Had a most frustrating evening last night. I finally made it to the toe of the sock I've been struggling to finish, trying it on to check the fit.

Then, taking it off, the cast on edge snapped.

Not figuring out any way to repair it, I frogged almost 2 1/2 months of intermittent knitting; washed the resulting skein, and plan to rewind it so as to start all over again.

Most frustrating...especially since I've been sort of burning out on socks lately. [Don't worry - I won't quit knitting them, but I was looking forward to starting sock #2 and have this pair out of the way in a relatively timely manner.]

Oh well...that's just how it goes sometimes. The bright side is that I could note some changes that will make for a better sock on the second attempt.


scottly's picture

The yarn broke at the top? How bizarre, what kind of yarn was it?

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Lonesome Stone Farm merino. Lovely yarn and great to knit with.

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ronhuber's picture

Joe, you don't have one swear word in your post. The air would be blue around me if that happened. Glad you could take it so calmly. Good luck on starting over.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

That's because I vented them all as I was deciding whether I could fix it or not. Then I could calmly frog it and wash the skein.

Thanks for the encouragement. Every sock is a new learning experience.

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cacunn's picture

What cast on did you use?

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

It was the crochet cast on [Lucy Neatby has a video of it] and it normally is quite stretchy. However, I think I've come up with a way to do it so that it is similar to the Jenny super stretchy bind off, which will be nice. Either that, or I will go with Old Norwegian cast on - it's pretty stretchy.

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Tallguy's picture

How strange! Your cast on was too tight perhaps?

Anyway, never get frustrated! and I have a rule: I will NEVER rip anything out. Never. I still have a sweater that has hit a snag in the design, and I won't rip... so it sits until I can find another way to fix it. It's been many long years, but I will find a way to get around it!

The cast on edge broke? That is easy enough to fix. Of course, if it was in rib, you can't rip that out from the top. So I would just cut a stitch where you began the stocking stitch, pull out that row, and the cuff will come off. Then just pick up those live stitches on the sock, and knit UPWARDS to the top of the cuff and cast off. I guess this is a sign from the Universe that you should have been doing the sock toe up instead! LOL

With any problem, there is always a solution.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Thanks for the input. I did think about redoing the cuff but having a few things that could benefit from redesigning the sock made the difference. Maybe those things were the reason I wasn't too thrilled to be working on the sock to begin with. Anyhow, the solution to this problem was to frog.

As for toe up: Definitely prefer top down but may do more toe ups as time goes by.

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michaelpthompson's picture

I can share your frustration Joe. That's no fun at all. I struggled with the last pair of socks I made, which turned out to be too small when I finally finished them, and now they're in the bottom of a bag somewhere waiting to be frogged and redone. It was kind of an experimental design of my own anyway, so I learned things from the process. Sounds like you did as well.

And if the cast on edge snapped at that point, it probably would have done some time after you finished the pair anyway, so you're ahead of the game dealing with it now, before you made the other one in the manner which you've come to dislike. Sounds reasonable anyway, doesn't it?

"All knitting is just one stitch at a time."

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Yes, Michael, your comments do make sense. As you may have heard me say - "Every project is a learning opportunity." I learn something new from every sock I knit - whether a design of my own, or a plain knit one. And this sock was definitely a teacher. It is a good thing that I had to frog it before knitting another that would've turned out just as problematic.

As to your too small socks...can you give them to a family member or friend? All of mine are always saying, "When am I going to get a pair?" Of course, they don't - unless they don't fit me.

Thanks for your comment and support.

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