Thursday, April 19, 2007

Quick sock recipe

I finished these socks last week. They were super quick and easy to knit with fatter-than-usual yarn (sport weight?) on 3.0mm needles (about 7.5 sts./inch). I don't know what the yarn is -- Mia sent it to me ages ago, and she doesn't even remember it. All I know is that it's wool, and very soft. Maybe not the best choice for socks (too soft?), but I don't know what else I'd use it for. Socks can get away with colour combos that are fun and sassy but not necessarily the most ... tasteful. Know what I mean?

Anyway, here's the recipe for these quick house socks:

   - cast on 54 sts.; join

   - work 5 rounds in garter stitch starting with a purl row (that's 3 ridges), keeping first and last 2 sts in st. st. to avoid that weird garter-in-the-round jog

   - knit 40 rounds

   - work Eye of Partridge heel flap on 26 sts (making sure the start of your round is now in the middle of that flap) for 30 rows

   - turn heel:
        - sl1, k15, ssk, k1, turn
        - sl1, p5, p2tog, p1, turn
        - sl1, k to 1 st. before gap, ssk, k1, turn
        - sl1, p to 1 st. before gap, p2tog, p1, turn
        - work last 2 rows until all heel stitches have been taken care of, ending with WS row
        - k across 16 heel sts.

   - pick up 15 sts. going up the side of the flap, k across 28 instep sts., pick up 15 sts. on the way down the other side of the flap

   - dec. 2 sts. every other round to get back down to 54 sts. total (if you've ever knit a sock, you know what I mean here)

   - k all rounds until the length of the foot is 2 inches short of finished (for me, this was 45 rounds); on the last round, k2tog at each side (so you have a total of 52 sts.)

   - using the 26 sts. on the top half of the foot, work a short-row toe (I worked mine so that there were 8 sts. across the toe tip and 9 loops on each side)

   - use kitchener stitch to graft the 26 toe sts. to the 26 foot-bottom sts. that have been waiting; weave in ends at top and toe

OK, you caught me: I haven't woven in my ends at the cuffs, so I just tucked them into the sock for these photos; hence a little bumpiness there. But there you have it. A few evenings of TV watching per sock, and you'll be done.

Well! I was only planning on posting photos, not writing up a pattern. (I expect comments from Carolyn and Chris telling me to get back to work!!) I also must say that I was expecting a few more comments on my last post, re: Merino Style. Perhaps I intimidated you with my GIANT HAND! Muah-ha-ha... (So today I present my Giant Feet -- don't be frightened, fair readers!)


Mia said...

I love the socks. And the most important this is that they are keeping your feet warm while you are at home. And the brighter the better for socks. Because even if no one else ever sees them, you know they are there to cheer your up. :)

Anonymous said...

man i would hate to disappoint you so GET THE FUCK BACK TO WORK ALREADY would ya. it was indeed your ginormous manhand that scared me off the last comment opportunity. ha ha ha ha. nice try goofus. i just maybe had no comment on merino style. ever thought of that?!?! ;) now back to work for myself....

Chris said...

Like Carolyn, how could I disappoint?! Get back to work!! That's 1/2 a thesis page you could've done! The socks are funky - and I know JUST what you mean about sock color combinations. My coworkers comment on it. Hee hee.

KnittenKnots said...

That hand was a little scary now that you mention it. Love the socks - perfect TV knitting.

Anonymous said...

No, don't get back to work -- you'll make me feel too guilty.

I can only add that my bag of Merino Style has held up well to sitting in my closet for a year.

Robin said...

Loverly socks! I can't gripe at you about your procrastaknitting 'cause I do a fair amount of that myself!

Anonymous said...

such cute socks! i've been wanting to try that heel, so now i will. thank you for sharing your sock recipe. and btw? you have lovely feet. and no, i don't have a foot fetish (though like many women, i do have a little shoe problem).

Stacey said...

great socks - i love the sport weight ones - they go nice and fast!!!

Adrienne said...


Anonymous said...

I am sad that I can't run out and copy you exactly by getting that same yarn (since those colors are totally rad), but I think I can survive. I think this will be my perfect handbag project (the project you keep with you constantly and work on when you're waiting in line, at the dentist's, in traffic, etc. Plus - sport weight = faster and squishier!

Alisha said...

Great socks...I love the colors and the heel is perfect!!

Thinks too much said...

I would bug you to work instead of knitting, but really, until your fridge is clean, I'm probably just wasting my time.

Anonymous said...

Cute socks! I'm sure Denver Broncos fans everywhere are hoping to find out the yarn brand so they can knit their own. :)

Anonymous said...

Those are so great! Love the photos, too. Lots of sock love in the blogosphere these days.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for posting this -- I can't wait to try it!