Monday, 28 July 2014

my year in socks - July

The year is catching up with me fast and I only just finished the July socks last week. Normally, I like to be a bit ahead of time because it takes a while to write the pattern down.
I wanted the July sock to be light and airy and chose an intricate lace pattern with four repeats per round to begin with. After nearly finishing the first sock I gave into the temptation to frog it again because I didn't like the lace pattern in the configuration I had worked it....
 

After a week or so of mulling this over I settled on a stitch pattern I found in my trusted Stitch Library by Claire Crompton. I have not used this pattern before because it deviates from my comfort zone of eyelet/lace knitting in that the pattern is knitted on the right and wrong side of the work, which I don't like because it might involve purling two stitches together. Yes, I know, a pathetic explanation but there you go.

 
However, socks are knit in the round and as such there is no wrong side. Well, there is an inside but all is knitted on the right side. The stitch pattern is knitted for a flat piece of work and I needed to read every second row from back to front, exchanging purl stitches for knit stitches. But fear not, I did write it all down to be knitted in the round!
 

Once I was happy, the socks knitted up pretty fast. I finished the socks during our holidays in Cornwall, where I spent quite some time sitting on my lovely spotty new merino wool blanket, or in the grass, with a glass of wine or a cup of coffee (depending on the time of day). What a very civilised way to spend time!


I have plenty of knitted socks and I knitted this pair for Annie who has slightly smaller feet than I, as well as a more slender ankle. She is a UK size 5 and this is the size I aimed for. It is all trial and error really and the length of the foot can be adapted to whatever length your foot is by knitting more or less pattern repeats. The width can also be adapted quite easily, either by changing needle size (for small adjustments) or by adding or removing stitches from the 10 stitch pattern repeat.


Annie took great pleasure modelling the socks for me. Our campsite neighbours were rather puzzled by our modelling session but since they didn't ask, we didn't explain.




As always, you can read the story behind my sock pattern challenge here, and you can find the pattern on the sock pattern page.
 
Happy knitting! Cx

23 comments:

  1. The socks are really lovely. I can just imagine the campsite neighbours puzzlement at your modelling session!

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  2. They are great socks! I love the pattern and colour! xx

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  3. The knitting with a glass of wine next to it made me smile - oh, life's little pleasures!
    And the socks are gorgeous xxx

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  4. The socks are gorgeous.Love the pattern and the colour.
    wish you a nice summertime,
    Regina

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  5. Beautiful socks, Christina! And I love the spotted merino blanket!

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  6. How very girly, love the color.

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  7. They look so perfect. I love them. Your model has done a great job. So what's next? Jo x

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  8. Ooh great socks, Christina. xx

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  9. They are lovely, I hope you enjoyed your holiday in Cornwall :)

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  10. They are a real delight. I love the pattern and the beautiful colour.

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  11. These are very beautiful socks! Sounds like you all had a lovely time in Cornwall. Hope you are adjusting to life at home again! X

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  12. What a gorgeous colour.
    For a scientist you are very creative!

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  13. Wow, they're just beautiful. I love the intricate design. I hope you had a nice holiday.

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  14. These are lovely - I like the wine picture too.

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  15. Wow, I can't even being to imagine how you create a sock like that. They are beautiful and delicious looking, lucky Annie. Glad you're enjoying Cornwall. CJ xx

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  16. I'm just not a sock knitter - it's the second sock thing - so I have great admiration for those who are, and these are gorgeous socks and in such a pretty colour.

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  17. Such pretty socks. The pattern is gorgeous.

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  18. Your July socks are so pretty, all feminine and lacy, I am sure Annie will be delighted with them. Thanks for your visit to my blog and your encouraging comment xx

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  19. So very pretty I bet they are great to wear.

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  20. Gorgeous socks, so feminine and pretty.
    Marianne x

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  21. They are gorgeous socks on those darling little feet. My neighbors always look at me strangly when I am taking pictures of something I have made.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  22. More fabulous socks!! One day I'll (start and) finish a pair!!!

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  23. Oh my goodness, they look amazing! I love the colour and pattern, I think you are so clever Christina. Well done! :)

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