I started my first toe up socks. Once I finished the Rock and Weave socks I decided that I wanted to knit another pair of socks with a new technique for me to learn. I was reading through some knitting blogs and came across the Anastasia Sock pattern by Pepperknit.
The pattern is a toe up sock with a eyelet detail and was knit using Koigu KPPM. I have a little bit of that in the stash so I decided to give this pattern a try.
I have made a couple of modifications to the pattern. The pattern calls for a short row heel and casting on provisional stitches. I decided to try the Queen Kahuna Aloha" toe-up cast-on. It was actually really easy and quick. It basically uses a long tail cast on and two sets of circular needles. Basically you cast on alternating needles for each stitch until you have the total number of stitches needed. Then just start the rounds for the toe. I think this is the quickest I ever got a sock started. There was really no worrying about casting on a large number of stitches and worrying about twisting them as I knitted the first row.
The pattern has a chart for two swirls of eyelets up the foot and leg. I recharted the stitches and added a third swirl by decreasing the space between the swirls. You can't really see the eyelets in my picture - but they run up both sides of the narrow diagonal ribs. I'll get a better shot of that detail for the next picture. It does show up more when the sock in on a foot.
I'm using some koigu that I bought while on a trip for work last fall. So far the pattern is great. It is interesting to watch the swirls form as I knit up the foot and it is easy enough that I don't really need to look at the chart any more. But now I'm getting close to having to start the heel. The pattern has instructions for a short row heel based on Wendy Johnson's Generic Toe-Up Sock pattern. I'm thinking of trying something else. If you can offer a suggestion on heel instructions for a toe up sock, leave me a note. I'd love to check out several options before I pick one to use.