Saturday, January 26, 2008

Diamonds in his Socks

I just started these a few days ago. They are made of Maizy yarn (mostly corn with some nylon) and I'm using a pattern I found on Ravelry. They are for a men's size 11 or so foot and use size 1 needles (2.25 mm). Here is the pattern, which is very easy once you do a few repeats. I just tried it on my husband, who wears a 10.5 shoe and he is finding it a bit tight. If I make him another pair, I'll use 2.5 mm needles. As it is, I am increasing 3-6 stitches now before his foot gets larger. I am finding this yarn a pleasure to work with except if I have to rip out any stitches getting it back on the needles without splitting is very difficult.

FO: Lace Rib Socks

Pattern: Classic Elite booklet: Lace Rib Socks
Yarn: Classic Elite Nature's Palette 100% cotton
Needles: size 2 bamboo DPNs
Modifications: I modified the toes to make them rounded as I have big, wide feet and using a classic k2tog, ssk on each side made the toes too small. I knit 10 rounds of stockingette after ending the pattern before I began the decreases, and I did an extra round or two after decreasing before grafting at about 15 stitches on each needle instead of 10.
Comments: This is the splittiest yarn I have ever used, but it is very sturdy and pretty. I will enjoy wearing these socks but I don't think I'll use this yarn for such a pattern again.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Strawberry Limes FO

I already posted about these on my blog, but I gotta include them here too! They are made from 2 skeins of Crystal Palace's Panda Cotton in the Strawberry Limes colorway. I used US size 2 bamboo dpns and a pattern from the book Getting Started Knitting Socks by Ann Budd.