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« on: March 12, 2012 04:10:31 PM »

They're DONE! Cheesy I've been working on this pair of socks for a while, because I didn't put 100% of my focus into them, and I had to pause on them for a bit to finish a different project. As of the 10th, they're finally done! Just a couple days after my Birthday, so I'm declaring them a gift to myself.



I used this pattern at Ravelry called Turkish Origami Socks. Of course, I had to change the pattern in a few ways to make myself happy with it. It's made cuff down and worked flat. However, that means that if you don't have enough yarn, you'll run out at the heel. I don't like the idea of being in the middle of a project and hitting a point of "OMG I NEED to run out to the store and buy more of this exact yarn to finish!" To remove that high possibility, I worked the pattern backwards, starting at the heel. Then I sewed them up right after finishing the top of the foot before I got to the leg, and worked the leg in the round. I did the crunch stitch for the leg as well, but since it was worked in the round instead of flat, it doesn't stretch the same way the crunch stitch in the foot does. That's right: the crunch stitch in the foot STRETCHES! I even got to wear them to my parents' house (which is always ridiculously cold) and they kept my feet super warm. These are surely one of the warmest pairs of socks I own.

To sum up: these socks were a massive success and I'm super stoked. The next pair I make will be following the same pattern and will be with a beautiful purple alpaca yarn for my sweetie. I have to do a test swatch of the yarn first to make sure it will work okay for socks, but I'm feeling pretty positive about it. Then I will probably try a toe up method that involves the crunch stitch, since I like it so much. Smiley

Edit: Oh, and I forgot to mention, they totally fit in my shoes! I wear tennis shoes, nothing fancy, but they fit snugly in and keep my toesies nice and cozy! Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2012 07:09:59 PM »

Love your yarn color! Congrats on your cute socks!
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« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2012 08:45:57 AM »

They are beautiful - both the stitch patterns and the colors. And that's cool that they stretch (or at least part of them does) - that's the only issue I've had with the ones I've made. In fact, I'm remaking a pair I did for my mother because I had trouble getting them on her feet - she's 93 and in a wheelchair and I was worried the tightness would be bad for her circulation (I've added more stitches to compensate this time around). I think I'll have to look into that crunch stitch... it does sound familiar, it may be in one of my pattern books.

I've only ever made one pair of socks flat and they were knitted. Were the seams hard to get to lie flat?

You did a great job with these. I'm looking forward to seeing pics of the purple alpaca ones Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2012 08:51:15 AM »

I just checked out the pattern on Ravelry. It looks like a really good way to start with crocheted socks, especially with the heel part - that's what I've found so challenging working in the round. And I think maybe this would be an easy pattern to redo if the sole wears out - you'd just remake that part. A very clever idea.

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« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2012 10:42:18 AM »

They are beautiful - both the stitch patterns and the colors. And that's cool that they stretch (or at least part of them does) - that's the only issue I've had with the ones I've made. In fact, I'm remaking a pair I did for my mother because I had trouble getting them on her feet - she's 93 and in a wheelchair and I was worried the tightness would be bad for her circulation (I've added more stitches to compensate this time around). I think I'll have to look into that crunch stitch... it does sound familiar, it may be in one of my pattern books.

I've only ever made one pair of socks flat and they were knitted. Were the seams hard to get to lie flat?

You did a great job with these. I'm looking forward to seeing pics of the purple alpaca ones Smiley

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Thanks!

There are other versions of the crunch stitch, I have recently learned. The one used here is with single and double crochet stitches. I'm actually trying a pair in the round now, but the main foot portion will be with the crunch stitch worked back and forth, turning each round.

I was afraid the stitching wouldn't be all that comfortable, as some of the spots ended up kinda bulky after going back over the seam, but everything flattens out and fits wonderfully on my feet. The whip stitch (at least I think I did a whip stitch) allows the top and bottom to move just enough in the seam to lie flat, edge to edge.
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