Monday, June 4, 2007
We have heel!
My first sock is coming along nicely. I'm using the Yarn Harlot's recipe for "A Good, Plain Sock" that starts on page 131 of Knitting Rules and Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in "Vera."
(NOTE: A large percentage of these photos were taken during rainy weather, so the artifical lighting warms up the tones of the yarn a bit much -- the cooler tones in the naturally lit photos are more representative.)
I knit a gauge swatch (flat, which is cheating, I know, but I figure it will be close enough) and determined that I like the dense fabric produced by a US 00 needle (I also tried a US 0 for comparison) and that I should cast on about 76 stitches to fit comfortably around my leg.
For the top few inches of the sock, I worked in k2, p2 ribbing. Then I switched to stockinette stitch (which I found to be much quicker for me on the tiny needles).
I continued in stockinette stitch until the sock was about as long as the palm of my hand, then I placed half the stitches on one needle and began the heel flap. I used Stephanie's "Sturdy heel," as I'm hoping it holds up well to wear (I don't want my first socks to become holey right away!), which involves slipping every other stitch on the knit rows. This breaks up the yarn color changes in an interesting way.
I worked the heel flap until is was square, then turned the heel by knitting short rows. I had to consult Stephanie's "Step-by-Step Cheat Sheet for Socks" briefly before picking up the stitches along the sides of the heel flap.
Right now I'm in the middle of the decrease rows for the instep gussets.
I love the official outside of the sock, but I'm also I big fan of the reverse stockinette on the inside. Don't you think it's pretty?
Bug, once again, feels the need to demonstrate that most of my yarn goes well with his coloring.
Frankly, Moana is less than thrilled with all this sock knitting (...I may have... ahem... implied that I'm making her a rather ill fitting stocking cap...).
However, I'm enjoying it immensely.