I’m over-the-top excited to announce that two of the hottest podcasters in North America, The Grocery Girls (Tracy on the left and Jodi on the right), have accepted an invitation to join my Knit For Fun Retreat in Vancouver, Washington, this fall (September 21 – 24). I can promise you that you’ll enjoy every minute you spend with these smart, witty, energetic, fun-loving, and spontaneous sisters!

In addition to attending classes with the other retreat-ers, Tracy and Jodie host the special Friday night (September 22) event during which they will interview the three teachers–Carson Demers, Lorilee Beltman, and me. Carson has agreed to assess the Grocery Girls on their knitting styles with a special focus on ergonomics and ways to prevent stress and injury as described his new book Knitting Comfortably. It’s bound to be a learning experience for all of us, and a ton of fun, too!

The event, which includes dinner, is included in the retreat registration fee. Click here to secure a seat.

 

The winner of a free copy of New Directions in Sock Knitting is Susan Day, who wrote:

“. . . because I have loved seeing your progress on the Mitered Triangles socks. They are beautiful!!”

Congratulations Susan! I’ll send you a personal message to get your mailing address and get the book in the mail right away!

Thanks to all of you avid sock knitters who entered!

Next up, I’m going to try my hand at Smokey ZickZacks (pictured top left on the cover) by Natalia Vasilieva.

I’m thoroughly delighted with my version of  Kathryn Alexander’s Mitered Triangles socks from New Directions in Sock Knitting. Adding 2 stitches to each of the triangles compensated for the thinner yarn I used and I’m happy to announce that they fit my feet!

 

 

As you might suspect, the fit is a bit odd with all the garter ridges and I’m not sure I’d want to wear them in a pair of shoes. On the other hand, why cover up all that fancy colorwork in shoes? I’m happy to wear them as slipper socks.

As I suspected, the second sock was much easier than the first. I had the “road map” in my head as I worked and didn’t have to puzzle out the errors in the instructions, which I’ve summarized below.

 

 

Corrections Mitered Triangles

Please accept my apologies for the following errors and the confusion they undoubtedly cause!

Page 67

First Sole Panel Garter ridge (left column):With Rosy pink, knit (not purl) 1 WS row, then place 10 sts at end of panel onto holder.

First Sole Panel Pick-up row (left column): (WS) With attached strand of Rosy Pink and WS of panel facing, pick up and purl (not knit) 8 sts along selvedge of Rosy Pink triangle, then 10 sts each along Melon, Pale Gold, and Mustard triangles–39 sts total.

Second Sole Panel Garter ridge (left column): With yellow Green purl (not knit) 1 RS row, then place 10 sts at end of panel onto holder.

First Heel Triangle (right column): With smaller needles, Yellow Gold, and leaving a 30″ (76 cm) tail, use the backward-loop (not the long-tail) method (see Glossary) to loosely CO 12 sts.

Page 67; Second Heel Triangle (right column): With smaller needles, Rusty Rose, and leaving a 30″ (76 cm) tail, use the backward-loop (not the long-tail) method to loosely CO 12 sts.

Page 68

Second Back Leg Panel Pick-up row (right column): (WS) With attached strand of Fuchsia and WS of panel facing, pick up and purl 9 sts along selvedge of Fuchsia triangle, then 10 sts each along Purple Rose and Dusty Violet panels, then purl (not knit) 1 Rusty Rose heel st from holder–30 sts total.

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Don’t forget to sign up for the raffle for a free copy of New Directions in Sock Knitting. Respond to this post by telling me why you’re ready to knit socks from a new direction, and I’ll enter you in the drawing to be held Sunday, June 25, 2017. I’ll announce the winner Monday morning (June 26).

While I’m busy knitting the mate to my version of Kathryn Alexander’s Mitered Triangles socks from New Directions in Sock Knitting, I want to hold a raffle for a free copy of the book!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Respond to this post by telling me why you’re ready to knit socks from a new direction, and I’ll enter you in a raffle. I’ll draw the winner Sunday, June 25, 2017, and announce the winner Monday morning (June 26).

