Spring has sprung in time for Knit Purl Hunters newest mystery knit along to drop! Michelle's first post shows us how to begin our toe up socks using Judy's Magic Cast On. Be sure to watch her great video tutorial for this essential cast on technique. I love toe up socks and this cast on is my go to list, because it produces a very clean looking toe without having to do a provisional cast on. One tip, do this cast on loosely! The first row will be a real struggle if your stitches are too tight here. The pattern notes that on row one the second half of the stitches should be knit through the back loop as they lay twisted on the needle. However my stitches were not twisted, so I didn't need to knit through the back loop. Check your work to see if this is necessary.
In her videos she demonstrates these techniques using the magic loop method, though double pointed needles can still be used if you prefer. I used to knit all of my socks on DPNs but I'm officially a convert to magic loop! The first couple of rows after the cast on didn't feel fiddly to me any longer, and I only have one needle to keep track of. If you're interested in giving it a try, Michelle has a video on the basics of magic loop here. Regardless of which needles you choose to work with, when you're finished increasing for the foot your sock should look like this:
The body of the foot includes a special Japanese stitch on the instep of the foot abbreviated as PKOK, that Michelle is calling the Peacock stitch. Her video of this stitch is very helpful as always! The pattern for the body of the foot is provided in both written and charted instructions. If you've never practiced reading a chart before give it a try! This chart is knit in the round so will be read from right to left and from the bottom row to the top. After you complete a repeat or two of the chart the pattern will start to emerge!
If you're ready to begin a printable version of the first clue can be found here. We are happy to help with any questions that may arise as you get started, and feel free to join our open knit times on Thursdays from 4-6 pm and Saturdays at 9 am to chat with others who are knitting along with us! If you can't make it in there is also a wonderfully supportive group on ravelry that can help too!
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