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I am the firestarter, the twisted firestarter


A long, long time ago, I saw the Firestarter  sock pattern and decided I wanted to make it. This was some time before 2009, before the Sock Summit, before I had knit any socks. I looked at the pattern, I puzzled over it, I felt confused... and then I drifted off and knit other things. I knit lots of top down socks, and a very few toe up ones. And now I'm back at this pattern that first called to me so long ago. I have the perfect colour yarn, and with only 312 meters, toe up seemed the best plan.
 
I started with 148 grams, and ended up with 48, so it turned out I had plenty of yarn.
 
I quite like the structure Yarnmissa has developed, with a triangular gusset and heel flap. I had to cut the gusset short by 5 repeats, and they are still a little baggy. The other change I made was to only put the ribbing on the back of the leg, I thought they looked a bit strange with the ribbing starting on the front of the leg, but not the foot. All in all I enjoyed this toe up pattern, and would consider using this style of toe up with gusset again, now that I understand how it all comes together.

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  1. I love your socks, but you forgot one very important thing.

    THAT'S HANDSPUN!!!! Beautiful, stunning!!!

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