Finished Project-Big Blue House Socks

December 16, 2005 by
Filed under: Knitting 

Project Specs:
Pattern: I made this one up too, but I used Wendy Johnson’s article from to figure out the short-row toes.
Yarn: Rowan Cork in the dark blue and Jaeger Chamonix in the light blue
Needles: two sets of Addi Turbo circular needles, US 6
Size: hopefully a men’s 14

I started these socks and got well past the toes on both and realized there was no way two balls of Cork would be enough. On top of that, my short row toes looked good on one side and terrible on the other. Almost as if I had knit that side inside out. Off to Webs I went hoping to find a compatible yarn for the Cork and to find some short row help.

What a successful yarn store visit it was. They actually happened to have Cork as a closeout. What a surprise. But they only had light brown and tan. I wasn’t so sure how that would look with the dark blue. But they also had the Chamonix as a closeout and in more colors. This yarn is SO similar to Cork. The biggest difference is that it has angora and is therefore even softer. I saw the light blue and knew that it would work in the sock. I love when mistakes work out. I think I like the socks more with the contrast color toes, heels and cuff tips.

And then I needed to figure out what I was doing wrong with the short row toes. I figured the problem was that I was picking up the wraps incorrectly. Cirilia thought that The Knitter’s Handbook had a detailed description of short rows in it. Yes it did, with very clear illustrations. I discovered that I was picking up purl side wraps from the wrong side of the fabric. Problem solved. I’ve finally mastered the short-row toe.


5 Comments on Finished Project-Big Blue House Socks

  1. Purly Whites on Fri, 16th Dec 2005 6:30 pm
  2. Nice! Congratulations on figuring out the short-rows!

  3. Cirilia on Sat, 17th Dec 2005 8:47 am

    Those look fantastic! I didn’t even register that the sock was Cork that day or I would’ve let all those other customers fend for themselves while I stayed to admire them. I love love love Cork, and love that it’s living in our warehouse.

    Eric just knit his first scarf from that very shade of Chamonix, and we both approve. It’s a lot like Berroco Pleasure, also in the warehouse and chock full of angora goodness.

  5. nona on Mon, 19th Dec 2005 12:39 pm
  6. Great socks! They’re beautiful and look very cozy. I’m glad you resolved your short row dilemma — aren’t short rowed toes and heels fun!

  7. Grin and Frog It » Satisfied Recipients on Sun, 15th Jan 2006 7:53 pm
  8. [...] under: Knitting, Dino Sweater — January 15, 2006 @ 7:52 pm Here are the House Socks on my father-in-law. He says, “They fit great, they look good, and I love them.” [...]

  9. Grin and Frog It » Top 5 2005 Knitting Projects on Tue, 17th Jan 2006 3:03 pm
  10. [...] ands warm and happy. And I’ve learned to focus on my driving now, not the gloves. Big Blue House Socks: These are really simple socks, but I can’t wait to have a pair of my own. [...]

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