While I was in Australia I finished my Universal socks.
I learned quite a few things when I was knitting these:
- I used a crochet cast-on* for the first time. I’m a huge fan of this.
- I used Socks that Rock for the first time, and was pleasantly surprised. There does seem to be a bit of striping, but I think its striping of the most agreeable kind. I also really, really like the vibrancy of the colors.
- I tried a picot-edge bind-off. This was something of a mistake. In the future I’ll work rib on smaller needles for an inch or two, and then bind off.
- These were my first toe-up, short row socks. I’m a fan.
- It’s not necessarily a good idea to let people with feet larger than yours try on socks that you’re making for yourself. It does make the socks a little loose the first time you wear them. Still, it goes a long way in convincing people of the benefits of handmade socks.
I wore my socks for the first time on my trip from Perth to Boston. They performed very well, keeping my feet really warm (I have a tendency to get cold when I’m traveling on airplanes), and I had no embarrassment when I had to take of my shoes to go through airport security screening. They were lovely and comfortable, too.
There is a small hole at the apex of the short row heel (it’s more pronounced on one side than the other). I didn’t do anything the try and prevent this, and the more I look at and wear the socks, the less I care about it.
* The instructions from knitty.com for a crochet cast-on are as follows:
Using waste yarn, work a crochet chain several sts longer than the number of sts to be cast on. Starting 1 or 2 sts in from end of chain and using working yarn, pick up and k 1 st in the back loop of each st until the required number of sts have been worked. Later, the chain will be unraveled and the resulting live sts picked up.