Skewed from Topic: Socks Again

Posted: August 5th, 2014 under Life beyond writing.

There’s a post on my LiveJournal about the completion of the seventh “short” sock.  With pictures.  But to spare you having to click on that link, I’m putting a picture here.   Also because it’s time to brighten the place up again.



The order of making runs from the red pair in the front left counter-clockwise around to the newest, the gold/mustard ones next to the first red pair.  And they all have names.  The red pair is “Play Ball,” followed by Rainy Day Roses and Sunny Day Roses, then Desert Canyon Sunset, Tropical Lagoon, Summer Meadow, and Fiesta.

All the yarns used are worsted weight, cast on with #7US needles and then worked on #5US needles.  The socks are sized to my feet, so I cast on 56 stitches, moved them to the size 5 DPN, and knit four rows for the rolled edge.   Then I add the top stripe color, and work 3/4 inch (6 rows for me) of 2×2 ribbing, return to the first color and work 5/8 inch of plain knitting.   Take the back 28 stitches (needles 1 and 4) and work the heel flap in a reinforced stitch–usually Eye of Partridge–and continue that stitch under the heel for extra padding through the heel turn (and sometimes a row or two beyond.)   Sometimes I do the “picking up stitches” row with the first color, and sometimes start a new color right next to the heel flap.  But a contrasting color marks off the heel flap at least by the row after picking up stitches.  The gusset decreases are shaped for my feet (could be slower, but not much faster) and come down to 54 stitches for most of the foot, then to 52 (those decreases off needles 2 and 3, to make a count of 13 on each) before reading the “knob” at the base of the big toe.   All my socks are R & L, because of the shape of my toes but the basic design would work with a symmetrical toe.   Striping is purely “at will” on the foot–the same colors, but different widths, and no attempt to match the striping on the foot section.  The toe reverts to the first color, with a single row of a contrast on the fourth row of the toe.

As a way of using up leftover yarn, this has been both practical and fun to play around with.  But I’m going back to plain socks now, because I need to replace regular socks that have worn out.   Also, I”m short of leftovers, except for green.   Making more regular socks will give me more colors of leftovers to use.  These seven pairs will be enough to finish out the rest of the hot-weather bike-riding.


  • Comment by Mj — August 6, 2014 @ 6:45 am


    The socks you knit are always lovely!

  • Comment by elizabeth — August 6, 2014 @ 9:57 am



  • Comment by Nadine Barter Bowlus — August 6, 2014 @ 6:29 pm


    Aren’t short socks fun! I like seeing the bright volors of mine peeking through the spaces of my fisherman-style sandals. Your socks are lovely.

  • Comment by elizabeth — August 7, 2014 @ 6:19 am


    Nadine: Wearing the short striped ones with sandals is indeed part of the fun. Which color will peek through which gap?

  • Comment by Jonathan Schor — August 7, 2014 @ 6:45 am


    A pair would make a nice contest prize.

  • Comment by Mary — August 7, 2014 @ 4:36 pm


    I second Jonathan’s idea. Good socks are very hard to find.

  • Comment by elizabeth — August 7, 2014 @ 10:13 pm


    Jonathan & Mary: You have the ability to give me at least 24 more hours a day, do you? Plus the ability to fit socks to the winner’s feet by telepathy? Accomplish that, and I’ll consider it. Meanwhile, I have my own knitting to-do list.

  • Comment by ajlr — August 8, 2014 @ 10:51 am


    Love the colours in ‘Summer Meadow’. The sea has that range of colours here, sometimes, in the summer evenings and with clouds scudding across.

  • Comment by Jonathan Schor — August 10, 2014 @ 1:52 pm


    It was not my intention to make work for Ms. Moon. But I do not have a Paladin to come along to teach me how to knit my socks.

    Actually, I am not very skilled at hand work having difficulty sewing on a button.

  • Comment by GinnyW — August 10, 2014 @ 5:52 pm


    I like them all. They look colorful AND warm. I am almost inspired to take up knitting. When I get at least 3 more hours in each day.

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