The pattern I put together for the Serendipity socks I completed on Monday is now available as a free download, in Adobe pdf version here. There is a permanent link to it from my Knitting Gallery Page.
I made a slight change to the toe — on the first go-round I used a backwards loop cast-on and picked up stitches in the bottom of the loops. I revised it to a long-tail cast-on. I find it easier to pick up stitches in the bottom of a long-tail cast-on. You, of course, can do whatever you like.
As I said before, I am not claiming to have invented this heel — I’m sure it’s been done before, many times. This pattern is based on what I did last week to figure out how to make a gusset heel toe-up sock without having to pick up stitches along a heel flap.
I’m working on a version of the pattern for fingering weight yarn as well. That should be available after I finish my current socks.
Speaking of the current socks, here’s the first one at the start of the gusset increases. Did I mention I love this yarn?
(I will confess here and now that I’ve been working on it at home as well as on my commute. Hey, I’m sick. I get to knit what I want.)
The Sea Wool looks lovely. How is the fabric it’s making? Is it as heavy as traditional wool? I’m looking for some lighter weight sock yarn for hot California summer wear.
The fabric is about as heavy as a regular merino fingering weight, but I’m guessing these socks will be a little cooler because of the 30% sea cell content. Anyone else who has finished and worn a pair want to weigh in on this?
The yarn is just wonderful to knit — I really love the way it feels.
Do you find that the sea cell content in the sock yarn give it a fishy smell? What about when it’s wet? I almost bought some but thought that when wearing, it might make my shoes smell like the sea.
I don’t notice any aroma at all. But that could be due to my current respiratory state. Anyone else have an opinion?
Speaking of Socks
Do y’all know about all the great sock resources over at Lucia’s blog, The Knitting Fiend? There are patterns, tips, tricks, and calculators. Lots of great sock resources!
Speaking of Socks, Part Deux
Jessica is hosting a Summer of Socks 2007 knit-along. Now, I am usually not a fan of the knit-along (does not play well with others), but since I know I’ll be knitting socks anyway, and there are very few rules for this knit-along, I figured this was one that I’d enjoy. So I joined up. Are you a sock-knitter? There’s info on Jessica’s blog and on the Summer of Socks 2007 blog.
Thanks for all the nice comments about the neckband of my miter sweater. I am very pleased with how it turned out. It is how I envisioned it in my head, and as we all know, what we see in our mind’s eye is not necessarily what we end up with when we execute the plan. So I am very happy.
Here’s the first sleeve, that I have barely worked on in the past couple of days.
There were some questions about my miter sweater . . .
If you were gonna do this as a vest, how would you do the armholes, if I may ask? Not that uh, I have fantasies about this. Nope. Not me.
You could use triangles to create the curve of the armhole, I think. Then picky up stitches and do armbands.
With your 3-needle bind-off seam, is your seam on the outside as a decorative element or the inside?
The seam is on the outside as a decorative element. But I won’t be doing this when I attach the sleeves and sew the side seams — I plan on matress-stitching those seams.
And Deb asked:
Question about the neck: is there a reason why you didn’t seam both shoulders and then knit the neck in the round, mimicking garter with knit 1 row, purl 1 row?
Yup. Given a choice between knitting and purling, I will always choose to knit.
Incidentally, I used a size 1 needle to knit the neckband (the body is done with a size 2 needle). Forgot to mention that yesterday.
Thanks for all the get-well wishes! I’m working on it. I did go in to the office today, but left early to come home and lie on the couch and cough
“Taking care of Momma when she doesn’t feel well is a full-time job!”