Sunday, January 20, 2013

Year of Projects 2: French Sock


Folk Knitting in Estonia: Aino's Gloves • Anu's Christmas Gloves • Anu's Mittens • Anu's Stockings • Avo's Mittens • Ellen's Stockings • Helgi's Mittens • Hilja's Mittens • Ilmar's Socks • Juta's Stockings • Kalev's Mittens • Kristi's Mittens • Laila's Socks • Landra's Gloves • Liidia's Gloves • Liivi's Stockings • Maarja's Socks • Maimu's Mittens • Marko's Mittens • Meida's Mittens • Merike's Gloves • Rita's Stockings • Sander's Mittens • Tiit's Socks • Ulla's Gloves • Virve's Stockings

Knitting Vintage Socks: Gentleman's Shooting Stockings with Fluted Pattern (1887) • Gentleman's Sock in Railway Stitch (1889) • Gentleman's Socks with Lozenge Pattern (1895) • Bed Sock in Lemon Pattern Fancy Knit Stripe (1896) • Cycling or Golf Stockings with Fancy Cuff in Trellis Pattern (1897) • Heelless Sleeping Socks (1897)  Child's French Sock in Citron Pattern and Diaper Knitting (1898) • Child's First Sock in Shell Pattern (1899) • Gentleman's Half Hose in Ringwood Pattern (1899) • Gentleman's Sock for Evening Wear (1900) • Evening Stockings for a Young Lady (1900) • Fancy Silk Sock for a Child of 5 or 6 Years (1900) • Gentleman's Fancy Sock (1901)  Gentleman's Plain Winter Sock with Dutch Heel (1901) • Child's Sock in Miranda Pattern (1904)  Baby's Bootikin (1905)    Little Child's Sock (1907)    Ladies Useful Stockings (1913)    Ladies Silk Stockings with Clocks (1914)

My first sock from the pattern Child's French Sock is done. All that worrying about size and it fits me fine. In fact, it couldn't be any better - well, after adding a bunch of stitches, changing to smaller needles and lengthening the heel flap, that is. I read somewhere that a heel flap should be roughly square, but for my pointy heels I need a heel flap about 20% taller than it is wide.

In the acknowledgements for this book Knitting Vintage Socks, designer Nancy Bush thanks a group of skilled knitters who knit "sock mates" for her. Imagine, someone else knitting your second sock?!! How awesome would that be? Oh well, there's nobody to do that for me ... particularly as I'm lousy about writing down my mods and haven't met anyone yet with matching tension. Nothing else to do but cast on a second sock. Let's see if I can't finish up this sock before next week's post. My lingering case of start-itis is trying to goad me into casting on some scrap yarn stripey socks to finish out the month.

18 comments:

Sarah said...

Your sock looks lovely! A second sock knitter?? As much as I would love that, I think I would rather a button-on-sewer!

Wanderingcatstudio said...

It looks great. I've added that pattern to my favourites.

Dee said...

Wow! That is really an intricate pattern. Very pretty. I'm sure you didn't get bored with that knitting.

Marie/Underground Crafter said...

It sounds cool, but wouldn't their gauge be different (most likely)? So you'd have one perfectly fitting sock and one jumbotron sock ;).

cleancup said...

I think a second sock circle is a brilliant idea... what if you get an even number of knitters, all with the same size feet, and two sock patterns? Everyone knits one sock from each pattern, and in the end everyone gets a pair of socks... Sure there would be gauge issues, but it could be a lot of fun!

Alittlebitsheepish said...

Your sock looks beautiful, and you chose a lovely colour

Evelyn said...

Great detail ... & color!

Catherine said...

I have this book and with a long break coming up at the end of the year I thought I might try to knit all the socks (project in my head only at this time of course but I am itching to cast on!)

DeliaKnits said...

I'd be up for a second sock knitter.. even if that meant one would be smaller than the other.. I really have second sock syndrome...

Chrisknits said...

Very pretty sock. I have startitis. But I have a good reason. I am working on a heavily cabled capelet and needed a garter stitch project to work on during Downton Abbey. So Wingspan was cast on. It's good to have two different knits going on, to use for those times the project suits your attention level.

Sandy said...

LOL, someone to knit up the 2nd sock? How in the world would the 2 match...I mean like you said, everyone's tension is different. Thanks loads for the visit and comments. LOL, yeah, I don't always take full ghans in my travels, only car trips. Though, thinking back, think I might have taken 1 on a plane trip way back by way of carry on.

Caffeine Girl said...

What a beautiful sock.

I am jealous of having an assistant to knit that second sock!

Ruth said...

Oh I love the sock and I don't think I'd be up for knitting sock mates, having a bit of trouble knitting one lol. I think for next year its time to get some sock yarn stash going on and get to those books lol.

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

Oh it came out great!!!! Yeah with 4 pair OTN...I wonder how bad SSS will it me!

Sam I Am...... said...

Gorgeous sock but trust me...you would not want ME knitting for you in any way, shape or form! LOL!

nauget bluff said...

SSK sounds fun, but way above me.. I just follow along..

Emma (GirlAnachronismE) said...

The socks looks lovely, and definitely looks like it fits perfectly. And oh, to be able to hire a second sock knitter. The only problem would be, I wouldn't feel like they were all my creation then...

goodpurlgonebad said...

I might be wrong, but I think there's a second sock group on Ravelry :) If Nancy Bush struggles too then there's hope for the rest of us.

As always, sock perfection.