On-hold Socks – hrm

I thought I’d whip up a quick little pair of socks, as a bit of a break from my larger knitting projects. They are, however, taking a little more effort than I’d estimated…

“On-hold Socks” – the pattern is by Wendy D. Johnson and it’s from a book called “Socks from the Toe Up. I figured I’d make them two-at-a-time, and I thought I’d only wind up spending a few short evenings on them.

The pattern calls for 2mm needles (which a pretty tiny – the smallest you can get locally) and fingering-weight yarn. I thought it would be fun to knit this lovely “Somoko” by Fleece Artist (65% Merino, 20% Mohair, 10% Nylon,5% Silk) that I’d picked up at my LYS, Cricket Cove

on-hold socks

Except that it knits up a wee bit larger than the pattern calls for. This means that I had to back up and adjust the pattern. I backed up to the toe increases and did not add on the last set of 4 increases. It still seemed loose but I still thought they would be fairly wear-able.

Last night I spent the evening making the heels. I wasn’t sure how the pattern would knit up, so it was interesting to see the construction. I’d modified things to take into account my slightly smaller pattern. They looked all right, but by the time I finished and tried it on, I realized that I have rather narrow heels and I didn’t like the extra bulk and width that was there. This means that I will have to back out and put in a couple of decreases on each side before I re-do the heels. If I don’t fix them, I will never wear them.

As it is, I’m already questioning if I should finish them. I’m not terribly fond of the variegated pattern that the yarn makes. Its such an intense variegation that you cannot see any of the pattern that is knit into the top of the sock. Perhaps they really should just be frogged…