Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Still On My Toes

This is the toe I referred to a couple of posts ago. The decreases are simple. K2tog on one round, then ssk on the next. On the first round, you join stitches A and B, while on the next round you join stitches B and C. Or, to put it another way, imagine you have four stitches. On the first pass, k1, k2tog, k1. On the second pass, ssk, k1. On the third pass, k2tog.

If you prefer to use stitch markers, rather than relying on your ability to eyeball the correct location in the row, try this: Place a locking stitch marker at the beginning of the round, and half way through it, so you have one locking stitch marker on each side of the toe. Knit to two stitches before the marker, k2tog, and repeat. On the next round, knit to two stitches before the marker, ssk, and repeat. Now move each stitch marker one stitch to the left, and repeat the last two rounds.

If you're having trouble visualizing how this works, just cast on a few stitches and give it a try. It makes a nice, smooth toe or heel, with no gaps or lines.

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