Saturday, August 16, 2008

More Wool Socks for the Summertime

I'm a sock-knitting fiend these days! I finished this pair, which I like to call my Kicky Socks, almost a week ago. It's been a little hard to take pics because it's been really foggy and dark at home. I wanted some summer surroundings for Kicky Socks, too, because of their fun colors. So I ended up taking these socks to work and finding a nice spot in the grass (fortunately I did not have to explain myself to any curious co-workers):

Here's an on-the-feet shot, when there was a little bit of pearly light glowing through the windows at home:

demure pose

ready to kick!

Kicky Socks were knit toe-up using a figure-8 cast on. I cast on 14 stitches per needle (so 28 total) with the black yarn and increased to 60 stitches total. Then I switched to the stripey yarn and knit in stockinette until I was about 1 1/2" from my heel. I made a short-row heel, which I turned when there were 14 unwrapped stitches left.

Then I switched back to the stripey yarn and zoomed up to my desired length. I I switched to the black yarn and knit one round in stockinette before starting the ribbed cuff, to make a smoother black line (if I had just started doing the ribbed part, I would have gotten little black dots where the purl stitches were, and I didn't want that). Then I finished off with a knit 3, purl 1 rib for 1 1/2" and bound off using Elizabeth Zimmermann's sewn bind off.

I started these socks about a month ago, but really it probably took only about 2 or 3 knitting sessions per sock to finish them.

1 comment:

betsy ply said...

I remember them when they were a glint in your eye!
I'm holding your needles hostage until you come visit me.....Jimmy can come to. he's nice.