Saturday, June 06, 2009

Arch-Shaped Socks

Are arch-shaped socks the Next Big Thing in sock knitting? QueerJoe just finished a pair. I've been fascinated with them since knitting my "Francie" socks last year. There's a class at Sock Summit that I thought about taking, but with so many other Sock Summit choices, I decided I could skip the class and buy some patterns.

All the patterns I've seen are cuff-down, and the theory is pretty straightforward: shape the fabric around the foot by increasing at fixed points on the bottom of the sock while simultaneously working decreases that travel up the sides and meet at the top. Flipping this around to to create a toe-up version is easy -- just work decreases at fixed points on the bottom, and increases that start at the top and travel down the sides.

I've been working on more detailed instructions in my lab, and while the work isn't finished, I think it may be at a point that I can start sharing it with my henchmen. Anyone up for a knit-along? If so, grab some sock yarn and needles, and we'll get started in a couple days.

5 comments:

knittingbrow said...

I'm in for a knit a long

Jeremy said...

Oh, HELLZ yes! I have some Sharky-dyed sock yarn I've been itching to get at. This is a good reason!

Cat said...

Dang - guess that means I should finish the socks already on the needles (since January?) and do this with you. You know I can't resist the group-fun!

FiberQat said...

Hmmm. Sounds intriguing, oh Sock Genius. What would you recommend for the coloring: solid or multi?

yarmando said...

@FiberQat: I'm using a multi, saving my solids for Cookie A craziness.