Thursday, 31 January 2013

Next Step Sock Knitalong - Week 2


Well I am up to 3 pattern repeats on my Soft and Lacy socks. They are coming along fine, the pattern is perfectly manageable so far, but, there was a problem. There is no way I can commit this 20 row chart to my memory, even vaguely, so I have to knit them with the big light on and properly concentrate on the chart!



So on Saturday, yes I know only 3 days in, I decided that I had to cast on a new pair of socks that would be conducive to knitting in front of the TV, with a dim lamp and not mind being picked up and put down. So the pattern searching began.

I recently ‘had’ to buy this lovely ball of yarn and thought the colours and striped effect would work perfectly with Scylla a pattern I only found out about because of this KAL. So I cast on on Saturday and on Wednesday I turned the heels, my progress being helped by a power cut which meant I couldn’t really do anything but knit, yes, I could have probably done housework or paperwork but incredibly knitting seemed more attractive ;) I’m really enjoying the pattern, its easy to see where you are, the stitch pattern is simple to memorise and it looks so effective on self striping yarn! Perfect!

They look a peculiar shape because of the stitch pattern :)

Remember in my last KAL post I told you I got some new needles? I had an impulse buy after seeing them on another knitalongers Instagram feed! Well, I love them! They are ChiaGoo needles (I got them from here) and they are such a pleasure to knit with. I usually use Addi Lace needles for magic looping socks and really like those too but I’m enjoying knitting with the ChiaGoo’s a lot more.

The lacy socks are on the ChiaGoo’s and the stripey ones are on the Addi Lace. 

The ChiaGoo cable is memory free which means I don’t get into tangles and the join between the cable and the needle is super smooth.


See the Addi Lace cable has a bit of a mind of its own!


Socks are definitely my current obsession and I am loving watching everyones progress. Check out Sarah's post and all the blog links of the other knitalongers here.

Do you like knitting socks? What patterns are your favourite?

Dani x

15 comments:

  1. Oooh, both pairs are gorgeous :) I knit my 2 at a time socks on Chiagoos too, they're really nice to knit with, aren't they!

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    1. Thank you :) Yes they are definitely my new faves!

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  2. Both pairs are lovely, but the white ones are very pretty indeed.

    I havent' knitted socks in ages, except for the sokeyrings I make. I always find they never fit into any shoe comfortably, but I do like hand knitted socks.

    Bimbi x

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    1. Oh yes those little keyrings are so cute!

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  3. Love the lace socks but can see how they are a pattern for concentrating on and sometimes you just need something to knit while watching tv or that you can take up and put down.

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  4. Wow! Beautiful socks!

    Yes, I love making socks but this is the first time I'm making two at a time and toe-ups.
    I like my socks plain and simple. :-)

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    1. Thank you :)

      I've only just started the 2 at a time toe up kind, I cant believe I was scared of it for so long, its a great way to do it isn't it!

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  5. You've not only made one but two stunning pairs of socks.....I'm super jealous! I love the second pair they go perfectly with the yarn.

    Like the sound of those needles, I have one circ. That I like to use and needless to say it is the wrong size for my current socks so I am dealing with Curly flex bits.....I'll check out those ones.

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    1. Thank you Faith!

      I would definitely recommend the needles, I was unsure about them at first as they do feel a little different but they are worth persevering with!

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  6. Both pairs look fantastic! I like the delicate lace pattern of the first pair (don't blame you on not being able to memorize it) and I love the colors of the second pair. Great job!

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  7. Personally I am terrified of knitting socks, it looks way too complicated! However, I like the look of the Scylla pattern and might be persuaded to give it a go! Looking forward to seeing how both patterns knit up! They are looking great! X

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  8. It's way easier than it looks, I reckon you should give it a try :)

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  9. I love both pairs of socks but I have to say that new pair are AWESOME - I love the colours. I've done exactly the same as you - I usually use Addi Lace and am making a pair on ChiaoGoos and also having a similar feeling about them. I was tempted to order the full set of interchangeables but still not sure about how the join might affect what I love so much about this one.

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