Saturday, December 13, 2008

FO: Lupin Socks

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1 x 50g ball of Paton's Diploma Gold DK (55%wool/25%acrylic/20%nylon). Colourway "Lupin"
3.25mm DPN's
Kate Gilbert's Generic Sock Worksheet

My second ever pair of socks! Once again using double knit yarn but a little bit bigger size this time...one day I'll get to "proper" sock yarn socks ;)

These are for M6 - her "something Mum made" for Xmas - she specifically requested socks. I used Kate Gilbert's generic sock worksheet because I was having trouble finding a small size pattern with DK yarn - this way I could swatch and measure and make something to suit what I needed. It worked out well in the end. I realised I did make one error with the heel gusset (decr on every row instead of every other row) but it doesn't seem to have mattered (perhaps because they are child size?). Other than that I followed the very well written instructions and they seem to be a great fit. Definitely a good pattern for a beginner sock knitter like me!

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The yarn is a new one by Paton's and is lovely and soft. M6 reports that they are really warm. Nice to knit with (a little bit splitty but that probably is more to do with the needles I was using) and 20% nylon I am hopeful it will be hard wearing enough. I used exactly one ball for this pair which seems to me to be very good yardage. It was a pretty close call though......

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I wanted to pretty the socks up a bit so did some daisy embroidery (such is the limits of my skills with needle and thread lol). They don't match but I think that makes them one of a kind in a quirky sort of way. M6 thought that was cool (phew). They have a (sewn down) picot hem. One thing I did learn was why sock patterns always start with a funny (aka stretchy) cast on. So the one that I didn't do an elastic cast on is just a tiny bit hard to get on! Lesson learnt and stored away for future sock making adventures!!

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So, another Christmas knit off my list. I am still hopeful I will get through it all. How are you going with yours?

10 comments:

Natalie said...

They are very pretty well done. I am too scared to try socks they seem all too ccmplicated for me lol

Alana said...

Very Cute!

Jo's Place said...

They are so cute. One day I will be brave enough to try socks.

Viv said...

Love them, almost to pretty to wear :-)

Heart Felt said...

Love them, they are adorable, especially the colour! xx

Julie said...

Beautiful, I love them. I am not getting through my list very quickly, it's Kalem's fault imagine having a birthday in December, what were his parents thinking???????? X

Sonia said...

Well done! I love the flowers.

amanda said...

These are lovely Gabes! Very, very girly!

Libby said...

they look great - are you now bitten byt the 'sock bug'?! I usually have a pair on the go - such an easy portable project and always come in handy.

Sophie said...

Great work with the flowers, so feminine !