She Knits: Day Off Socks

I never blogged about these because I was glad to get them off the needles, and wasn’t pleased with how they turned out. I am still not very happy with them, as indicated by the ends I haven’t woven in yet, and the fact I haven’t even washed them yet. But, here they are, at any rate.

Progression Info
Started – March 9
Completed – April 10
Duration – 32 days = 4.2 weeks

The knitting duration on these should tell you how much I liked them. I can usually knit a plain pair of socks in a week, if not less than that.

Pattern Info
Day Off Socks by Jessica Gore
Ravelry

I want to be very clear that my disdain for these socks has nothing to do with the pattern itself. Mostly, I don’t like how the cuff fits — the top edge is really tight. It would not surprise me at all if I broke a stitch putting these on or off one day. That’s my own fault; I should have bound off more loosely or with a stretchier bind-off technique.

I modified the pattern by lengthening the cuff and adding a 4×2 rib to the instep.

Yarn Info
Knit Picks Palette
100% wool
Colorways – finnley heather, victorian
0.96 skeins = 221 yds used

I chose this toe-up sock pattern so that I could use up all of the Victorian colorway (the dusty red color). I was successful, there. I still have some of the gray left, but only enough for sock toes, maybe.

Photos

Apologies for the poor quality phone-pictures. I had to dig these socks out of hiding.

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She Knits: Frasier Fir Socks

I received the pale green yarn in a recent swap (along with the yarn for the Portobello shawl I recently posted).

Progression Info
Started – April 12
Completed – May 30
Duration – 48 days = 6.9 weeks

These socks “hibernated” for a week or two, at least once. We have been busy. Plus, I had a little hiccup toward the end that made me put the socks away for a week. I just couldn’t look at them. 😀 I ran out of the pale green yarn about an inch from the ribbing on the second sock. So, to make them match, I had to pick out the ribbing and about 1/2″ of the leg on the first sock, in order to use a bit of the pale green to knit another 1/2″ on the second sock. Then, of course, reknit the first ribbing, and knit the second ribbing. It only took one evening to do all of that, but it was daunting so I had put it off for a week. 😀

Pattern Info
Frasier Fir Socks by Verena Cohrs
Ravelry
size – EU 38-40

These fit almost perfectly — I should have knit the foot 1/4 – 1/2″ longer before starting the gusset. The heel turn and flap is pulled down a bit while worn. Otherwise, though, they feel great. 🙂

Yarn Info
Eden Cottage Yarns Oakworth 4ply
100% Polwarth wool
Colorway – forest light
1 skein = 436 yds used

This has been my first experience with Polwarth wool. It is medium-soft, I’d say. It has a nice stitch definition, not highly-twisted, not too fuzzy. I like it. 🙂

The contrast cuff yarn is a hand-dyed sock yarn mini-skein I have from a rainbow set I won some time ago. The dyer is Norwegian. 🙂

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She Knits: Charmer Socks

These socks have a mildly entertaining story. I bought this yarn as a little bonus for myself when I bought yarn for the gift knits I made earlier this year. I loved the colors in the skein — it is a creamy pale green base with speckles of gray, green, and yellow. When I finished all those gifts, I went looking for a pattern to use this yarn.

That turned out to be a more difficult search than I had anticipated. I found the Froot Loop (Ravelry link) sock pattern first, cast it on, finished the rib and most of the leg… and decided it just looked strange in this speckled yarn. It is a great pattern that I hope to knit in the future, but it really needs a solid or tonal yarn to not look overly busy. Plus, it is a more complicated stitch pattern, and it didn’t seem worth the effort to do if it wasn’t going to show much in the final sock.

I ripped that out and cast on the My Cup of Tea (Ravelry link) sock pattern next. Once again, I knit the ribbing and a few repeats on the leg before deciding… it was too busy and strange-looking. It is also a great pattern that I would love to knit someday — in a solid or tonal yarn.

I ripped that out and went back to a pattern I have knit in a speckled yarn before — in my Confetti Cake Socks. And that’s how these came to be the “Charmer Socks”… because the third time’s a charm!

