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99 ways to knit a sock

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

We’re housebound today – snowstorm outside. Rather delicious, between you and me. Some people (who I won’t name, but I’ll just tell you that I’m not one of them) are still in their pyjamas…in the middle of the afternoon…So it’s reading and knitting for me today.

I’ve knitted many, many socks over the past few years – OK, so not 99 pairs, but a lot! However, I’m still  surprised when I come across new ways to knit the heel of a sock. It’s unbelievable how many different methods there are. You really wouldn’t think that something like a heel could be knitted in so many ways.

I have my favourites, but I’m always prepared to give something new a go. Take this one – Nancy Bush’s Lichen Ribbed Sock taken from Knitting Vintage Socks – it has a very neat little heel flap, with decreases in 4 places – I’m quite taken with it.

It’s always a bit of a shot in the dark when I knit a new pattern with yarn I haven’t used before. In this case it’s Koigu merino. The sock is much narrower than I’m used to – in part largely because of the K3 P1 rib – I’m hoping it’s going to fit over my chunky runner’s calves. At least I have slim feet and ankles – and slim daughters if worst comes to worst…. Koigu is a rather special yarn. The shading is delightful and the two plies are more tightly twisted than many yarns I use. It’s lovely to knit with. But kind of skinny in the leg…

Helen

One Response to “99 ways to knit a sock”

  1. Vreni Says:

    Enjoy your snow day! I totally understand what you mean with delicious. Is there anything more cozy than being inside with a snowstorm going on outside?