Tilt-A-Whirl--Toe Shaping

Tilt-A-Whirl–Toe Shaping

The star-shaped toe in Jennifer Leigh’s Tilt-A-Whirl socks in New Directions in Sock Knitting is unusual in that it sits on top of the foot. It’s worked by decreasing eight times in each decrease round to form eight wedges that…

Tilt-A-Whirl--Foot Complete

Tilt-A-Whirl–Foot Complete

The foot in Jennifer Leigh’s Tilt-A-Whirl socks in New Directions in Sock Knitting basically continues in the same pattern used for the Heel Turn, but the piece finally is worked in rounds after all of the leg stitches have been…

Tilt-A-Whirl--Heel Turn Complete

Tilt-A-Whirl–Heel Turn Complete

I have to admit that the Heel Turn in Jennifer Leigh’s Tilt-A-Whirl socks in New Directions in Sock Knitting is a bit odd. But it works! To begin, the heel is worked on about one-third of the stitches, not one-half…

Tilt-A-Whirl--Ready For Heel Turn

Tilt-A-Whirl–Ready For Heel Turn

I’ve finished the Gusset Increases for my version of Jennifer Leigh’s Tilt-A-Whirl socks in New Directions in Sock Knitting. It’s quite nice how the gusset fits in between two ribs of the leg pattern for an organic flow. The increases…

Tilt-A-Whirl Socks--Moving Along

Tilt-A-Whirl Socks–Moving Along

I’m moving along on my version of Jennifer Leigh’s Tilt-A-Whirl socks from New Directions in Sock Knitting and have completed the leg. The diagonal “lace” stitch pattern in the leg is a simple 2-round repeat that’s easily memorized (as long…

Tilt-A-Whirl Socks--The Beginning

Tilt-A-Whirl Socks–The Beginning

The next pattern I’ve chosen to knit from New Directions in Sock Knitting is Jennifer Leigh’s Tilt-A-Whirl design (page 44).                     These ingenious socks draw upon Elizabeth Zimmermann’s arch-shaped foot and…

Smokey ZickZacks--A Finished Sock!

Smokey ZickZacks–A Finished Sock!

I’m happy to announce that I’ve completed the first sock (the right one) of Natalia Vasilieva’s Smokey ZickZacks (page 140 of New Directions in Sock Knitting). After working the Kitchener stitch on all the live stitches, there’s a small gap…

Smokey ZickZacks--Kitchener Stitch

Smokey ZickZacks–Kitchener Stitch

Well, here I am at the Kitchener stitch finale of Natalia Vasilieva’s Smokey ZickZacks (page 140 of New Directions in Sock Knitting). The knitting was relatively easy–a total of 70 rows of mostly garter stitch for my size. I like…

Smokey ZickZacks--The Final Two Tiers

Smokey ZickZacks–The Final Two Tiers

The final two Tiers (D and E) of  Natalia Vasilieva’s Smokey ZickZacks (page 140 of New Directions in Sock Knitting) are similar to the first two tiers with the exception that only decreases are worked in the heel section. The…

Smokey ZickZacks--Finishing the Heel

Smokey ZickZacks–Finishing the Heel

The heel of Natalia Vasilieva’s Smokey ZickZacks (page 140 of New Directions in Sock Knitting) is “completed” by removing the waste yarn from the provisional cast-on in the heel. This is quick and easy!            …