Monday, April 7, 2014

Sock Making Series # 4

My series continue with another finished socks:

Original pattern: Duckies

Material:
yarn: Nedy (251 yards/230 m/50 g), 1.5 balls
reinforcing yarn (to make it look more interesting, not just green again...)
DPNs US 2 (2.5 mm)
stitch marker

Gauge: 24 sts x 36 rows = 4" x 4"
Skills: heel flap, gusset, other toe, kitchener, made top-cuff-down
List of abbreviations



I really like the pattern, it's very easy to make, but looks great. I changed the pattern of heel flap, because the simple stockinette stitch seemed to me too common:

RS: knit all stitches
WS: P1, slip 1 st with yarn held in front of the work

I tried to finish toe with kitchener stitch as written. It was the first time and I think also the last time. Maybe it's caused by not enough practice, but I just don't like it. There are many other kinds of toe finishing that I'll prefer to use next time. But I'm glad I tried it.




Sunday, April 6, 2014

Sock Making Series # 3

I just love hand-knitted socks. I've always adored all the socks I saw in magazines that were made on thin needles. So I decided to try it to find out if it's worth working so many stitches in a round. I took the thinnest double-pointed needles I had and started. And I have to say that the result surprised me very well. These socks fit great, much better than socks with lower number of stitches per round, perfectly to my narrow foot and look just amazing.



Original pattern

Material:
yarn: Sportivo (459 yards/420 m/100 g), 1 ball
DPNs US 0 (2 mm)
stitch marker

Gauge: 30 sts x 42 rows = 4" x 4"
Skills: gusset, heel-flap, wide-toe, made top-cuff-down



I'm very happy I've finished them before going to holiday. A week ago I came from Thailand back to the Czech republic and even if the temperatures here are quite high for this season I'm still cold at evening. So I really do appreciate I can wear them...