The little practice sock I mentioned in my last post is done, and it wasn’t very hard at all. I really liked knitting it. The only tricky bit was grafting the stitches at the toe, using Kitchener stitch. This was new to me, but I think with a little practice on some scraps and a few more socks, I will get better quickly!
I only made one – I don’t need two mini socks and wanted to get right on to real socks!
Yesterday I started on a pair for myself, using the basic cuff-down pattern from The Twisted Sisters Sock Workbook. Stashed away in my craft room, I found a few balls of light worsted-weight wool originally destined to be a slightly felted scarf with embroidery. At about 10 wraps per inch, it is a little bit thicker than the recommended yarn weight of 12-13 wraps per inch. The pattern also called for using size 3 double-pointed needles, which I didn’t have at the time, so I used size 4 needles. The gauge in the pattern is 26 sts = 4″ in stockinette, and I was only getting about 22 as I started to knit.
Trying on what I had so far, I realized that while the part I had knitted fit my calf pretty well, it would be baggy around my ankle. Briefly, I contemplated ripping it out and starting over with the right needles, but instead I just stopped for the night, and decided to think about it today. As a bedtime story, I read through lots of patterns, and noticed that many specified a larger size needle for the upper leg, and a smaller size for the lower leg and the rest of the sock. In addition to getting ideas for third and fourth socks, I realized I probably didn’t have to rip my sock out after all, and could just switch to smaller needles.
Daniel and I took a walk this morning after breakfast, and we stopped by Purlescence Yarns for sock supplies: size 0, 1, 2, and 3 double-pointed needles, and some really lovely super fine sock yarn. (Hooray for a local yarn store within walking distance!!) Switching to the size 3 needles, the gauge is already starting to tighten up. Here is what I have so far.
Once I finish these socks, my next project will be the Cable Rib Socks from Interweave’s Favorite Socks. Here is the yummy yarn I got to make them: Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in the Valentine colorway.
These projects will definitely keep me busy this week, especially on the drive down to Ventura for Thanksgiving!