Saturday, February 4, 2012

Does one sock count as a finished object?

I guess not.  However, it's a milestone since it's the first one ever off needles wielded by me.

One side has no hole at the top of the gusset.  Wish I could say the same of the other side.  More importantly, I wish I could remember what I did so that I could repeat whatever gave this result.

The pointy toe seems weird to me, but it feels perfectly comfortable.  Out of the 3 pictures posted, this one shows the colours best.  (BTW the safety pins mark every 10th row and hopefully will help me duplicate this sock.)

I'm still thinking about sewing, and I have mostly finished tracing this jacket pattern from the February, 2011 issue of Burda Magazine.  Except I won't be using braid around the edges.

I've got some luscious predominantly green/aqua tweedy bouclé on deck for it.  First up will be a muslin.

But in the meantime I'm working on sock #2.


  1. It counts if you are a pirate with a peg leg.

  2. It definitely counts. Congratulations!

  3. Congrats! The yarn is very pretty.

    If you continue to knit socks, you might like to try the Magic Loop method, which enables you to knit two at a time. I've used it on my last three pairs and like the fact that I don't have to do anything special to get two matching socks. The downside is that it takes longer to see a finished sock, but at least the longer wait guarantees a finished pair!

  4. Yes, it's a finished object. I knew someone who once gave her spouse one sock for Christmas. Very pretty!

  5. Very pretty! Don't let second sock syndrome (SSS) get you! I'm just finishing up my second pair of socks - the heels are the tricky part, aren't they?

  6. Elisabeth Zimmermann said she had holes on her socks at that point, so I think you can congratulate yourself on only having one :-). And one sock is a fine accomplishment indeed, one that can keep you whooshing right through the second one.
    As to pointy toes, yes they can be comfortable, but mostly if you have the kind of foot with a longer second toe. If you have a squarer sort of foot (mine has big toe and no2 ending at the same level), you can just do your socks that way. Hold off starting the toe a little longer, and graft a bit more width together. I'd also like to point out that I've never made 2 socks exactly symmetrical, and nobody's ever been able to tell, so it's OK to experiment a bit on the other side :-).

  7. From what I have observed, knitted objects can be visually symmetrical, but in fact each side is worked in a different way to produce a similar outcome. An example would be the slipping of the first stitch in every row, or complementary decreases (K2tog and SSK). The left and right side will look exactly the same. I find a significant tension difference with slipped stitch edges, which affects the heel flap in my socks. I have also knit socks with a hole on one side, but not the other. As a practical solution to your problem, you can pick-up an extra stitch or cast-on a stitch at this point, and decrease in the next round. The excess fabric may close over the whole.

    1. Thanks Cornelia - I turned the second heel yesterday and wouldn't you know it; I have a hole on one side but not the other. I think the problem is as you say that the slipped stitches on one edge of the heel flap is looser than on the other. I'll have to think about which side it is, and then try to figure how to fix it.