Ariannah's Knitting Journey

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Purple Birthday Socks!

Well, at last they are done! Several of my readers have asked me what pattern I've used. I didn't use a pattern as I made it up on the fly using different techniques for the various components. I will, however, explain how I did it, so that if you like it, you can make it too. It's a variaton on toe-up patterns. Also, I have been asked what yarn I used. The toe, heel and cuff are worked in deep purple Celestial Merino. The body of the sock is worked in a beautiful yarn I picked up at Tangled Skeins (A yarn store in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia), and I think it is Fleece Artist. The deep purple turned out to be a bit thicker than the Fleece Artist yarn, but it suited the need of the heels and toes (more sturdy of a knit).

I used 2.25mm bamboo double pointed needles. The stitch gauge was 8 stitches per inch. I worked the toe only, from the top down. I used the provisional cast on to cast on 72 stitches (this pattern works out divisible by 4, so adjust accordingly for your foot size) divided evenly on 4 needles (18 stitches each). I worked my favorite toe, a standard wedge toe as shown in this pattern. After that was done, I carefully picked up the provisional stitches as I unravelled the crochet chain. The center back should be where the round begins. In the variegated blue yarn, I knit the back of the sock in plain stockinette, and the instep stitches were in a k3, p1 ribbing. I did this until I got to the heel.

For the heel, I used the double-wrap short row heel, but this link will lead you to a great many variations on heels if the short row heel isn't your cup of tea.

After I finished the heel, I cut off and wove in the ends of the heel and continued on in the main color, this time doing k3, p1, all the way around. The cuff was done in k2,p2 all the way around and I used the Russian bind-off (also linked in that website). While it's not my favorite look for a bind off, it did the trick for stretchiness which is what my friend needed.

Needless to say, the socks were well received by my friend.