Those of you who stop by here regularly (ha!) may remember that I started some socks in January. I was hoping that trying toe-up socks might reignite my enthusiasm for sock knitting, which I usually find simultaneously boring and frustrating.
Nine months later, I can’t say I’m a changed woman, but I do have a really nice pair of knee-high socks!
The pattern was Purl Soho’s ‘Little Cable Knee Highs’, and was very straightforward. The only thing I really struggled with was the toe graft at the end, which I usually screw up anyway…
I knitted the first sock quite quickly, but was getting bored by the second one, and then got side tracked by other projects. I probably shouldn’t have chosen such incredibly long socks to get back in to sock knitting, but I love the tiny cable at the back, and the long turned down cuffs (even if they seemed to go one forever…)
I was a bit annoyed by the holes that appeared when I rejoined knitting in the round after knitting the heel flap. It usually happens when I knit top-down socks, because I leave too big a gap when picking up stitches along the heel flap. I’m not sure how it can be avoided when going toe up, any ideas?
The finished socks fit really well (I knitted the smaller size), which is miraculous given my twiggy legs. I knitted some elastic into the cuffs which will hopefully stop them from sagging. The yarn (Artesano Sock) softened up a lot after blocking, and only time will tell if it stands up to much wear.
I’m looking forward to wearing them with my winter boots!