Gulls and Stones

Having learnt my lesson with the Show Off Stranded Socks — that Madelinetosh Sock, 2.25 needles and my hands create socks that can tightly encase my legs only at  60 stitches or less, I decided to cast on 64 stitches, but decrease more rapidly down to 56. Even that didn’t work! So I ripped out the couple of inches I’d knit, and started again with 56. Much better.

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I worked in garter rib for an inch or so, then started the pattern repeat. As I was knitting, I felt growing frustration at how slow it was. Compared to the other socks it seemed to be crawling along. And then I realised that due to the slipped row, I had only 3 rows growth for every 4 rows worked. No wonder it felt slow!

So I ploughed on, continuing the beautiful gull pattern down the heel flap. I know this is sock heresy — everyone says that the heel flap has to be especially reinforced — but I’ve never had my flaps wear out. I’m far more likely to get holes at the heels and balls of the feet, so that’s where I reinforced the fabric with the eye of partridge stitch.

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I do feel my sock knitting mania beginning to subside now. It’s as if my dpns are telling me they’re getting tired, where earlier they were raring to go. I do think I’ll crank out one more pair, in colourwork, no less, before I make a final decision.

I’m really in love with the colour, though! I bought the skein because this colour was going to be discontinued and so I got it at a slight discount.

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Details
Pattern: my own, adapted from Paul Atwell socks
Yarn: Madelinetosh Sock, 0.67 skeins, “Ginger”
Needles: 2.25mm dpn
Ravelled: here

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4 thoughts on “Gulls and Stones

  1. Such a beautiful colour! And i love that you continued the pattern down the heel, I haven’t had a sock heel wear out either, but I tend not to wear hand knit socks and go hiking in them. A shame that the progress was going so slowly with the slipped row, but they are so very beautiful.

    1. Thanks! I looked at my previously worn socks, and realised there were far more likely to wear out at the balls of the feet and the bottom of the heel than the heel flap… so that’s what I reinforced!

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