Challenge Socks
February 25, 2014
March 14, 2014

Challenge Socks

Project info
Extreme 2-in-1 Socks by Kory Stamper
Feet / LegsSocksMid-calf
Needles & yarn
US 0 - 2.0 mm
Red Heart Heart & Sole With Aloe
51 yards in stash
1.7 skeins = 362.1 yards (331.1 meters), 85 grams
Hobby Lobby in Texas
February 20, 2014

I have dubbed these my Challenge Socks for the main reason that I am challenging myself to knit socks using double knitting. And OMG, it is a challenge! I do fine on the regular knitting sections but my toe increases… well, there is a bit of a learning curve there.

I CO with US1 and worked 4 rounds with the socks separated. Then I joined them onto the same needle and switched to a US0.

26 Feb
And ripping back a lot because I managed to swap the yarns back a ways. Sigh. The yarn balls are now labeled (outer, inner) so I can make sure they don’t get swapped again because that was not fun.

Thought I swapped the yarns again but no. Turns out this yarn fuzzes a bit and the fuzz got tangled. Thank goodness.

2 Mar
Gah. Turning the heel took two days, but it is finally done. It’s messy - the double knitting aspect made it harder to see the gaps so I think I got off on the second half of the heel and I wasn’t pulling the end stitches snuggly. The heel is actually pretty easy; double knitting it makes it hard.

At least now I just have the leg, ribbing and bind off left.

10 Mar
Working on the ribbing now. Actually, have been working on it for two days and only have half a dozen rounds done. Double knit ribbing is so slow. So. Slow.

14 Mar
DONE! Well, I still have to sew up some holes created by my poor double-knitting technique on the heel and a few places where I had to take out extra yarn to make the stripes match up. It does seem like the outer sock ended up a squidgie shorter than the inner sock. Regardless, they fit great and I’m so excited!

Tomorrow, I shall finish them up. Woo!

Current gauge with US0 = 8.5 sts/in (though I do feel that it is a bit all over the place if I’m not conscious about snugging my stitches a tad)

CO 10 per needle.
Increase every other round until there are 64 sts.

Note to self: At 7” length, make a 6-stitch gusset; at 7.5”, begin heel.

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by Red Heart
Light Fingering
70% Wool, 30% Nylon
213 yards / 50 grams

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  • Originally queued: February 22, 2014
  • Project created: February 25, 2014
  • Updated: March 14, 2014
  • Progress updates: 6 updates