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Sock Update [Dec. 6th, 2015|08:14 pm]
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The latest pair is now on my feet:  plain turquoise socks, the usual pattern, nothing fancy.  


This is not the best pair of socks I've made, but it's also far from the worst, and my feet have now been happy in it for hours, so it's a WIN.

It's the ninth pair of full-size (taller cuff) socks I've completed this year (two pair were started in 2014), and the sixth pair of full-size started/finished for myself this year.  Sometime this week I should finish the second pair for a friend.   There are seven "sporty shorty" pairs for the year, too.   The next pair for myself is on the needles, just cast on today.  Recently three old-faithfuls gave out (Blue One, Purple One, and Red Two.  Green One is the only first-year sock still wearable...well, Red Two doesn't have an actual broken thread, but while washing it today I saw that one more wearing would probably make several large holes.  Red Two is older than Purple One (it was the 4th pair made, June 2012.  Purple One was the 9th pair made, early in 2013,  and it failed in an unusual place--the very front of the sock in the cast-on row.)

I'll be pushing on socks again this coming year.  Another seven pairs of the shorties, and if possible another seven of the regular socks.  I need to get to the point where all the socks have enough lifespan that I can do fewer pairs/year (and thus have time to play with knee socks, fancy colorwork, cables, etc.


[User Picture]From: fair_witness
2015-12-07 12:04 pm (UTC)
Very nice!
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[User Picture]From: gifted
2015-12-10 08:08 am (UTC)
Great colour. I love the way you stitched the heels. Reminds me of waffles. :]
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2015-12-10 02:10 pm (UTC)
It is kind of like that, yes. It's called "Eye of Partridge" in some books, and "Reinforced Netting" in one book I have.

It's simple on the heel flap...it's the "heel stitch" offset by one on each knit row. The alternate rows start with a slip stitch and then are purled across. Offsetting by one creates the waffle look. The tricky bit is during and after the heel turn. It's not always possible to continue the offsets exactly during the heel turn, so you can end up with a bit of "heel stitch" instead. After the heel turn and rejoining the rounds, you're on the instep decreases, or gussets...so I continue the waffle-look pattern on the bottom of the heel (to the length of the heel callus) where it both cushions the heel and provides protection from wear there.)

That means doing the slip-stitch pattern on every other row, and then knitting (not purling) every other row, while keeping track of which rows are decrease rows and which are not for gusset decreases. What fits my feet best is a 2-decrease rows, 1-nondecrease row pattern. Which is like playing a 2/4 tune with one hand on the piano, and a 3/4 tune with the other and not getting mixed up.

I figure keeping track of that exercises my brain enough to help prevent Alzheimer's. We'll see. It would be much more impressive if I also added cables, colorwork, and maybe a change of gauge several times...or maybe just ran the cushion pattern all down the bottom of the sock, but the bear surface of my foot isn't the same width all the way, and anyway that pattern uses more yarn. (It does slow down wear, its original purpose. I like how it looks more than I like plain heel stitch.)
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