I did manage to knit quite a bit during this month sockwise. And I really enjoyed the interviews and tutorials Lolly provided in her blog.
Although I’m a longtime sock knitter I still like to learn new techniques and I try most things – to a certain extend – at least once before making up my mind about them. So this Soktoberfest I took as a possibiblity to get more familiar with the idea of knitting socks on a circular needle. It was a bit awkward at first but I definitely see the uses of this particular technique. In combination with knitting socks toe-up it’s particularily helpful if you are not sure wether your yarn will be enough to finish a pair of socks.
Trekking XXL Socks
During our stay in London I finished my first pair of socks out of Trekking XXL yarn. I like the soft stripes although the yarn itself was a bit different from the other sock yarns I’ve worked with so far. It’s softer somehow, fuzzier in a way. I used a simple 3/1 rib pattern that’s broken up by purl stitches forming slanting lines. I like the outcome and am looking forward to knit up some of the other Trekking XXL yarn I’ve got in my stash.
Looking at some pictures in the blogoshere I’m even pondering about trying socks in a stranded pattern using one solid yarn and one skein Trekking XXL. A wonderful, most adorable example can be seen at Fadenallerlei.
Retro Rib Socks
Other than the Trekking XXL socks I just finished one Retro Rib Sock from an older IK issue out of Regia Loop Color yarn. I just cast on for the second sock. I got the yarn on sale a while back although I didn’t really care for the strangely looping stripes. I actually just thought the colors would make nice socks for dearest „I-usually-only-wear-black-socks“ husband. But seeing the yarn evolve into a sock I have to take back my first impression. They look kinda cool, don’t ya think?
Pattern: by Evelyn Clark in Interweave Knitting, Winter 2004
Yarn: Regia Loop Color, Color #5773 (black/grey)
Needles: 2.5 mm Holz+Stein Circulars
Challenge: Using circulars and the magic loop method
Lacy Africa Color Socks
And right now on my needles is another pair of socks for the Christmas basket. It’s a simple lacy pattern on a purled ground done in Regia Africa Color yarn and I’m really fond of how the stripes come out on the reverse stockinette ground. The stripes loose their distinct definition and change-over more softly.
Pattern: my own
Needles: Don’t those bright blue 2.5 mm DPNs look just adorable? I picked them up for next to nothing at one of those 1Euro-a-piece shop. They are anodized aluminium I think and not of the highest quality but the tips are nice and the stitches slide smoothly.
Challenge: Knitting a sock in reverse stockinette