16 April 2011

Strengthen What Exactly

I turned my heel!
Y'all know I've been working on my first ever pair of socks.  Remember how I was afraid of turning the heel - piece o' cake really.  Don't know what I was afraid of... oh wait, I know now - the gusset!

Defined as a piece of material sewn into a garment to strengthen, I am wondering if it is to strengthen me or the sock.  I have read the directions over several times.  I have watched videos on the subject.  I have gone to knitting forums and discussed my challenge - and I'm still wimpy.  I am having a difficult time understanding how all of this is supposed to happen.

Repurposed lunch tote - now, sock bag
I pick up ten 'ghost' stitches and knit them in on both sides.  At some point, I have all four needles working so I guess I'll have to borrow one of my straights or just wait until payday to get another set of dpns which seems wasteful since I only need one for a split second.  I am just honestly lost.

I will keep trying until I figure it out and in the end I know I will be a stronger knitter but for the time being, I am contemplating who or what this particular gusset is actually working on.


  1. What pattern are you starting socks with? Whatever it is the gusset shouldn't be this tricky. May I suggest starting with Cookie A's Monkey (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/monkey).
    This sock has got my favourite heel and in my opinion would make a nice introduction to sock knitting...provided you like the pattern.

    Good luck with it.

  2. If you haven't already, go to Silver's sock class!! now! http://www.cometosilver.com/socks/ scroll down and click on the tutorial that is appropriate for your socks, she goes through the whole thing, step by step with photos. This is where I learned to knit socks a few months ago. It really is very easy. BTW: I took your advice and did the picot edging and now I totally love picot!


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