I’m on to Sock #1 of Pair #2 (read this entry for background info) Like a new love affair, things are off to a blissful start. The yarn is gorgeous and refreshing, the pattern is simple yet interesting enough to keep my brain engaged, and the whole thing is knitting up really fast.
- Yarn: Oceanwind Knits Merino in Shiraz
- Needles: Size 2 double points
- Pattern: Embossed Leaves Socks from Favorite Socks by Interweave Press
- Modifications: Plain 1×1 ribbed cuff, and simple stockinette toe with Kitchener seam.
There has been one tricky bit that I hadn’t encountered in a pattern before: a yarnover before purl stitches. To do a yarnover, you bring the yarn to the front of your work and typically follow with a knit stitch. This creates an extra stitch that, in this case, results in the open work lace effect. So I had to figure out how to bring the yarn forward, and then leave it forward for the next purl stitch, while adding a stitch! It’s not that complicated, but it threw me for a loop (pun intended) the first couple of times. I did it my own way by bringing the yarn forward, then wrapping it over the right needle and bringing it forward again. Sometimes I just don’t have the patience to look these things up and like to improvise!
I think my new sock strategy is working well so far. I was able to finish the first sock last night, and am actually looking forward to getting back to the previous pair and finishing up! And for now, who says a pair of socks has to match?
My second crack at the Kitchener seam went much better.
How do you knit your socks? Circular needles, double points, 2 at a time, toe up, cuff down? And do you finish a pair before starting another, or do can you leave a single sock waiting for its mate? I’m interested in the habits of sock knitters and would love to hear from you!