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FFN: February Socks

March 2, 2015

I can safely say I finished my pair of socks for February with an entire day to spare. The socks were knit for the Giant out of Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock in the Midnight Garden colorway. This marked my second time using this color and the third time using this yarn. I am still in love with how it knits up and luckily the pooling did a similar wrap around the leg as with my pair of them.

I kept with my regular vanilla pattern for these, modifying it only slightly. I ended up making a longer heel flap and long foot length, in hopes of it fitting a bit better. I also changed my cut off point for the toe decreases, ending at 36 stitches before kitchnering the toes, as opposed to my usual 16 stitches. It did produce a boxier looking toe, but again I am hoping this results in a better fit.

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The socks are actually way too big for my blockers so they look more than a little haggard in the photo above. The Giant hasn’t had a chance to wear them yet, but he did try the first one on a while back. He seemed to think that it was a much better fit, but that might have had more to do with the fact that I asked him to try it on at 11:30 at night and he just wanted to go to sleep. Either way I am happy to have them done. It is also exciting because I have already made it farther in my attempts of the 12 pairs in 2015 than I did last time. To be fair it is only the second month, but honestly I am going to take that win.

I did draw for my March socks already and while it was random I had a weird suspicion that I would be ending up with this yarn. This time I will be knitting with some Knit Picks Imagination in the Giant Peach colorway.

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As of now I am holding true to my previous declaration and knitting these for a gift. Since I have the two skeins I decided to try something a little different this time. I wound up both and following Amanda’s usual sock knitting path I am going to work on these are the same time, which actually means knitting on one sock for a predetermined amount of time or length and then knitting the second one for the same, alternating back and forth. I am hoping that with this I can try to avoid the second sock syndrome that almost took me down last month. I do think the fact that March is a longer month and that these aren’t meant for the Giant will go a long way in helping me out regardless, but I thought it might be worth a try for now. I cast on both yesterday and managed to knit to the end of the cuff before calling it a day. The yarn itself isn’t too bad, the colorway is doing a similar spiral pattern to the Sweet Georgia socks so at least it is entertaining.

How is your knitting going? Are you working on socks? Do you ever knit two at a time in the traditional sense, what about with the alternating socks method? Any surefire ways you can think of to avoid second sock syndrome?

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9 Comments
  1. where did u get the hangers?

  2. I haven’t tried Tough Love sock yet; I should some time! Those socks turned out lovely, and the peach you pulled is perfect for March, I think. 🙂

    I really enjoy parallel knitting. Two at a time on the same needle was too finicky, and one at a time doesn’t work for me because my gauge is always different between the two.

  3. Glad to see you finished your February socks! I managed to get mine done with 3 days to spare, and I was making them for myself too!

    The Sweet Georgia looks wonderful and I’ve finally gotten to smoosh that yarn in person as my LYS finally got some and it’s wonderful. I can’t wait to pick up a hank!

    Can’t wait to see how your March socks some out!

  4. I usually do the alternating method. Seems to work for me!

  5. I’ve knit a few pairs of socks. I’ve only ever done 2 pairs one at a time and they were worsted weight house socks so not too bad, but I did drag my feet on the second one. I’ve done them two at a time on the same circular and on separate circulars and on dpns. When they aren’t on the same needle, I do a few rounds on one then on the other, until I reach the heel turn where I work 2 rows of the heel (RS, WS) then do the same on the second sock. I feel like if I didn’t do them two at a time, I’d have like 10 single socks lying around 🙂

  6. I love two at a time sock knitting, because when you’re done you’re actually done, not just halfway. It’s the only way I knit socks now! SSS is real, and I have a hard time with it.

  7. I’ve only ever knitted one pair of socks. I have occasionally tried to crochet booties/baby shoes, and I don’t think I’ve ever made a matching pair. The socks I made were done two at a time (toe up) using magic loop on circulars and that worked very well for me, as I’m sure I would succumb to second-sock-syndrome otherwise.

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