Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Starting Cirque du Socks

Summoned my courage and started my Koigu Cirque du Sock Wednesday night. I worked my first figure eight toe on US 2 DPNs following Wendy's excellent instructions that I down loaded from Knitty. Wow! My fingers were so clumsy, but I got it done. Could NOT have done it on circs. I switched to circs after four rows. As I write this, I have increased to 24 stitches, 12 on each needle, but because the Koigu is such a fine-gauge yarn, the needles are still awkwardly close together. As a Cirque du Socks participant, I'm committed to using circs, but when I start another pair of toe ups, I'm definitely continuing on DPNs until I have at least 35 or more stitches cast on.

The top picture is of the first four rows. The second is of the toe forming.

Mermaid is resting tonight.


  1. Hi from Austria! I'm looking forward to see how your Koigu Cirque du Sock is getting along - it already seems as if you've been choosing very cheerful colors - have fun knitting!

  2. The figure-8 cast-on can be really tricky. If you get a chance look up a turkish cast-on. It's like a figure-8 but a little bit easier. If I find the link, I'll send it to you.

  3. I love that figure eight cast on! I am convinced that I will only knit socks that have such a toe...I must admit I practiced with sz 8 needles and worsted weight yarn before actually 'mastering' it. I can't wait to see your pretty socks!

  4. I think I'll have to try Wendy's method on the next pair. I worked the toe up cast on from Cat Bordhi's book and liked everything but the corners that I got at the very outside edges.



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