Monday, January 30, 2012

Endless Saturday Socks

 

Surely a lot of people have had this idea.  If you’re a sock knitter, you have almost assuredly thought of doing this:

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When the sock yarn leftovers basket reached critical mass, I thought I had it figured out.  But when the tweedy linen stitch scarf did not deplete the pile in any noticeable way, I had to try something else.  I had to get clever.  I decided to do what I have really been planning to do from the beginning:  make a whole bunch of stripey socks.  But here’s me being a genius, are you ready?  I will not stop with two socks, oh no.  There will be no pairs.  There will just be a whole bunch of socks, a big pile of unmatched but sort of related socks, meant to be worn in a mismatched way.  The socks will just keep on a-coming until the yarn gives up the fight.  It could take quite awhile, and I am in no hurry.  I am digging in for a long siege on this one.  It’s just me and my needles vs. the sock yarn leftovers, and if another ball of leftovers goes into the basket—and it will—I will not be discouraged; I will simply keep knitting until I win. 

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Everyone who saw these while they were in progress said, “You know, you can buy them this way now, mismatched like that.”  I am so trendy. 

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To make these, I cast 60 stitches on my favorite US 1 dpns and work 10 rounds of k2, p2 ribbing.  Then switch to another color and work 10 rounds.  There are nine color sections of ten rounds in the leg.  Then I switch colors again and make an 18 sl st heel flap/turn heel, switch colors again, and keeping the 10-round thing going, work the gusset decreases until I’m back to 60 stitches.  Then I work five more color sections (eight total in the foot) and then switch colors again for the toe.  That’s the nitty gritty, in case you want to take this and run with it. 

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I think victory is already mine.  Look at all that stripey goodness! 

34 comments:

  1. Oh wow, they are cool socks! I wish I could knit socks, will have to have a go one day. I love that they are mismatched so you don't have to search around for a matching pair first thing in the morning. And the colours, just divine. Keep on going, you will win one day! xx

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  2. That is a great idea! With seven people in my house (mostly male), I keep a basket in the laundry room full of socks without their mate. I don't know if I could convince them to wear socks as pretty as yours, though;)

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  3. Your socks are gorgeous. I know some people like their socks to match stripe for stripe, well I don't! These are even better because they certainly do look connected while retaining their own identity. I LOVE them.

    I made my first pair of socks last year using Ann Budd's book which was brilliant. However, they were too big. I've been put off doing another pair as her sizing goes from 64 stitches (too big) to 56 which considering I want to use smaller needles too might be on the small side. So I had decided on 60. However, I wasn't sure how the numbers in the book would crunch up when it got to the heel as the book doesn't tell me exactly for 60 stitches. You have just told me - 18, so I am very grateful to you for that! I'm playing around with legwarmers for bed on my dpns just now but after that I won't put those socks off any longer. And who knows if it all works out I might end up with enough scraps to make some like these.
    Sara

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    1. Hi Sara, thanks very much! I totally want you to get confident, sock-wise, so I want to make sure I'm clear on the stitch counts for you: I worked my heel flap on half the total stitches, so that's 30 stitches, worked back and forth. 18 slip stitches is the length of the heel flap--remember, that represents 36 rows total. You'll work the right side rows by slipping one, knitting one, etc. and then the wrong side rows by slipping the first stitch only, then purling across. I count the slipped stitches since they're easier to see. I hope this isn't confusing. Good luck with your socks! :)

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  4. So So Lovely socks!! I love them!

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  5. These are unbelievably fantastic socks, Kristen! I've only just finished my second pair, so I've got a while till I'll have a sock yarn stash like that...
    Jane x

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  6. These socks are perfect! I love the stripes especially because they do not match.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  7. They are GREAT!!!!!! WOW!!!!!!
    Love them :-)

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  8. I So want to knit socks, it's high on my to-do list, along with a patchwork quilt. I've been to a knit workshop today, I learnt the basics of fair isle/intarsia knitting and I am beyond excited at the pattern and colour play possibilities. I noticed from the workshop schedule at the yarn shop that in the autumn there'll be a fair ilse sock course.......man, i am so tempted. My poor hook maybe abandoned for the pins, just so I can make socks. xxx
    ps LOVE your socks btw, bloomin gorgeous x

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  9. Oh wow!! I love these socks, what a brilliant idea for using up all your old scraps of sock yarn. The colours all look lovely together too.

