Friday, January 11, 2013

FO: Ringwood Socks



PatternGentleman's Half Hose in Ringwood Pattern from Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush.

Yarn: Sydney Sock with Nylon in a colourway called "Hey Paula"

Needles: size 1 (2.25 mm)

Modifications: I shortened the leg by a handful of rows as I was concerned that I'd run out of yarn after lengthening the heel flap, increasing the gusset size and knitting for my size 11 feet. That was a good decision, considering I finished the second sock with just 2 grams of yarn leftover. It was really, really close. 

Comments: The patterning in the sock is not as obvious in this variegated colourway as it might have been in a solid or semi-solid yarn, but I think the pattern's a good choice for the yarn. It's a really simple pattern of knits and purls that knits up very quickly. The leg pattern continues down the heel flap for a neatly subtle heel.The ribbed cuff is really long (40 rounds) but that might be a handy thing to keep the socks up as they're almost knee socks.

The cuff starts out at 76 sts but a series of decrease rounds down the leg bring the foot down to 64 sts so the fit is perfect. The pooling in the feet almost lines up from the left sock to the right to create big puddles of navy. Usually I'm annoyed by pooling, but I kind of like it here. The cobalt blues really pop against the kelly greens, and it's all my favourite colours so I suspect these are destined to become one of my favourite pairs of socks.

It's Finished Object Friday and I'm linking up with the group at Tami's Amis. Why not have a look to see what everyone else finished? Maybe you'll get some inspiration for your next project!


24 comments:

Faith (the Vampire Slayer) said...

I love how happy the colors are. Looks comfy!

sparkeespud said...

Love those socks! I picked up Vintage Socks last fall and plan to knit a few pairs from it this year.

Karen said...

Your socks are beautiful!

stefanie g-r said...

Beautiful! Love Nancy Bush's designs - and that colorway is fantastic!

Dee said...

That was a WHOLE LOTTA knitting! They are beautiful.

pinkundine said...

They look great, I really like the way they pooled :)

Evelyn said...

Your socks look so warm and cozy ... I want to put them right on my feet!

Michelle said...

The colors are marvelous! And it's hard to believe you shortened the length on these! They look substantially high. That's a lot of knitting!

HillyT said...

They are great, I love the colours and also the fact that they are so long. Definite sock envy!

Paula @ KnitandSeek said...

Definitely approve of my namesake colorway -- those socks are AWESOME! I'm impressed that you had the stamina to make them so long, but it was definitely the right choice - They look great!

Ruth said...

Really great socks and I love the pooling so effective against the green. Thanks for the tip on the Bernat cotton I must see if I can get it and what its like. You just never know whats your favourite cotton until you try them all out. I've been looking at sock yarns lately, you can't get such a huge selection over this end Opal seems to be the leader so I'm exploring that so I can perhaps do some more pairs.

Renee Anne said...

Generally speaking, I'm a fan of pooling unless it's totally wonky. Also, something to ponder about the pooling on the feet of socks: they go in shoes. Generally no one will see them :)

Chrisknits said...

Love the colors! They look so cozy!

Catherine G-E said...

Gorgeous! This yarn is wonderful and I like the colour pooling too. Absolutely beautiful. :)

Frieda said...

They're really beauriful ! The colours bring to mind beautiful tropical waters , ahhh , take me away ...

bookworm-Mary said...

Love the yarn color!

Wanderingcatstudio said...

The socks look great! We need some colour with all this grey weather!

Nancy McCarroll said...

Great looking socks!! Glad you had just enough yarn, too.

Amy said...

These are great and happy socks! I need to try my hand at knitting a pair but I fear that I will never finish the second -- or, I finish it and it's a completely different size than the first.

Andria said...

Lovely, lovely socks!

Gracey is not my name.... said...

Love the socks! The colors are great...

I did not make up the crown pattern, I edited the post and linked it to my Rav page that has the pattern...I modified it by making it longer, to work as an earwarmer, and added the white fuzzy edge..

Kepanie said...

Oh my gosh...I <3 these socks!!! I think the pooling's cool. I so think of the middle of the ocean where it's deep and blue and where a kelp forest lives swaying underneath.

Marie/Underground Crafter said...

I agree, the pooling is quite lovely in these socks. Great color choice, as always!

Laura Blinn said...

Those colors are so fun! great socks!