This is what I'm working on at the moment:
The yarn is Hot Socks Circus, and it smells as delicious as it looks. (Yes, I like the smell of sheep. Don't judge me.)
If you already know me, you won't be at all surprised that I'm knitting a pair of socks. I almost always have at least one pair of socks on the go. I knit my first pair last August (during the World Cup), and have now made approximately 14 pairs - I say approximately, because I lost count after 11 or 12.
Knitting the perfect pair of socks has become an obsession of mine. I am determined that one day I will knit a sock that is SO neat, comfortable and well-fitting, that I will look at it and not be able to see anything that needs improvement. That will be the blueprint for every future sock that I knit. I'm still a long way from that point, but I'm sure having a lot of fun getting there.
Every time I knit a pair of socks, I do something a little differently. Try a new cast-on, turn the heel a bit differently, do a different toe. The current pair is a return to cuff-down after several months of trying to perfect toe-up with short-row heel and toe. I really wanted the short-rows to work because they mimick commercially made socks, but mine never look neat enough or match on both sides. Going back to cuff-down feels like coming home.
Here is my current sock formula:
- 56 stitches, twisted German cast-on over a 3mm needle
- 2.5mm needles for the rest of the sock
- 1 x 1 twisted rib cuff, 2 inches deep (To make twisted rib, knit into the BACK of every knit stitch. It twists the stitch around, tightening it up and creating lovely neat, deep ribs.)
- Stockinette stitch for leg and foot
- 7 inch leg
- Reinforced heel flap of 28 stitches (on WS row, slip every other purl stitch)
- Pick up extra stitches in corners, knit through back loop to tighten up and minimise holes
- Toe from Kim Goddard's beginner sock pattern
Only 3.5 more pairs to make for other people, then I can make some for me again!