18 May, 2008

Birthday Socks

Oak Ribbed Socks

Oak Ribbed Socks by Nancy Bush from Knitting Vintage Socks, knit for gnr's birthday and finished four days early, even though I've been distracted lately by lacy socks and baby boots and chasing around town hunting down exclusive yarn (Wendee, I'm looking at you).


Regia Stretch (70% wool, 30% poly) Color 111, most of 2 skeins
2.25 mm bamboo DPN
15 st / 24 rows per 5 cm (2 inches)
Ravelry project link


Knit exactly per the pattern except that I omitted the heel "seam" stitch. The ribbing lets the socks stretch to fit size US 10 men's feet. I love the Regia wool blend as a workhorse practical yarn that can take hard wear and lots of laundering.

Next: something possibly less practical, but definitely more beautiful.

10 May, 2008

Selvedge Swatch

Garter stitch swatch knit to compare methods of creating a selvedge. Knit using Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran (colour 300102) on 5 mm (US 8) Crystal Palace bamboo DPNs.

garter selvedge swatch

1. Slip last stitch purlwise with yarn in front AND knit first stitch through the back loop. This creates a distinctive chain edge with each chain quite open.

2. Slip first stitch purlwise with yarn in front. This also creates a chain along the edge, but the chain is more compact than #1 and the edge is less prominent.

garter selvedge swatch

3. Knit last stitch through the back loop AND slip first stitch purlwise without moving the yarn to the front. Makes a clear series of slanted loops around the edge of the fabric.

4. Slip first stitch purlwise without moving the yarn to the front. Looks very much like #3 except the selvedge is flatter (meaning, less bulky).

garter selvedge swatch

5. Slip first stitch knitwise. Gives a wrapped edge stitch similar to #4, except the wrap is more horizontal.

6. Just knit. The classic knot-like plain garter selvedge.

04 May, 2008

Bootees Flat and Round

Saartje's Bootees

These bootees, designed by Saartje, are wildly popular on Ravelry (over 2,000 projects) and it's easy to see why. Adorable, quick to knit, and perfect for a baby shower gift. I knit the first of the pair per the pattern, which is written to knit flat.

Saartjes Bootees

There were two seams to sew up, and eight ends to weave. Lazy knitter efficiency expert that I am, I decided to try knitting the second one in the round. I also made the straps using a cable cast-on with the existing yarn, rather than adding new yarn for each strap as the pattern stated. In the round, you get one short seam, and four ends.

If you would rather eat a bug than purl, you won't care for the round version, but even with writing the pattern as I knitted, it was faster in the round.

Saartjes Bootees

Bootees in the Round

I added one stitch to the original pattern to make it easier to work on 2 or 4 needles. The bootee is knit inside out (i.e. wrong side facing outwards).

Cast on 32, divide over 2 circs or 4 dpn
row 1 P32
row 2 KFB, K14, M1, K2, M1, K14, KFB
row 3 P36
row 4 KFB, K15, M1, K4, M1, K15, KFB
row 5 P40
row 6 KFB, K16, M1, K1, M1, K4, M1, K1, M1, K16, KFB
row 7 P46
row 8 KFB, K18, M1, K1, M1, K6, M1, K1, M1, K18, KFB
row 9, 11, 13, 15, 17 P52
row 10, 12, 14, 16, 18 K52
row 19 change to contrast color and P52
row 20 K15, (SSK) 5 times, K2, (K2TOG) 5 times, K15
row 21 P42
row 22 K42
row 23 P42
row 24 K10, BO 22, K10
row 25 K10, turn the work and cast on 10 using cable cast-on
row 26 K30, turn the work and cast on 10 using cable cast-on
row 27 K40
row 28 BO 20, K20
row 29 BO 20

The bootees above were knit with Hazel Knits Artisan Sock in Beachglass and Natural, on 2.25 mm needles.