Monthly Archives: March 2010

Aims and Goals

I’ve decided to try and finish the socks on the my needles this month. I have 3 and currently they look like this:

3 Socks on the Needles

The orange socks are my Rick socks.
The purple and black are my Gothic Anastasia Delight socks.
The grey pair are my Bootiful socks (aka Rhiannon Socks.)

It might be a bit amibitious as I’ll need to finish a sock every 4.3 days but it’s doable and by rotating which pair I’m working on I’ll stave off Second Sock Syndrome. I may make it even more doable by frogging the Rhiannon socks. It turns out the yarn (Zettl Sockenwolle Treviso) is not superwash like it says on the label and apparently felts easily. I don’t mind have a pair of handwash socks, but if they’re going to felt quickly with normal wear then I’d rather make socks that aren’t as time consuming and pretty as Rhiannon. I’ll see how a small swatch fairs and let you know.

I’ve also been reassessing my New Years Resolutions. I set myself Eight Knitting Resolutions which works out to two every three months, so I’ve picked out two to finish by the end of March:

1. Write up and publish a pattern for sale. Also, spend more time writing up patterns in general.
I’ve spent more time writing up patterns. I’ve got a pattern test knitted and almost ready for release. So I think I will be able to tick this one off by the end of March.

3. Blog regularly(ish).
There’s been a couple of ‘ish’ spots since January but on the whole I think I’ve already achieved this one. :)

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Roll On Rick

After a tonne of stocking stitch knitting and ripping heels multiple times I decided my next sock needed to be something both easier and more challenging . Something with interesting stitches and a pattern where all I had to do was follow the instructions.

My copy of Sock Innovation is due back at the library soon so I figured now was the time to start on the Rick socks I had earmarked my bright orange yarn for.

Progress so far:
The Leg

The pattern is easily adjustable so to accommodate my 9″ foot I’ve added on an extra pattern repeat and cast on 72 stitches. The first couple of chart repeats I had to take on a bit of faith. It seemed strange to me to not have a plain round between the decrease and YO round but after checking I was reading the chart right I just blindly followed it and sure enough the pattern began to emerge.

The YO increases at the end of each repeat looked a bit messy to me, especially when compared to the ones between the ssk decreases. When you ktbl in a YO it twists the YO closed, I figured that had to be the problem so I’m knitting each one now and it looks a lot better. However, I’m not going to rip back the repeats I’ve already done, no one is going to notice a slight difference in an inch of sock that is probably going to spend much of it’s time inside of my jeans!

I spent a bit of time today trying to figure out the heel turn, I wasn’t sure how to size up Cookie A’s instructions for 60 stitches into 72 stitches. Then I remembered that this was supposed to be an easy pattern where I just followed someone elses instructions and as long as the stitches aligned for the foot chart did it really matter what number of stitches I used?

I’ve decided it doesn’t. I’m doing my heel flap over 36st and I’m going to work the foot chart with 2 stitches either side in plain stocking stitch.

Keep an eye out. My next post will probably be titled: Yes, it does matter.

Yummy Socks!

I really love these socks, they’re so pretty!

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The yarn is The Knitting Goddesses Take Five sock yarn (75% superwash merino, 25% nylon). They are the first pair of socks I’ve knit using magic loop and I think my dpns might get a little neglected now because I really enjoyed it!

Although it is pretty much just a vanilla sock I did make some modifications. I wanted the look of a short row heel in the contrasting colour but unfortunately I’ve always found that style of heel doesn’t fit my foot that well. I could have done a gusset and heel flap but I would have lost the look and probably ended up with pooling. I really didn’t want to break up the colours like that, so I experimented with using a combination of a mini-gusset and a short row heel turn and it fits perfectly. Really, really perfectly. Makes having to rip out the heels twice totally worth it!

I’ve also avoided major pooling, you can see the purple around the ankle has striped a bit but it’s the only section and it’s not very noticable.

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There are few more pictures on my Ravelry project page.

I wrote the pattern up mainly for my own use on future socks but as it might be useful to others too I’m sharing it here. The pattern is designed for feet measuring 9″ in circumference. However, as it is simply stocking stitch you can easily add or subtract stitches to achieve your perfect fit. Keep in mind that the stitches need to be a multiple of 4 if you want to use the same cuff that I did.

This is proof read but not test knitted so if you see any mistakes or something that doesn’t make sense to you, please don’t hesitate to let me know. I’d also love to know if you use the pattern (or are intending to), partly because I love to see what other people knit and partly because if there is enough interest I may write it up formally with extra sizes and add it to Ravelry. :)

Take Five Sock Recipe

Gauge: 8st and 13 rows = 1″
Needles: 2.25mm or size required to achieve gauge
Yarn: 100g 4ply yarn in 5 colours (20g per colour)

Using Magic Cast On, CO 24st (12st on each needle)
Work 1 round, placing markers at the beginning and half way point of the round.
Round 1: (kfb, knit to 2st before marker, kfb, k1) rep. twice per round
Round 2: Knit
Repeat last two rounds until you have 68st.
Work 2 rounds in stocking stitch.

Change colour and continue to work in stocking stitch until work measures 2.5″ less than length of foot. Change colour after every 13 rounds.

Gusset
Next round: K34, k1, M1R, knit to last 2 stitches, M1L, k1.
Next round: Knit

Repeat these two rounds until you have 82st (7 repeats total).

Heel
Next row: k36, sl1, change to heel colour and k40, wrap next stitch and turn.
Next row: p39, wrap next stitch and turn.

Repeat last 2 rounds a total of 11 times.

Row 1: knit to first wrapped stitch, pick up wrap and knit with stitch, wrap next stitch and turn.
Row 2: sl1, purl to first wrapped stitch, pick up wrap and purl with stitch, wrap next stitch and turn.
Row 3: Knit to next wrapped stitch, pick up both wraps and knit with the stitch, wrap next stitch and turn.
Row 4: Purl to next wrapped stitch, pick up both wraps and purl with the stitch, wrap next stitch and turn.

Repeat rounds 3 and 4 until all wrapped stitches have been worked, ending with a purl row. Break heel yarn.

Return to previous yarn colour, ssk (the first stitch of the ssk will be the stitch you slipped in the first row of the heel), knit 40, k2tog, knit to end of round.

Post Heel Shaping
Next round: k54, ssk, place marker, k1, k2tog, knit to end.
Next round: Knit
Next round: Knit to 2 stitches before marker, ssk, slip marker, k2tog, knit to end.

Repeat last 2 rounds until you are back to your original number of stitches (68st.)

Your heel should look similar to this, you can see the decreases centred above the brown heel:
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Work in stocking stitch continuing to change colours every 13 rounds until leg measures 1″ less than desired length.

Cuff
Next round: (k3, p1) rep. to end.
Work last round until cuff measures 1″ (or desired length).
Cast off (recommended method: Sewn cast off.)

Pull onto feet and enjoy! :)

Pattern and images copyright 2010 Nativestar Knits. For personal use only.