Monday, September 12, 2011

Wollmeise Technicolor Dreamsocks

I had a couple people ask me how these socks were coming and well, voila! They're done! They are fantastically garish while being surprisingly squooshy and comfortable.

I knit these socks magic loop, toe up, two-at-a-time. This was my first time doing socks toe-up or two-at-a-time and I was surprised with how quickly they worked up. I don't think I'll start exclusively knitting my socks two-at-a-time but it was nice to finish and realize, hey! I'm actually done! I also knit a different toe that did increases in six places evenly around. I found this toe in Cat Bordhi's Personal Footprints for Insouciant Sock Knitters. The way the increases are done definitely creates a much rounder toe which I think fits better than most sock toes. 

I did my standard short row heel (which is from the Lifestyle Socks) and finished by using Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off. Considering I tried three different bind-off methods before this one (lace bind-off, sewn bind-off, and regular going up a couple needle sizes), it really is surprisingly stretchy. I was a little worried about the length of the leg since by the time I finished the green mini-skein I only had five minis left. The leg ended up a bit over 5" (I generally go for 7") and while I do have that lone skein of Wollmeise stashed away, I didn't really want to break into it for a mere 5-10grams.

Now you know what this means, right? I've actually knit four pairs of socks this year and have accomplished at least one of my year goals that I set back in January! I feel like I've been on a sock knitting kick this year so I wouldn't be completely surprised if a couple more pairs pop up before the end of the year. But for now, I've put away my new socks and looked adoringly at my little collection of handknit socks just waiting for cooler weather. 

Pattern: My own recipe
Yarn: 11 Wollmesie minis for a total of about 65g
Needles: #1.5
Began: August 8
Completed: September 8


  1. Great colors for your socks, well done.

  2. Nice job! These will brighten up a cold, gray winter's day for sure!

  3. Ooh. Technicolor, indeed. These are great, Andrea!

  4. at the risk of sounding like keanu reeves: WHOA. Those are seriously technicolor! So this was the first time you did toe-up and two at a time? And it was pretty easy? I haven't tried magic loop yet, but maybe I have enough inspiration to do what you've done. I'd love to finish and be done with both, and I'd get to learn three new things. Yeah, maybe! Those are some great-looking socks.

  5. Those are some seriously fantastic socks Andrea!

  6. Super-d-duper looking socks. I love the colors!

  7. Ooooh! Love the rainbow-y stripey goodness! Very cool.


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