A pair of simple knitted socks

I do love knitting socks, but I’m really still a beginner when it comes to them. I’ve knit a total of five completed pairs; and many more single socks that didn’t fit and were turned back into sock yarn.

I’m basically still working out the perfect sock to match my feet and knitting preferences. I know I prefer DPNs over circulars, and I’m quite satisfied that the average sock yarn gives a well fitting circumference at 64 stitches. Aside from that, I still try out different things for heels, toes and sock length each time.

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These socks were made with Opal Sock Yarn in the Nightlife colour way. It was the first time I used Opal Sock Yarn, and I really liked it. Nice consistent quality, beautiful colours, works up a dream. Quite good value too. I can see why it’s a popular sock yarn.

I used 2.5 mm needles: I tried 2.25 the last time but found my socks just a tad too tight. I did, however, knit the ribbing on the smaller size in the hope it will stay stretcher for longer; a trick recommended in the Principles of Knitting. I think I like it. So far, the socks are staying up well, although the cast on edge is a bit on the tight side.

For the heel, I went for the Dutch heel option. It’s the heel I knit on my very first pair of socks and I keep coming back to it. I’ve tried different options since then (including a fairly disastrous attempt at a short row heel) but for me, the Dutch heel seems to have the best fit.

I knit the heel flap over half, that is 32, stitches, and 32 rows. I used a heel stitch simply because I like the look of it; in solid colour yarns I like eye of partridge but for self patterning yarns I prefer something simpler.

The toe is a round toe, with the final stitches grafted together. I tried pulling the yarn through before, but I find that grafting is more comfortable.

All in all, I think this is my best fitting pair of socks yet. I made the foot slightly shorter than I used to as I wanted to see if the negative ease would provide a better fit, but I think I’ll go back to my other measurement again on the next pair. Aside from that I just need to ensure a slightly looser cast on next time, but that’s easy to do.

I do love knitting socks!

2 Responses

  1. Nadia says:

    Great socks! The Dutch heel is also my favourite and the one. I return to every time. The eye of partridge looks fantastic too and I should really knit it again.

    I’ve not used Opal before though I know it is very popular. I am not keen on multicoloured yarn, so I doubt I’ll ever use it.

    I hope you get to complete more socks in the future!

    • Cleio says:

      Opal do solid colour sock yarn as well, I think. But the colour combinations was what really affected me to this particular skein. For solid colour yarns there’s tons of other options out there.

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