Is FO Friday a cheat when you have finished the FO a while ago? Well, I’ll just have to cheat this time, because I couldn’t show you this FO until now. It is my sock design for the Magpielly Solid Sock Club (sign-ups are closed, but I’ll be running another one, watch this space!).
Here are my Zitch Socks, in Brown Sheep Wildfoote Luxury Sock Yarn.
Zitch Socks in Lime Deco
They feature a round toe and a heel flap, (I talked about the texture for this heel flap in this post). The stitch pattern is a fairly easy one to remember once you’ve worked it a few times and found it’s rhythms. Once past the heel it’s a quick whizz down to the toe.
I really like the round toe, I found it much more enjoyable than the usual decrease-at-the-sides-every-other-round-then-kitchener-shut tow, they seem to really drag on, and then you have to work the kitchener stitch. I don’t mind kitchener stitch so much, but it does get in the way of the *wave in the air “finished sock!” flourish*.
A couple of resources that might be useful when knitting this pattern:
- Youtube video of Eunny Jang demonstrating how to work twisted stitches without a cable needle (there are a LOT of twisted stitches in this pattern!)
- I use the alternate cable cast on as shown in this pdf tutorial (second one) by the super Woolly Wormhead.
Ellen, with her suggestion of ‘Myrtle’! Ellen, I’ll be in contact! Thanks everyone else for the suggestions, I really enjoyed reading them.
I cast on my Solid Sock Club socks last night, and am loving them. The pattern is Carlottina by Rachel Coopey. I’m knitting both socks at the same time, to avoid an Second Sock Syndrome!
…And we’re off!
I used a crochet cast on – as demostrated by Lucy Neatby in this video. Instead of adding that ‘off the needle’ chain at the end, simply crochet one less stitch than you need, and then slip the loop that is on the crochet hook to your needle as the last stitch. I used a 3.5mm hook with 2.5mm needles – this ensures that the edge will be stretchy enough, without being too loose.
That’s it from me for this week, I hope everyone has a lovely, yarn-filled weekend!
Whilst designing my sock for the upcoming Solid Sock Club (sign-ups close this Thursday, by the way!), I experimented with different fabric textures for the flap of my sock heel. I thought I’d document the process here, (the swatch gnomes often visit my house, despite my best intentions they often go missing for months at a time…). I think it’s interesting to see the different fabrics side-by-side.
Sock Flap Textures
← 1. Ktbl/sl st paired with k/sl st
(gives a double knit fabric so pulls in a lot – thick but not stretchy, feels bumpy)
← 2. Sl st/ktbl paired with garter stitch
(thick, stretchy and feels flat – a winner!)
← 3. Ktbl/sl st paired with st st
(thin fabric, stretchy – nice but no cigar this time)
← 4. Twisted Eye of Partridge
(fairly thin fabric, but thicker than above, stretchy)
← 5. Sl st/k with st st
(almost as thick as above, not as stretchy but possibly slightly thicker than it’s twisted counterpart)
← 6. Bog Standard Eye of Partridge
(stretchy, again possibly slightly thicker than it’s twisted counterpart)
Do you use any special fabric for your sock heels? If so, I’d love to hear about it! Do you use it because it wears better, or is simply more interesting to knit that Eye of Partridge?