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« on: March 24, 2014 09:28:49 AM »

Hand-made socks were a major motivator in learning to knit, and I really love making them (which is a relief; I was afraid that it might be too tedious). Its a simple and compact project that I can carry everywhere I go.


Although my first pair of socks took about 3 months to complete, this second pair was finished in 4 weeks. And they are much longer! I did a basic calculation, and estimate that each sock contains about 12,000 stitches. Sock knitters, does that number seem correct? It makes me dizzy.

I used 47″ #3 Addi Turbo Lace needles, and followed Liat Gatts pattern for toe-up socks on magic loop.

This was my first time working with self-striping, and I am definitely a convert. It was exciting to see the colors and stripes emerge, and the pattern helped me track my progress as well as hide any flaws.


This aquamarine yarn is a bamboo-nylon blend. Its definitely thicker than the fingering-weight, and so I did the ribbing on #1 needles. I was concerned about the weight discrepancy, but I think it totally works for the cuff.

I live in LA, but luckily I have icy feet, so handmade wool socks will actually get worn this winter. But future sock yarns may be more of the bamboo persuasion.

more on the blog: http://madebyjulianne.com/self-striping-socks/
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« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2014 09:40:14 AM »

They look lovely!
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« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2014 10:01:54 AM »

Great job, they're really pretty!
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« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2014 10:54:08 AM »

Lovely. I agree it is so exciting watching the patterns emerge from the self-striping yarn.  I'm sure it helps the socks go faster.  That looks like a really nice yarn.
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« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2014 11:36:55 AM »

They look so snuggly and I love the yarn you used!
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« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2014 06:23:17 AM »

You have such a fun style, juli and these socks are too cute. Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2014 10:21:08 AM »

Thanks everybody! I looooove knitting socks!
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« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2014 06:57:08 AM »

These are really fun - I love your color choice on the ribbed band. It's a great touch.

I love knitting socks too but I don't always have patience to work with the teeny tiny sock yarns. There are some beautiful sock yarn choices though.
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« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2014 08:15:49 AM »

These are really fun - I love your color choice on the ribbed band. It's a great touch.

I love knitting socks too but I don't always have patience to work with the teeny tiny sock yarns. There are some beautiful sock yarn choices though.

I'm working on my first worsted-weight socks now (two at a time!). I love how fast they are, but I'm not sure how I feel about those big 5/inch stitches... Sport-weight yarn might be the next sock project. The self-striping really does eliminate most of the monotony!

I absolutely love knitting with the fingering yarn though. It's so tiny and the needles are so small! It gets me excited in a way that chunky yarn never will.
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« Reply #9 on: April 21, 2014 02:48:26 PM »

Beautiful socks! Love them! You did a gorgeous job.

I love knitting socks because they're "worth" so much more to me and I tend not to lose them that way!
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