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March 02, 2005

Halfway There

1 down!

The first one is done -- finally! I tell ya, knitting for a knitter is about as challenging as it gets. Every step of the way I've stopped and asked myself "Does this look OK?".

I played with gauge and swapped down a needle size. I did the toe 3 times before settling on one I liked. Then I started on the foot and decided it needed an extra increase round. I mucked around with stitch patterns and ribbings on the foot and the leg. And when all is said and done I stuck with plain stockinette. Why? I think the stripes do it all. I tried a chevron design but it just wasn't doing it for me. Maybe if the stripes were uniform. Or thinner.

I did finish off the top with a little picot edge. Just your basic YO K2tog, and then I did another 5 rounds of stockinette before binding off. Actually, binding off isn't the right word. I never bound off the stitches. I just sewed one live stitch to the purl bump of the matching row 5 rows down.

Once done sewing I stretched the top and I could feel the sewn row. So I gently worked more of the yarn through that row and it feels better now. But it looks a little fluted. A Regia booklet I have suggests pulling through a length of 1/4" elastic through the hem. What do you think? Any other suggestions?

The Yarn

I still love working with the Regia Cotton Surf. It has a healthy amount of wool in it (around 40% I believe) but enough cotton to make it feel lightweight. The ballband suggests 7.5 spi but I increased it up to 8 and I like it better. Those of you who read my blog often know by now that I tend to knit socks tighter than the specified gauge. It gives a more substantial and solid feeling to the sock and increases durability as well.

The one slight negative I'd say about this yarn is that the plies do not stick together as closely as I like. I suspect this is because it's only 40% wool. When doing decreases I had to pay attention or I'd lose a ply here and there. It's very manageable though and hasn't swayed my appreciation of the yarn. I bought this ball last year at MWSW and I will be on the lookout for any other colorways I like this year.


Last week I posted about how I split the jumbo ball into 2 balls (one for each sock). I read somewhere that a good rule of thumb is to make the leg as long as the foot. I knit until I hit that point and then continued a bit until I found a good stopping point in the stripes. I wanted the picot edge to be fairly solid. I weighed the sock when done and it weighed 46 grams. 2 grams leftover, which looks to be enough for another inch or two. So I'd say the yardage on this yarn is generous and should do well even if you did use a stitch pattern that ate up the yarn.

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I love that sock! Very pretty!! The colors are fantastic and the picot edging is perfect for it.

Posted by: kim | Mar 2, 2005 9:58:44 AM

Beautiful sock . . . and I have to agree (with lots of head-nodding) with everything you said about Cotton Surf!

Posted by: chris | Mar 2, 2005 10:05:37 AM

Perfect! Really! Very cheery and the knitting is perfection.

Posted by: Mary Beth | Mar 2, 2005 10:34:32 AM

Super cute! I know I'd wear those in a heartbeat. The colors are excellent.
Could I make one suggestion with the "bind off"?
Instead of sewing, you could actually BO by sticking your needle through the corrosponding loop to which you would have sewn the stitch, but instead, knit the loop and the live stitch together. Work in this manner, binding off as you go. You might want to go up a needle size to prevent working too tightly. I prefer this to sewing.
Alternately, I've worked kitchner to the row below the one I want to BO to. This has a lot more stretch than straight whip stitch.

They are both more work but give a more stretchy result.

Posted by: Marnie | Mar 2, 2005 10:47:00 AM

Those socks are so very pretty! I love the colors and that picot edging is beautiful!

Posted by: General Ginger | Mar 2, 2005 10:52:44 AM

It looks marvelous. Your pal will love it!! My toe-up us still a 'suck'.

Posted by: Margene | Mar 2, 2005 12:43:50 PM

I adore the colors, and the picot edging is fabulous! And you're right - the stripes Do to all the work!

Posted by: abby | Mar 2, 2005 12:47:00 PM

I really like that the stripes are different widths. I've never seen self-striping yarn like that!

Posted by: Evelyn | Mar 2, 2005 12:54:05 PM

Cotton Surf you say? I'll have to put that on my 'must find' list. The sock looks fantastic. Perfection even. Love the colors. Love the heel. LOVE the picot edging. Brava!

Posted by: Liz | Mar 2, 2005 1:57:22 PM

i absolutely love those colors! i must get into the sock making soon.

Posted by: Amy | Mar 2, 2005 3:02:58 PM

Pretty! And I love the picot edging. I think the elastic is a good idea or they might be a little droopy. Its also easy to remove the strand if the recipient likes them a bit droopy.

Posted by: Sharlene | Mar 2, 2005 3:58:47 PM

I just started my first pair of socks yesterday! I really like the pattern you used.

Posted by: linda | Mar 2, 2005 4:13:28 PM

Looks beautiful, Jodi. So very spring looking in the middle of this cold winter. Enjoy.

Posted by: Ronni | Mar 3, 2005 7:19:10 AM

Perfect! Your pal will love them.

Posted by: Christy | Mar 3, 2005 7:47:34 AM

I *have* to go find that yarn right NOW!!!! Lovely.

Posted by: Rachael | Mar 3, 2005 8:03:06 AM

If you reaaly want more of this yarn, I have a ball in the same exact colorway. I know that I bought mine at Woolwinders in Rockville, MD.

Posted by: mia | Mar 3, 2005 10:13:29 AM

Gorgeous sock! You're absolutely right, the striping is all it needs. Fabulous!

Posted by: alison | Mar 7, 2005 8:52:36 PM

love the sock. I'm a big fan of stripes AND picot edges, so this is pressing all the right buttons for me (!)

Posted by: anna | Mar 8, 2005 9:19:12 AM

This is a gorgeous sock. It looks perfect. I love the un-uniform stripes. Very nicely done.

Posted by: Ruby B. | Mar 8, 2005 11:20:21 AM

I LOVE that sock! The cuff is pretty and it's so spring-like. Great job. I'm regretting not joining the sockapalooza :-/

Posted by: Carrie | Mar 8, 2005 11:01:38 PM

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