March 09, 2010

Bull's Eye

My first Skew sock is very nearly finished. I've started the ribbing on the cuff, so I have only a few more rounds to go. This first photo is for Ryan, who wondered (wondered in a way that sounded kind of doubtful) whether my chosen yarn would make an interesting striping pattern on the heel:

Skew heel.jpg

Bull's eye!

I kitchenered the heel in the center of the dark green stripe. Originally I had thought a contrasting color for that little kitchenered seam would look even more interesting. Once I tried that, though, that one small row of 15 kitchenered stitches in a high contrast right in the center looked like a mistake. I'm happy I did it over in the matching color.

Side view:


This sock fits like the proverbial glove -- that "origami" heel is tight through the heel and across the top of the ankle. I am knitting these exactly as per pattern, and made exactly the number of recommended rounds for the foot length. I wish the heel came up higher, which would help the snugness issue. This "origami" heel, just like a short-row heel in other toe-up socks, only comes up so high. You don't have that flexibility to make a heel flap as long as you like, as you do with a cuff-down sock. Perhaps there's a way to fiddle with the Skew heel shaping and come up with a higher heel, but I don't know that I have the mental energy to deal with it. Has anyone else tried this?

Posted by Karen at March 9, 2010 08:22 AM

Not so much doubtful as wondering how the thicker stripes would look in comparison to the thinner stripes of the yarn used in the pattern. Know what? I like your heel better! More dramatic. And those sure are gorgeous colors!

Posted by: Ryan at March 9, 2010 10:16 AM

i finished mine, but really don't like the way they fit. so it is off to the frog pond for me. yours turned out lovely.

Posted by: marti at April 16, 2010 01:51 AM

hey do you think I can do two at a time??? I don't like to do just 1..although it would be a fast gratification. think I will start these to work on at dance rehearsals......

Posted by: Sylvia Frampton at June 7, 2010 01:29 PM

Skew pretty much has to be knitted using the magic loop method. This was my first sock using magic loop! So I don't have the expertise to know if you can do two-at-a-time using magic loop. See you at the recital!

Posted by: Karen at June 8, 2010 10:39 PM