Madder Ribbed Socks

Ta da, here are a couple pictures of my most recently completed pair. These will be a gift later this year. So I first tried them on for an “action” shot before washing.

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My ankles are on the thin side (compared to my calves, anyway), so you can just see a hint of the wide-narrow rib pattern. I also wanted to show off my new shoes, which I think are versatile for wearing during different times of the year and excellent for showing off handknit socks!! : ) Here they are after blocking.

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The pattern is from Nancy Bush’s Knitting Vintage Socks. I’m trying different heels and toes (and also trying to recognize them more easily), this pattern incorporates the Dutch (also called Horseshoe) heel and the Pointed toe. (No wonder the toe was so tight/narrow… I had thought it was a Round toe, but I just checked the book to confirm). I followed the pattern but for a couple of things. I twisted the last knit stitch in the K2P2 ribbed cuff, to give it a little pop. I also didn’t draw the yarn tail around the last 4 stitches on the toe to finish it off. I grafted the toe instead, and it turned out to be unecessary; doing as the pattern instructed would probably have looked much better. These Opal skeins are so generous; I think I have enough yarn left for two pairs of kiddo/baby socks. I’ve already completed the cuff/legs on a new pair (Child size 7). In the picture below, the left sock is mid-gusset and the right sock’s is ready to turn the heel.

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I think I mentioned earlier that I’ve started the Cropped Cardigan. Here’s proof.

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I used the Norwegian/Twisted-German cast-on with two yarns to ensure a stretchy edge. I think I would have preferred to use needles two sizes smaller than the ones used for the body for a firmer rib. I twisted the K stitches on the right side, and that did help (and also gave the fabric an interesting texture). This yarn (Bongo) is really nice and soft with a sheen. It doesn’t feel stiff at all. I keep worrying about the “bumpy” yarn It’s thick cotton with a nylon binder thread. Because of the color and shine, it reminds me of a string of pearls. : ) I worried about this “bumpiness” very much when I swatched, but now that I’ve started on the actual cardi, I find it more pleasing. The front will have two Diamond Lace panels, but overall, the body is composed of stockinette with textured columns. Here’s a closeup.

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On a end note… I had REALLY GOOD photo mojo today! I took about 2-3 shots of all these above things and there were no bad photos. Amazing!

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3 Responses to “Madder Ribbed Socks”

  1. sp8 Says:
    May 16th, 2006 at 7:37 pm

    your socks are gorgeous! And the shoes are fab. Love the start up of the cardi too. You knit good!

  2. Dyann Says:
    May 18th, 2006 at 6:57 am

    Those socks are great!! I think they’re the first pair of self-striping socks I’ve seen that actually look really really good.

  3. Kelle Says:
    May 18th, 2006 at 12:49 pm

    Great work on the socks. The socks look great, I’m not a fan of orange or yellow but those I would wear. I like the shoes too.

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