I was given this sock yarn as part of a 2018 holiday swap. I was excited because I haven’t been buying sock yarn for myself lately, but have missed knitting socks. This gave me a great excuse — especially because this color wouldn’t be appropriate anywhere else on me (as a shawl, for example)!
Started – December 19
Completed – January 11
I have some interesting statistics for this pair of socks. I’ve wondered for a long time how much knitting time a pair of socks actually requires. When I knit the second sock for this pair, I decided to find out for sure. This sock pattern is mildly patterned, which serves as a good middle-ground for timing. I timed myself knitting the second sock, and here’s what I found:
Total Time: about 7.5 hours
toe – 17 mins; foot – 2 hrs; gusset – 1.5 hrs; heel – 55 mins; leg – 2.25 hrs; cuff – 25 mins; bind off – 8 mins; finishing – 4 mins
I was most intrigued that the foot, gusset, and leg all take nearly the same amount of time. I expected the heel to be less time than it was, as it always feels like it works up quickly.
So, it appears I can knit a pair of socks in roughly 15 hours. 🙂 That’s definitely manageable over a long three-day weekend, if I don’t have anything else happening. But is more realistically about a week of knitting time for me, if I knit exclusively on that one pattern.
Speckled Space Socks by Amanda Stephens
As promised, this is a great pattern for speckled sock yarns like this one. The design is interesting and still shows through all the color variegation, but is also easy to memorize.
These socks fit better than any other pair I’ve knit myself. 🙂 That’s very exciting to me! I knit it at a tighter gauge than called for in the pattern (the foot of my socks are 9 stitches per inch; the pattern is written for 8). In the pattern notes, the designer mentions that some of her test knitters found the leg too tight because of the cables reaching all the way around versus on the foot where the cables are only on the instep. Her suggestion was to increase needle size for just the leg. I took the advice and used a bigger needle on the leg, which gave me 8 stitches per inch. The gauge difference isn’t very noticeable by sight, but the fit is much better this way.
The only thing that could make them fit absolutely perfectly would be about 2 more gusset rounds. I need just a bit more width around the widest point of my foot. But I don’t think I need a taller heel flap. So I would need to decrease out those extra gusset stitches somewhere. That’s the piece I haven’t figured out — maybe at the top center of the heel flap/back of the heel? Or somewhere in the heel turn? I’m not sure.
Southern Skeins Merino Nylon Fingering sock yarn
75% wool, 25% nylon
Colorway – speckled sprout
0.65 skeins = 283.4 yds used
As I mentioned, this yarn was given to me as part of a swap I participated in recently. It is so bright! and cheerful! and fun! But it definitely needed to be socks.
The yarn bled quite a lot in the wash and rinse, but the color didn’t fade noticeably, so I think it was just excess dye. That’s not a problem for a one-skein/one-color project, but could be an issue if I paired this with a really light color in a two-color project. I’m only noting it so that I remember to not wash these socks alongside something white or pale!