Stripes!

My sock slump is finally broken! The cure? Some fun self-striping worsted weight sock yarn!

Stripy Socks

I love the matchy-matchy stripy goodness of the socks. I used up all but a couple grams of two skeins, and am fairly happy with the length. One more skein would have been nice, but as I got these in a Ravelry destash, I wasn’t about to go hunting for a third skein in the same dyelot. I love the dark, woodsy colors of the stripes.

I cut off the black stripe that was at the beginning of each skein and plugged it into the heels. Doing this helped maintain the stripe pattern on the instep; and is a trick I read about in Lucy Neatby’s Cool Socks, Warm Feet.

Stripy Insteps

The gussets and heels took three tries; the first time I started the increases too late, and needed to rip back. The second try was fairly close, but I felt I needed two more gusset increases for ease and length. The frogging was worth it to achieve a perfect fit!

Stripy Legs

The color changes in the ribbed legs are all knit stitches. While I love how it looks, it probably isn’t worth the bit of extra effort, because the knit rounds bulge slightly. Maybe this will go away after time?

I should start some fingering weight socks soon before I lose my mojo!


Pattern: Plain Vanilla toe-up socks, 40 sts Size: Women’s narrow Yarn: Schoeller + Stahl Big Print, color 7943, 2 skeins Needles: Takumi Clover US 3 (3.25 mm) and Brittany US 4 (3.75) mm DPNS Started: January 20, 2009 Completed: January 23, 2009 (Ravel this project!)

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8 Responses to “Stripes!”

  1. kmkat Says:
    January 28th, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    Great socks, and thanks for the Lucy Neatby trick. I’ll use it someday.

  2. Carrie K Says:
    January 28th, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    There was no frog kissing involved? They look so cute! Very matchy-matchy. Did cutting off the black stripe and knitting it in the heels cause lots of ends that needed to be woven in?

  3. Sydney Says:
    January 28th, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    Nice socks! I like the yarn. Good idea on plugging the black yarn into the heels too.

  4. Chris Says:
    January 29th, 2009 at 7:55 am

    Those are great! Superb matchy-matchy!

  5. deb Says:
    January 29th, 2009 at 9:01 am

    Beautiful and would be perfect today for flopping around the house – sick as all get out!

  6. Dave Says:
    January 29th, 2009 at 11:14 am

    Wow, great colours! Some day I’ll have to try matching up stripes. Until then, it’s life on the edge … :-)

  7. mrspao Says:
    January 29th, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    I love them and really like what you did with the heel!

  8. opal Says:
    January 29th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    oh those socks are gorgeous! now i’m really tempted to get that lucy neatby book. although i’m not sure my bookshelf can take it.

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