Wednesday, September 13, 2006

One for the Thumb -- and Two for the Feet

Pattern: Madder Ribbed Sock from Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush
Yarn: Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in colorway Bee Stripe
Needles: US 1 Addi Turbo circs
Mods: Quite a few! After knitting this pattern for my future MIL, I knew that it'd come out a tad narrow for my legs/feet, so I added an extra pattern repeat. I cast on 72 instead of 60 and decreased two stitches in the last row of ribbing for 70 stitches for the pattern. I also substituted a modified wide toe for the star toe, modified because I grafted the final 14 stitches horizontally across the toe (instead of the final 12 vertically or perpendicular to the toes).

I'm quite pleased with how the striping worked out on these. I'd seen another pair of socks knitted in this colorway and noticed that it pooled a little, but I was quite lucky. The second sock (the one in the foreground in the shot above) had a tiny bit of pooling on the instep, but that was it. Want to see the striping in action? Of course you do!

Pretty stripes!

And the heels in action, with their purled "seam" down the back.

Meanwhile, progress continues on Sizzle. After last night's post, I seamed the sides and tried it on -- it fits like a glove! Huzzah! I've picked up the stitches for the neck and have another row or two to knit on that, and then all that's left are the seed stitch borders on the arms and weaving in all the ends.


  1. Woo! The socks look great. And, it looks like it may be warm enough for your Sizzle on Friday...

  2. love the socks! I have a pair made with that same yarn! Mine are just anklets though.

  3. Glad to hear your Sizzle fits. I put mine on on Sunday to wear to a picnic thinking.. I made this thing, now I'm going to wear it. I ended up taking it back off. I think next summer I will take it to a seamstress and get the sides taken in. Makes me crazy.

  4. Very nice socks. I'll have to take another look at that pattern :-)

  5. oops forgot to add that I have Knitting Vintage Socks also and I love it. I am working on two pair of socks from there right now. I am making the heelless sleeping socks for me out of Gloss, and a pair for my hubby of which I can not remember the name right now.