Friday, March 15, 2013

Finished Object Friday: Lozenge Socks


PatternGentleman's Sock with Lozenge Pattern from Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush

Yarn: Top Cat MCN from Wandering Cat Yarns in "Celery Seed" colourway

Needles: size 1 (2.25mm) and size 0 (2.00 mm)

Modifications: As written the pattern requires 600 yards of fingering weight yarn so most of my mods are intended to get these socks out the single skein of sock yarn I had. I shortened each cuff repeat by one round, then shortened the cuffs by one full repeat and shortened the leg by two and half repeats.

Also, I thought that the leg was likely to come out a bit baggy as written so I worked the leg across 70 sts rather than 80 sts and then switched down one needle size at the ankle and through the foot. Oh, and I worked my usual wedge toe because I find that the most comfortable at the tips of my toes.

Comments: This pattern really surprised me ... in a good way. I wasn't very enthusiastic when I first cast on, but within a few inches of the first leg I was really pleased. The finished socks are quite striking and fit really well. The pattern is easy to follow and I could easily work it from memory while watching TV without referring to charts or written instructions.

The yarn is a pleasure to work with and a pleasure to wear. I love the softness that you get from that little bit of cashmere, and I find this base just a bit plumper than most sock yarns which makes for a really nice thick knitted fabric. And, in case you're wondering, after all my modifications I made it through with about 8 grams of yarn to spare.

Once again, it's finished object Friday and I'm linking up with everyone over at Tami's Amis. Spring is just around the corner. Don't you want to go see what everyone else is working on for Spring? Maybe there'll be a few Easter surprises :)



16 comments:

Karen said...

Your socks are wonderful! I love the color and I'm sure they are so soft with the bit of cashmere.

Dee said...

They are beautiful. They look a lot like the Catherine socks on Ravelry, but the cuff is different. Is that a 3x3 rib?

Congrats on the finish.

sparkeespud said...

You are just a sock knitting machine! Love these!

Sandra said...

Everything is beautiful: the color, the pattern, the yarn and your work!
I will put this socks in my queue!
Have a nice weekend!

Chrisknits said...

Lovely. I love the green color. Very Springy!

Wanderingcatstudio said...

They turned out great! At 600 yards, those original socks must have been huge!

Top Cat is one of my favourites too - and you picked a great colour.

Jazz said...

Nice color! They looks so soft.

Here's my FO: http://mibruno.com/terminados-47/

Michelle said...

Ooooo. I love a touch of cashmere! These socks look fantastic.

Evelyn said...

Nice review of this very snazzy pattern!

Andria said...

I really like the color of your sock yarn, and the sock itself is just wonderful!

Sarah said...

Another pair of stunning socks! they look great!

Barbara said...

Lovely socks, nice job.

Paula said...

Nice socks! I'm with you on yarns with a little cashmere in them. Mmmm, soft.

Kepanie said...

These socks are terrific. The st pattern makes it so interesting.

L. E. said...

Very very nice!! You make me want to start knitting socks too!!

Marie/Underground Crafter said...

These are great - I'm glad you were pleasantly surprised!