First socks for me

Last summer, my husband and I explored a new yarn store. From a person who really only saw Joann Fabrics as my go-to place for yarn, I was floored by the beautiful, rich colors and hand-dyed options for yarn. My husband even fell in love with a hand-dyed sock yarn that he was willing to pay $36 for and did not have to come out of my craft budget!  😀

Regia Pairfect in Wood color

I found and bought two skeins of sock yarn by from Schachenmayr called Regia Pairfect that I was determined to make for myself. Well, a year has passed, and I am finally getting around to these two skeins of yarn! I decided to knit the Regia Pairfect wood color skein first. I was drawn to the pinks, purples, and blue in the yarn.

Well, lets just say, it has pretty much taken me the entire month of June to get one sock out of the pair done … and I still need to finish the toes on the first sock! 😈 Even more frustrating, this sock has been ripped out and redone 5 times this month! I have come to find out that I have VERY, very narrow feet. This last time, I only put 48 stitches on the needless! Then, to the brown strip right before the heel, I decreased every 12 stitches to give me a grand total of 42 stitches. Not going to lie, I felt like I was knitting a child’s sock for my own feet!

I am finally down to decreasing to the toes and I found out I do not have the right size DPNs to finish the sock at the moment, so I just started on the second sock.

First sock almost done!

But, I am so glad that I found a Ravelry pattern from a book called Top Down Sock. I saw some comments from users (under the projects tab) which helped aid my mental sanity in ripping out the sock one more time and casting on once again. My husband on the other hand, looked over and said one word, “Again?”

I plan on buying the book for future needs. I could not buy the book this past weekend, when I truly needed to glean the wisdom, because my husband and I were up in northern Minnesota at the cabin celebrating our first wedding anniversary. I will let you know what I think once I get the book. 🙂

The Husband Socks

I love to make socks for my husband. Yet, the most disappointing part after finishing a brand new pair of knit socks for him is when he comes to be a day or two later to show me the bottom of his socks and they has already worn through! His answer is always, “All I did was just wear them, you cant be angry at me for that.”

So finally, last year, I decided to start the adventure of designing socks that would give me a “few” extra days of not having to mend the bottom of his new knit socks. Since I am new to patterns, I decided to not charge for this even though it took lots of my time to design. Please feel free to leave comments or questions.

The Husband Socks

CAST ON | 68 stitches using the German twisted cast on.
CUFF | *K2P2* for 4 inches.
LEG | *K1P1* for 5 inches
HEEL FLAP | Separate the 68 stitches in half, with the first 34 stitches staying on the needles. Place the last 34 stitches on a stitch holder. Repeat the following 2 rows for a total of 26 rounds and ending with a purl row.

Row 1: *Slip 1, knit 1* across
Row 2: Slip 1, *purl* across

HEEL TURN | *Slip 1, knit 1* for 18 stitches, ending on a slip stitch. Then, ssk, k1, and turn. Slip 1, p5, p2tog, p1, and turn. Repeat the following two rows until this pattern has worked on all the stitches across:

Row 1: *Slip 1, knit 1* until 1 stitch before gap, then ssk, k1, and turn.
Row 2: Slip 1, *purl* until 1 stitch before gap, then p2tog, p1, and turn.

GUSSET | Continue *slip 1, knit 1*  across needle. Then, place a marker, and pick up 12 knit stitches. (I usually pick up two more to cover the hole that usually gets created here), place stitch marker, then *k1,p1* across the 34 stitches being held on the stitch holder, place stitch marker, and pick up 12 knit stitches (usually pick up two more like before). I place one more stitch marker right before the heel turn stitches I just finished making. I consider this heel stitch marker the beginning of my rounds from now on.

Decrease round: From the beginning marker to the 2nd marker:  *slip 1, knit1.*
From 2nd marker to 3rd marker: knit until the last three stitches, k2tog, and knit 1.
From the 3rd marker to the 4th marker: *k1,p1*.
From the 4th marker to the beginning marker:  ssk the first two stitches, then knit until the beginning marker.

Constant round: From the beginning marker to the 2nd marker:  *knit.*
From 2nd marker to 3rd marker: knit
From the 3rd marker to the 4th marker: *k1,p1.*
From the 4th marker to the beginning marker: knit

I repeat decrease round then constant round until I have my 68 stitches back.

FOOT | Repeat constant round from gusset until 2 inches before toes.

TOES I remove my first and second stitch markers and only use the third and fourth from now on. Using Joan’s favorite toe pattern:

Decrease round: Knit to 3 stitches before third marker, k2tog, knit 1, slip marker, knit 1, ssk, then K2,P2, until 3 stitches before fourth marker, k2tog, knit 1, slip marker, k1, ssk, and knit to the third marker.

Pattern round: Third marker to fourth marker, *K1P1* slip fourth marker, knit to the third marker.

Round 1: Work decrease round (see left)
Round 2-5. Knit 3 rows in pattern
Round 6: Work decrease round
Round 7-8: Knit 2 rows in pattern
Round 9: Work decrease round
Round 10-11: Knit 2 rows in pattern
Round 12: Work decrease round
Round 13: Knit in pattern
Continue round 12-13 three more times.

Then work only decrease round until you have 16 stitches on the needles.

BIND OFF | Use the kitchner’s stitch on the 16 stitches. Weave in the ends.