7.29.2008

Workshop: MUMTU Socks Pt10:
Leg & Cuff, Bind Off

  1. Intro, Items Needed, Stitches Used

STEP 11: Leg & Cuff

Once you arrive at the leg, the possibilities are almost limitless. Here are a few options:

  • Continue in stockinette stitch until the socks measure 1-2 inches shorter than the desired length from bottom of foot to top of sock. Then switch to K2 P2 ribbing for the final 1-2 inches of cuff (according to your preference). I used this option, ankle-length, for C's Sleeping Socks:


  • Knit a few rounds of stockinette to establish the leg and then switch to a ribbing pattern of your choice all the way up the leg. I went with a 2x2 rib up the leg of my Anti-Pro Natura Socks:


  • Knit a few rounds of stockinette and then switch to a special design pattern all the way up the leg. (If you think you might take this option, you will need to have swatched in the special pattern. You may find it necessary to switch needle sizes to make sure your gauge in the special stitch matches the stockinette gauge used on the foot.)
  • If you started incorporating a special design stitch on the instep/top of foot, simply continue that design up the leg.

STEP 12: Bind Off

There are many ways to bind off. For toe-up socks, I recommend Elizabeth Zimmermann's Sewn Cast off (from Knitting Without Tears), which provides all the elasticity you will want for the top of your sock and can be used on any stitch edge.

Draw out your working yarn to a length of about 4 times the circumference of the sock. Break it off and thread it onto a tapestry needle. Execute the sewn bind-off as follows:

  1. Sew forward (right to left, as if to purl) through two stitches.

    Do not remove these stitches.

  2. Now sew backward (left to right, as if to knit) through the right-most stitch...


    ... and remove this stitch.

Repeat these two steps until you run out of stitches.

Once you have bound off the last stitch, make a simple daisy chain from the last bound-off stitch through the first bound-off stitch and back through the last bound-off stitch to create a seamless edge.

Weave in the tail on the inside of the sock and trim any excess.

You’re done!

Put on your new socks. Dance around the house.

Take pictures.

Celebrate that you won’t be suffering from the dreaded SSS (Second Sock Syndrome)!

As always, feel free to email me if you have questions. I love reading your comments, so please post your feedback. And I'd be thrilled to see pictures of socks you make using this pattern!


2 comments:

Marlene said...

As someone who has just totally destroyed my first attempt at ONE sock on magic loop, this tutorial, picked up from a link on a Yahoo group, is just what the doctor ordered.

Your instructions are so complete and precise, with the pictures, I'm sure I will succeed this time!

Thanks for all your hard work and thanks for a wonderful blog!

Marlene in Shefford, Quebec, Canada

Melody said...

I'm a fellow dissertator looking for a pattern to use to knit my first ever pair of socks. Your pattern is exactly what I've been looking for. I'm really excited to get started! And thanks for satisfying my constant grad student need for more information with all the details and photos. Thank you for putting so much time into this free tutorial. And good luck on your dissertation...