As the Year of the Sock chugs on, and I’ve actually kept up with my goal of making one pair of socks per month, I bring you April’s entry, a self-striping little number:
If they look a little . . . February to you, well, my friend Mrs. Shoo bought the yarn a while back with the idea of making these for Valentine’s Day, until she remembered she doesn’t really like pink anyway and wouldn’t wear them. She offered it to me, and as I was a bit nervous about making toe-up socks with an afterthought heel for the first time, I figured it would be perfect to learn with.
And learn I did. Here’s what I found from the get-go, trying to make a figure-eight cast on.
Seriously, there’s a reason all the YouTube videos I could find on this feature the two-circular-needles method (and everybody’s a continental knitter, which appears to be really useful for knitting through back loops.) It’s pretty tough going with dpns, although holding them in a way that’s more perpendicular than parallel helps somewhat. Also, didn’t bother knitting tbl on the first needle, and so my stitches are crossed.
The next thing I learned was that this yarn is pretty darn thin (as in fine) for a sock yarn, and I had to do it over with size 2 needles, not size 1. Even so, I still got 9 stitches to the inch, not 8, and the length of the toes isn’t even close to what it should have been. I got paranoid about the foot not being long enough and ended up making it half an inch too long. Still don’t care. They fit well enough.
The heel itself was nice. All you do is knit a piece of scrap yarn where you want the heel to go, and keep making a tube until you’re done with the leg. Then you go back and stick a needle in the stitches above and below the scrap, take that out, and work in the round in the gap. Like this.
This is a very, very nice method for self-striping yarns, or even complicated yarns like the one I used for this sock:
I could have avoided breaking up the pattern around the heel if I’d known to do this (not that it’s that bad, but still.) Here’s my lovely Valentine heel . . .
Next up, I think, is going to be another worsted weight ankle sock. I’ve got a bit of blue and a bit of green KnitPicks yarn, and I’ll probably just whip up a cuff-down basic sock with a bit of an easy diamond pattern from a stitch dictionary. Next week I’m on a road trip, and I think this’ll be a good travel project.