Tuesday, November 27, 2007

FO: Garter Rib Socks

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Garter rib from Sensational Knitted Socks
Yarn: Knit Picks' Felici in the Pebble colorway
Needles: Knit Picks' DPNs size 1 (2.25mm)
Started: October 3
Finished: November 2
Modifications: Maia's toe-up gusseted heel, eye of partridge stitch carried through the heel turn and up the back of the heel.
What I learned: 1) Love the look of EOP instead of a slipped stitch heel. 2) I don't work well on deadline. These were initially my October entry for the SAMKAL4 and, well, you can see when they got finished.

When I first started these, the garter rib pattern was great; interesting enough to not be boring, but simple enough that I could work on the socks anywhere. After I finished the first sock though, SSS hit hard. I could barely stand to switch from knit to purl every other row. I see some straight up stockinette stitch socks in my future.

The same thing happened with the yarn, on the first sock, I loved it, the feel of the yarn and the colorway; I kept anticipating each color change. However, with the second sock, the yarn (and needles) just seemed too fine/small. At times it felt like I was working with sewing floss instead of wool yarn. Don't take that as a knock on the yarn though, I suspect it may have to do with the colder weather and lack of humidity (or something like that).

The socks fit well enough, but I think I made the feet a little too long. I started the heel flap sooner, and thus made it longer, than on the twisted tweed socks and it messed things up. The foot being longer made the leg shorter, they're just barely long enough for me. I'm still experimenting to find the perfect equation to fit my feet, but with all the variables, I'm afraid it may take a while. Unfortunately, I don't have it in me to knit the same pattern over and over again until I get it right.

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micah said...

they look sharp man! I've got the book but I think I put it down a while back because of the sizing. What size feet do you have and what size did you settle on in the pattern?

Camping Jason said...

Micah: I wear size 10.5 - 11 shoes and I made my socks 72 stitches around. Not sure on the length, I'll have to measure then when I'm home.

Kyle Kunnecke said...

super nice socks - I'm always envious of socks - they're not really my thing to knit - but I LOVE the one pair I did make... awesome colorway too!

sko_G knits said...

the socks look great!! and now i have to go look up the Eye of Partridge pattern....

micah said...

they look cool man. I saw Knitpicks has a sock sampler set with a lot of cool 'guy' colors. I was thinking of ordering it up and asking them to toss in an extra ball of each for longer leg length.

Dana said...

Nice socks. You're a dpn knitter right? If you switch to 2 circs you could try 2 socks at once, that's my latest addiction. No evil SSS and bam both done and the same length and everything. I'm doing gloves like that right now too.

susanc said...

Those look great Jason! I love the colorway. You do such beautiful work. I'm so jealous!

Charles said...


I just brought the Pebble color I need to start mine!
I sould try Maia's toe-up gusseted heel! Looks rally cool!

Becky said...

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lexa said...

Love your socks! Great color, and the pattern is really nice, too. I really like the EOP heel over the standard heel any day. :)

Emma said...

Love those colors--so masculine! They look like the perfect cozy autumn socks!