This was first time completing fair isle on socks after failing to do so three years ago with the same white yarn. Nancy Bush is my favourite sock designer even though I always modify her parents a lot. Maybe part of the reason I love her that her patterns are easily adaptable. I converted this pair to be toe-up.
The Hazel Knits yarn is wonderful. They were an easy knit though just very pretty. These socks are not exactly at success because the pattern on the legs does not show and the socks do not really stay up well. I must come to the conclusion that as much as I like to make and look at long socks, I almost never wear them and they are not that practical. Furthermore, I’m still war of fair isle socks. All in all, this project seemed to have taught me to stick to my standard shorter socks without stranding them.
Welsh Country Stockings, started April 1 2013, finished May 12 2013.
Pattern: Welsh Country Stockings by Nancy Bush from Folk Socks: The History and Techniques of Handknitted Footwear (1994)
Size: US 6.5/UK 4/EUR 37
Foot Circumference: 7.5”/20cm
Foot Length: 9”/22cm
Heel to Top of Sock: 11”/28cm
Yarn: Hazel Knits Artisan Sock – Sandalwood (100g – 400.0 yards/365.8m) and Regia Uni Solid 4-ply
Needles: US1/2.25mm 40″/100cm circular
Modifications & Notes:
- Converted these to toe-up socks, 2AAT on Magic Loop
- Judy’s Magic CO 8 to inc to 56 sts
- Used La-Link and La-Rink increases
- Added the pattern to the toes
- Fleegle heel all in MC
- Inc up to 72, but I wish I had gone up to 80 since it’s quite tight at the cuff/calf that you can’t see the pattern very well and these socks do not stay up very well.
Cost of Project: About $34 for the yarn
Would I knit it again?: Doubtful. If I did, it would be to keep it top-down, change heel and toe, shorten, and add the pattern to the toes.
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