Sunday, April 12, 2015

Year of Projects 4: Wedge 04

KNIT. SOCK. LOVE. : BFF • Clandestine • Cusp • German Stockings • Gothic Spire Hedera • In and Out • Lissajous • Marilinda • Mona • Monkey • Pointelle • Rhombus • Sake • Stalagmite • Stricken • Thelonious • Twisted Flower • Wedge

It's crazy how much I love my Wedge socks! Admittedly it was the pattern I first favourited out of the entire book, but really it's nothing more than a pair of vanilla socks with a bunch of garter stitch short rows wedges. And I'm not normally that keen on the homespun simplicity of garter stitch. Can't explain it!

I suppose how perfectly the variegated print of the yarn plays with the pattern might have a lot to do with it.  I've had my troubles with variegated yarn, and mostly avoid it as being more trouble than it's worth, but this pattern really comes to life with the variegation. Besides, they are lime green, kelly green, forest green and a lot of other fabulous greens. Did I mention that green is my favourite colour?

Caffeine Girl Creates mentioned that she struggled to translate the appearance of the yarn in the skein or ball to how it knits up in her post here and I can totally relate. That's where I find Ravelry such a help. Before casting on Wedge, I skimmed through the project photos to determine what yarn choice might work best. And I scanned the project photos for this yarn to get a sense of what I might expect. The homework paid off huge in this instance. The main pattern photo is a solid coloured yarn - and I probably would have played it safe with something similar before seeing all the glorious pairs of variegated Wedge socks!

Back to the pattern: it's super simple. Knit these and you'll be able to W&T in your sleep. And thanks to the short rows there's very little purling. No need to pick up those wraps either as the garter stitch and the busy yarn fill in any little holes. I knit the medium size throughout, although I snuck down a needle size after completing the heels to snug up the foot. They fit perfectly!

I've already cast on Hedera Socks and will have something to show you on that next week. Truth be told I started a pair of Hedera socks a few years ago but ripped them out because I didn't like how holey/lacy they were knitting up. Once again, Ravelry to the rescue! Just the other day I was breezing through the forums when I saw an idea that might just do the trick for me. But more on that next week.

It's finally FINALLY spring! I rolled down the car windows. I turned off the furnace and opened the doors to let in some fresh air. And now I'm headed outside to tidy the garden. Have a great day!

11 comments:

Lucy Bowen said...

Gosh, they are gorgeous - I will add them to my queue! You have well and truly fired my sock knitting mojo - having followed your blog through the year of projects I have started to knit them and love it - I can't seem to be without a pair on the needles!! My problem is I like knitting sweaters and mitts and hats as well - oh well I suppose it could be worse!

Wanderingcatstudio said...

Wedge looks very cool (and green is my fav colour too)
I'll have to check out that pattern - I quite enjoy short rows

Iris said...

They look spectacular - and you are right, the variegated yarn really brings out the pattern. Fabulous!

Frieda said...

Beautiful socks Lynn ! I have to agree that the yarn is just perfect for them . Congrats on another pair of fantastic socks . It's always interesting to read your comments and tips ...

Kepanie said...

These are fabulous. The green rocks.

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

I might have to try those as I really like the heel and I like variegated yarn and it sounds like a match made in heaven! If you love green you should go look a The Pea Green Cottage on Pinterest...I can't get enough of it!
Thank you for the advice on the duplicate stitch which I immediately went to you tube and found an excellent video on repairing holes with duplicate stitch by Sarah Brunette....excellent. She's master repairer and teacher...I subscribed! I refuse to tear back...I'm pretty sure those days are done. Plus, they are not a gift but for me so I am a little braver. I'm still using your measuring method...I never want to lose that one! Enjoy the outdoors!

Caffeine Girl said...

Yeah, I should have looked on Ravelry! Sometimes I'm just in too much of a hurry for my own good.

Yay for spring!

Dee said...

Wedge is very interesting! Congrats on another gorgeous pair of socks. :-)

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

I have the book and love that pattern too...but need to finish up the 7 pair I have on the needles...and of course they are gorgeous...because green is the best color!

WildflowerWool said...

Love your Wedge socks. Great colour and pattern!

Leyla Alieva said...

Amazing socks! I love the colour.