Finished Socks

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.

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One thought on “Finished Socks

  1. shaili says:

    what pretty socks! i like the colorway a lot and it’s amazing how the pattern changes how the colors appear… it’s the same colorway as lolo’s RPM socks… i really want to try the toe up short row socks next! i also want to buy more STR sock yarn… must not buy more yarn!

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