Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Frakking socks - Episode VI - The Finale

Is this where we all go camping?

Sorry, BSG reference for those of you who haven't seen it.

Here are the finished socks:

Frakking socks


  • Knit on 2.25mm needles

  • Cast on 68 stitches, by accident but it worked out OK

  • Increased to 70, removing some of the purl stitches from the ribbing to accommodate my skinny feet. 

  • Only knit one pattern repeat on the cuff as I have short legs, ended on row 2 before starting heel. 

  • Adapted the toe pattern to create a V of ribbing when starting the toe.

Things I learnt:

  • I don't need to dither so much. I understand sock construction and can make stuff up as I go.

  • I can do tricky cables without a cable needle if I pause for a few minutes and think about where the stitches need to go. 

  • Changing the type of needle I use cuts down on wrist and finger strain. I used a mix of Addi circulars and bamboo DPNs. I find metal a bit slippery for cables so drop my stitches more than I do with wood or bamboo but find metal faster for stocking stitch. 

  • When your parents suggest the stitch pattern would make a lovely jumper, especially one knit in sock yarn, know that they are joking.
Viper Pilots is a great, well written pattern, though it is fiddly and maybe not best suited to a three and a half day sock challenge. Unless you are frakking stupid. :D

My next socks will be plain old stocking stitch socks.


travelknitter said...

Congratulation! I can't believe you knit those in three and a half days, and still had time for sightseeing. Am very impressed.

Ginger Knits said...

It wasn't quite 3.5 days, more like 4, which makes all the difference. :D