Tuesday, June 22, 2010

A Day for Socks

Looks like it's gonna be a tad bit warmer today - that means some serious time outdoors. But first, thought I'd crank out a pair of socks before this day really gets going.

Most knitters are curious how a sock machine works - especially when it comes to the heel and toe. Unlike a hand knitted sock, heels and toes are made the exact same way on a circular sock machine. They both form a gusset and when the sock is completed, the toe folds to the top where it is grafted together like a store bought sock.

As you can see by the photo, when the sock first comes off the machine, there's waste yarn at each end. Before removing this yarn at the toe, I divide the stitches in half, starting at the side edges and place them onto two needles. Then the waste yarn is removed and the sock is ready for a kitchener stitch to close it up.

Piece of cake!

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