When it’s a worsted weight.
Operakatz posed the following question in the comments last week:
I’m confused…the Boomerang I have is worsted weight…I know the Baby Boomerang is more fingering weight…is there also a sport weight?
Yup, Boomerang is worsted weight. I’m looking at the label as I write this and it states:
Gauge: 18 stitches = 4″, 25 Rows =4″, Needle size 8.
Sounds pretty worsted weight to me. But when I used it to knit my socks, I used a 2.75mm needle (U.S. size 2) and got 6.5 stitches/inch, which sounds pretty sportweight. And it makes a beautiful sock fabric at that gauge — nice and firm but not too stiff. Boomerang is incredibly soft yarn and the socks I’ve knit from it feel wonderful on the foot.
Speaking of using worsted weight yarn to make sportweight socks, I just got a skein of Dream in Color Classy — their worsted weight — from The Loopy Ewe to test-knit at a sportweight gauge to see how that works out for sportweight socks. I’m betting it’ll work just fine!
Speaking of Dream in Color, here’s the first Diagonal Lace sock, made from the Smooshy sock yarn in the “Strange Harvest” colorway. Yum.
And a close-up:
There were a couple of questions in the comments about my favorite cast-off for toe-up socks, and a question about cast-ons for top-down socks.
The bind-off I always use is a variation of a Russian bind-off. I execute it loosely as follows:
K2, slip these 2 sts back to the lefthand needle, K2TOG, *K1, SL 2 sts on righthand needle back to the lefthand needle, K2TOG *. Repeat from * to *.
I’ve seen it stated that you work it in purl all the way around, or in knit all the way around. When I am doing a ribbed cuff on a sock, I do the bind-off in ribbing, so I knit the knits and purl the purls. When it comes to working the 2 stitches together, I work it knit or purl, depending on what the second stitch of the two is.
I always use the same size needle as for the rest of the sock and I never have any problems with it being too tight.
As for cast-ons for top-down socks . . .
In the past five years I have knit exactly one pair of top-down socks, and for those I did a picot edge that used a provisional cast-on. So y’all are on your own there.
Lucy’s Preferred Kitty Bed
So does Lucy not like her Cozy Cushion so much any more? I am cat bed shopping and was just curious…
Lucy has two Cozy Cushions, and she loves them both. She also loves her kitty bed. Which one she chooses depends on her mood and proximity to my current position — she likes to hang out near her momma whenever possible.
Lucy’s current position: