Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Socks, socks and more socks

I've been bitten by the sock bug. Bit hard... I'm a self taught knitter, but I'd never tried knitting socks. And, so, for Christmas, I was gifted with a sock class at Needlework Unlimited.

It was my Knitting Olympics project and, although I technically started my first sock before the Olympics, I did start the 2nd sock during the opening ceremonies. That counts, right? It was a project new to me and a challenge. Here's my first pair of socks:

These were made with Sockotta yarn 617, 45% cotton, 40% superwash wool and 15% nylon. I did my swatch on US size 2 needles and he teacher suggested hat I use a US size 3. They're nice... Great, in fact, for my first pair, but I wish I would have done them on the 2's.

Next, I had to make B a pair of socks. He did pay for the class, after all, it was my Christmas gift from him. These are made with Lana Grossa Meilenweit Fun & stripes on US 3's. He loves them, he was afraid to wear them, because he didn't want to ruin them. Now he wears them all the time.

Next on the needles were "Child's First Sock in Shell Pattern" from Nancy Bush's "Knitting Vintage Socks." The first pair is made with Lana Grossa Meilenweit 1300 on size US2's. I almost ripped these out because I didn't think the pattern was showing up well, but decided that if I finished the 3rd pattern repeat and wasn't in love, tink, they would go. I'm SO glad I kept going, I'm totally loving them.

Next came another pair in the same pattern, but I used Jo Sharp Silkroad DK Tweed, Pulp, 85% wool, 10% silk, 5% cashmere and 100% YUM! I did these on US 5's, cast on 48 stitched instead of 64 and adjusted the patterns accordingly. I made detailed notes because I have more of this yarn. The only downside is that they're hand wash only, but I guess that's not really a problem.

Finally, hot off the needles and drying as we speak are Mom's birthday socks. They aren't going to get there in time for her birthday, tho... I used Jeanie Townsend's Cascading Leaves pattern with several modifications, but first...

I started knitting these with Trekking XXL 113 on US 2's. The swatch seemed fine, but the gauge was too loose, for my liking, and once I got going the color seemed too wintery. So, off the needles and on for the perfect yarn. Here are the specs:

*Yarn: Dalegarn Baby Ull in mint green (9013) and reinforced the heels as the yarn is 100% wool (superwash).
*Needles: Crystal Palace US 1.5 (2.5 mm)

~ After ribbing, I slipped everything over one stitch on the needles so each needle began and ended with a purl stitch. In this way, the ribbing lined up to the pattern. (Thanks to Diana for the tip.

~ I did 8 pattern repeats for the leg

~ I also continued the pattern on the top of the foot. For this, I had to slip 8 stitches from each needle to the next needle so that the pattern laid the way I wanted it. The pattern comes to a ^ over the heels and toes rather than a v.

~ Decreased toes to 24 stitches, rather than 40, before kitchnering.

Reworking the pattern to continue the pattern on the top of the foot was what took so long. Well, that and a dropped stitch that I didn't see until rows later.

Now, to check the socks and see if they're dry so I can wrap them and get them into the mail!


At April 05, 2006 12:15 PM, Anonymous Julia said...

THOSE SOCKS ARE ALL GORGEOUS!!! You've been so productive! That sock bug really bit you hard;-)

At April 05, 2006 12:19 PM, Blogger Laura said...

What a nice collection of socks! I love them all. :-)

At April 05, 2006 10:10 PM, Blogger Susan said...

What great socks! You are moving along quickly. The color of the cascading leaves is wonderful. Once you start, you can't stop right?

At April 06, 2006 9:23 AM, Blogger Patti said...

Fabulous socks! Thanks for posting your modifications. Yesterday I printed off the pattern and I'm going to cast on tonight.

At April 18, 2006 6:42 AM, Blogger mf said...

GREAT Socks! Keep up the good work!

At April 21, 2006 11:10 AM, Blogger Catherine Kerth said...

wow! lookin' good:)

At May 02, 2006 8:31 AM, Anonymous Jess said...

Jeez, that Sockotta - I ran into no less than three people working on socks in that colorway last week at Borealis. I felt a little out of place with whatever I was working on.

All of the socks look great!


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