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.