Of Rats and Jen (Inactive)

Tales of a Perpetual
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Sock One and Sock Two

Filed under: Knitting,Rats! — folkcat at 5:59 pm on Wednesday, February 20, 2008

I promised I’d talk about the socks I’ve been working on, so here I am!

Not sure how much there is to say, really. We already know that the first sock saw several setbacks, and parts of it were knit three times.

Be reassured that the rest of the knitting went without incident! In fact, here it is on my foot:

Sock One
Sock One

I incorporated a change that I guessed would make my socks fit better. I’ve always had to increase stitches for my leg (since my ankle is an inch bigger around than my foot, and I knit toe-up). But I still found that the socks pulled and bound across the front of my ankle, opposite the heel.

I realized that what I needed to do was make those leg increases before working the heel. Those extra stitches would be included in the short-row heel, making it deeper. So that’s what I did this time – and it worked! This sock fits perfectly!

I made careful notes, and cast on for the second sock almost immediately. As of this afternoon, I have less than two inches to go:

Sock Two
Sock Two

That green pin-like stitch marker is the “two-inches to go” point. Won’t be long now before I have the best pair of socks I’ve knit yet, and have permanently recorded the magic formula that makes my perfect socks!

What next?

Turns out that Yuri and Leonardo are bigger chewers than we’ve ever had before. The result? Our rat rugs are getting gnawed, shredded, and generally loved to pieces! So I’m back on Rat Rug knitting duty. I have other sock yarn waiting in the wings, though, so I imagine it won’t be long before you see another pair in progress. Now that I know how to make them work, I need a whole wardrobe!


Comment by Carol

February 20, 2008 @ 6:40 pm

The quest for perfect socks is solved! That’s pretty cool. I have the opposite problem, I have dainty feet and most sock patterns are too big. And they don’t all scale down well, either. So I am still working on it. More rattie rugs,eh? At least they are getting used! Always a good thing for handknits.

Comment by sarebear

February 20, 2008 @ 11:39 pm

You could nickname them Chewie and Bacca . . . ha ha ha. Good thing they don’t need socks or it’d be Toe Bacca . . . Hee hee!

I am SO going to have to get that sock yarn, in that color. And I haven’t made any socks yet (I’ll be getting back to them though. After I’ve done my initial cuff down pair, I might then try toe up. I have thick ankles too. I hope you don’t think I’m a copyrat, but I just love that colorway!

It’ll be fall before I get to that though.

Woohoo for hitting upon the magic formula for you! That’s great.

Comment by Carrie K

February 21, 2008 @ 9:57 pm

Chewie and Bacca. Hahahaha. That’s so cute! Too late now. Happy Belated Birthday, Lola! I agree with you, TV Guide is IT.

That sock is cute, Jen! And fit? Awesome! And able to reproduce the pattern? Truly awe inspiring. I’d never think to write down what I was doing.

Your kimono is really cute!

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