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Summer of Re-knits

It really wasn't an all-out plan to re-knit things I was marginally dissatisfied with, but that's what it has turned out to be:

Purl Soho Lornas Laces

Cast on 60 stitches
K2 P2 ribbing for 1-1/2"
Knit till leg is 5-1/2" and then start heel flap on 30 stitches (half the cast on stitches)

Gauge - 8 st/in unstretched and 7 st/in stretched on Size 1 (2.25mm) Crystal Palace DPNs

My ankle circumference is 7.5" (9cm) so if you do the math, it works out to 60 stitches for the sock fit that I like. I have a crazy affinity for numbers evenly divisible by both 3 and 4, but I played with Elizabeth Bennett's Perl Sock Program until I settled upon a plain vanilla sock pattern that I like. I deviate from her heel pattern and instead use Heels by Number (which hasn't failed me once).

I had already completed a sock knit on Size 2 (2.75mm) DPNs with this Lornas Laces Shepherd Sock yarn (a special Purl Soho striping colorway) but didn't like the results -- the sock felt too short and I wasn't crazy about the way it knit on the 2.75mm needles. It was one of those projects that I ended up putting away for a while until last weekend. Sometimes it's just terribly satisfying to rip out and start over.

I'm still sticking with my preferred sock construction - cuff-to-toe knitting with a traditional slip-stitched heel flap. Someday I'll get excited about the logic of toe-up construction and short row heels, but for now, knitting socks this way is comfortable for me. And, yes, I'm perfectly aware that it's high time I knit some patterned socks. Soon.


Are the brown/tan socks L/L too? The socks you just took out to frog and re-do, were they the pink ones? I think the pink is very pretty. Yes, I agree - that (for me) once I get the courage to FROG when I need to - it is very empowering to be able to begin again with a fresh slate. My newest motto - better it takes longer and is satisifying than fast and disappointing.

Thank you for the link to the Perl Sock program. I can really use it. I've been trying to knit a pair of socks for my husband with a heavier than usual alpaca yarn. They are just huge, large, gigantic. Time to approach this scientifically. Thanks also for your comments on the Fetching Fingerless Glove. I used the size 6 needles as called for in the pattern. Worked great.

That's my favorite way to knit socks, as well. I've tried many others, but I like to knit my socks cuff down with a heel flap! and that's OK.

Plain socks are soothing. :) I love those thin stripes, and how the striping changes on the heel.

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