Knitting at both ends

I think eight needles in one sock is something of a record for me.  This is my first Pomatomus sock, in progress.


I wanted to make these socks as long as possible – so obviously, they need to be knit toe-up.  But I also wanted to make them toe-socks, which I have got a working formula for – but only knit cuff-down.  So, cue provisional cast-on.

Once I’d knit most of the foot, I picked up the cast on stitches and knit my usual toe-sock toe, then – onwards and upwards!

Complete with trying them on in the railway station waiting room, of course…


  • Ain’t you clever!?

    16th July 2007
  • LOL – I bet you got some strange looks!

    17th July 2007
  • Oh! This is very clever! I need to add a pair of these to my “to do” list.

    18th July 2007
  • How cool to see someone doing something I have only thought of. I have been wondering about doing something like that so that the cuff could be a ound off edge instead of a cast on. Do a provisional cast on, knit down, then go back and knit the cuff and bind off. Obviously one could do this at other stages of the sock – to maximize the length with the available yarn, or to knit a pattern stitch in the more desireable direction. Lots of reasons…maybe we should write a book!
    I can’t wait to see the finished socks!

    18th July 2007

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