Summer, and knitting is easy. Part 2

I knit socks the same way as the other colors, with the ground color in my right hand for English seam and the pattern color in my left hand for continental seam. With all knitting colors, I only use two colors per row or round, to prevent the fabric from having bulky spots. But with socks I need more stretch than usual in the leg design. I use the last two or three fingers of each hand to keep the work stretched as I work, and check each round for “stretch” before continuing.

Christmas themed socks – merino wool, size 4 needles.

Norwegian style socks are 100% merino. They probably won’t fare well for extended hiking in the mountains (I haven’t tried that; I can barely walk at all now) but seem to hold up for regular everyday use, especially if you have enough for do not wear a single pair every other day. I copied the copper pair in an easy-care, long-wearing wool blend for a friend who will definitely forget the washing instructions, so I know it’s possible. I keep leftovers from my basic socks just for this purpose, to add some color.

These are my own designs. Knitting grid paper is available online and is very useful for visualizing the finished design, as the knitting stitches are not square. I just downloaded the document and then used a new document from it to fill in the design directly on the computer. If you find it too complicated, borrow one of mine. These socks take 4 afternoons to make. I do the top and leg one day, turn the heel and knit the foot the second, and repeat.

(My daughter told her son that when he outgrew his socks, she would have them. His response: “No. No, they will always be mine.”)

And now something completely different: anklets with a Fair Isle cuff. These are from a book and use very common Fair Isle themes. They were fun to do.

Anklets with jacquard cuffs—fingering sock yarn, size 2 and 0 needles. I especially like the wavy rib look, with two colors. They have a band heel, so no gussets to do!

The thread is now open.