Friday, March 7, 2008

FO: Cat in the Hood Socks

Cat in the Hood Socks

Pattern: 2x2 rib, afterthought heel, sewn hem cuff
Yarn: Knit Picks Bare - Merino Wool Fingering Weight, dyed with Wilton's food dyes
Needles: Knit Picks DPNs size 1
Started: Janurary 18
Finished: March 6
Modifications: none
Cat in the Hood SocksWhat I learned: I have a deep heel so knitting a 'toe' for a heel doesn't work for me. Love the sewn hem for a cuff, it's totally stretchy and way easier to get right on the first try than casting off with larger needles. I think it looks nicer than a regular sewn cast off and gives a firmer edge too. I don't mind pulling these on just holding the hem. A pint glass makes a great knitting tool. How to dye self-striping yarn; and I love it.

I'll be wearing these quite often the rest of the winter. They're the perfect thing to brighten up a dreary day. They just plain make me happy.


Ronni said...

Great socks! And I love your idea for doing the hem from the 29th. I'm going to try that on the next pair of toe-ups I do.

Thanks for the link to the photo. I'm totally gonna try that sometime. Just so I can say I did. I doubt it's gonna make socks appear any faster but it'll be fun making people do double takes.

Dave said...

Happy socks indeed -- well done!

Larjmarj said...

They look great! and the fact that you dyed your own self striping yarn? Impressive!

Ted said...

Nice. Sometimes increasing some stitches across the instep, or working a small gusset on the instep side of the sock, helps helps improve fit, because it increases the circumference of the sock so it fits better around the heel. Email me if that doesn't make sense.

Maia said...

Nice socks!

Fluffy Knitter Deb has an interesting short row heel with a mini heel flap and gusset. I haven't tried it, but it looks good.