Tuesday, March 27, 2007
My first socks
These are the first socks I've ever knit. I used Koigu yarn and size 2 needles. I am happy to say that I was able to make a 10 inch long sock to fit my size 11-12 feet with plenty of yarn to spare. The only pattern modifications I made were to shorten the ribbing by 1/2 inch (fear of running out of yarn) and to extend the lace pattern by 10 rows. There are a few anomalies on the first sock, mainly a bit of wonky ribbing. Since I've never knit anything on needles smaller than size 6 and I've only used dpns once before, the stitches between the needles were a little loose. I fixed this on my second sock. I shouldn't beat myself up about it, though, because I've only been knitting for about 6 months.
One question about hand-knit socks- how fast do they usually felt up with wear? After one day, I was sad to see that the stitches on the soles of my socks are shockingly blurred, and my beautiful star toe is unclear as well. Is this something that happens with some yarns more than others?
I plan to make a pair of Retro Rib socks, and also some Jaywalkers. There are quite a few more posts about these socks on my blog, as well as photos of all my completed projects on flickr.