06 September 2009

A Great Big Thank You to Cat Bordhi

I want to publicly thank Cat Bordhi for helping me change the way I knit socks. This woman is a genius! I first ran across references to her sock knitting on Ravelry. Then I found her website and then I found her Youtube videos. I bought her book New Pathways for Sock Knitters Book One.

Let me back up a bit. I basically taught myself to knit socks by reading sock patterns. I used double pointed needles because that is what the pattern told me to do. I also learned to knit 2 socks at the same time on one really long circular needle and then learned how to knit 2 socks at the same time on 2 circular needles. All three of these techniques structure the sock the same way at the heel gusset. On one side, the gusset always had a string of eyelets after the first knit stitch. Trying different things to eliminate the eyelets has resulted in frustration. I was resigned to possibly adding the eyelets to the other side of the gusset as well. One good thing is that non-knitters don't even notice them, but I know they are there.

Back to Cat. I bought another of her books: Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles and my sock knitting life changed! Unlike knitting 2 at a time on two circulars, this is one sock on two circulars and the gussets are worked in profile! Those pesky decreases are nestled in the center of a batch of stitches! It turns out that my problem was caused by the combination of two things: the decreases landing at the end of a needle and that my knitting tends to be a bit looser at the end of a needle. With the decreases surrounded by more stitches the tension is kept even and the eyelets are history. Yay!

Thank you Cat Bordhi.


  1. I'm really happy that you are happy . . . . still I have such a limited knowledge of knitting that I thought I might have to translate this post using BabelFish *s*

  2. Gotta love her. I love the way she looks at things differently.

  3. Rofl at Libby!!! I'm pretty much in the same boat, lol. Passed this on to my knitter daughter D'.

  4. O......kay.......I have no idea what that meant, but I'm glad it helps you. I knew a little about knitting once, but now I'm OLD and I forgot.