I have seen a few sideways-knit sock patterns. I have never been too intrigued. But, Nona of Nonaknits has recently "re designed the wheel". She was not overly thrilled with the patterns she had found, and has created her own version. She posted the preliminary information yesterday, and encouraged us to swatch in preparation for the first installment of her "Sidewinders" sock pattern. So, her you have it:
While I am pretty much knitting blindly, I trust that this is eventually going to be a sock! In it's current state, there is a 8 stitch deep double garter stitch ribbed cuff, going down into a Stockinette leg and foot. The back of the leg has a garter section, hugging the ankle. There is a little short row shaping for the calf. The mitered area is the heel section. The toe will "magically" appear during tomorrow's progress (Hope so anyway!)
While I cannot compare this to any of the other sideways patterns, it is fun, interesting, and a good diversion to my "normal" knitting. Her instructions are very well written and concise. The yarn is a crazy Opal, that I think was one that originally had the sideways pattern included in it's ball band. (I don't read German, but I think it is.)
On another note: Sofee sends her thanks for all the nice comments she has received during the last few days. She is not very interested in this new sock technique, and appears to be catching up on her sleep today.
"Yeah, right mom. I just know if I wake up, you'll make me go "out" in the rain!"