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My third pair of socks, first pair of worsted-weight socks, first pair that didn't follow a specific pattern. I'm getting better, but I still haven't figured out how to get rid of the holes at the edges of the heels where I turn the short rows. Next time I'll try the flap-and-gusset heel.

Made from Ellen's 1/2 Pint Farm worsted superwash wool, 1 ball red and 1 ball red and gray stripe. I used #3 casein DPNs. They were lovely to work with, except you can't hold them in your mouth or they start to melt.


worsted-socks.jpg

worsted-sock.jpg

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surelars
Aug. 23rd, 2007 08:59 am (UTC)
Yay! Beautiful.
firecat
Aug. 23rd, 2007 05:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
micheinnz
Aug. 23rd, 2007 09:20 am (UTC)
Very cool. One day I hope to be brave enough to make socks.
firecat
Aug. 23rd, 2007 05:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks! They are mostly easier than they are made out to be, IMO, except for this holes in the heel problem.
annaoj
Aug. 23rd, 2007 11:35 am (UTC)
Are you using the short row heel pattern from the universal toe-up socks pattern? My tricks for not getting holes at the edges of the heels are these: I use the directions here for the actual heel turns, and then at the end of the heel, I don't do the turn for the final purl row, but instead knit the front of the sock and then pick up the wrapped stitches when I get back to the start of the heel.

Let me know if these make sense! :)
firecat
Aug. 23rd, 2007 05:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I tried various short row heel instructions I found on the web, including one with instructions to knit the front of the sock before the last wrap (I did the heel of one of the socks about three times), but I didn't find the "PSSO the wraps" idea.

Do you also pick up any extra stitches when you start knitting in the round again?
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firecat
Aug. 23rd, 2007 05:55 pm (UTC)
They aren't as hard as people make them out to be, IMO, except for getting rid of the holes in the heels!
prairierabbit
Aug. 23rd, 2007 04:32 pm (UTC)
Lovely! I am a sock coward, but am starting to ponder a sweater.
firecat
Aug. 23rd, 2007 05:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I find sweaters harder than socks...mainly because I don't have gauge conquered yet, so they always fit differently than I thought they would.
theycallmebeth
Aug. 23rd, 2007 04:59 pm (UTC)
Those look amazing!! So warm and comfy. I love the colour choices too. :)
firecat
Aug. 23rd, 2007 05:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks! They are really soft.
jinian
Aug. 23rd, 2007 05:06 pm (UTC)
Nice! Worsted weight socks go fast, which is always nice.
firecat
Aug. 23rd, 2007 05:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Yes! And I need a lot of cushioning on my feet, so they are better for me. Most of the sock patterns are for fingering weight though, so I guess I'm on my own if I want to get fancy. :)
jinian
Aug. 23rd, 2007 10:23 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I like fingering weight myself, but it'd be fun to have more options. There are a couple of nice worsted-weight patterns in the Green Mountain Spinnery Knitting Book. The first socks I made were from there.
firecat
Aug. 23rd, 2007 10:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

I'm taking a sock designing class at the Knit & Crochet Show in Oakland next month...
19_crows
Aug. 23rd, 2007 08:19 pm (UTC)
I like those colors a lot.
firecat
Aug. 23rd, 2007 09:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
mjlayman
Aug. 24th, 2007 12:50 am (UTC)
Oh, very nice!
firecat
Aug. 24th, 2007 07:52 am (UTC)
Thanks!
innerdoggie
Aug. 24th, 2007 09:22 pm (UTC)
Very pretty!

I was at a dinner recently where everybody except me and my SO were knitting socks. You'd have fit right in! (And you know some of the people, too!)
firecat
Aug. 24th, 2007 11:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks! (Sounds like I would have liked that dinner.)
firstlight1
Sep. 27th, 2007 04:46 am (UTC)
getting rid of holes
Hi! I stumbled on your journal by accident. I'm an avid knitter and last week, I discovered a trick for getting rid of the holes around the heels.

Follow the instructions for picking up stitches. Then knit a normal round. On the NEXT round, when you knit the stitches for the last row, also pick up the tops of the stitches that you picked up around the heels. The trouble is that the loops are too big & stretchy from that pick up row, so they need to be picked up twice, basically.

I hope that helps! Happy knitting!
firecat
Sep. 27th, 2007 05:43 am (UTC)
Re: getting rid of holes
Thanks for the tip!
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