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Math4Knitters, Crafty Living: Show 92

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Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
I call them Always Right socks, but they also reminded me why I want to stop using black sock yarn for a while.

Math4Knitters, Crafty Living: Show 92

Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
A closer look at the ribbing.

This week, I share my Always Right Socks pattern and chat with Judy Becker, the super-genius behind Judy's magic cast on.

The Always Right Socks are named for the fact that they have small right twists and no left ones.

The pattern itself is only three pages long, but that's because I'm relying on the idea that you will also look at my Short Row Sock Toe worksheet.

Now, a note about the yarn. I've been trapped in black-sock-yarn knitting for a while, because that's what, for years, my loving spouse absolutely insisted was the only possible material suitable for her socks. Recently, she has had a change of heart, and I'm very glad for it, but I still have a lot of black sock yarn in my stash to knit through.

When working with a dark yarn, it can be hard to see what row you are on. If you need to keep track, but don't like to use a row counter, simply add an extra stitch marker to your needle and move it with every round. For round 1, place it 1 stitch from the beginning of the round. For round 2, move it to 2 stitches from the beginning of the round. This way, you can pick up and put down your knitting and not have to worry about losing your place. Or your eyesight.

This sock pattern also exploits one of the benefits of afterthought heel construction. I carried the right-twist pattern onto the heel by leaving a small strip of 2 knit stitches, flanked by purls, so that I could still twist every 5th round. It didn't photograph well, but I promise it looks very cool. Please take a look at my Three Sets of Sock Heels for other options, if you like.

Call for Submissions

I got a message this week from Susan Huxley, the guest curator of a show that's being mounted at Lafayette College in Easton, PA in January. The show is called "Sticks, Hooks, and the Mobius: Knit and Crochet Goes Cerebral."

"In addition to the exhibit, the show is going to include a stitch-a-thon, presentations that marry science and knit/crochet (i.e. yarn composition, the math of stitching, anthrology and knitting), yarn bombing by me, installation of a knit/crocheted vine that'll "grow" daily and (hopefully) take over the foyer by the end of the month…there's a lot happening," Huxley wrote.

The deadline for applying to be in the show is October 17, 2011. More information is here.


It was so nice of Judy to talk with me. We talked about her magic cast-on, her book, and how being sick can sometimes provide inspiration, or at least the permission to experiment.