Remember when I joked about renaming this blog “Vickilicious Knits Green Socks”? There is some comfort in being predictable, no?
In many ways, these are a Greatest Hits of my favorite aspects of knitting: green wool, toe-up, small gauge, fast-moving, vine lace, socks… I mean, what’s not to love??
Pattern: Farnkrautsocken (Ravelry link) by Silke Pieper, available as a free Ravelry download; my project page is here
Size: lady’s US size 9 with 9-inch foot circumference and 9.5-inch foot length
Yarn: Schachenmayr nomotta/Regia Uni 4-ply fingering weight, color 2082 Green, 75% new wool/25% nylon; I used 76.1 grams/2.67 oz or 349.6 yards/319.7 meters.
Needles: Knit Picks 6″ nickel-plated double-pointed needles, set of 5 size 1.5 (2.50 mm)
Modifications: Used figure-8 cast-on and swapped jojo heel for short-row heel
Started: July 29, 2009
Finished: August 26, 2009
I knit these socks as part of the July Sock Knitters Anonymous Sockdown, a challenge that included Homegrown Designers who are members of the group. I found this pattern clearly written, well-organized, and just lovely through and through.
The pattern called for a jojo heel, and while I was looking forward to trying this new technique, I ended up using my tried and true short-row heel. I really like the look of it and, frankly, I didn’t have the pattern with me when it came to heel-turning time, so I just went with what I knew.
I’m sort of glad I did because these are some of the neater heels I’ve worked, and I really love the way they fit.
Everything about these socks was easy and satisfying. I am a huge fan of vine lace (as you may note from the scarf and two Jellyfish shrugs I’ve knit that incorporate the vine lace pattern). It’s a four-row repeat, with two plain knit rows and two essentially identical pattern rows that differ only in being off-set by one stitch. It is fast, intuitive, has a pleasant rhythm, and at this point, I can work it in my sleep, which is helpful because much of the time I spent knitting these socks was while half-awake on the train or subway.
I like the way the front and back are divided by narrow bands of stockinette that frame the vine lace. In the past, when I’d considered knitting vine lace socks, I thought I wanted an all-over lace pattern, but the way these bands absorb the off-set stitches and draw a neat line down the leg just charms me.
The yarn was quite a treat as well. I kept finding myself surprised at how soft it was, for such a durable, workhorse type of yarn. I’m happy I have a few other colors of this yarn in my stash, and I will certainly keep an eye out for it in the future – I just love it. I also must say, this is perhaps the most perfect shade of green I’ve ever worked with, and I’m thrilled to have socks in such a great color. (I’m also happy to have nearly 25 grams leftover, which I hope to use in some kind of accessory.)
All in all, I couldn’t be happier with this project! It’s revived my interest in sock-knitting, lace, and knitting in general, just in time for fall.