Monday, February 06, 2006

Jaywalking with a chimney!

The Flame was occupied this weekend so I'm afraid the toe chimney photo essay involved myself and the couch. This is Lucy Neatby's technique and she does a fabulous job of explaining it in her fun book Cool Socks, Warm Feet and on her website.

Hold the chimney inside the sock with your non-sewing hand. Match up the stitches and notice how your contrast yarn shows you the path your grafting yarn will follow. Start in the middle with a NEW piece of yarn.

Graft to the end, making sure you catch the stitches at the end.

Re-thread the needle with the yarn from the middle of the toe, and graft out to the other end.

If you flip the sock inside out, you will see a neat row of stitches on either side of the chimney. Unravel if you're ready and you're done! I found this method very easy as the path of the graft is right before you and it is very easy to get your tension right the first time. That said, I did the other sock straight off the needles with a fresh piece of yarn and found it just as tidy.


Blogger e's knitting and spinning blog said...

extremely cool socks!!

3:08 AM  
Blogger CarolineF said...

Well you won't have cold feet OR eyes with those socks! Neat!

5:50 AM  
Blogger Vicki said...

You really have the stripes matched up perfectly on those socks. No fraternal twins, there.

7:34 AM  
Blogger kimber said...

Those look so great!! I'll have to try the chimney thing, too.

7:44 AM  
Anonymous Zeila said...

Y'know I have used that chimney technique and I have to say "All hail, Lucy N"

8:08 AM  
Blogger knittyref said...

Really love that colorway. Very nice job done on the socks.

12:32 PM  
Anonymous Christine said...

Oh! That yarn is amazing! What yarn is that? I looooove it!

5:09 PM  

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