Sunday, March 6, 2016

FO: Christmas Socks

I'm super excited about my latest pair of socks!  Aren't they gorgeous?  I really wish I had finished them in time for Christmas, but now I have them ready for next year.


The reason I love these socks so much is the fabulous afterthought heel that doesn't interrupt the stripe pattern on the sock.  I love working with self-striping yarn, but I have always hated how it gets messed up at the heel and gusset of the sock.  I've seen afterthought heels done in some Craftsy classes, but I never thought it would be for me.  I was wrong!  I'm hooked.

This particular heel is a little scary because instead of using waste yarn to set up the heel opening when you are knitting the sock, you knit the whole sock and then go back and snip a hole in it where you want your heel.  So cool!


After you snip the stitch, you just unravel and pick up the stitches from there!


This afterthought heel is worked exactly the same as the toe of the sock.  No short rows!  Yay!  And it fits like a glove.  Can't wait until next Christmas!

yarn details
Knit Picks Felici in Jingle
Fingering Weight
Dye Lot 27940
75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon
Machine wash/Tumble dry low
$5.49 per 50 g /218 yd ball

project details
pattern:" A Sock Surgeon's Afterthought Heel" by Emily B. Miller; available as a free Ravelry download!  And it has an accompanying YouTube video.
needles: size 2 wood dpns
gauge: 32 stitches 44 rows over 4'' in stockinette
yarn used: 324.8 yards - about 75% of each ball
size knit: CO 64 stitches
finished size: bottom of heel to top of sock - 9.5''; back of heel to tip of toe: 9.5''; circumference: 8''
duration: October 11, 2015 - February 28, 2015

Saturday, March 5, 2016

FO: TicTac Toes Socks

I was so excited the first time I saw these socks advertised on Knit Picks, so I bought the yarn and pattern immediately!  Then....  the supplies lingered in my stash for longer than I care to admit before I finally got the courage to start them.  I have never done a fair isle project quite this extensive before and I kept putting it off.  Anyway, in the end, it wasn't that hard at all and I love the result!  Yay!


I love how these have so many colors in them, but I only had to use two yarns: one solid and one variegated.  It looks so much more impressive and difficult then it really is.  (At least to non-knitters).  I usually don't like short row heels, but these ones didn't turn out bad.  Maybe I am getting better at them.  Usually mine are bumpy and holey and no fun.

yarn details
Knit Picks Stroll in Black
dye lot 51529
fingering weight 
75% Merino 25% Nylon 
machine wash & dry 
231 yards / 50 grams @ $4.69 each

Knit Picks Stroll Hand-Painted in Cartoons
dye lot 33511
fingering weight 
75% Merino 25% Nylon 
machine wash & dry 
462 yards / 100 grams @ $10.99 each

project details

pattern: "TicTac Toes"by Camille Chang, available for $1.99 on Knit Picks (great deal!)
needles: size 2 nickle-plated circs
yarn used: 101.6 yards Cartoons (0.22 skein), 272.6 yards Black (1.18 balls)
duration: August 1, 2015 - January 24, 2016

notes

  • I did these using the magic loop technique which was much easier than dpns when doing the fair isle because you don't have to let go and re-hold the yarn as often.
  • Only used one size needle throughout pattern, not larger needle on cuff as called for in the pattern
  • 2x2 rib in cuff - and made it 1.5'' instead of 3''
  • FYI: held black yarn in right hand and colored yarn in left