Friday, June 8, 2007

Goal: Matching Socks

The unfortunate thing about knitting socks is that there are two of them. Two separately crafted objects, complete in themselves. My knitting often takes unexpected creative twists (aka, errors) that I might leave in as nods to the beauty of handmade goods or out of sheer laziness. But with socks, especially ones that will be given to others, those creative twists either need to be duplicated exactly or identified and corrected immediately. My addled brain and slow knitting speed do not lend themselves to simply noting the twists. I must record them, and diligently.

Since a blog is first and foremost a log, I think I'll use some posts to record in-progress pattern notes. Feel free to use them for yourself if you like.

  • Socks are knit on one circular needle using magic loop
  • Using contrast color, use magic cast on to put 11 stitches on each needle (22 stitches total) much magic in these socks!
  • First round was all knit stitches (knit through back loops of second needle), followed by an increase round (knit through the front and back of first stitch, knit the the second to the last stitch on the needle, knit through the front and back of the next stitch, then knit one...repeat on the second needle); repeat these two rounds until there are 21 stitches on each needle (42 stitches total)
  • End toe with one round of all knit stitches
  • Change to main color; knit all stitches of first needle (this will be the top of the foot); purl one, knit to the last stitch, purl one on the second needle (this will be the sole)
  • Launch into Roza's sock pattern on the first needle, continue on second needle as in the previous row
When I get through the heel, I'll post more notes on the gusset increases and the heel itself. Keep your fingers crossed for perfectly matched socks.

There would be a picture here of the socks in progress, but I left them at work! I think I am going to cry. They'll be safe until Monday, but I was so looking forward to working on them this weekend!


Carrie said...

This is a great way to use the blog--I was much more diligent about recording pattern notes when I started my blog, it's great to be able to go back and find stuff I need know know about dormant projects . . . especially when they come in pairs!

Gina said...

Looking forward to seeing your sock take shape and hello from Calgary Canada

knitty_kat said...

This is a great way to keep track & share. I too am looking forward to seeing your socks!

Mrs Hipp's Mom said...

Owwww.....looking forward the picture of the pair....might they fit size nines?