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on: April 30, 2017 01:54:37 AM 
Started by Annchen, Message by Annchen
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These socks were knit for the Geezer swap, a swap where everyone crafts a really big, really nice item for their partner. I almost never knit socks for swaps since it takes forever... If I'm making socks for adults and they're not thick slipper socks I have a hard time getting them done in a normal crafting time.

These socks are completely custom, and knitted two at the time from the toe up. That way I could make them as long as possible in the time I had.



I started with a tab cast on to give a nice rounded toe. After knitting a few rows on the first toe I transferred it to another cirkular needle and started a second from the other end of the skein. When both toes were started I arranged them on my long cirkular needle to be able to work both at once.

I measured gauge on the stockinette part of the toe to be able to figure out how much to increase. I calculated for 10% negative ease to give a good fit, and then fudged the numbers a bit to give the same number of stitches on top and bottom. I wanted something going on on top of the foot, and modified a herringbone stitch for the amount of stitches I had.

There are three collumns of purled stitches to make everything fit. The first and last stitch on the back needle was purled, and the middle stitch on the foot was also purled to divide the two sections of herringbone.

My intention was for it to look a bit like shark skin. Not sure about that, but at least it gave the body of the sock a bit of interest.

I increased a bit before starting the heel since I was worried about a tight instep. You can hardly see it on the picture, I think there was just 2-3 increases on the back needle for each side.

After much research I settled on a German short row heel. It looks good and doesn't produce any holes to speak of in the turns. My numbers were a bit off when estimating where to start the heel, but after some ripping back it turned out quite nice. I thought about ripping both heels out yet another time, but decided I'd have to live with the fact that the sock was 1-2 rows longer than intended.


Since I don't trust my skill with two color knitting yet I opted for embroidering the sharks and fishies with duplicate stitch. Stranded knitting has less give, and no one likes socks of strangulation...

I did the embroidery and fastened ends before finishing the sock. I did not want to get stuck on finishing touches and send late because of that. (Spoiler alert: I still did just that...)



Little fishies on the toes and big bad sharks on the legs. Here is the shark chart I used (just modified the length a bit).



It would have been neat with blue socks with sharks all over, but sadly that lovely ocean colored yarn is pure wool and wouldn't have survived the wear on foot and heel. The leg takes less abuse so I only used it there.

I didn't decrease back all the stitches for the leg. The herringbone pattern gives way to a colour changes with a few purled rows thrown in for effect. The first blue part is just stockinette to give a nice canvas for the sharks. There's one row of grey stockinette before a k2p2 rib starts. When the rib stitch changes to blue again there's another row of stockinette to make the color change prettier.

I used Jeny's super stretchy bind off to finish the socks.

All in all a very fun experience to invent these!
 
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