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Monday, January 30, 2006

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First Socks of the Year -- DONE

I finished my Log Cabin Socks recently, and here they are, modelled by Daughter#1. I knit these for myself, but they appear to fit her -- although they are somewhat loose in the ankle. She must have big feet for a 9-year old, because they are not tight on me. However, I haven't washed them yet, so we'll see -- she may end up with them after all.

Anyway, here are the specs:

Pattern:
Log Cabin Socks from Handknit Holidays
Yarn:
Rowan Cork (95% merino wool, 5% nylon) in color 045 (Snuggle), about 2.5 skeins
Needles:
US6 DPNs (Susan Bates aluminum -- I needed slippery ndls for these tight stitches)
Size:
The Cork label recommends a gauge of 14st=4" (on a US11), but this pattern calls for it to be knit at 24sts=4" for the women's size. I found it impossible to obtain this tiny gauge no matter what size needle I used, and I am generally a TIGHT knitter. Instead, since I have large-ish ankles, I decided to go with the directions for the men's size (which was about the gauge I was getting anyway, 20st=4").
Modifications:
Picked up 12 st (inst of 11) on each side of heel flap (to help prevent the dreaded gap at the gusset corner). Also, since I was making the large size but only wanted a large ankle and a normal foot, I decreased until I had 24 sts left on the sole (inst of 28).

The pattern has you knit the toe in stockinette, but in the book the toe looks too floppy (because of the change in gauge from the cable part). So, instead I knit the toe part in ribbing -- continuing the pattern but without the cables. On the first foot (shown on the right) I continued the cable column of stitches as stockinette -- but it got puffy, so I dropped the middle 2 stitches back on one of the cables and purled them (for a more ribbed effect). I was too lazy to do the same for the other cable section because I would have had to undo my decreases. On the second sock, I finished both cables that way.

I also made the decreases for the toe in such a way as to make them more anatomically correct (at least for me and my large big toes). This does make one sock a 'dedicated' left sock and the other a 'dedicated' right, but they fit me sooo much better that way. I now make all of the socks I knit for myself this way. I will post instructions for these toe decreases if anyone is interested.
Comments:
I am NOT a big fan of this yarn -- at least not when knit at this ridiculous gauge. My fingers were sore from knitting so tightly, especially with the cables. Also, I don't know WHY I knit these socks in a HANDWASH ONLY yarn. WHAT was I thinking? I think I got caught up in all of the excitement over these socks over at the Handknit Holidays Knitalong (and the fact that Cork was on sale at WEBS at the time).

Also, I had promised myself to not knit any more socks out of non-sock yarn, and these only have 5% nylon which doesn't quite cut it. I'm sure they will wear out instantly and I will be annoyed at the wasted effort. Sigh.

On a more postive note, the pattern is pretty cool, and they do fit well. I may make them again, but with a different yarn -- something much thinner. Although then I'd have to adjust the pattern for the new gauge.

Best of all, I get to count these socks as my January socks for the Sock-A-Month Knitalong and they up my Count Your Socks total to 30 overall. Now to finish those Jaywalkers...

Leave a Comment 8 comments:

Melissa said...

I may have to do these now, seems like everyone on earth has done them.

Ohh..the infamous Rowan sale, the yarn that barely touched the warehouse and was gone. We still have Biggie Print, and some small stuff, odd lots. It was wild.

I really think I have to do those socks. Maybe a Rogue Accessory (in SOCK YARN)

Tina in Wonderland said...

Oh, those socks are like a little work of art, they're so pretty! I'd love to try that complicated-looking pattern when I have a little more sock experience. Great job on them!

Tallguy said...

Quite a work of art, indeed! Excellent work!

Now, you don't have to rip out those toes just to fix one little column of stitches! Just drop down that stitch, and then pick it up the right way! Simple! Done! Perfect!

Sharon J said...

They have got to be the cosiest socks I've seen so far. Just looking at them makes me want to wear them. Talk about cosy toes! Speaking of which, I'd really appreciate knowing how you did the toes because it seems like a great idea to me (I also have long big toes). ~Sharon

Sarah said...

Those are really lovely socks. I love the cable pattern on them.

JessaLu said...

Love your socks! Glad to see another Massachusetts knitter ;o)

Anny said...

Thanks for sharing your patten mods. I too would really like to find out how you work your toes decreases. The fit looks great!

Cristina (CrissyPo) said...

I'm knitting these in Cork too and my hands keep cramping up as well! Yours looks great!