Sock Pattern Testers Needed

teejtc's picture

Dear Friends,

I've been trying to put together a toe-up sock pattern and think I've got it working.

Here's the concept; I wanted:
1) An ULTRA-EASY pattern
2) A TOE-UP pattern
3) A NOTHING-FANCY pattern
4) A FORMULA-BASED pattern that could be EASILY figured out for any size foot and/or guage

It's the same idea as the toe-up formula-based pattern on knitty.com, except I wanted something easier with NO short rows.

This pattern uses basic Y/Os for the increases and simple K2tog for the decreases. Accomplished knitters could easily re-work it for their favorite stitches, patterns, increase-styles, decrease-styles, etc.

So here's the question: Would anyone be willing to try it for me? I'll e-mail a copy of it to anyone who promises to knit at least 1 sock with it :-) (You don't need to give me the sock, just tell me how it went. If you're willing, I'd love a picture of it.)

My e-mail is: teejtc (a) gmail.com

If you prefer, you can PM me here on MWK or on Ravelry (same username as here: teejtc).

Thanks!

Grace and Peace,
`tim

*****UPDATE*****
Several of you have come forward to help - THANK YOU!

MMario gets the prize for being the first to notice a major mistake (I had a couple of my numbers mixed around). Others are giveing the pattern a look-see. I'll let ya'all know more when I hear back from more people.

Grace and Peace,
`tim

Comments

Marknits's picture

I finished aunt Phyllis'

I finished aunt Phyllis' socks and cast on Your New Pattern. I have to say that I like this cast-on better than the figure 8 I usually use. I'm just concerned that starting with only 12 stitches makes for a pointy toe. I'm going to keep knitting according to pattern and not make any changes other than using a lifted increase instead of a yarn-over. But in the future, I would probably start with more stitches for a "blunter" toe. So far I'm up to 40 stitches and will increase up to 68. I can't wait to see how it looks when it's all done.

teejtc's picture

You're right about the

You're right about the pointy toe...I've had a couple of people mention it. I'm curious about the size your making. I think maybe the break might be around size 11 -- For those of us in the 9 1/2 - 10 1/2 range the pointy toe seems to work for those with larger feet I think maybe it's better to do 16 or 20.... I'm adding a "big foot" addendum to the pattern noting that.

The same is true for the heel -- I think the trick is to graft the heel at the same number of stitches that you cast on. My wife originally looked at the heel and thought it "looked odd" but when the sock was on it actually worked well - by leaving the heel hole early (at 80% of the foot length instead of, say 90%, it pulls the sock up a little more tightly....)

Looking forward to your suggestions.

Grace and Peace,
`tim

Marknits's picture

Well, since my partner is an

Well, since my partner is an amputee (above the knee) and there's no sense in knitting a sock for the artificial foot (there's no "cosmetic leg" just a titanium shaft, and the foot tends to be hard on socks)--- I guess I can promise to knit ONE sock out of your new pattern. Can I knit it on DP's or is do I have to do circ's? I can also pretty much guarantee that i won't use YO's on the toe increases... I generally like the toe a bit more solid.

Will this be a peasant heel? or a turned heel?

I have some lovely yarn a friend was destashing because there wasn't enough left for a pair of socks.

teejtc's picture

I used DPNs and it's a

I used DPNs and it's a peasant heel (i.e. You leave a space for the heel and knit it in at the end.) As for the increases and decreases - I actually don't prefer YOs myself, but I was going for something REALLY easy that people could adapt as much as they wanted.

drop me an e-mail if you'd like to see the pattern (It's gone through a few revisions already) :-)

Grace and Peace,
`tim

Marknits's picture

I like the way you've done

I like the way you've done the heel. I always hate the way you get 1 less stitch off of the "top" of a waste row on a peasant heel, but I can see that by casting on I can pick up exactly the right number of stitches below and above the heel-hole when I pick up for the heel ... MOST EXCELLENT! I can't wait to try it!

ksmarguy's picture

OK...bought the yarn and the

OK...bought the yarn and the needles....I think that my sweater will be put on hold for a couple of days while I try this out....

teejtc's picture

All I can do is say "I hope

All I can do is say "I hope your not terribly disappointed with the pattern!" (Maybe even pleased?!)

Thanks a ton!

Grace and Peace,
`tim

MMario's picture

I'm over my eyebrows in

I'm over my eyebrows in various things - but I'm willing to read through the pattern if you'd like...mmario at familyoffaire dot com

MMario - ambiguity is cultivated, it doesn't happen in a vacuum!
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ksmarguy's picture

hmmm, could be interesting

hmmm, could be interesting to try...I have been wanting to get more into socks, but have been a bit daunted...maybe trying something like this out would give me the step up I need....the yarn overs and simple decreases are no problems so......let me know....I will tell you how it is for a beginner sock knitter to do.