Rusty Rock Socks……Pair # 32

Before I show you these socks I’ll discuss the yarn first. I used Skein’s Top Draw Socks in the colourway Rusty Rock. It’s an 85% merino / 15% nylon sock yarn which has  undertones of lichen with overtones of rich rust tones. I love these autumn shades.

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Now originally I cast on ready to knit Nutkin socks as I rather liked the pattern. I was going along great guns as you can see from the picture below when lo and behold I went to slip the sock on to measure how far to knit the foot before the toe decreases (which is what I always do) and discovered it was soooo tight!. If only I’d read all the comments on Ravelry from others who had knit these socks too. I should have used size 2.75mm needles rather than the 2.5mm that I usually use as this would have made them that smidge roomier. And yes, I’ve been caught out because I didn’t knit a tension square 😦 As you know I never do and it was bound to catch me out at some stage. I had even incorporated a different heel…the wrap and turn heel.

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So I frogged what I had knitted (groan!) and started another pair of socks using the V Junkie pattern that I’d previously used as I knew they fitted comfortably. The pattern can be found in Alice Yu’s book called Socktopus. Here they are…

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I love the wrap and turn pattern of the heel which negates the need to pick up stitches along the heel flap.

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I’m so glad I frogged Nutkin (despite the fact I’d almost finished one sock) and started V Junkie as I couldn’t imagine wearing socks that are a tad too tight.

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It’s an interesting pattern and just adds a bit of pizazz to the socks.

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The pattern has this lovely 3D effect which makes it look like I am a very clever sock knitter who can master really difficult patterns but this is not the case. The pattern is deceptively easy. It’s simply a matter of slipping certain stitches intermittently every few rows with two rows of purling in between.

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As you can see my foot mannequin has a very slender foot so the socks pucker a bit at the bottom however they fit my wide foot very well!

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Two socks ready to be blocked and stored away until next winter.

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Love them!

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The sad thing is I probably still won’t relent and start knitting tension squares. How many others out there are reluctant to knit them as well? I am sure there must be a few of us! And can anyone talk me into knitting tension squares?

And one day I must go back and knit some Nutkin socks as there have been over 3,700 pairs made and featured on Ravelry! It also happens to be a free sock knitting pattern.

And I’ve left the best until last…..I finished another UFO. Hooray!!!! I am feeling quite chuffed with myself!

I hope you have a lovely crafty weekend filled with lots of yarnie goodness.

Until next time…

Melanie

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Green Tea Socks………Pair # 31

A while ago I bought this lovely sock pattern book called Socktopus and have finally made a pair of the socks featured in the book.

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These are my Green Tea Socks although the pattern is called V Junkie socks.

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The very clever detail in the pattern occurs from slipping certain stitches intermittently every few rows with two rows of purling in between so it is deceptively easy to do.

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This is the very first time I’ve knitted a pair of socks without picking up stitches along the sides of the heel. This pattern calls for a number of wrap and turn rows. I was quite intrigued how the heel turned out. It was so easy that I’m tempted to incorporate this wrap and turn heel technique into other sock patterns.

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There is no ribbing around the cuff in this pattern which was a nice change; the pattern starts right from the top of the sock.

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The yarn I used in Skein’s Top Draw Sock in the colourway Green Tea. It’s a 75% superwash merino / 25% nylon 4ply / fingering yarn and is a delight to knit with.

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I’ll certainly think about knitting another pair of these V Junkie socks in the future as they look effective and are quite easy to knit.

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In fact I have just cast on my second pair in this pattern but you’ll have to wait a little bit to see them 🙂

Until next time…

Melanie