Sunday, March 25, 2012

Can You Skew?

Another goal bites the dust. A friend at Green Planet Yarn started the Skew Sock. This is another one of those patterns that has fascinated me for a long time. Since I was looking for another sock to start, this seemed like the appropriate time to start Skew. The sock is knitted on the bias and goes through a couple of phases where its hard to envision the final product. It is easiest to see this in pictures.

The sock's big toe. At this point it looks like a normal toe up sock.
The mid-toe. This section is increasing only on one side in preparation for knitting on the diagonal.
The foot. This section is knit on the diagonal, maintaining a constant width.
The inner ankle. Extra increases are inserted on one side of the sock. At this point there are 84 stitches with 12 stitches between the newly placed ankle markers.
The mini gusset. Additional stitches are added for the gusset. At this point their are 102 stitches on the needles.
The right heel. At this point we are maintaining the 15 heel stitches. The sock is looking pretty bizarre at this point.
The right heel after kitchener and magic happens. Suddenly we have a heel and a sock foot that can be tried on.
The gusset decrease. This section decreases the stitches increased in the previous mini-gusset section. I made some modifications here to increase the size of the leg. I also added a couple of extre repeats to increase the leg length.
The short row leg. Short rows are knitted back and forth to level out the leg in preparation for the cuff.
The finished socks.

My Skew Sock can be found at Amaranth Skew.

This sock is a wonderful use for those highly variegated yarns that we all stash, but don't know how to use them. So take a stash dive for an appropriate skein and start your Skew.

Prairie Willow can be found on Ravelry at noliegirl. Prairie Willow is an avid knitter and jewelry designer. My jewelry can be found at Prairie Willow Jewelry

Photos copyright Prairie Willow Knits;

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