Saturday, August 04, 2007

Sand Ridge Socks






aka. Trial and Error Socks

For the first attempt I cast on 60 stitches, finished leg and heel flap, tried to try it on but found it way too tight
Second attempt: Cast on 66 stitches and switched from 2mm needles to 2.5 mm. Finished leg and heel again and tried on. This time they fit, but the cuff pattern got very tight and contorted when worn. Frogged.
Third and fourth attempt had something to do with needle size and adding raw silk reinforcement yarn.
Final attempt: 72 stitches, 2 mm needle for the ribbed cuff, switched to 2.5 mm for the wavy leg pattern and first part of heel. Then when I added reinforcement yarn two thirds into the heel flap I went down to 2 mm needles. I also used 2 mm needles for the foot, because the foot has a nice and stretchy rib pattern, where as the wavy pattern of the leg has almost no elasticity. On the first sock I added reinforcement yarn again to the ball of the foot, but it was a such a pain to carry it along the top of the foot that I told myself I would drop it for the second sock and then compare how they hold up. It's a science experiment. You can see how the bottom 1/3 of the heel flap is reinforced in the last of the photos above.

Anyway, they're done. They were started in the blue-grey-white months of Project Spectrum. The pattern and choice of yarn was inspired by winter beach colours and sand ridge patterns.

Spec
Pattern: My own
Yarn: Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in the Sand Ridge colorway
Started: 25 February 2007
Finished: 3 August 2007

9 comments:

Ami said...

They're lovely... blues and browns are one of my favorite colour combinations.

strikkeforsker said...

Very, very pretty, the colours and pattern are a perfect match.

Janette said...

Love the colouring you have going at the moment. The socks, the eye candy Friday ... totally me.

The vintage patterns are so cute too!

Liv Kjersti said...

Så stilige sokkar! Tøffe fargar og orginalt mønster.

Floderten said...

Those socks are absolutely gorgeous. :)

Rippedoffknitter said...

Oh, love how the zig-zag pattern works with the colours! Well done!

Felisi said...

Du er jammen meg tålmodig! Rekke opp så mange ganger, og enda ha ork til å forsette...
Superflotte sokker, både farger og mønster!

Kirsten said...

Wow that is persistance!! I'm glad you kept working on the size, because they are lovely. The colors are so calming and beautiful and work so well in the zig zag pattern.

Beth S. said...

They're lovely! The traveling stitches do look exactly like sand dunes. :-)

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