Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Leyburns

I knit these socks as part of group knit along on Ravelry. These little groups I've been joining have really been encouraging me to dive into my yarn stash for projects. They may be small projects but I'm glad to be using some of the yarn that is just sitting around the house.

The idea being this knit along was to have everyone in the group knit the same pattern, but use as many different colors of Socks That Rock as possible. there were over 150 participants and we ended up with almost as many different colors. I picked the color Titania. It was another leftover from my time in the sock club that I didn't think I'd knit. but I love how the colors knit up in this sock pattern.

I like the slip stitch design in the pattern. I think it works really well for the variegated hand painted yarn I picked. The pattern was easy enough too, but it was a little convoluted. The pattern is written toe up and after knitting the toe of the sock there is a set of instep increases. Then you knit the foot and before the heel is another set of increases. After the heel, you have more increases and then you have to pay attention to the pattern and borrow a few stitches on one of the pattern rows from the back needle.

I usually don't follow patterns like this. I usually just take a stitch pattern and work it into my own formula for a sock. But this time I followed the pattern. I found most of it worked out okay, but after all the increases, the sock was a little baggy in the leg. I wasn't convinced I'd need all those increases and I should have gone with that instinct. But, by the time I had proof, I was too far along to bother with frogging. So, I'll live with slightly baggy socks. I like the socks, but knitting them once was enough.

Project Info

Pattern: Leyburn Socks by MintyFresh
on Ravelry
Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts - Socks That Rock
color - Titania
Needles: addi TURBO US# 2 (2.75 mm)
Notes: Followed pattern

11 comments:

Jewel said...

Love the socks and it looks like your puppy likes them also. I really like your dog sock blockers!

cpurl17 said...

Those are really cute! And I love thoses sock blockers too!

Karen said...

Great socks! The pattern was a perfect match for the yarn. I agree that joining groups can be very motivating. I should join a few myself!

Bezzie said...

Yup! That's the same reason I just use sock patterns for their stitch patterns....

But you're right, that yarn worked great with that pattern!

turtlegirl76 said...

I love your FO pic. It's so cool. And yours is one of my favorite pairs I've seen in this KaL. So pretty!

Zonda said...

Very nice!! yeah, the baggy legs are what did it for me...I couldn't figure out how to fix.

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Cute socks. Love the colors.

Julie said...

Very pretty! I think I'd live with baggy legs too rather than frog all that work.

mom said...

Great color and I love the stitch. I can see a pair in my future. I don't think I'd go by the pattern for the entire sock though - just use the pattern. I love the way you showed me how to do them. Scarlet seems to be kind of the nosey kind!!!

Batty said...

Perfect pattern and yarn combo! The happy colors really pop.

IrishgirlieKnits said...

That pattern works so well with the STR! Love yours in Titania!!