The knitting bug got me again lately. I went for a trip to my grandma's weeks ago and started a pair of socks with a simple pattern in stranded knitting - easy enough to remember for a quick knit occasionally. The most fun part for me is to choose the colors and see the magically growing pattern with every round of stitches.
The first pair has a green base color acompanied with a solid blue and a variegated blue-green yarn. The variegated yarn was not the best choice, since it has the exact green color as the base color, so some stitches get swallowed by the background making the diamond shapes rather blurry (you can see it perfectly in the picture below in the bottom left)
So I started a second pair for my daughter in......
We made a little shopping trip to the next big town and there was yarn. The next thing I remember is me paying for 4 skeins of sock yarn. The greens and blues just wanted to be with me and yeah, I don't have to apologize for buying yarn with a full stash at home, right, right? Yeah so let's see what I'm doing with this instead:
This yummy stranded knitting sock:
I was first thinking about making my own sock pattern, but then I realized it's almost christmas and I didn't want to deal with new things right now. So off to ravelry I went and pouf! There was exactly what I was looking for - the Gander socks. A flying goose inspired triangle stranded knitting pattern with a striking color palette. When I have finished the green ones, I'll try to get......
Phew I did it! The vehicle stockings I made in the last weeks are available as an ebook and as single patterns now. I enjoyed making these three patterns alot. The inner child in me always thrives when I do pixel art in bright shiny colors. So here they are:cars stockings a while ago and a sneak peek of the other two. There are two color options for the plane stockings, one dark blue and one light blue (which you can see in the picture above). Because I get asked quite often......
Cleaning up loose ends in knitted socks is my new hobby at the moment. Why do I work with colors again? Ahhh right, colors are awesome. But really, why does color knitting need to involve so many loose ends to sew in?
Probably I should use some of these methods to avoid finishing-boredom:
- russian join
- weaving in ends on the go (I would do this with only 1 thread though and weave in the new thread tail in the next row/round)
- braided join (similar to the russian join but extra tight)
In my opinion the russian join and the braided join are the best methods if you what your reverse side clean and no risk of loosening ends. However both are quite time consuming and need a tapestry needle at hand which is not always the case.