Friday, March 22, 2013

Finished Object Friday: Fluted Socks


Pattern: Gentleman's Shooting Stockings with Fluted Pattern from Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush

Yarn: A whole bunch of scraps!
 • Meilenweit 100 Merino from Lana Grossa for charcoal grey cuff, heel and toe
 • 1st stripe (blue) is SRK On Your Toes
 • 2nd stripe (grey) is Sandnes Garn Sisu
 • 4th stripe (green) is Malabrigo Sock
 • 5th stripe (blue) is Fleece Artist BFL
 • 7th stripe (grey) is Sandnes Garn Sisu
 • 8th stripe (blue) is Studio June Sydney Sock
 • 9th stripe (blue/brown) is Wandering Cat BFL

Needles: size 0 (2.00 mm) Blackthorns

Modifications: I added a knit row to begin each colour change, but otherwise these socks are knitted as written.

Comments: Can you tell that I ran out of yarn on the first blue stripe of the second sock? I had to supplement with another blue that's a shade or two darker for the third pattern repeat. Oh dear, I thought, I hope I haven't miscalculated on all the stripes! But no, just that one. Still, they are scrappy socks and the intention was to run out of yarn, so Mission Accomplished.

The fluted pattern continues down the heel flap - and that looks nice - but it's bumpier than I'd like for comfort. If I did this pattern again I'd work the heel flap in eye of partridge instead. I wasn't entirely convinced about the calf shaping as it looked kind of lame in the pattern photos and illustrations, but it looks just fine when worn and the fit is wonderful. One more thing? The cuff is really generous, but that's a good thing for knee socks. I could even wear the cuff folded over.

For a scrappy pair of socks, these have been a pleasant surprise. Now I just have to decide whether I keep them for myself or give them away. They fit me beautifully but they'd do more good for someone up North who has more need of wool socks. I guess I've talked myself into sending these socks to the Warm Hands Network, haven't I? Once again, it's finished object Friday and I'm linking up with Tami's Amis.  It's almost Easter; I hope to find a bunny or two in those links.

20 comments:

stefanie g-r said...

LOVE! These are some awesome socks, I love the way they turned out, I totally want to try a destash version of these, too!

Chrisknits said...

Oh, how could you give those up! I love knee socks. But I guess, you don't really need cozy feet and legs where you are. Love the usefulness of the project. I keep way too many small balls of leftovers and have no idea what to do with them!

Dee said...

I am sure whoever gets them will just love them. That pattern is great and will stretch to give a nice snug fit. It's like a hug all day long.

L.E. said...

Fabulous!! Let's all follow your example and never waste leftover yarn anymore!! Congratulations on this very special FO!!

Michelle said...

I didn't notice the yarn substitution until you pointed it out. :-D I doubt anyone else will either. These turned out wonderfully. I hope you won't mind if I borrow this idea in my future stash busting endeavors.

Jazz said...

Lovely socks, I didn't notice the yarn substitution at all.

Caffeine Girl said...

I cannot see the blue yarn substitution at all! You do such careful work!

Carol said...

These socks are gorgeous. I can't believe you are going to give them away!

Babajeza said...

Beautiful. Unfortunatelly, my husband doesn't like to wear woolen socks. I could knit him a pair to hang on the wall though. ;-)

Evelyn said...

What heavenly socks!

Wanderingcatstudio said...

The turned out great- I didn't even notice the different blue until you pointed it out.

Frieda said...

Gorgeous socks ! I had to really , really look to see the difference in the cuff , lucky person that receives these ...

Carolyn said...

These socks are fab - whoever ends up with them will be so cosy! I didn't spot the yarn sub either :-)

Stacey (FreshStitches) said...

OMG... SO amazing! Love these!

Marie/Underground Crafter said...

I can see why you'd have a hard time giving these away. They are striking - and a wonderful stashbuster!

Vivian said...

That's incredibly nice of you to donate these socks to Warm Hands Network. The lucky recipient will really appreciate it I'm sure.

autumngeisha said...

Oh, I love scrappy socks and these are awesome! Great way to use up some scrap yarn.

Kepanie said...

These socks rock! You were so patient to use scraps.

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

These socks are fabulous! I love all the scrappy!!!!

Sarah ~ Crafts from the Cwtch said...

They are as great as I thought they would be!!! :D