All the socks I have knitted so far have either been in stocking stitch or rib so I thought it was time to move into something with a pattern. I found the ‘Hermione’s Everyday Socks’ from reading Chris’s Make & Wear blog. It’s a simple pattern, just adding a purl stitch every other row but I think it looks quite effective.
You can get the pattern as a free download from Ravelry.
The pattern is set up for knitting on two circular needles. I haven’t knitted socks like this before so I used my tried and tested method of knitting on 4 double pointed needles. I knitted on 60 stitches rather than 64 and spread my stitches 30, 15, 15.
I sort of lost my momentum with these and they took nearly 8 weeks to knit. There were a few mishaps along the way. Somehow I added an extra stitch which created a little hole so I did the right thing and unravelled. On the second sock I started increasing the stitches for the gusset before I hand turned the heel and was wondering why it wasn’t looking right. So again, a bit more unravelling.
Also I didn’t read the pattern correctly for the heel flap. The pattern is a 4 row repeat and I was working on a two row repeat. I left this as it looked fine as was how I usually knitted heel flaps.
The yarn was from my local habby shop, Regia Summerspray Cotton Stretch Color in colour 03033 which is a very pale grey. And it does stretch and they feel more light weight than the previous Regia yarns I have used. These are 41% cotton, 39% wool, 13% nylon and 7% polyester.
I thought my love affair with knitting socks was coming to an end but I think I dragged these out too long which made them seem never ending.
I’ve already bought yarn for the next pair. I’m going back to the Regia Mix It Color, the same yarn that I knitted this pair in. This time I have colour 09384,second from left in the bottom row of the link which is a grape colour.
Next week I’m flying long haul so I plan to while away the hours with a bit of knitting. I’m going back to stocking stitch as this yarn doesn’t need a pattern to give it interest but I’m going to try a new technique of a ‘short row’ heel. This gives the look you get with RTW socks with that diagonal line in the heel gusset. I’m not quite sure where airline security stands these days with knitting needles so I have bought a set of double pointed needles in bamboo which I am presuming won’t show up in an x-ray or does anybody know any different?