FO Fridays: Child’s First Sock in Shell Pattern

Shell Pattern Socks

Nothing like an easy peasy pair of lace socks to get me through summer. I worked on most of this in August. This is at least better than the Girasole blanket of last year. I’m starting to become one of those knitters who does not really knit in the summers. I spent much of this summer outdoors which is great.

In any case, my third pair of socks of this year. I always like knitting socks. In some ways, they are the ultimate kind of projects for me: not too easy, not too difficult, comforting, not too big, not too small, and most of all, useful.

I went back to my favourite sock pattern designer for these. I love this Nancy Bush book. I’ve made more things from Knitting Vintage Socks than any other knitting resource. With the cashmere and wool in these socks, I think they will be one of my favourite winter house socks.

Shell Pattern Socks

Child’s First Sock in Shell Pattern, started July 1st 2013, finished August 23rd 2013.Ravelry Project Page
Pattern: Child’s First Sock in Shell Pattern by Nancy Bush from Knitting Vintage Socks.Ravelry Pattern Page
Size: My usual at about US 6.5/UK 4/EUR 37
Yarn: Turtlepurl Yarns Pillow Talk – In the Evening leftover from my Buckwheat sweater.
Needles: 2.25mm/US1 – 40″/100CM

Modifications & Notes:

  • 2AAT on Magic Loop
  • 12 rnds ribbing
  • 5 reps on the leg
  • Lengthened Heel two more rows to PU 15 sts. The instep is very short so I would recommend doing more if you have an average or tall instep.
  • 6 reps of the foot

Shell Pattern Socks

Tools/Notions: While I don’t use it all the time, a few years ago, I won a pair of Sock Blockers. I use them for socks that are just a smidge too tight like these were.
Cost of Project: The yarn was originally around $46, but it’s resulted in a sweater and a pair of socks. Not too bad.
Would I knit it again? Sure, but I’d make the instep a couple rows higher or use a slightly thicker yarn. This one was 3ply I think, but it is very soft.

Have a good weekend! For more FOs, go to Tami’s Amis.

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