July 5th, 2012

Reinforcing Sock Toes and Heels

Links to things you’ll see in this video –

Beautiful violet-colored double pointed needles by Signature Needle Arts

My “Cheaper than Therapy” sock knitting bag by dellaQ Knitting Bags and Cases

The light green sock yarn that I’m using on my current sock project is by White Bear Fibers, sock yarn in color “Cedar”

The pattern for the green sock is here

My DPN needle holder tube can be found here

The cuff-down pink sock pattern is my Learn to Knit Socks tutorial

The toe-up tan sock is my Learn to Knit Toe-Up Socks tutorial

The red spiral scarf I’m wearing is a free pattern and tutorial

The pattern for the green scarf on the mannequin can be found here

The yarn for both the red spiral scarf and the green scarf is Hazel Knits DK Lively

11 Comments »

  1. Thanks Staci! I am just learning to make socks so this is perfect timing! x

    Comment by Deb — July 5, 2012 @ 10:00 am

  2. Do you need to reinforce the heels and toes of your socks for your family when you’re using a yarn that’s a wool and nylon blend?

    Comment by Rusty Wright — July 5, 2012 @ 10:34 am

  3. Rusty – the toes and heels will always wear out first, regardless of the yarn you use. You’ll get more wear out of the socks if you reinforce the toes and heels.

    Good luck!
    S t a c i

    Comment by s t a c i — July 5, 2012 @ 10:39 am

  4. Addendum to my comment. This is all from someone who wants to knit some socks but hasn’t yet.

    I also read somewhere that someone said that they didn’t have great success with reinforcing yarn because the wool yarn would still wear out and leave behind the reinforcing yarn. It made me think that it might be better to do the heel and toe in a different yarn, one that has a high percentage of nylon.

    Comment by Rusty Wright — July 5, 2012 @ 10:40 am

  5. That was great learning about your family in Alaska; now I finally understand why you’re a knitting fiend who lives in Arizona.

    Comment by Rusty Wright — July 5, 2012 @ 10:43 am

  6. I live in Austin, Texas. :) But you have it right about the heat here!

    Comment by s t a c i — July 5, 2012 @ 10:45 am

  7. hi stacy,
    just to tell you thanks again for you precious tutorials

    I just want to inform you that I am making my 2nd sweater following your instructions and that I advertise your site in one of my blog’s post “sweater”

    I really think you are greate !

    thanks Cindy

    Comment by cindy — July 6, 2012 @ 10:39 am

  8. Hi Staci,
    May I ask what size dpns you are using on the sock? I love the signature art needles too and I have a set of dpns and a circular. I read on the sock pattern to use a smaller size than recommended on the yarn band, so I thought I would ask what you are using as your sock looks perfect.

    thank you : ]
    karen

    Comment by Karen — July 7, 2012 @ 7:39 pm

  9. Hi Stacy! I was wondering if going down one needle size to knit the heel and then the toe would do the same thing as the reinforcing thread, because the fabric would be slightly denser than the rest of the sock. Also, couldn’t reinforcing thread, over time, actually cut the yarn (unintensionally, of course)?

    Comment by Mary — July 14, 2012 @ 10:28 pm

  10. Hi Stacy, I love your sock pattern. Iwore a hole in the bottom of the heel so this time I am continuing the gusset stitch thru the bottom of the heel until you get to 40 stitches then I just do the regular pattern for the rest of the sock. I am anxious to see how they wear. Love your verypink web.

    Comment by Nancy Caughey — July 17, 2012 @ 10:26 am

  11. Thanks for the great videos! I knit my socks two at a time on two circular needles. How does the reinforcing work when you get to one side of the work and work around. The thread is on the opposite end of the needle. I wear out my socks on the bottom of the foot more than on the heel. I hope this is understandable. Thanks for the tips.

    Comment by Laurie Miesse — August 14, 2012 @ 10:45 am

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