I am working on my 2nd pair of real socks! The previous pairs that I have made weren’t from a pattern but from Silver’s Sock Class, and she writes on her page that these are not patterns just lessons on how to get a sock made.. So, I don’t count those in my sock pile. 🙂
These socks are being made with fingering weight yarn from the Lang company. The yarn is called Jawoll Color Aktion yarn. I don’t have the ball band any longer, so I can’t tell you the colorway. I think it was made back in 2007 given what I am finding on the internet for this yarn. I just bought it in January 2015 though. I bought 3 different colorways in this Jawoll Color Aktion brand name yarn because I liked the self-striping effect of the yarn when I saw another person’s socks made with this yarn. Stephanie Pearl McPhee, The Yarn Harlot, also loves this yarn and she talked about it on her blog this week here:
Anyway, I am loving how this self-striping yarn is knitting up. When I first cast on my yarn was purple with some blue, and it moved on through brown, rust, turquoise, white, beige, blue, deep turquoise, magenta, and on and on. The color repeated itself quite nicely, and I managed to get my favorite part of this colorway, which was the turquoise and white section, on the heel of this sock. I tried them on this morning, and they fit so nicely!
I followed Liat Gat’s toe-up sock pattern on her website, KnitFreedom.com. I used size 1.5 needles to get gauge. This time, they fit me! I made another pair of socks that were way too big because the needle size that it took to get her gauge was a size 3 needle. Her gauge was 7 stitches per inch. I talked with some knitterly friends of mine and they said that I should go for 8 to 9 SPI in order to get a good fitting sock. The US 1.5 works wonderfully. I am doing Magic Loop and using a 47-inch cable to do it.
I love the toe-up sock construction. I find the top down sock hard to execute, especially the gussets and the short row heels. I like the no short rows option of toe-up socks. This pattern uses Fleegle’s heel, and that one is really easy to execute. I am not a fan of short row anything, although I will probably need to learn how to do it in the future. Does anyone have a favorite way to do short rows that you can share with me please? Right now, I love my new socks. Here is a picture of the one that I have almost finished. I might go down another size to a size 1 with the matching sock to see if I can get just a little bit tighter fit. I don’t know if that will make the self-striping not match. I guess I will see, huh?
Until next time,