Monday, September 27, 2010

Retro Rib Socks

Top Ten Reasons I Don't Hate These Socks

10. They fit......perfectly
9. Although terribly bland, I actually like the color (Fawn)
8. They should be quite warm and hard-wearing
7. They are finished.....FINALLY
6. I didn't run out of yarn....although it WAS close!
5. Now that they are finally done, I'm free to start an exciting new pair from my
NEW sock book
4. The yarn was inexpensive
3. They help me remember that it won't ALWAYS be 100 degrees around here
2. Making a three-dimensional highly-functional article with my own hands
and a single length of string is really cool!

...and the #1 reason.....
1. It is an Evelyn A. Clark pattern and I LOVE EAC!!

This is the Retro Rib Socks pattern (Winter 04/Interweave Knits) by Evelyn A. Clark which I knit years ago. I think it was the first patterned sock I made. It took me a long time to finish that pair, but honestly these took much longer. I started them before Easter. They were a travel project and stayed in the project bag neglected much of the summer. This is a lovely pattern and the rib variation makes them fit so nicely. However, it has more purls than knits and almost half of the knits are done through the back loop. I don't know about you, but that really slows me down. Totally worth it though in my opinion, as it makes a very classic-looking sock that works equally well for men or women. This Patons Kroy sock yarn is a 4-ply and at 166 yards/50 gr. is a bit thicker than some sock yarns. Ball band suggests a size 3 needle and I knit these on my favorite size 2 Inox dpns so that made a very thick fabric.


YesterUkes said...

Well, I'm impressed. I just finished a plain ol' dishcloth and was feeling good about that. Now I'm wishing I could do socks.

Sheri said...

I hope it gets really cold, you're feet are freezing and you get put on these wonderfully thick, gooshy, warm socks SOON! The rain was wonderful!

minipurl said...

So beautiful :)
You might get me to attempt socks one of these days :)

Mary said...

They look terrific! Eventually the 90+ weather will just be a memory.

trailbee said...

These are fabulous socks! I love them. My local yarn store has begun a Sock Club + we're on our second pair, Nicole Water Cube. After much futzing around, I finsished the first sock with a star toe and it fits really well. Yours look so perfect. Did you kitchener them? I knit scads of socks for a group and all my kitchenering looks really amateurish! Anyway, your socks look fab! Congrats.