Friday, June 18, 2010

Purple Passion

The second pair of socks came off the needles on Wednesday night. They aren't perfect but they are very wearable, never-the-less, because the fit is great. I love the feel of the cotton blend yarn from Knit Picks. The socks are so soft and silky to the touch.

If I had them to do over, I would put in more lifelines. I forgot to put one in before I started the heel turn. I must have purled two stitches together because the slip stitch heel didn't line up in the sock underneath. Also, I wouldn't have changed the type of ribbing for the last inch of the cuff. The knit 4, purl 2 was stretchy enough and the density of the cotton keeps the socks up even though the second part of the cuff flares out due to the change in ribbing and the Aloha Cast-off. I will try the sewn bind-off, next time. Hopefully it will not flare the cuff of the sock.

Despite the fact that the yarn was labeled worsted weight, it easily knit up on US 2 needles, 7.5-8 stitches per inch, the gauge for DK weight. With sock yarn, I am going to have to move down to US 0 circulars. They are in the mail and since I have 4-H quilting camp next week, my attention is conveniently re-focused. ;) Guess I have to go back to knitting tawashis.


Shelly said...

They look wonderful to me! Enjoy wearing them.

pajudie said...

Love your socks, Sally. How bulky are they using the worsted weight yarn?

Sally said...

Thanks for the kind words. The Knit Picks Comfy that I purchased was labeled worsted weight, but it didn't have the diameter that most cotton worsted weight yarn has. Since Knit Picks had 3 weights of Comfy, I was wondering if the label was wrong but I wouldn't know since this was my first purchase. The socks are not too bulky and they are not at all stiff from the dense stitches. The yarn is silky soft, it does not feel at all like the cotton yarn I buy for dish cloths. I have never wanted to knit a cotton sweater until now. I couldn't put this yarn down.