Saturday, July 3, 2010

meet cascadia


My first Rockin' Sock Club sock, from January's shipment. Apparently I am super sock knitting lady now. Check it:

I seem to have a thing for crazy cables these days. K3tog through the back loops, anyone? I finally started to get the hang of it near the end of the leg. Hopefully I don't forget how to do this by the time I make it to the leg of the second sock, which, okay, I started this one in...January. Here's hoping it's not 2011 before you see its partner.

These are my first toe-up socks and I'm undecided about this technique. It was fun being able to try on easily as I progressed up the foot, but I found the heel really confusing and I had a hard time getting the right tension binding off on the cuff (you can see that it's still a little tight). Knitting socks cuff-down has always been pretty intuitive for me. Maybe it's a matter of breaking old habits at this point.

The pattern is written such that the cables on the back and pointies on the front continue through the cuff, but I really prefer a snugger fit so I worked 6 rows of ribbing instead. I probably could have gone a size smaller on these, but they'll be nice cozy slippers when winter comes. I'm not in love with these. I think I prefer socks that are more...streamlined? But the colorway is super cheerful, and the pattern goes pretty quickly when you actually KNIT IT rather than leaving it to languish in a dresser drawer.


lori said...

i love that pattern! the cables look great - and i've never done a toe-up sock, it just doesn't make sense (esp the heel) to my top-down brain. i hadn't even thought about the bind-off problem around the cuff. still, that's a great-looking sock!

Anonymous said...

These look like really fun socks! I love the colorway.

Sara said...

You've done a great job!

Linda said...

I love that sock, the yarn is so pretty!

Anonymous said...

Very nice job on the sock. I love the color! For toe up socks, I've found that the sewn bound off is really the way to go. You are able to get a really nice stretchy bind off that way. The first time I made a toe up sock it just said to bind off loosely and I ended up having a tight cuff as well.