Monday, October 8, 2007
Marietta Rib Socks
I've got two more socks to make to finish my Lucy Project. This one was really fun because of the color of this yarn. I knew it was going to be perfect for the ruffles. It's just so happy looking that I'm calling them my happy socks. No one can be sad when they see these. :)
Name of Project: Marietta Rib Socks from Lucy Neatby's book Cool Socks Warm Feet
Yarn: Plymouth Sockotta Sock Yarn Bold Stripe Effect, Color 5616, 100 grams/414 yards
Yarn Source: Yarning For You
Needles: Size US 1 (2.5 mm) Knit Picks dpns
Estimated Time to Complete Project: 6 days
Specifications: These socks start at the cuff, and you cast on 3 times as many stitches as you need, then decrease down to the number you are going to work for the sock. That's how the ruffle forms. Then there are a couple of stockinette rounds to get the turning of the ruffle. After that you just work in ribbing down the leg, do a heel flap and turn, then proceed down the foot until the end of the toe. The toes are grafted.
The big thing I learned while making this sock was that the longer you make the heel flap, the more frequent you have to do the decreases on the gusset. So you have to decrease every round on the gusset if the heel flap is longer and it makes a sharper angle. If the heel flap is on the shorter side, you can decrease every other round for a more gradual angle. I chose to make a shorter heel flap with this sock and decrease every other round.
The other thing I changed a little about these socks was the pattern says to stop 1.5" from end of foot and then do the toe. Well, I measured a couple of the other pair of socks that I've made and the toes on those are 2" long. So I stopped 2" from the end and did the toe with decreases on every other round down to 10 stitches and they fit nicely. I think if you stop at 1.5" you have to decrease every round and it makes a sharper angle.