Back to Basics Socks

I started these socks early in the morning on polling day a couple of weeks ago, and had the first one finished by the time the last mayoral election results were announced in London. The second took a little longer – a testament to the difference the adrenalin of politics makes to my knitting output!

Back to Basics Socks

  • Pattern: Back to Basics by Deb Barnhill, in Knitty (Fall 2007)
  • Yarn: Regia Stretch Color 4 ply, colour 84 (Skater). A nice stretchy yarn, the colours are deeper than the picture suggests. The first ball was absolutely fine, but I found three knots in the second, as well as patches in which the yarn was fuzzy – almost unplied. Strange odds.
  • Needles: 2.5mm dpns

(See project details on Ravelry)

This was my first pair of toe-up socks, and I’m pleased with how easy the process is. I like the fit of the toe and the ergonomic increases on the gusset. On the other hand I hated the ribbed heel – I think I’ll substitute the stronger slip-stitch heel next time. I used Elizabeth Zimmerman’s sewn cast off (from Knitting Without Tears) for a stretchy cuff.

I’ve sent these off to their birthday recipient, I think she’ll like them. With the turn in the weather I’m also looking forward to knitting some more socks. Now I’m over my fear of toe-ups I may even look at some more adventurous designs…

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