Put your best foot forward!

I’m excited to say that my version of Kathryn Alexander’s Mitered Triangles socks from New Directions in Sock Knitting is a success!

 

I joined the Front Leg Panel to the Back Leg Panel with a couple of colorful garter ridges followed by the three-needle bind-off. This left just four groups of 14 live stitches along the top of the sock for the cuff.

I worked the cuff in a few rounds of garter stitch with two shades of red, then used a simple bind-off to complete the sock.

You can’t work this kind of colorwork without ending up with a LOT of ends to weave in. But it didn’t take long for me to finish the task and the inside of the sock is nearly as neat as the outside!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now that I have my head wrapped around the construction, the mate should be a breeze to knit!

I’m excited to say that my version of Kathryn Alexander’s Mitered Triangles socks from New Directions in Sock Knitting is coming along nicely. To be sure, the heel is the most complicated part. I think it’s going to be smooth sailing from here on out.

To begin, the heel pyramid is joined to the held Sole Panel stitches with a three-needle bind-off.

Because there are 4 more stitches on the heel needle than the sole needle, 1 stitch at each end of the heel needle is placed on a marker (below left). To account for the other 2 extra heel stitches, 2 stitches are picked up in the garter ridges along the sole panel as the heel and sole are joined in the bind-off.  The completed bind-off is shown below right.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next step is to create the Back Leg Panels.

The first panel is worked off the Third Heel Triangle. In the image at left, the Third Heel Triangle stitches are on my needle, minus the two stitches that are placed on holders.

To begin, I used the same pink yarn to work a Left-Leaning Triangle; then I used dark navy for a Right-Leaning Triangle and a Left-Leaning Triangle; then I used dark purple for a Right-Leaning Triangle and a Left-Leaning Triangle; and I finished with turquoise for a last Right-Leaning Triangle and a last Left-Leaning Triangle, as shown below.

Next, I picked up stitches along the inside edge of this panel and knitted a garter ridge in preparation for joining it together with the Second Back Leg Panel.

I then worked the Second Back Leg Panel off the held stitches of the Fourth Heel Triangle, beginning with a Right-Leaning Triangle, and then repeating Left- and Right-Leaning Triangles with each of three colors (red, dark turquoise, pink). I’m sorry to mention that there’s an error in the Pick-up row of the Second Back Leg Panel. At the end of the pick-up row, you should purl 1 Rusty Rose heel st from holder (the wrong side is facing at this point so you don’t want to knit this stitch). The two Back Leg Panels are joined with a  three-needle bind-off.

And now, the completed back half of the sock with stitches picked up along the left edge in preparation to join with the front leg panel. Woot!

The second half of the heel on Kathryn Alexander’s Mitered Triangles socks (from New Directions in Sock Knitting), is a simple duplicate of the first half, then the two halves are joined to form a pyramid.

The live stitches of the two triangle pairs are joined using the three-needle bind-off method. To begin, the loops along the base of each triangle’s cast-on edge are lifted onto needles. I lifted 14 loops for each of the two halves because I added two stitches to each of my triangles to compensate for my tighter gauge. The available yarn ends are used for the three-needle bind-off.

 

 

When the two halves are joined, the heel looks like a half circle made up of four wedges of alternating colors.

 

 

 

Loops are again picked up along the cast-on edges of the outer two triangles in preparation to use the three-needle bind-off to join them together and form a clever pyramid.

Two sets of held stitches at the base of the pyramid will be joined to the two sole panels; the remaining two sets will be worked into the the Back Leg Panels. Stay tuned!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Okay, the heel on Kathryn Alexander’s Mitered Triangles socks (from New Directions in Sock Knitting), made up of four short-row triangles, is unlike any other I’ve ever seen and it takes a bit of faith. Unfortunately, there’s an error in the instructions (sigh, no matter how many times a number of us read the instructions, errors do pop up from time to time). Please accept my apologies.

