"Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn't hurt the untroubled spirit either." ~ Elizabeth Zimmerman


The Red Toe

Early last week I was thinking about knitting on the sock I'm doing at the moment even though I really didn't feel like knitting that day. Just to remind you what sock I'm talking about, though I was actually up to just starting the gusset when it entered my thoughts:

 I thought about how nice it was going to look with that red toe and heel. I was thinking about how I hoped the person I'm giving the socks to will like them. A picture of the partially knit sock flashed in my mind.


What red toe? Arrgh! I forgot to start with the red.

 I did not want to frog and start all over. I've already frogged this sock so many times I could scream. I tossed it in a corner for a much needed time out.

The next day I dug it out of it's bag and tackled the problem. I decided, rather than frog the thing, I would remove the toe at the row just before the first stitch pattern row, place the open sts on a couple needles, and knit the toe top down. Here's the removed toe:

Here's the sock in it's current construction.

 Success! Didn't take long to fix at all. Took a lot less time than starting all over again, that's for sure.

Top down toes look different from toe up toes, so I'm going to have to do something about that in the second one. I'm going to start with a provisional cast on where the stitch pattern begins, then knit the toe top down like I did the first one. However, the instructions I've written are as it should have been done. Cast on with red, knit toe, change to brown when stitch pattern begins. It will be a 'do as I say, not as I do' kind of pattern. Lets learn from my experience, shall we?

Please keep this to yourself. It's a secret.

Live long and prosper. \\//


  1. LOL!! Apparently you were very excited to start those you forgot. Nice fix!