Bigfoot in China


These socks are big. Seriously, they’re huge! I even took out a half-inch in the sole after the first time I turned the heels. I’m happy with how they turned out, even if I’m still a bit worried about the fit.


The linen stitch sole is a lovely feature. The instructions are written for DPNs, but I used two circulars because I can’t find my non-sock DPN stash. Since the linen stitch is denser than stockinette, more rows have to be worked on the sole to compensate. I wish I had used different size needles for the instep and sole; that might eliminate the need for the extra rows.


While working on this project, I surmised that this pattern might work for me as given but with lighter weight yarn, since my feet are narrow. If I knit them again, I’ll try the different-size circulars technique and see how it goes. Also, both cats were crazy for this yarn. Jester slept on the socks in progress whenever she could, and Munchkin got silly in front of the camera. (Maybe she’s been reading about Mayhem on the sly?)


These socks are my seventh pair completed from stash, which gives me a sock yarn purchase token! I have a gift certificate for Depth of Field, maybe I’ll find something new there. :)

Pattern: “An American in China” by Gryphon Perkins, Knitty, Spring 2008 Size: Men’s US 12 Yarn: Regia Color 6-ply, color 5169, 123g Needles: Takumi Clover US 4 (3.5 mm) & US 3 (3.25 mm) circulars Started: July 10, 2008 Completed: July 18, 2008  Token Progress: 7 of 7! Woohoo, now I can buy 100g of sock yarn.

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11 Responses to “Bigfoot in China”

  1. Jennifer Says:
    July 22nd, 2008 at 9:19 am

    I love the pic of your kitty enjoying the socks. So cute! Lovely socks! The colorway goes very well with the pattern.

  2. Chris Says:
    July 22nd, 2008 at 9:31 am

    Kitties sure do like socks, don’t they?! I love that last picture. :) Great idea about using different size needles for the sole and instep for these sorts of patterns.

  3. Miss T Says:
    July 22nd, 2008 at 11:15 am

    Ooh, I like those!

  4. mrspao Says:
    July 22nd, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    Munchkin looks very cute!

  5. lisa Says:
    July 22nd, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    I do like that linen stitch… how does it feel on the bottom of your foot? Great see through shoes, and the socks are beautiful too!

  6. Opal Says:
    July 22nd, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    Those are some seriously handsome socks and I love that shot with Munchkin!

  7. Jeanne Says:
    July 22nd, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    Cats know good socks when they see them.

  8. Carrie K Says:
    July 23rd, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    Those are good looking socks! Linen stitch? I’ll have to check that out.

    Why won’t Hez pose with my socks? Bad cat.

    What do you have to do to buy even more yarn?

  9. Sydney Says:
    July 23rd, 2008 at 11:14 pm

    Nice looking socks! The linen stitch sole seems like an interesting idea. That last picture is so cute!

  10. Dave Says:
    July 24th, 2008 at 9:26 am

    I love how the colours, or lack thereof :-), plays in that stitch pattern — very cool! That’s a wonderful colourway for guy socks.

    So, what did you get with your credit? ;-)

  11. beth Says:
    July 25th, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    I’ve been eyeing that pattern so it’s nice to see how it worked up for you. Very cool:)

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