Casting On: Heartgyle Socks

Casting On: Heartgyle Socks

In the list of words that strike fear into a good number of knitters, intarsia comes not too far after moths. Despite the dread, here we intrepid band of Boost Your Knitting adventurers go, headlong into knitting intarsia in the round [audible gasps ring out, a woman faints].

So far, so easy, as I have only managed to knit the toes of this project. You’ll notice that I am knitting both socks at once, but not in the usual two at a time style. I love the momentum of knitting both socks at once, but I miss my DPNs. I just love how small and uncumbersome they feel as I knit, so this is my compromise.

I cast these socks on yesterday after a delay ordering the right size needles (it doesn’t matter how many needles you own, you never have the right ones for the next project) and set about starting the toe-up socks.

I have made one small change to the way I am knitting these socks and started with a provisional cast on, and knit the toes from there. After completing the toes I undid the cast-on, put the live stitches on the needles and am knitting the sock upwards from that point. I could have knit the toes at the end, but I like the fact that you can see the sock start to form when you have the toes in place, and it stops the fabric from rolling up as you knit.

I changed the way I worked the toe for two reasons. Firstly I didn’t want to juggle long circular needle for Judy’s Magic Cast On, and secondly because I like to make a slightly more rounded toe with accelerating decreases, to match my own short toes!

I really love the idea of intarsia for socks, as it gives the opportunity to add some colourwork without restricting the stretch of the fabric, like stranded knitting can. Plus, look how gorgeous they are.

photo © Jesse Wild, used with permission

I’ve got a lot of knitting to do before I get to the new technique, but I’m hoping to get these socks knit fairly quickly, because I’m itching to try the new skill, and by designing them toe-up, Julia Farwell-Clay has ensured that we get most of the knitting done before reaching the tasty bit, which is really good sock motivation.

Boost Your Knitting is a year-long knitting program devised by Arnall-Culliford Knitwear. Join in the intarsia in-the-round knitalong in the Arnall-Culliford Knitwear group on Ravelry.

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