Friday, April 18, 2008

Twist and Shout


The pattern is called Twist and Shout and is made from the toe up, but don't worry if toe-ups are not your style. The pattern can easily be adapted to be worked from the top down. The pattern includes the written stitch pattern as well as a chart. They're made on US 3/3.25, so they knit up pretty quickly.

If you are so inclined, give Twist and Shout a try. I think you'll like them.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Gentlman's Fancy Socks

Pattern: Gentlman's Fancy Socks from Knitting Vintage Socks

Yarn: Reynold's Swizzle (75% Merino Superwash, 25% Nylon; 100g; approximately 416 yds) 1 skein, color 4042

Needles: US 1/2.25mm double points

Guage: 9 sts = 1 inch

Info: I modified the pattern to work from the toe up (surprise, surprise). I did try a few different techniqes with these though. The first thing that I did differently was I used the Turkish Cast-On when I cast of for the toe. It felt a bit weird working with the needles for the first couple of rounds, but I think it was worth it. The next thing that I did differently was the heel. I had been wanting to try the traditional heel on the toe-ups for a while and I had finally decided that these socks would be the ones that I would take the plunge. The final thing that I did was I used the Sewn Bind-Off. The result....these are by far the most comfortable socks that I have made to date.

Sassy Socks

Pattern: My Own

Yarn: Cascade Yarns - Sassy Stripes (75% new wool, 25% nylon; 50g; 200m) 2 skeins, color 769

Needles: US 1/2.25mm double points

Gauge: 9 sts = 1 inch

Info: This was the first time that I had ever used self striping yarn. The knit was enjoyable especially since both of the socks are virtually identical. I did nothing to aid in that process. All I did was start knitting from the middle of each of the skeins for each of the socks, the yarn did the rest. The only complaint that I have about the yarn is that though both of the skeins are from the same dye lot, the colors are off a bit, though just ever so slightly. One of the skeins is just a tad lighter in color than the other.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Runners Companion

Pattern: My Own

Yarn: Cascades Fixation (98.3 % Cotton, 1.7% Elastic; 100yds/50g skein)

Needles: US 4/3.5 mm double points

Info: I designed the Runners Companion out of necessity. I couldn't find an armband that was both comfortable and functional while I was on my runs. This is truly a quick knit and one skein of yarn can produce two in size small. In all the years (four) that I have been knitting, this was the first time that Hubby has ever asked me to knit something for him.

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Friday, February 23, 2007

Red Sweater KAL

Pattern: My own

Yarn: Peruvian Collection - Sierra Aran (80% highland wool, 20% alpaca; 50g/83m/91yds) 10 skeins, color #788

Needles: US 7/4.5mm

Gauge: 18 sts & 24 rows = 4 inches

Info: After realizing that I don't have very many sweaters knit for myself, I designed this one to be something that is casual enough to wear while running errands and dressy enough to wear while going out for drinks with friends. Knit from the top down with some shaping at the waist, I think this one is a keeper.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

K's Socks

Pattern: Basic Toe Up Sock

Yarn: Lang Yarns JaWoll Sport Jacquard (75% new wool, 18% nylon, 7% acrylic; 45g/ 135m + 5 g reinforcement) color 152, 1 skein

Needles: US2/2.75mm double points

Gauge: 28 sts = 4 inches

Info: I made these socks for my younger son, K. They are basic socks. The only complaint I have is that when I was knitting one of the socks, there were two knots in the yarn within one yard of each other. Other than that, it doesn't get much easier than this.

Yarn Over Cable Socks

Pattern: Yarn Over Cable from Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Schurch

Yarn: Koigu KPPPM (100% merino wool; 50 g/175 yds/ 160 m) dye code #319, 2 skeins

Needles: US 3/3mm double points

Gauge: 28 sts = 4 inches

Info: There were two firsts in this pair of socks for me. One being this is the first pattern that I knit from Sensational Knitted Socks, the second being this was the first time I used KPPPM to make socks for myself. Both are definite do overs. I love love love the socks! I worked the socks from the toe up (surprise surprise) with a short row toe and heel.

Thursday, December 28, 2006


Pattern: Jaywalkers by Grumperina. Pattern found in Magknits.

Yarn: Sockatta by Plymouth Yarns (45% cotton, 40% superwash wool, 15% nylon; 414 yds/100 g) color #5; 1 skein

Gauge: 8 sts = 1 inch

Needles: US 1/2.25 double points

Info: This pattern is a wonderful pattern, easy to memorize. I modified the pattern a bit to work it from the toe up. I used the figure eight toe cast on for these, but I think the next pair of socks I make I will go back to the short row toe, it just seems to feel more comfortable on my foot. Also, I am not convinced about the yarn, I don't know if it is because I knit it just a bit tighter than suggested or if it is the yarn itself. I think I'll know after a little more wear.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Ankle Socks

Pattern: Basic toe up sock.

Yarn: Lang Yarns JaWoll Sport Jacquard (75% new wool, 18% nylon, 7% acrylic) 50 g, 150 m, color 120; 2 skeins

Needles: US 1/2.25mm double points

gauge: 8.5 sts & 12.25 rows = 1 inch

Info: I literally cranked these out. They started out as my travel project, then were my only project as I needed to get them done. When my only project, I actually finished one of the socks in four days. Fifteen days after the initial cast on, they were done. This was the first time that I have used the figure eight cast on for toe ups. Initially it was awkward and hard, but I think that this is my new way to go. I also used the decrease bind off method for the first time as well. It is so much more flexible than the way I usually bind off.