Monday, 14 July 2008

Jeanie in a ... Sock

Half a pair down, another half to go. I was getting a little bored with the usual sock patterns out there and since I can't afford to buy any of the fancy ones, I decided to improvise again. While going through my favourite patterns, I came across Jeanie, which is a shawl I want to make someday. But since I can't wait, I decided to try out the pattern on a smaller scale. Et voilĂ ! Jeanie socks!

Materials:
  • 100g Koigu Painter's Palette Premium Merino (KPPPM)
  • 2.5 mm DPNs from toe to heel
  • 3.0 mm DPNs for leg and cuff
  • tapestry needle

I CO 60 sts and chose chart B for the cable I was going to use. I knit it on the upper foot section and front and back of the leg and added 10 rows of k1 p1 rib to the cuff. Problems that ensued were easy to solve, luckily: the drop-stitch pattern complicates matters because it may undo your sock if you're not careful. I knit the foot according to the pattern, which resulted in the dropped stitches unraveling all the way down the toe section too. If you want to prevent this, you may want to substitute the dropped stitches in chart B for YO. That is what I had to do when I started on the leg so it wouldn't undo my heel. This way, I had no difficulties whatsoever. It also added some stretchiness to the leg, which is just what I needed anyway.

I like the look of the sock. I wonder how it will look once it's been washed, blocked and worn a while.

2 comments:

  1. It looks great, I especially love the colour!

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  2. I love the Koigu yarns, they all have such wonderful colours. I am not quite so happy with this one, though, because it has too many colours in one skein. I prefer having different shades of the same colour and not too much contrast. However, even this green yarn feels wonderful to wear and knit with. I miss not being able to get it easily in Germany.

    I thought the best way to use this colour was to use some big patterns - delicate ones don't show, I realised. This was also my first time knitting a drop-stitch pattern, which was fun.

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