garter stripe baby socks

Whipped these little guys up this weekend so that baby would have something to wear home from the hospital. Can’t have chilly toes, right?

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Quick to knit using fingering weight yarn and US0s for a gauge of 8sts=1-inch. The socks feature short row heels and toes, a garter strip in front, and a garter “seam” in the back.

Here’s the pdf.

Here it is on Ravelry.

Enjoy and please let me know if you find any errors.

Paige’s Christmas Stocking

falling snow stockingWell, I finally finished writing up the pattern for my niece Paige’s Christmas Stocking. I gave up on the whole “making notes” thing by the time I hit the heel, so be forewarned.

The stocking is knit with bulky yarn (Knit Picks Wool of the Andes) at 4sts and 4 rows to the inch on US10s. Gauge is not critical for this project, but at 4sts to the inch the stocking is about 20 inches from heel to cuff. In other words, HUGE.

This would be a great way to ease into knitting socks, as it eliminates SSS (second sock syndrome) altogether. Also, the chart could easily be modified for different color patterns.

Good luck, and please let me know if there are any errors.

Here’s the falling snow stocking pdf.

Here is is on ravelry and here’s the flickr group. Please share images of your finished stocking!

The bane of my existence…

Or, Vogue Knitting International Fall 2006 #8 Arch-Shaped Stockings.

For starters, the words “replace entire pattern” in the erratta do not inspire confidence. But, you’d think that the pattern would be correct the second time around. You’d be wrong, of course. I knit both heels twice (user error) and the sole of the feet at least three times (crappy instructions). Grrr.

The yarn is Knit Picks Gloss in Cocoa (two 50g balls) and Bare Merino/Silk (one 100g ball) on US3s.

I worked these two at once on two circs to the end of the heel. The pattern is odd (based on my limited sock experience) and has an uneven distribution of instep and heel stitches (less on the heel side) and once you begin the foot decreases you k2tog or ssk the edge st on the instep with the edge st on the heel. Anyway, the point is that it was waaaay easier to finish the foot of the socks one at a time.

 As for the sole of these babies. The pattern wasn’t worth the paper it was printed on. After trial and much error, the striping worked out, but boy was it frustrating. I’m not sure I can explain this properly, but here goes. The shaping works out from the center of the sole (which was white on my socks). As you begin the shaping you k2tog (using stripe color that will maintain the pattern on the outer part of the sole, in my case brown – every arch dec. will use this color), k3 (following the established color sequence), m1 (again maintaing the pattern from the outside, so, for me the first round was white – these sts will alternate colors each shaping round), kB (at your center st), m1 (white), k3 (in pattern), ssk (brown). Work the next round even. On your next shaping round you k2tog (brown), k4, m1 (brown), kB (center), m1 (brown), k4, ssk (brown). Get it?

The funniest (read: I think I may cry) part of this story is that I knit these socks to wear with a specific pair of shoes that were just slightly loose. Great shoes. Do you have my shoes? Yeah, neither do I. How exactly does one lose a pair of chocolate suede 3″ wedges? How, I ask you? Seriously.

Well the socks are complete and cute, I suppose. The required gauge seems a little coarse to me and my tension could have been better. But they are destined to sit in a drawer, because I have no shoes that fit over them.

Cheers.

PS. Thanks, hubby, for helping with the photos.

What does hubby wear under his kilt?

Schottische Kilt Hose, of course.

photo of schottische kilt hoseThese babies took forever to knit. The pattern is from Nancy Bush’s “Folk Socks” and the yarn is Knit Picks Bare, 100% merino fingering weight yarn. Due to hubby’s size 13 feet and tree-like legs I added an extra pattern repeat (both in the cuff and calf) and a few extra inches in leg and foot length. I knit them 2 socks on 2 circs using Addi US2 needles, which are actually 3.0mm (equivalent to US2.5s) so the gauge was a tiny bit looser than called for too.

The merino really softened up nicely after a good bath. I was very pleasantly surprised and hubby claims they are very comfortable.

The hose used just about 2 full hanks of yarn, plus a bit of a third for heel and toe reinforcement (I just doubled up the yarn for both the heels and toes).

Check out the calf decrease pattern on the back. I love that! Also, the picot edge at the cuff is a great detail.

If you dig sock knitting, buy Ms. Bush’s book. It rocks!