Thursday, July 26, 2012

On socks: making, frogging and darning

After finishing the dressing gown, I decided to make matching knee high socks. I often wear handknitted knee highs around the house, they are so warm and comfortable. I decided to use this pattern from Knitty, although I  changed the hight, the stitch count, the yarn weight, the rate of decreases and the needle size. Also, I decided to change the heel to an afterthought heel to make it replaceable, because walking around on my carpets wears through the heels of my indoor socks through. Unfortunately, after I put in the first heel last night I realised that the afterthought heel pulled the whole sock down in a way that a heel flap and gusset doesn't, so it was too shortt. I'm going to have to do some rethinking and frogging to make it work - perhaps the Crystal heel (also from Knitty) and moving the heel down two stripes?
I don't like to frog immediately, I like to think and plan before I rip, so last night instead of knitting I pulled out the darning pile and reinforced the heels of a couple of pairs of my house socks. I had been putting this off for a while,  knitting new socks instead of repairing the old ones, so it was good to get it done. 

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