Sweet Insanity

Yesterday was insane. On a whim I elected to learn a new cast-on and a new heel –  and then use them to knit a sock from toe to heel, in order to be able to demonstrate it this afternoon.

Well, I got there!

I hurt a lot now, but I did it. I DID it.

First things first – Cat Bordhi’s “Personal Footprints” variation on the closed toe cast-on is nothing short of genius. It is so simple that there is scarcely anything to remember. The real genius part comes in using the tail end of the yarn to both secure the knitting and to do the first increase.

I suggest that all toe-up knitters view the video now. You will thank me.

Note that Cat has a separate video for each of the other needle options: DPNS and 2 circulars. This video is for Magic Loop.

There is nothing whatsoever wrong with Judy Becker’s Magic Cast-on – I have used it often, and it works well… but every time that I do it, I have to look up the instructions again. Cat’s method is instantly memorised.

The Victorian Birdcage pattern is a simple one and quickly knitted, so I got to the heel by yesterday evening. I watched the Sweet Tomato Heel video once more,

then plunged in while following the instructions from the e-book.

One thing that I love about this heel  is that there is no guesswork about where to begin it. You try the sock on, and if the top of the sock meets the crease of your ankle, you’re there – start the heel!

The Sweet Tomato Heel is worked in short row wedges. Cat recommends 2-and-a-bit wedges for a complete heel – but you try the sock on and determine how many wedges you need for a personal fit. Basically, when front and back of the sock are level, the heel is done.

I have two complete wedges done.

My back is giving me trouble today so the contortions necessary to photograph my own foot are a little challenging. This is the best that I could come up with.

Two wedges done

I estimate that I shall need three to four in order to accommodate my heel. So I have the perfect demonstration vehicle  for this afternoon – sufficient heel completed show the construction and how smooth and neat it is, but enough work left to do in order to adequately demonstrate how it is done.

So long as I can remember how to do it this afternoon, that is. I have packed my crib sheet 🙂

For future reference – this pattern needs a tighter ply to the yarn, to show off the ribs and smocks better.

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One Response to “Sweet Insanity”

  1. Liz H 12th May 2012 at 7:41 pm #

    I did a sweet tomato heel recently, and also have high insteps. Until right at the end of the third wedge it looked as though I would need a partial fourth one, but I tried it on again and three wedges was just right.
    Cat Bordhi is a genius!

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