on the LLinc! I discovered this too late for the first sock (it's lovely anyway), but really enjoyed the technique on my second sock. Thanks for designing a pattern that looks so fantastic in variegated yarn!

Robin S said...

Any further thoughts on a version for a smaller foot (6.5)? About 60-64 stitches is normally what I use. Thanks for the neat pattern.

owner said...

Robin S, the 72-stitch Skew has a comparable foot circumference to a 60-stitch regular sock. So if you customarily knit a 60-64 stitch sock, you can knit Skew as written; just knit the foot a little shorter.

If you do want the foot circumference to be a little smaller, how about using a finer yarn (such as Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock) at a gauge around 9 st/inch?

BTW, I will be testing a 60-stitch version after I finish my current sock.

Robin S said...

Lana, I'm using Panda Silk and getting 10 sts/13.5 rounds/inch, with 72 stitches it's still plenty roomy. I've posted a picture on ravelry (cheerup). Given my gauge, do you think the heel will work as written if I stop the recommended 2" from the right length? Thanks for your help!

Kathy said...

Just finished, with a roomy comfortable fit. My feet are size 8. I'm getting a little crease on the front of the bend where the foot joins the leg (is there a word for that body part?) but am not displeased. Next time I'll knit the foot a bit shorter.