bosnian toe socks

my fifth pair of socks are being made using the bosnian toe up method from lucy neatby's book cool socks, warm feet. i'm using opal cotton candy sock yarn in colour 1102.

you begin these socks by knitting a square, using waste yarn to make it easy to pick up the stitches from the cast on edge and the sides.

square start for bosnian toe

then you get rid of the waste yarn and pick up those stitches.

square picked up stitches for bosnian toe

after a few increases and a little knitting you have a sock toe. you can choose to use it rectangle-wise or triangle-wise. at the moment i like the triangular look but i don't need to decide until i place the heel.

bosnian sock toe

i've made these socks exactly as detailed in the book. they have a crenellated edging:

crenellated sock edging

the sock is knitted as a tube, with half a round of waste yarn inserted where you would like the heel to be:

sock tube

and finally the waste yarn is removed and a turkish afterthought heel is added:

turkish sock heel

i cast on for the first sock on december 18th 2004 and in an amazing turn of speed (with a helping hand from pregnancy induced insomnia) finished it the next evening. i finished the second sock on christmas eve. only problem is i seem to have managed to make these socks on the large side. they are both too wide and too long (i measured tons, have no idea how i got things so wrong!). so i'm contemplating whether to rip them out an dstart again.

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