Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Finished: Swap Socks

Did you know how hard it is to take pictures of your own feet when you're wearing socks and standing on a tile floor? The things I'll do for an FO picture ...

Pattern: Child's First Sock in Shell Pattern from Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush
Yarn: Knit Picks Gloss (70% merino, 30% silk), colorway Woodland Sage, two skeins
Needles: two 12" US 1 (2.5 mm) Addi Turbo circs
Started/Completed: December 9/December 18
Mods: omitted one pattern repeat on the leg to ensure enough yarn; modified the toe (ended pattern on Row 3 to have 30 sts on each needle)

These are for my swap partner for the Vintage Socks Swap. The recipient's feet are longer than mine, and having knit these socks for myself I knew the leg runs really long, so I knit six repeats rather than seven on the leg. In the end I was fine on yardage, but I think it was probably a good move; the cuff is only 63 stitches around, and if these went any higher there might be some problems with fit around the calf. The leg measures about 8 inches, which is longer than the usual 7" leg I do for my standard sock pattern.

I just love this pattern, as always. It had been a while since I last knit it, but it only took about two rounds before I was able to put the pattern down and knit the stitch pattern from memory. It's a 10-row repeat, but if you do it for a while you'll find that it's really intuitive. I think this yarn was really well suited to the shell pattern as well; the sheen of the silk looks gorgeous in the curves.

Now I just hope my swap partner likes them as much as I do!


  1. hey wow! i'm part of that swap too! i just got my yarn for my buddy last night and can't wait to start knitting that same sock for her as well :-) great job!

    laura (knittinkitties on ravelry)

  2. great socks! your pal will be thrilled with them. I love the color. I have been taking sock photos with my feet in the air - try it, it seems to work!

  3. i'm sure your parter will be totally pleased. and those mittens below -- wow!

  4. Fabulous color! And I agree that snapping a good pic of one's own feet is next to impossible!!

  5. That's one lucky pal! Silk always looks good gliding over curves. ;)

  6. Anonymous12:42 PM

    I love the socks! I need to get that book, I think.

  7. One of these days, I'm actually going to knit something from that book. Of course, there are about eight more pairs I want to knit out of New Pathways first :) Great job!

  8. Your swap partner HAS to love them, because they are so beautiful!!