Progression
Started – February 14
Completed – March 5
Duration – 19 days = 2.7 weeks

Pattern Info
Basket Weave Rib Socks by Sarah Ronchetti
Ravelry

I knit the size Small. The only modification I made to the pattern was to knit a plain stockinette round after the cast-on, before beginning the ribbing. This is how the ribbing was done on a different project I recently completed, and I liked the look of it. I can’t pinpoint what it is, specifically, that makes it better, but I’ll probably keep doing this on all my ribbing (if I remember). 😉

For record’s sake, I knit 16 rounds of ribbing, 5 pattern repeats on the leg, and 12 repeats after the gusset decreases. Perfect.

When I finished the second sock (done in the same yarn on the same needles…), I discovered that they are slightly different in size. The gauge of the first sock is 7.5 stitches and 10 rounds per inch. The second has a gauge of 8 stitches and 12 rounds per inch. I knit the second one more tightly. I am pretty sure I knit the first one mostly without kids around, and the second mostly with them around… so I guess that is the difference in my tension. 😀 I prefer the fit of the second, but have no intention to re-knit the first to make them match better.

I would love to achieve an even tighter gauge for my socks — closer to 9 stitches per inch. But to get 8 spi, I am using US size 0 (2.0 mm) needles, which are the smallest I own. I suppose I could buy US size 00 or 000, but… I have a mental block about using such thin needles!

Yarn Info
Knit Picks Hawthorne Fingering
80% wool, 20% nylon
Colorway – 27220 City Lights Speckle
0.69 skeins = 246.3 yds used

I am pleased with this yarn. It looks very similar to the speckled yarn I used (and loved) in my Confetti Socks, even in the tight twist which gives a ridged look to the stitches. It is a similar softness and heft and feel while knitting. But it is significantly less expensive! It is almost half the price, in fact. That makes me very, very happy. 😀

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She Knits: Jaywalking Pigeon Socks

Another pair of socks for myself.

Progression
Started – November 23
Completed – December 17
Duration – 24 days = 3.4 weeks

I only spent about a week actually knitting on these. I had trouble motivating myself to get them done.

Pattern Info
Jaywalker by Grumperina
Ravelry

This pattern has been popular for ages, it seems… and I finally know why. It is the perfect pattern for self-striping yarns! I don’t buy self-striping yarn very often because it doesn’t look good knit into socks with much texture or stitch patterning — but plain socks are boring to knit. This pattern is the perfect solution: enough stitch patterning to be interesting to knit and make a neat design, but simple enough to broadcast the self-striping yarn. And they fit perfectly, too!

Yarn Info
Sirdar Sole to Sole
75% wool, 25% nylon
Colorway: 52 Pigeon Toes
0.60 skeins = 268.8 yds used

I bought this as a little treat for myself when I ordered the yarn for the Christmas gifts I knit this year. I would count this a mid-range sock yarn. Not buttery soft, but also not too scratchy.

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She Knits: Everyday Socks

This is the 9th pair of socks I have knit for myself (15th total!), and I have come to a few conclusions.

I prefer short-legged socks. Not only are they quicker and easier to knit (no calf shaping), they are more comfortable to wear.

I prefer heel flaps and gussets to other heel constructions. I haven’t tried every heel technique available, but heel flaps fit me better.

I prefer knitting socks top-down, that is, from cuff to toe. I don’t have any logical reasons for this preference, though.

These socks satisfy all of those preferences. And they are pretty. Bonus.

Progression
Started – June 21
Completed – July 5
Duration – 14 days = 2 weeks

These were very quick; I could have knit them over a long weekend if I had large chunks of time to dedicate fully to knitting.

Pattern Info
Hermoine’s Everyday Socks by Erica Leuder
Ravelry

This is a fun pattern. The detail on the instep looks complex but is simple to work. I think it looks like tiny bows all down the top of the foot.

Yarn Info
Knit Picks Palette
100% wool
Pennyroyal colorway
1 skein = 231.0 yds used

Only one skein! Another “plus” for short socks.

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