May 3, 2009

Herringbone Rib Socks

I finally finished my Herringbone Rib Socks last weekend (I started them in February!).

It was a long slog. They are not particularly difficult to knit, just time consuming as the stitch pattern involves a lot of passing stitches from one needle to the other and back. I had to keep a cheat sheet of the stitch pattern with me to refer to at all times because it's easy to mix up. I do really like the final herringbone rib though.

The pattern is from the book Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarn by Carol J. Sulcoski. The book opens with a brief overview of handpainted yarn and colour and contains lots of beautiful sock patterns from a variety of designers. This particular design is by Kristi Schueler.

The yarn is Diamond Luxury Collection Foot Loose. I believe it's the plum colourway. It's nice a soft and squishy.

These were my first socks knit top down. I've made several pairs of socks but always used toe up and was frankly a little reticent to try turning a heel. But it was no biggie after all and I like the result.

My feet are size 6 US so I knit the smaller size, knitting the foot to the recommended 1.75 inches short of the desired foot length before starting the toe, and they fit well.

There are several more patterns in this book that I can't wait to make.

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  1. Fabulous colours, the herringbone came out beautifully.

  2. Ooh! I love those socks! I just finished my first actual pair of socks just last week, and am working on my second...

  3. They're lovely...I aspire to knitting gorgeous socks like these. (I mostly crochet but I'd love to be a competent knitter.) The photographs are nicely detailed too!

  4. You're socks look wonderful!! Do did such a great job on them!! I am anxiously awaiting summer vacation so i can learn how to knit socks! I've already got the yarn ;) lol... Have a great day!!

  5. Very nice. I recently finished my first pair from this book, the Potpourri socks by Deb Barnhill. I really like the look of the Herringbone socks, but all the slipping stitches back and forth makes me not want to knit them so much.

  6. I'm impressed! I tried knit a herringbone scarf once... I wonder if that would count for enough experience to tackle these socks.
    Yours are lovely, the colorway is so rich!

  7. Love love love these socks! So pretty!!!

    Found you from Ravelry Blogging Group, btw. :)

  8. i can't seem to get this pattern's funny to hear your apprehension about toe down, I've always done it that way and I'm apprehensive about doing it toe up!

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