Friday, June 21, 2013

Knitting Socks

Last Fall I needed a small carry with you project while waiting around the hockey rink fir Little "I". I decided to learn to knit socks. I bought sock yarn and followed the instructions on the inside of label. The yarn is dyed so stripes form naturally as you knit.After I finished the first sock I found out it was too big. I started the second one for more practice, but I could not find end to pull the yarn from the inside. After spending 15 frustrating minutes I gave and knitted it from the outside of the skein, hence the stripes are in reverse. I decided it didn't really matter since they are too big on me and I just wear them around the house.

I did some research on the internet and found great write up on adjusting a pattern to fit your foot. It turns out I need 60 stitches on a size 1 needle instead of 64 on a size 2 needle. I made a purple pair from the same brand of yarn. They fit much better. This time I knitted from the outside of the skein and did my best to start at same spot in the dye pattern. They are almost a perfect match.

The socks are not knitted the same way. The blue socks are knitted from the cuff down and have a heel flap. The purple socks are knitted from the toe up and have short row heel. I definitely like the toe up style and simple heel of purple ones.

At the book store I found "Socks a la Carte 2 Toes up!" by Jonelle Raffino and Katherine Cade. It is a great book with flip page to design your own socks with different style foot, body and cuff patterns. All the patterns are for 64 stitches so I'll need to make some adjustments. I have picked out a lacy pattern and some interesting yarn. I didn't want striped yarn,but JoAnn's didn't have any solids. Four more weeks of hockey until hockey summer break. Maybe I'll finish a sock or two.


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