That's right, you heard it correct. I finished my socks. I'm very excited about this. It's taken months to get them done, mostly because I kept bumping them down the priority list instead of working on them. But, as my WIP list diminished in size, I was forced to come back to them, and got the second sock done in record time!
I still don't get the fascination with making socks, although I do feel proud to have made a pair of my own. Maybe when I'm done with my year of projects, I will consider knitting a pair and see how that compares.
Project: My first socks
Yarn: King Cole Zig-Zag (just under one skein)
The first comment I will make on the pattern is that it is incorrect as written. I cannot stress that enough. When you reach the gusset, it tells you to place a marker in the middle of the foot, then count out to the sides to place the side markers. What it fails to tell you is this: the middle marker should then be removed, it's only purpose is to allow you to properly locate the side markers. For the rest of the pattern, when it refers to the "mid-point marker", it is actually referring to the side marker opposite the start of the round.
Once you get that right, the rest is easy. I think what the pattern could really do with is diagrams. That would help out a lot of people. The author has added comments to the tune of the corrections noted above, but hasn't seen fit to amend the actual pattern as written. I find that odd, personally. But, it's a free pattern, so there's no point complaining I guess! I got there in the end!
I could have made them a touch longer, as I had spare yarn. I only used about 91g of the 100g skein. But, I did get the stripes to line up, which I am very pleased about.
I altered the pattern only when it came to hook sizes and cuffs. The pattern recommends you use a 4mm hook for the main sock, and a 3.5mm hook for the cuff. I used a 3.5mm throughout, and only did three rounds worth of ribbing (one round of dc, two rounds of fpdc and bpdc).
They fit Jamie perfectly.
|Yes, he is wearing pink and purple socks. He likes them!|
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