The instructions say to use the long-tail cast-on for all four triangles; this is wrong! You need to use the backward-loop cast-on in order to use the tail for the first 2 rows of the First Heel Triangle and the first 1 row of the Second Heel Triangle. Please make the correction on page 67 under First Heel Triangle and Second Heel Triangle. This allows you to work the set-up rows of each triangle with the tail as specified, and be in position to continue with the working yarn for Row 3 of the triangles.

Once you get the cast-on right, the First Heel Triangle (shown in pink) is a breeze — it’s just like triangles worked for the Front and Back Panels, although the first two rows are worked with the tail instead of the working yarn.

The Second Heel Triangle (shown below in blue) also begins with stitches cast-on using the backward-loop method, followed by one row worked with the tail.

The two triangles are joined as the Second Heel Triangle (shown in blue below) is worked. At the beginning of every right-side row, a loop of the First Heel Triangle (pink) is worked together with the first stitch of the Second Heel Triangle (shown in blue below) as k2tog. The instructions say to lift the loops (just lift them onto the needle without knitting them) along the edge of the First Heel Triangle individually as you go. Note that these stitches are picked up along the edge that does NOT have the garter ridge.

I found it easier to lift all of the loops onto a spare needle so that I was sure to have the correct number of loops. For ease of picking up, I inserted the needle into each loop from front to back, opposite of the normal stitch mount (the leading leg of the loop is in the back of the needle instead of in the front of the needle).

It’s important to note that you’ll need to lift 2 fewer loops of the First Triangle that there are stitches cast on for the Second Triangle. If you’re following the instructions as written, you’ll want to lift 10 stitches from the First Heel Triangle. Because I increased my triangles to 12 stitches, I lifted 12 loops, as shown above.

You’ll begin joining the First Heel Triangle (pink) by working from the tip of the triangle (nearest the cast-on edge) to the wide part of the triangle (the held stitches). In the photo at right, the needles are positioned so that the first lifted loop of the First Heel Triangle (pink) is at the needle tip and will be worked together with the first stitch of the Second Heel Triangle (blue).

 

 

Because I picked up the loops on the pink triangle from front to back, I had to correct the mount of each lifted loop when I transferred it to the left needle in preparation to work it together with the first stitch of blue triangle, as shown at left.

 

 

When the two triangles are joined, the live stitches of both triangles will be adjacent to each other (blue stitches on the needle; pink stitches on a holder). There is a garter (purl) row along the outside edge of each triangle.

If you see specks of the First Heel Triangle color peeking through along the join, simply give a good tug between the two triangle to make them ease their way to the back of the work.

The Third and Fourth Heel Triangles are worked exactly the same as the First and Second, even with the same colors. In my next post, I’ll show how the heel is completed.

The two Sole Panels of Kathryn Alexander’s Mitered Triangles (form New Directions in Sock Knitting) knitted up pretty quickly. So quickly, in fact, that I didn’t take time to take a photo before I joined the two with a three-needle bind-off (just as for the Front Panels). The only difference is that the Sole Panels involve just 7 triangles. Up next is what has got to be the most peculiar heel.

I’m on it!

I’ve got to say the I’m having a blast knitting Kathryn Alexander’s Mitered Triangles in New Directions in Sock Knitting! Those little triangles are definitely addictive. It didn’t take long for me to finish the Second Front Panel. Below left is a photo of transferring the stitches to a circular needle in preparation for working the garter ridge. Because I worked 12-stitch triangles (instead of the 10 sts called for), I picked up 12 stitches for each triangle (detail shown below right) for a total of 83 stitches (instead of the 69 sts called for).

 

The two panels are joined with the three-needle bind-off. At bottom is the top of the toe; at top is what will become the cuff, though at this point, it’s still pretty had to see how this is going to turn into a sock! Stay tuned!