Sunday, February 18, 2007

Purple cabled socks!

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I JUST finished these, Just in time to wear them to knit night tomorrow, I'm so excited!

These are my second pair of socks (I've knit other sock like items with worsted yarn, but these are my second sock yarn socks) and I'm getting much better at perfecting the fit and design that I like!

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The stats:
Yarn: Knit Picks Essential Tweed in Plum
Needles: HiyaHiya US size 2 (2.75mm) 40" circulars.
Gauge: 9 stitches and 11.5 rows per inch

Toe up, two at once, Turkish cast on 30 sts, increased to 77, short row heel over 38 stitches, (11, 16, 11)

3x3 cable with moss stitch from page 68, "Sensational Knitted Socks" by Charlene Schurch, and eye of the partridge pattern over heel stitches.


  • I did the cable patted slightly differently than called for in the book, I didn't want the moss stitch flanking the sides of my foot, and I wanted to see how a cable would look next to plain stockinet, so I switched the 'front' and 'back' of the pattern.

  • The last pair of socks I made from Knit Picks essential is fuzzing up more than I would like, so I knit these at a tighter gauge, and I also decided to try my hand at the Eye of the partridge heel I keep reading about. It's usually done on heel flaps, but I like the way short row heels fit me better, so I just threw in the pattern over the heel stitches as I was short rowing back up.
    I enjoyed this type of heel, it looks neat, and I'm hoping it will hold up better. In the future I don't think I'll do the patter over the full number of heel stitches, it looks a bit funny on the sides since I do my heels over a full half of the sock stitches. Next time I think I'll only do it over the middle half of the heel.

  • I don't particularly like tall socks in general, and anyways my legs are quite fat, so they always get a bit too tight if I go past a certain height, and I was feeling too lazy to figure out how to increase neatly for my calf. So I didn't. Unfortunately cutting the leg so short makes it look kind of stumpy when I'm wearing it, but I don't mind that much.

  • despite my earlier complaints, I LOVE knitting with this yarn, it's soft and squishy comes in such pretty colours and is just generally delightful to knit.

Now that those are done, it's back to the sheep shawl, which has been languishing since I made a mistake and had to tink back over half a row. I was crushed and haven't been able to look at it in two days.


MJ said...

Very nice!!
I like that yarn - gotta get myself some on my next knitpicks order!

Susan said...

Beautiful socks- I really like the pattern! Excellent job.

Abigail said...

The yarn really is nice, sooo soft.
I'm hoping the tighter gauge helps the fuzzing.

Thank you Susan! I'm in love with Charlene Schurch's book, so many wonderful patterns, and amazing wealth of sock knitting tips and techniques!

Anonymous said...

Those look just lovely.

I wish KnitPicks would start shipping to the UK. Wah! :o)

Monika said...

Congrats on the socks! They look lovely to me. Poor shawl, it deserves your full attention now! ;o)

kat said...

beautiful job!

jenifleur said...

Beautiful! You're well on your way to sock citizen. Socks are the perfect garment. They have everything-multiple possible cast ons, a wealth of possible toes and heels, infinite stitch patterns, short rows, increases, decreases, knitting in the round, kitchenering or not, numerous potential bind offs, dpns or magic loop-and it's all in one small, portable project. Socks are the chocolate of the knitting world. And yours are truly lovely, congratulations!

Abigail said...

Sara –
I thought I had heard something about them selling overseas. But I guess it was just a rumor.
Some day you'll get the see the lovely yarn.

Monika –
Thanks! and don't worry the shawl is getting my undivided attention again. :)

Kat –
Thank you!

Jenifleur –
Awww, you are making me blush!
Thank you for the kind words! I am becoming quite smitten with sock knitting!

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