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Third time’s the charm?

January 23, 2007

My third completed pair of socks. I am really liking the process of making socks. With this pair I was tinkering with the fit a bit. When the excitement of knitting my very first pair of socks wore off I realized that they were actually bigger than I liked socks which meant that I just HAD to make another pair. I gave the first pair to DH and started new ones for myself. I got some advice from fellow socknitters on how to change the fit of my socks (thank you to FirsttimeSockKnittersKAL and Socknitters yahoo groups)- I realized, upon scrutiny, that not only were they too long but they were not as snug around my foot as I like.

This pair was knitted from Silver’s basic sock formula. I only used 1 inch of a 1X1 ribbing and the rest of the sock is in stockinette stitch (the tutorial shows 8 inches of 2X2 ribbing for the leg). But when I got to the heel I changed to a smaller size needle size. This made the heel stitching look so neat and pretty and it made my socks fit much better (thank you again to all the helpful socknitters in cyberspace). I deliberately mismatched the stripes this time just to see what it would look like. I think the effect is quite funky. Now that I have a better idea of how to size socks, I am ready for the challenge of a more complicated design. I am planning a visit to the LYS and the Knitpicks website Saturday to pick out some new yarn and purchase some smaller dpns (don’t have anything small enough for fingering weight yarn). My next project is the Dublin Bay sock by Mossy Cottage Knits

Project Details
Yarn – Red Heart Strata – color Cascade (So what if its acrylic)
Pattern – variation of basic sock from Come to Silver tutorial
Needles – Size 5 and 6 dpns

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Becky permalink
    January 23, 2007 4:06 pm

    Were you able to get both socks out of a single skein? I have some Red Heart Strata, one skein, that I’m wondering what to do with. It isn’t quite enough for a scarf–I like mine long–but don’t want to go buy any more yarn.

    Don’t worry about knitting with acrylic. It’s about all I ever use. Down where I live (Mississippi) it doesn’t get cold enough to make wool comfortable, even if I could afford it.

  2. Marly permalink
    January 23, 2007 4:16 pm

    Love the socks! Fellow Yahoo Group member her.

    I have never actually thought of making socks out of the Red Heart Strata. I think I will have to try a pair out. I really like to use Woolease yarn by LionBrand. It is not too exspensive and is a worsted weight so the project flys by. I also use size 4 needles and cast on 50 stitches for my size 10 foot but I don’t have a wide foot. Fits really nice and snug so maybe you should give that a try.

    Also, I HIGHLY suggest purchasing Sensational Socks by Charlene Schurch. When I made my first pair of socks I used something differnet and I had a lot of unanswered questions. Then, I saw this book at the book store and thought
    “what the hay”…I am telling you, it is the most informative book ever! She is also coming out with another on in March I think. You know, a sequal.

    Okay, I think this is a long enough post. Love the socks..


  3. jenneke permalink
    January 24, 2007 3:34 am

    Hi Tabitha, Great looking socks. Who cares about the material if you love ‘m and they fit well? I don’t! Great job!

  4. Dragonridermom permalink
    January 24, 2007 7:11 am

    Cute socks and look how much you have learned. Your dishcloths are so awesome! I love your color/pattern choices.

  5. Diane permalink
    January 26, 2007 12:30 pm

    Beautiful job on your socks. It’s always a challenge making the first few pair. After that you begin to knit them without much thought.

  6. Tammy permalink
    January 27, 2007 7:17 pm

    Hey! I can finally see your pictures again! I think the socks turned out lovely! Have fun shopping for new fibers!

  7. Kerry permalink
    February 1, 2007 9:29 am

    You did a wonderful job with the socks! I love the colors!

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