Well I finally got these socks finished. I started them back in the beginning of January and they were going to be socks for the January snowflake theme for the Socktopia knit along. But the pattern just didn't work out for me. I had to frog almost a whole sock and start again. I didn't get these finished in January like I was supposed to do. I did get them finished on February first.
One of the other themes for January was Blue Monday - so these have been re categorized as that. They are blue and coincidentally I frogged the snowflake sock on a Monday. The reinforcing yarn made this a challenge to frog! it is the first time that I've knit socks and used any - I'll be waiting to see if it makes any difference.
This detail shot shows the garter ridge pattern and the point where the gusset meets the heel.
I knit the socks toe up starting with the magic cast on for toe up socks from Knitty. It made a very nice smooth toe. It was a little tricky to get right - I had to look at the instructions/pictures as I did it for each sock. It was my first time to try this and I will definitely use this technique again.
I also used a heel flap. Once I get the foot the length I want I begin making gusset increases on every other round until I'm ready to turn the heal. The heel gets turned at this point like you would on any standard cuff down sock. When that is done just start knitting in the round again until the leg is the desired length. This makes the socks so easy to do that I have no motivation to try some other type of heel option.
Stitch Pattern: Garter Ridge Stitch over 64 stitches
as written in Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Schurch
Yarn: 2 skeins of Froehlich Special Blauband; color 7436; 50gm/225 yards
comes with card of darning/reinforcing yarn; discontinued
Needles: addi TURBO -US# 1/ 2.5 mm
Date Started: January 22, 2007
Date Finished: February 1, 2007