    Ashley xxx

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  10. I love those socks! So much more fun than the self-striping yarn, too. I note you live in a farmhouse in an orchard - I am a farmer's daughter who also lives in an orchard - in an overgrown cottage, I hasten to add, not just amongst the grass and trees!

    Pomona x

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  11. love them heaps..i used to make my children socks when they were young but i haven't made any since..it was such fun to see them appear from the needles..

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  12. I'm so in love with your socks. I have never owned a pair of hand knitted socks. I'm trying to talk myself into making some. I'm a much better crocheter than knitter, but your socks have inspired me. Thanks:D

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  13. Hi lovely socks! I'm new to sock making and wondered how you deal with all the yarn ends when working in the round.
    Sally.

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  14. Hello
    What a brilliant idea, I am onto my 2nd ever pair of socks and was just thinking what on earth am I going to do with all the left over yarn. I love this idea of having even numbers of mismatched socks simply superb. Yours look totally divine xo

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  15. Sock-tastic goodness all around!
    Stripes are so timeless and I love the idea of odd socks- perhaps that's just because I am a lazy slattern at heart.
    Xx

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  16. This is such a great idea Kristen! You must have a huge sock drawer!

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  17. Thanks so much for your socky advice, it was the only thing holding me back. I seem to have taken on an addiction to leg warmers (which I had never worn before). I can't help but think I really want socks though! I have copied and pasted your formula. So as soon as I have finished what I am doing, I can get started.

    Thanks again

    Sara x

    (I tried to comment in the reply box but it wouldn't let me.)

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  18. these are awesome, brilliant idea! i am suddenly very sad that i don't really have a stash of sock yarn. i'll have to remedy that and begin one immediatly, i really would like to have some socks like yours!

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  19. LOVE LOVE LOVE these! I am casting on right now! Thx for the inspiration!

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  20. Fabulous! This goes into the file called "why didn't I think of that" and I'm so glad you thought of it. I will go now and do as you so awesomely suggest. Happy Socking!

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  21. Hi, I'm in awe with these socks What a great idea. I'm new into knitting but I have to try to knit socks. You have an inspiring blog Kirsten.

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  22. SO GORGEOUS! Have you thought of the "Sock Wool Blankie"? It is a stunning knitted blanket all done in mitred squares from sock yarn, OMG! So beautiful! I am starting one for my soon to be second grandchild ( I hope!!)

    I LOVE your socks!!

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  23. I absolutely love these. I most especially love that you just work on it whenever and add to the collection. I see lot of mismatched stripey socks in my future. :)

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  24. These socks are so cool! I'm wondering if they would adapt to one 32" circular needle, though? I have an irrational fear of DPN's! I keep buying DPN's thinking that I'm gonna face and beat this phobia! LOL!

    Thanks for sharing this super-cool pattern! You ROCK Kristin! :)

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  25. I wish that I would be able to knit these socks, when I knit my boyfriends socks there is nothing left to knit with

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  26. I found this post on Pinterest. I have to say you are a genius!! I love mismatched socks!! I've never knit socks before but this is inspiring me to do so. Awesome job!! :)

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  27. The "mismatched" socks are always coveted by the young ones. My only problem - the many ends to be sewn in. I double-knit the yarns together for about 8 stitches, always at the same spot, in between needles #1 and #4 (if using 5 needles). When completed I snip off ends, leaving about 1/2" tail.

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  28. I love love love this Idea! I'm afraid I have too much worsted instead of sock yarn, but now that I know this is possible, the battle will begin!!

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