It took me a little longer than I planned (what doesn’t these days?) but finally, today I released my first sock pattern: Woodpile Socks!
I was thinking after the Year of Socks ended, wouldn’t it be nice to write my own sock pattern, to sort of commemorate the end of my journey of learning to be a sock knitter. At the same time, my mind was leaning towards the oncoming change of the seasons. I always, for some reason, start thinking about rustic yarns and classic stitch patterns when fall is around the corner. So I incorporated some of my favorite classic stitch elements – fern-like cables and the yummy texture of seed stitch.
The socks are worked cuff-down with a heel flap. I wouldn’t recommend this as a first sock, that’s for sure, but it is not a difficult pattern – a four-row charted repeat. I found after a few times knitting the pattern repeat, I didn’t need to look at the chart anymore. Also, if you want to knit the seeded toe, you have to use a little bit of intuition – it helps if you can “read” your knitting, to know whether you need to knit or purl to maintain the stitch patterning while decreasing. I’m happy to help anyone who may need it, or a stockinette toe would look equally lovely on this sock.
I used Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light, which I chose for the classic color. I think they would look great in most solids or semi-solids – I’m knitting a second pair in a deep burgundy tweed for my husband, and it’s looking lovely in tweed as well! I also made the pattern adaptable to three different sizes, small, medium, & large. They are shown here in the small size.
I hope you enjoy knitting – any questions or comments, feel free to send my way! Click here to download Woodpile Socks!
Oh, what fun!
I’ve always wanted to try doing an afterthought heel. If you don’t know what an afterthought heel is, here’s a quick rundown: while knitting your socks, once you get to the point where you would start creating a gusset, you instead knit in half a round of waste yarn, then just keep on knitting until you are done with your sock. Then you pick up some stitches, snip out the waste yarn, do some decreasing, then kitchener the heel together, and voila! Finished sock.
The pros of the afterthought heel: it doesn’t interrupt stripe patterning! That is one thing that always bothered me when knitting with self-striping or self-patterning yarns – the sequence would get all wacky at the heel. This method makes for perfect stripes. Another pro, for me, is that the heel is indeed, as it says, an afterthought. I don’t have to stop my “knitting groove” and change things up until the end – which makes for awesome travel or tv knitting.
The cons: there are two that come to mind for me. First off, the kitchener is at the heel, which (as I found out) can feel a bit awkward if you pull the stitches tight while making your seam – I did this one one of these socks, but not the other, which feels perfect. So aiming for a gentle kitchener will be the way to go for me. The second con is: more ends to weave in – 4 per sock, and with a regular pair you generally have 2.
So that’s the basics of the afterthought heel socks! I used this handy little pattern when it came to the heel. Other than that, I did my plain vanilla toe-up 64-st sock on size 1s. The yarn is Knit Picks Felici in the Spooky colorway. I used two partial skeins.
My feet are ready for Halloween!
Hi everyone! Fall knitting is in full force over here! The air is sharp and cool; I rarely leave the warmth of my home without a shawl wrapped around my neck, especially in the mornings. The trees are just starting to turn, it’s getting dark earlier, and pumpkins are on many porches… clear signs of my favorite time of year.
So my top priority these past few weeks has been working on my Halloween-ish knits. My Germinate (though not reflected in this photo) has been bound off! Yay! So many stitches there at the end. Now it just needs (many) ends woven in and a good blocking. While I have no Halloween costume planned, wearing this will put me in the spirit! Gosh, this pattern is crazy cool.
I also have two pairs of Halloween socks on the needles.
These, out of Knit Picks Felici in the Spooky colorway. I love self striping yarn. These skeins are a little weird – the colors have sort of bled on one another – but I’m not overly bothered by it. I don’t think this is a normal problem with Felici, so I’ll let this one slide. It’s still fun. Trying my first afterthought heels on these, so I will let you know how that goes.
My second pair of Halloween socks will probably not be finished in time for Halloween – but to me they don’t scream “Halloween” to me, so it’s fine they will be done after the 31st. This is the colorway “Halloweenie” I picked up at last year’s SAFF – so wish I was going again this year, sad face – at the Unwind Yarn Company booth. This is her cashmere/merino/nylon base, omg, it’s like butter. The pattern I’m using is called Charade, a freebie on Ravelry.
And lastly, exciting news - I cast on a sweater! Tea with Jam and Bread has been in my favorites for awhile. But I stumbled across it again one evening a couple weeks ago, and felt instantly obsessed – I wanted to be knitting that sweater right that very second! I ordered yarn that night, and the day it arrived I cast on. It is the best tv knitting – I’ve especially been stitching away on this one on Sundays while watching football. I’m using Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Tweed.
Oh, one more thing! I received the sweetest birthday package from miss Andi. Tea, and Hazel Knits – I’ve never used Hazel Knits before, and I’m excited to knit up this sunny golden color. Thanks again, Andi!
What are you stitching on? Something to get you in a cozy mood for fall?
Check in with you all later!
Hey everyone! Is it feeling like fall where you are? I was out and about nice and early this morning and got to wear my Snöflinga, so that was exciting. I took out my fall decorations this afternoon as well, have started a Halloween-y sock, and am burning a pumpkin cheesecake candle – starting to feel festive around here!
I finished some socks…after making a pair of Hermione’s Everyday Socks for my mom, I knew I would want a pair myself after trying them on. So I made a pair out of Three Irish Girls Adorn Sock.
Crazy fun! They actually make skinny stripes, which I love. I also did these cuff-down, two-at-a-time, as you may know. I did this until I reached the heel. I read my book on how to cast on, then decided I didn’t need the thing for the rest. Uhm, well… at the heel it became apparent that the way I normally do a heel cuff-down was not going to work. I had to split the socks, do one heel, then the other, then re-join them to finish up. Oh well, something new to learn for this knitter.
Ravelry page here.
I also did a little *more* birthday shopping. I’m so uninspired by the giant alpaca fleece I’m spinning on commission, that I knew some new fiber pretties would give me a glimmer of hope that someday, I will be spinning something other than gray alpaca. I grabbed three bumps of polwarth (one of my favorite fibers) from SpunRightRound.
Someday, spinning will be fun again. *Sigh*
I commented to my husband that with me working so much, I will never be able to keep up with stash coming in. He said, “Bethany, do you ever really intend to ‘keep up with’ your stash? Then you would have no stash at all.”
I knew I married him for a reason. ;)
Men who understand the value of the stash = keepers.
***Thank you everyone who left me birthday wishes. I received such lovely messages here on the blog, on Instagram, Ravelry, and in – gasp! -real life! I appreciate all my blog readers (let’s just say friends, shall we?) and without you this blog would be no fun at all. You guys are awesome.***
Thank you everyone who entered the Lit Knits giveaway! Drumroll please…
Linsey, #3, you are the winner! Whoo hoo! Congratulations!
I will get your email to Audry and she will be sending over your e-book! Thank you, Audry, for doing this giveaway with us!
Doing this giveaway was super fun… I foresee more giveaways in the future. Perhaps some yarn next time? Hm.