Sunday, I finished knitting up the first Moccasin sock. I think that Jodi M. summed the question of the Moccasin sock up so well, “Why would you knit a flat sock? For those of us would would do most anything to avoid stitching up. How does it feel on your foot? “

As for the first question, I think that the real reason you would knit a flat sock is to work some intarsia in the leg.  However, I’m still not convinced that knitting the leg flat is the best answer to anything and I’m planning to experiment with the second sock to see if it is really necessary.  Regarding the second question, I’m about to find out!

I finished the leg on Saturday evening and rose Sunday morning to start work on the foot. By mid-afternoon, I’d finished up the instep and the top of the toe.

Moccasin Instep

Now it was time for the sole! I picked up stitches all the way around (this is definitely not a sock for someone who doesn’t like to pick up stitches) and then got down to the business of knitting along. The heel gets formed first. The sides grow for a short time.

Knitting around and around, I was able to really see all the loose picked up stitches where holes already peeked through. My DPNs were in another sock, so I magic-looped the circular knitting for the sole and my cable wasn’t quite long enough. The constant management of the needle kept me from really enjoying my knitting around. I even had a moment where I just wanted to scream, “THIS WILL NEVER WORK! I HATE THIS SOCK! WHY AM I DOING THIS TO MYSELF?”, throw the sock across the room, and stomp over to my stash looking for another project. Any other project. I began daydreaming about a new cardigan design (because I need a new cardigan! My old red one is getting really ratty now and my others are packed away in the storage unit). I promised myself that if I just finished up this sock, I could start the cardigan – even though I have too much on my plate right now and Christmas is coming and I’ve not even begun knitting for the kids yet and – and – and….

Luckily for me, I was FINALLY able to complete the first decrease for the toe. The removal of those stitches made the magic-looping easier. The second decrease (which removed more stitches from the toe and a set of stitches from the heel) increased my enjoyment and I almost knit a little too far after that.

To finish weaving up the sole, Elizabeth Zimmermann has the knitter just draw together the remaining toe and heel stitches while weaving in the sides with a kitchener graft. That left me with this for my sole.

Moccasin Sole

OMG. Too cute!!!! I was so glad I’d used the self-striping yarn. How could anyone resist circular stripes on the bottom of their foot?

However, the question of feel came back into play.

Frankly, I wasn’t sure about this at all. I’ve pulled together stitches on the top of a hat and on the tip of a toe, but those places always felt like they wouldn’t get a lot of wear.  The bottom of my foot? Would that even work? I contemplated all of these questions as I seamed up the back of the leg.

The moment of truth.

I put the sock on and walked around for a minute.

Nothing. It felt like a normal sock. No bumps, no odd pulls, no catches at any particular point. A comfy little sock.

Well, well.

Moccasin Sock #1

For the second sock (which I have to cast on before I lose my nerve), I’m working the leg in the round and then will change to flat knitting for the instep. I think that I’ll be able to make that work, even with the lack of mobility for a few rows after changing from working in the round to working flat.

As far as why would you ever want to knit a sock flat? The only logical reason that I can think right now is intarsia. Maybe I’ll try that out in the design phase.

But only if working the leg in the round doesn’t work.