June 18, 2004

Sock it to me!

The first Esprit sock is done:


And, for good measure, here’s a picture of it flat. This sock started off life as a toe-up plain sock, from the free pattern from Elann, because I wasn’t sure how the colours would turn out and I didn’t know if a pattern stitch would look good. I soon decided that the striping was a little boring, but I didn’t want to start over, so I finished the foot plain and started a lace pattern after turning the heel. I was torn between the chevron pattern from Elann and the Broadripple pattern from Knitty, which are quite similar, but neither pattern repeat was a convenient number of stitches. I ended up going with the chevron pattern because it was over fewer stitches (the Esprit yarn is thicker than normal sock yarn so there’s only 48 stitches in this sock) and added 4 plain knit stitches at the back to make the numbers work. But for the cuff of the sock I borrowed from the Broadripple pattern and continued the lace pattern while purling every other row, instead of switching to ribbing. Here’s a close-up of the pattern stitch and the cuff:


I’m happy with how it worked out, but the next pair of socks I make with this yarn I’ll start the pattern stitch right away, so that the foot isn’t as boring!

That was a remarkable amount of detail about a trivial matter, wasn’t it. Oh well, now it’s recorded for posterity, or at least the next time I want to make socks like this.

This weekend my hope/plan is to finish the second sock and get some substantial work done on the front of Mark’s sweater; hoping to finish it would be over-ambitious, especially since we’re going out on Saturday night and so I will lose some important knitting-in-front-of-the-tv time. Still, I hope to have something to report in the next few days!

Posted by Aven at June 18, 2004 12:19 PM

How very pretty, I really like the look of the cuff. It would look good on with the Lucy Neatby garter stitch toes & heels…
Glad to see you have a free weekend to enjoy the last of spring & the beginning of summer.

Posted by: Paula at June 19, 2004 09:25 AM

Very nice! How’s working with the Esprit? I’m considering getting some to make a tank top, but I don’t have much experience with stretchy yarns….

Posted by: Lizzi at June 20, 2004 09:35 AM

Think I’ll start a sock next time. Much quicker!

Posted by: Susan at June 24, 2004 10:36 PM