Monday, March 06, 2006

My Manly Socks

Let me distract you from the raw gaping wound that is my soul with some fine-ass knitting.

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Pattern: Manly Socks, by Mamma (that's me, tee-hee)

Yarn: Knitpicks Essential, two skiens, in Fawn

Needles: Two size 0 Addi Turbos

Review: The heaven's opened and the Angels sang. I have finished a project for The Greatest. Before anyone freaks out and sends me a razor let me assure you they were modeled by The Greatest for these photos. This sock yarn isn't as soft as I had hoped, but it got better after washing. And they say it wears like iron, and we all know how reliable they are. Wearing like iron is a good thing, because goodness knows that man is hard on his socks.

This was my first attempt at sock design with a top down formula. I love socks! Once you understand the basic construction it is so easy to add in a stitch pattern, or modify them to fit the intended owner's feet. It makes one feel very smart and clever. I just took some foot measurements (which did entail actually *ewwwww* touching his feet, but thank goodness that part didn't last long). Then I handed The Greatest a stitch dictionary and told him to pick something. He chose a Giant Diamond stitch.

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Very manly don't you think? No sissy yarn overs or complicated increases/decreases for him. Straight knit and purl baby!

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My favorite part is the heel. Ignore that tiny hole. I love the k1, sl 1 stitch for the heel. And I like turning the heel, it's magic. I'm so happy with the way these turned out. And better yet so is The Greatest. Hooray for successful knitting.

Just in case anyone else has a picky man in their life, here's the pattern. It's a bit rough and it assumes that you know how to knit two socks on two circular needles at once, sorry.

Co 76 st
Work 2x2 st for 1 inch
Decrease one st on second needle during last row of ribbing
k one row
Begin giant diamond pattern as follows
row 1: *k1, p13, k1, *rep to end of round
row 2: *k2, p11, k2,*rep to end of round
row 3: *k3, p9, k3,*rep to end of round
row 4: *k4, p7, k4,*rep to end of round
row 5: *k5, p5, k5,*rep to end of round
row 6: *p1, k5, p3, k5, p1,*rep to end of round
row 7: *p2, k5, p1, k5, p2,*rep to end of round
row 8: *p3, k9, p3,*rep to end of round
row 9: *p2, k5, p1, k5, p2,*rep to end of round
row 10: *p1, k5, p3, k5, p1,*rep to end of round
row 11: *k5, p5, k5,*rep to end of round
row 12: *k4, p7, k4,*rep to end of round
row 13: *k3, p9, k3,*rep to end of round
row 14: *k2, p11, k2,*rep to end of round

Work in pat until piece meas 7.5 inches or desired leg length
On first needle only, beg heel gusset
row 1: *sl1, k1, * rep to end of row
row 2: sl1, p to end of row
continue row 1 & 2 until gusset measures 2 in

row 1: sl1, k24, ssk, turn
row 2: sl1, p12, p2tog, turn
row 3: sl1, k12, ssk, turn
repeat rows 2 and 3 until all rows are knit ending with a knit row

Pick up 18 st along left edge of heel flap
work second needle in giant diamond pattern as set
on first needle pick up 18 st along right side of heel flap
knit across first needle in st stitch
work across second needle in giant diamond pattern as set

needle 1: k1, ssk, knit to last three st, k2tog, k1
needle 2: work in pat as set
Continue in this manner until first needle has 38 st per sock
then continue knitting first needle in st stitch, and second needle in giant diamond pattern until foot meas 9.5 inches or desired foot length

beg toe decreases as follows
knit both needles in st stitch
k1, ssk, knit to last three st, k2tog, k1
work this pattern over each needle, every round until there are 10 st left per needle.
BO using kitchner st
Weave in ends
Have a very strong drink for surviving my ill-written pattern.
Give socks to hubby and expect expensive shopping spree in return.


Lynda said...

Those are GREAT socks (for The Greatest!) - thanks SO much for the pattern! Printing it out right now!

Chris said...

I love that the diamond pattern looks like subtle argyles! Way to go!!

Katrina said...

Fantastic job on the Greatest's socks! You and I have similar situations in reverse: your husband WANTS you to knit something for him, and will actually WEAR it when you're done. Mine will say "you can knit that for me if you want to..." and then it sits in the closet, lonely. Thank goodness my babies can't wait for me to finish what I'm knitting for them, and would wear nothing but knitted garments 24/7. I still have hope that your Birdie will come to recognize her mother's knitting genius sooner rather than later, and then you won't be able to keep up with her demand for the perfect pink little something that she won't want to part with. One can only dream.

Karyn said...

those are beautiful! i love them, and i'm bookmarking this page. also, i'm so sorry about, you know, what's going on. that sounds so dumb written down, from someone that barely knows you, but... still.

candsmom said...

The socks are gorgeous!! Very masculine and the heel is awesome. I'm bookmarking this pattern right now. ;-) I love the color you chose, too- it really brings out the diamond pattern. Take care! :-)

shiguy4076 said...

OOOHHH I really like the yarn color and teh pattern. You did a extrodinary job as usual.

Becky / Knitting Interrupted said...

Absolutely Fantastic socks! I can't wait to print out and try your pattern notes! Thank you!

del said...

Hole, what hole?? The socks are great!