Another Finished Object for 2009, my second ever pair of socks!
Pattern: Inspired by Charlene Schurch’s Sensational Knitted Socks. I used the stitch counts for the six-stitch patterns, but I substituted a knit 5, purl 1 rib. Since I was using a wildly-colored, self-striping yarn, I wanted to highlight the yarn — not a complicated stitch pattern.
Yarn: Limited edition Harry Potter Sock Yarn by Opal, “Tonks” colorway. I love the mix of bright and tepid colors; the self-striping bit makes me look like an amazingly clever knitter.
Size: Ladies small. I wear a US size 6.5B, even though I have the Monster German Potato Farmer Calves from Hell.
Needles: US size 1 (2.25 mm), Lantern Moon Rosewood DPN’s
Mods: I’m working on tweaking the “top-down with a heel flap” type of sock to fit my feet. In this pair, I shortened the heel flap by about 15%.1 That did eliminate some of the bagginess around the ankle, but not entirely. For my next top-down pair, I want to experiment by working in some extra decreases just prior to the the heel flap, as well as going down a needle size for the last inch of leg, the heel flap, and a portion of the gusset.
Yes, I am well aware that they don’t match perfectly, and that they’re fraternal twins instead of identical twins. I had no intention of trying to get them to match. If you’ve read the Harry Potter books, you know that Nymphadora Tonks is hardly the kind of girl who’s going to worry about such an anal-retentive concept as perfectly matched socks.
And I bet she wears Doc Martens, too.
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- I did a 28-row heel flat instead of a 34-row heel flap called for in the pattern. [↩]