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Tiny needles, tiny yarn.. big obsession.
Favorite sock patterns?
I'm just about to finish my second pair of socks -- the first were a simple toe-up sock in self-striping yarn, the pair I'm about to finish are toe-up Jaywalkers.

One of two socks.
This is one of the pair - my dad put them on as soon as I gave them to him and he only took off one shoe so I could get a picture of him wearing it.

I've been completely bitten by the sock bug. So I turn to you: What is your favorite sock pattern - one that you go back to over and over again, or one that you had a blast knitting, or simply one that looks really cool to you? I prefer toe-up socks, but don't have anything in particular against cuff-down patterns.
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From: zissa Date: January 26th, 2006 05:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Without a doubt I love my Dublin Bay Socks (FYI: this link opens a pdf). I used KnitPicks Sock Garden in Star Gazer Lily for my first pair and I have plans to make many more.
belle_marmotte From: belle_marmotte Date: January 27th, 2006 01:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you SO much for the pdf warning. You just prevented me from crashing my computer (again!). I will view this when I have the laptop on!
demiguise_lady From: demiguise_lady Date: January 26th, 2006 05:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hate slippers but need something to keep my feet warm so I tend to go back time and time again to kathrynt's Universal Sock Pattern using a worsted yarn (Cascade 220 is my favorite) and US4 needles. I've made several pair for myself as well as a few to friends for gifts and everyone loves them. They're also perfect for wearing under boots when going out in the winter cold.
hedgemom From: hedgemom Date: January 26th, 2006 05:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Pine Tree by Kim Salazar is my all time favorite, especially for self-striping wool. My absolute, I will make them out of anything at any time for any reason socks are her Firefighter Socks

oh, and footies. I knit a lot of generic footies. Toe up generic sock with 1" of ribbing after the short row heel is finished.
erdufylla From: erdufylla Date: January 26th, 2006 06:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
The one I keep doing is the Ripple Socks pattern from Socks Socks Socks. I can't find a decent picture online, but they're awesome and fun, and a great way to use up some scrap yarn. =)
fyrdrakken From: fyrdrakken Date: January 26th, 2006 06:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
The kneesocks pattern from the first Stitch N Bitch book, with some modifications. (Picking up stitches after the ribbing to get 72 stitches circumference at the calf and doing enough extra decreases to get to 52 stitches by the ankle, making the socks just two colors and breaking the 14-row stripes into 7-row stripes, making a Fair Isle band of the top pair of 7-row stripes, shortrow heel. Just started experimenting with tricolor socks where the striping goes 5 rows, 2 rows, 5 rows, 2 rows, with the same color for each 2-row stripe -- looks fantastic and I don't lose my place concerning where to decrease.) Since I tend to be wearing either flip-flops or steel-toed Doc Martens, I need heavy socks and it's a serious benefit if they're always tall enough for whichever boots I'm wearing and won't fall down into my boot top.
desdemona From: desdemona Date: January 26th, 2006 08:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

sorry, I got carried away a bit. ;-)

I love toe up socks. I've just finished my first complete pair (well, I have knit one pair for my son before, with cotton for 3.5mm needles and they're ankle socks so I don't think they count) and I have three more pairs waiting to be finished (to two I've temporarily misplaced either the yarn or the whole first sock, it's in a box somewhere, we've "just" moved) and the third pair is for my 5 y.o. son and I've just finished the first sock today, so the next one will follow shortly.

Where I got inspired:
- Knitty! I downloaded their breast cancer special and they have the most beautiful pink/purple ankle socks in that!

What happened:
-I loved them, the colors, the fuzziness and the fact that they were super short, therefore fast to knit.

- But I'm allergic to wool, at least I'm pretty sure I usually am. So I bought some cotton thread that's about sock yarn size. Bright green. And I started my "Kermit sock".
- I did the short row toe but I cast on 28 stitches (14/needle) did a "7/14/7" toe (7 short rows, 14 stitches in the middle, 7 short rows)
- and quickly discovered plain stockinette bores me so I decided to have two cables running up the center. No problems there, but I won't do it again in a hurry either because it took way too much switching of needles and I didn't enjoy handling 6 needles at once.

- I also discovered I can't bind off loosely enough when I try to knit it (knit 2, pass first stitch over, knit one,.....) so I use a crochet hook to bind off, that works a lot better but I have to really concentrate to get it loose enough. I also added a bright red "trim" to the sock because I felt it was too short.. I really suck at crochet though, oh well ;-)

- Then I knit a second single sock, in thicker yarn, using a set of 5 3.5mm dpns and two colors, making a spiral sock. Looks good, was fast and easy, but the bind off is way too snug so I need to unravel that once I find the sock again.

- Then I found some really super cheap sock wool and decided "2€/ball won't hurt me even if I end up not being able to wear them." and got one ball in a rust-red and one ball in a hay-green.

- I now own a short pair of "mismatched matching" striped socks. I started with red for the first sock, striped it every two rows with the green (2/2 stripes) worked a red short row heel, knit about 13 stripes up and ended with about 7 rows of red 2/2 ribbing. The second one has green for the toe, heel and ribbing, which you don't notice when I wear them with shoes (and pants obviously) because all the mismatched parts are hidden that way. I love them a lot, I'm not allergic to them apparently and I have enough wool left over to make myself another pair. YAY!

- The socks for my son are made using a "self striping yarn" which I don't think really stripes.. It's Regia Ringel Color in blues. I like the yarn and I like the look but I expected more defined stripes. To me it looks like darker and lighter areas, not real stripes. I hate ribbing when knitting in the round. I usually knit combined method but in the round I work normal "german" stitches and I hate the purl stitch. I started the ribbing about 5 rows after the heel and decided "I'm not going to rib this thing all the way up!" so I stopped after about 4 rows and continued in stockinette, did another 5 rows of ribbing after about 18 rows, knit another 9 rows of stockinette and then finished with about 10 rows of ribbing so now the ribs look intentional ;-) He likes his first sock and demanded I have the second one finished in time for Kindergarten tomorrow (yeah, in my dreams).

-- So yeah, I make my socks up as I go along. I cast on for them, I knit the toe and then I do whatever comes to mind, try on as much as I want to, knit the heel and keep going until I run out of steam and want to start the second sock. That's mostly because I don't like sticking to patterns. I have a hard time following patterns, I'm very impatient and I want something that's "mine" as much as possible. G*d help me when I start making that lace shawl from elann.com.
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