Thursday, January 13, 2011

Knitting Shopping Socks

No, not shopping for knitted socks, knitting socks to wear while shopping! Really comfortable hand-knitted socks, socks that keep my feet from hurting (much) after a full day of walking--that's my goal.

Towards that goal, I knit a pair of socks from a plain, durable yarn. They're the first of my Perfect knitting projects for 2011. I confess, I finished them last month, but I haven't blogged about them yet. Since I feel I could "pat them and call them perfect", as per my last post, they qualify as my first perfect project.


I hope no one was expecting something spectacular. Even so, there is something about these socks that marks a new level of knitting success for me. The stripes match--almost perfectly. It wasn't easy, either. I had to cut the second skein of yarn into three pieces to get the repeats in the right place. I also fussed a good deal with the fit of these socks, changing the pattern of the ribbing to adjust the fit, wider at the top, narrow at the ankle and tapering at the toes. Since the number of stitches is the same throughout, they slip on very easily. I have other socks that I knit to fit my ankle tightly--those are a little hard to pull on over my heel. Not so with these.

Besides the shaping, there's another feature that makes this pair of socks perfectly comfortable. Much of the foot is purl-side out. That means sensitive soles and toes are soothed by the smooth knit side of the stockinette.

Although I have knit socks with Princess soles before, I found purling the entire sole much harder than just knitting the foot. I constructed these socks to avoid a lot of the purling. With so few knit stitches in the foot, it was easy to knit these socks inside-out after the heel flap.

Besides the smooth, ready-for-shopping foot, and the ribbed shaping, I also like the tubular cast on I used for the 1x1 ribbed cuff. Absolutely perfect.

I'm thinking of writing a pattern, but doubt it will be very popular at this point. These plain socks aren't attracting any attention. Instead, I'll just keep knitting all my socks with inside-out feet. They feel wonderful. Maybe after I blog a few pair, this construction method will catch on.

4 comments:

vlb5757 said...

Personally, I think you should write down the pattern and publish it. I have a friend who has Diabetes and I think those socks would be perfect for her feet. Mine won't be perfectly matched but I thinks she would think they are perfect anyway! They are lovely.

Marilyn in NM said...

I like the purl-side sole. That's a great idea that I will definitely try. I have a very high arch so I do experiment with the soles of my socks.
I had to laugh when you called them your shopping socks because that's when I love to wear my handknitted socks. I even bought a pair of neat clogs to wear so that I could show them off. Right now I've been working on a sweater, the Tea Leaves cardigan, and it seems like it's taking forever. I must be getting sidetracked because normally I would have been finished by now.
Thanks for adding me as a friend on Ravelry. I just loved your blog and the fact that you're in Colorado....my favorite place. I'm only 35 miles from Durango so i feel like I'm in Colorado...lol.
Great Post.
Marilyn in NM

Wool Winder said...

A very nice pair of customized socks!

Naycha said...

I just recently finished my first pair of socks. I love them, but I noticed that with a lot of walking they hurt my feet. Not that it's going to stop me from wearing them!! But today I decided to see if anyone else had the same problem and what can be done about it. (That's how I found your blog.) Now I'm going to have to try the princess sole on my next pair. And I think it'll help if I knit on a smaller needle too.